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I fell off the wagon tonight.
One thing I admit and understand about my eating patterns is that I have a HORRIBLE time eating well at family special occasions, especially if it’s someone else’s family and there are new foods for me to sample. And new desserts. This acknowledgment is one of my few obstacles in eating healthy, and I’m really going to work on it! What I’ve found works in the past is to make it through just ONE event eating like it’s a normal day. Once I break this barrier than it gets easier and easier to remember how I felt that day and think about that when I’m tempted to indulge. Unfortunately I’m not there yet with this type of event (I used to be the way eating in restaurants and at other types of special events, which have always been my trigger). More on dinner later…
Let’s Start With Lunch
Made it from 7:30 to 12:30 with no snacks or hunger. My oatmeal concoction is really amazing. I think the omega-3’s in the walnuts have secret powers, seriously.
My husband’s aunt owns a bagel shop (Hot Bagel Co. for you Tennesseans) and they have GREAT bagels!!! We stopped in for lunch on the house. I ordered the vegetarian with Havarti, tomato and sprouts on an oat bagel. I also had a small spinach salad and hot tea. I wanted to only eat 3/4 of my sandwich but I went ahead and ate the whole thing. My aunt-in-law says the bagels are lower in calorie because they make them all natural and boil them, which is their signature cooking method. It was a delicious bagel, and hopefully not as high as Panera etc.’s bagels.
For dessert I had 1/2 of a homemade cashew cluster.
We spent the afternoon cooking turkey, roasted vegetables, mac and cheese and soup. I nibbled off the veggies and tried to get some water in. Then my uncle-in-law showed up with homemade bread – I forgot what it’s called, but it’s got Grand Marnier-soaked dried fruit in it and was SOOOOO good. He also brought a coffee cake-like bread, which I also sampled. I felt gross after eating these in the middle of the afternoon, after a bagel. But these were both “worth it” as homemade breads from the family bakery at Christmastime.
Here’s one of a few bites
Grilled root veggies!
When we sat down to dinner, I figured I had about 600 calories left to eat about 1800 for the day. Not too bad and definitely doable! I actually did pretty well at dinner and managed to resist seconds. I knew dessert was coming and didn’t want to waste calories on seconds to just make me full. And I did pretty well getting small portions. No alcohol either, so that made things easy!
- Mac and cheese
- Turkey with gravy
- Southern greens
- Sweet potato mini muffin
- Cornbread dressing
- Roasted veggies
- Marshmallow sweet potatoes
- Granola-topped cranberry sauce
- Creamed corn
Plus butternut squash and apple soup:
But then disaster struck. Coconut cake. Bourbon balls. Cookies. I LOVE coconut cake!!! I ate about 6 bourbon balls, 2 cookies, 1 bite chocolate pound cake, 1 real slice and 2 small pieces of cake, 2 bites pound cake. Maybe more?? Bad. bad, Kath.
My first plate….
And the second….
Total Saturday calories: 2,500 – 3,000????
The Good News
I had a really good time.
I eat healthy 95% of the time, one day of eating sugar, butter and fat is not going to kill me.
Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll get back on track first thing in the morning!