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I need a plan to stay on track

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm an admitted emotional eater. My grandma just passed yesterday morning. I think I'm handling that pretty well.

My concern is with the funeral. If my family can swing it, they'll be flying me to South Carolina to attend the funeral. I've only been to one other back when I was in high school and a friend of mine was shot and killed. I said I'd never go to another funeral but someone has to. My sister went when my grandpa passed just a few months ago and so this time I'll be the one. Living in Alaska makes it hard and expensive to travel, especially on such short notice, so we can't all go.

Aside from the idea of attending a funeral, I haven't flown since before I married my husband and I'll have to take the baby and he's obviously never flown. That's going to be interesting.

I also won't be in control of what I eat. I'll have to choose from whatever others cook while I'm there and I'm not going to make family members I barely know make concessions for my diet when I also don't eat red meat, pork, shellfish, or things "flavored" with animal bits (like greens cooked with neck bones for example. So gross) so I'm just not sure how I'm going to do if I end up going.

I need a game plan and I don't even know where to begin. I don't exactly think I'd go overboard while there and just give up but I do know when things get uncomfortable I tend to grab whatever is edible and convenient.
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    Sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I lost my Mother a few months ago so I know how hard it is to not use food to sooth oneself.
    You can do this. Just bring some healthy easy to prepare food with you or have a family member pick up a few thing for you. And take some time to go for walks. Walking always calms my nerves and takes my mind off food.
    Traveling with a small child can be difficult. Just remember to pack a few toys/books and a blanket that will remind your little one of home.
    You can do it!!! emoticon
    4395 days ago
    I've never had this problem, but my dad used to have ulcers and so whenever we visited my mom's Russian relatives, he would pack a couple of boxes of cereal and something else (crackers?) in his suitcase. No one ever knew and he just kept quiet about what he could and couldn't eat with his ulcers and filled up from his suitcase.
    4396 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your grandma, may she rest in peace. Traveling such a long distance with a small child is going to be a big challenge...try not to let eating be a concern...pack some fresh fruit, snack bars or other healthy things you like to eat and be mindful of what you do eat and you'll make it through. Germs are a bigger issue right now...bring lots of hand sanitizer too!
    4396 days ago
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