PLEASE let me explain myself! I always knew I had a “fight-on-my-hands” (is that one of those Southern expressions I have to explain?) on ANY holiday or weekend visit to my parents! Mom knew which dishes (especially desserts) were my favorites, and would always have them ready for us. She was a fantastic cook, and made the BEST German chocolate cake (or mini pecan pies, or carrot cake) on the planet…at least according to her daughter (ME)!
SO…After dinner, she would INSIST on me eating dessert! After 3 children, when I was in my thirties, I was determined to keep the “baby” weight OFF! All I could do was beg-off…”PLEASE.... I will eat some, but let me work off that fantastic dinner first!” Most of the time, this promise would work (after a little guilt-trip from MOM): “You KNOW I made it just because it’s your favorite!”
SO…It’s now that time of year! Your friends AND your family all want to make sure you have all the benefit of their cooking and food-shopping expertise…You just MUST try everything! How do you escape the sabotage they are playing with YOUR food plan, but still let them know how much you appreciate THEM?
- If possible, EAT your PLANNED meal before you party. You can still “taste,” and “ooh/aah” over the incredible table and beauty of what is spread before you.
- Prepare yourself to impress them with how much you value their hospitality! Let your host or hostess know how welcome they have made you feel, and how much you appreciate all their extra effort…Celebration is not just the food that is presented, but about the people you enjoy being with!
- Distract yourself and your host from “entertainment by food” to “entertainment & enjoyment by intelligent (OR even sometimes goofy) conversation.” (The calorie count is MUCH lower!)
- Take a small bite of whatever you have taken on your plate and then, if possible, PUT THE FORK DOWN! (If not possible, then keep it away from your mouth!)
- Tell your host you can possibly take another bite, but only if he lets you run around the block a few times. (This will usually inspire laughter or make them hurry away just so you don’t drag them along!)
- Be MINDFUL instead of MINDLESS. Rather than taking that last sandwich or drink on the tray, offer to refill the tray (from the kitchen) for the host or hostess…You get their appreciation, and avoid the extra calories!
- REMEMBER, FREE FOOD does not mean FREE FROM ALL CALORIES!
MOST OF ALL, REMEMBER:
“The holiday season is a PERFECT time to reflect on our blessings,
AND seek out a way to make life better for those around us!” Terry Marshell
Linda Cook BS, CPT, CMET 937-369-7363 CELL 937-748-9905 OFFICE LINDA@BAERFIT.COM