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31 Days to Healthier Holidays - December 5

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Today's Tip: Try Healthier Recipes

Spark says that it might be helpful to counteract the extra goodies that are around by having some healthy alternatives to snack on, and that when those goodies are in your house, you tend to eat more of them than anyone else who might be there.

I think Spark is right about the goodies. This Thanksgiving, I made a concerted effort to cut down on the number of desserts we had..because honestly, 10 people don't need a trifle, 4 pies and cookies..So I had it down to some pillsbury Thanksgiving sugar cookies, a blueberry bread, and two pies. When a good friend made me a pumpkin pie because I had said I didn't have time to make one, I said to my sister, who was going to buy pies from a local farmstand for my mom to bring, we have a pumpkin pie, just get one more..but did she?? Of course not.. So she came with 2 more pies, giving us 3, plus the blueberry bread (brought and then frozen on the day of Tony's birthday party by a well meaning guest, but honestly, I have half a sheet cake and ice cream on the day of the party, why do I need 2 breads and two more cakes?? How much do I have to beg people to NOT bring food to my house, because NO ONE is willing to take it home and I don't want it in my house???) I know it sounds like I'm complaining about the generosity of people, but honestly, I'm not, I truly appreciate it, but I just want them to listen when I ask them to not bring sh!t into my house that won't (and I"m not wrong about this, no one does!) be eaten, and that no one wants to take home, either.. A big pet peeve..

Anyway....I digress. Healthy alternatives.. A great idea. And with that in mind, as I sit and plan my menu for this week, I am looking through my spark recipes, finding healthy twists for the stuff I am planning to make.. Also, I buy lots of 100 calorie snacks. I know it' s not the most economical, but especially at this time of year, I find that being able to pull out a bag of chocolate covered pretzels or a yummy soft gingerbread cookie is the key to not grabbing the bag of regular mini gingerbread cookies that my son likes, or the box of cheese its, or making a bag of lite microwave popcorn is better than those lays chips.. I also have lots of petite carrots in the fridge, with hummus to dip it in. And I go to the local mediterranean bakery for the yummiest of hummus, and some tabouli, too.

I do have to make concessions to my time constraints by buying stuff that in a perfect world I'd make myself, but I think that's part of this conundrum of a world we live in. There's lots out there about making it yourself, controlling the ingredients, etc. But that is often strained by the reality that WE DON'T HAVE TIME!! So instead of stressing over it, and trying to do even more than we already do because we feel guilty about not doing it, I think it's very, very important to realize our limitations and make the best choices we can within those limitations.. I'm done apologizing because I don't have time..apologizing to myself, to the DIY'ers out there who look down their noses at people like me who don't have time, to society itself.. This journey of ours is about doing the best we can with what we have..not about conforming to some pre-determined path..because each of us is different and the pressures and obligations on each of us are different.. So I think it boils down to doing the best we can with what we have and within our "means," not necessarily financial means, though that certainly comes into play, but with whatever the applicable currency we have is available, and I would submit that sometimes, "time" is even a more precious currency than actual currency..

Wow, those are some pretty long sentences within some awfully long paragraphs..apologies to every writing teacher I ever had... And that's my only apology today..

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  • OMELYN
    Don't feel "guilty" about not appreciating the food. One reason they won't take it home is that they don't want it either.

    When I went to Weight Watchers years ago, I one of the tips that I carry with me to this day is the reminder that "The garbage disposal is my friend". If I don't want it, the kids won't or shouldn't eat it and it's not something I can share, I grind it, so we won't be tempted in a moment of weakness.

    LYMI
    Lynn
    3615 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    "Instead of stressing, and trying to do even more than we already do because we feel guilty about not doing it, I think it's very, very important to realize our limitations and make the best choices we can within those limitations. I think it boils down to doing the best we can with what we have and within our "means," not necessarily financial means, though that certainly comes into play, but with whatever the applicable currency we have is available, and I would submit that sometimes, "time" is even a more precious currency than actual currency."

    AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!! :)

    ...As for food in the house that you don't want and won't eat... I've stopped apolgising for THAT a long time ago.

    If people press food on our household (as happened recently at the parish Advent wreath making gathering where someone refused a polite 'no thanks' and gave us a couple dozen cookies to take home) DH will take it to work for his department to consume, or Olivia takes it to school for the class, or if it's of a quality I feel good about I gift it to someone who doesn't treated often, or it gets donated to the local soup kitchen with a few other staples, or I simply THROW IT OUT (we walked in the front door and threw the cookies out). I've also gotten into the habit of telling people that they are responsible for any leftovers of food they bring... I claim lack of fridge and freezer space.

    The reality is that our bad habits formed somewhere, and it's usually within the circles of our associations. Other people just don't always 'get it'... my mother thinks it's terrrible that we 'deprive' our child of 'treats' because we insist she eat nutritious food first... she doesn't see the link between family habits and a struggle with weight... which my daughter doesn't have because she's doesn't have bad habits because we protect her from them. Despite ourselves, we've managed to model a balanced approach to eating and 'treats' and she will almost always choose nutritious over 'junk' . If she choosed the 'junk' it will always be a little bit of something she really appreciates (she'll never say no to vanilla ice cream)... and that's okay because it's a rare occurance. My daughter also won't eat unless she is hungry, and she will even ask for 'good' food when grandpa offers her a chocolate bar. Why would I mess with this for the sake of being polite... not a chance.

    My DH has even started to object... he is consciously trying to improve his habits and bring his own weight down and it's never been so evident that people will treat an overweight, big guy like a garbage disposal... people are always trying to press food on him no matter how strongly he says no. He's now decided that he refuses to be overweight just so other people can be more comfortable. :)

    We are on a journey, not running an obstacle course, and whatever facilitates our success is a good thing... no one should ever have to apologise to anyone for doing whatever helps them be their best.

    Thanks for the reminder, Tina! BTW, I LOVE hearing your thoughts on a daily basis!

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
    Ramona
    3617 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    Tina,
    I completely agree about the hidden saboteurs that don't think about the fact that you asked them not to bring something and they still do then won't take it home. As for the 100 calorie snacks or prepared stuff, I say if that's what helps you, then go for it. I used the Slim Fast shakes and bars a while ago, but did it just as a jumpstart to help my stomach readjust to less food. I say whatever makes it easier is what you should go for. As for extra food that comes in, do you know of someone else who could use it? This time of year, there are always families that struggle to make ends meet. That would be a way of "paying it forward".

    Hope that you are having a wonderful Sunday!
    3617 days ago
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