A quick post today to wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. As you remember those who served in a branch of the military and passed away, you may get together with friends or family. Even though we do not have anyone in our immediate family who falls into this category, we still get together and have a special meal together.
Holidays can be difficult for those of us who struggle with food. I’ve found that all holidays can be hard if I’m not careful, but with some planning, it does not have to be that way.
The first thing I do when we are having a meal in celebration of a holiday is decide in advance whether I will have a “treat” or not. I know that may seem backward, but then I don’t have to worry about it. Normally I will have a “treat” if the treat is something I love, but if there are just going to be store bought cookies or other processed dessert present, I just pass.
If it is possible, I try to cook a good part of the meal, or at least plan on bringing a few healthy options. This keeps me in a little bit of control which also helps me avoid feeling stuck with the unhealthy food that often graces the potluck tables at many picnics or holiday dinners.
If I cannot bring anything, I just rely on good old-fashioned self-control to avoid eating too much. I use small plates, commit to making the healthiest choices possible, and avoid going back for seconds unless it is salad or vegetables. Then I make sure to spend lots of time talking with friends, keeping up with the kids, or playing games.
As you celebrate this Memorial Day, I hope that you will enjoy the day and realize that healthy eating at holidays is just like any other day. It is about good choices and reasonable expectations.
Do you have any tips for handling the holidays that may help someone else? Diane