Last night was the first of many tests I will be facing this holiday season. While Thanksgiving was a major test for some people, it wasn’t for me because those aren’t the foods that are my triggers. My main temptation is chocolate, but good cheese is close behind it. Oh, and crackers to go with the cheese. Definitely that too.
We had people over for dinner last night. I planned a simple meal:
- appetizers: a small tray with cheeses, crackers, grapes, and roasted almonds
- dinner: pizza from Whole Foods and a salad very lightly dressed with a good vinaigrette
- dessert: For the adults, a few brownies and bars from Whole Foods, cut into bite-sized pieces. For the children, decorate-your-own cookies
Not a bad menu. With careful planning, I could enjoy a little of everything.
The appetizers were tempting but I sat a good distance back from the coffee table and limited myself on how much I could have. So far, so good.
Dinner was also pretty easy. A nice salad and a slice of cheese and pesto pizza on a whole wheat crust. Again, so far, so good.
Dessert was harder. By that point, I was tired from a long busy day and I just wanted to relax and not worry about anything. I had told myself how many “bites” of dessert I could have. I went over my limit a little, but as the pieces were tiny, I’m not upset with myself.
I now feel more confident about facing the holiday season. As long as I practice restraint, things should be fine. Planning in advance what I will and will not eat, as well as how much, should do the trick. Sitting some distance from trays of food will also be in my game plan. The salad with dinner was also a huge help as it helped fill me up so that I wasn’t crazed with hunger and lunging for any and all foods.
How about you guys? Any of you have any coping strategies for the holidays?