Have you ever really thought about how big of a role food plays in your life? And I don't mean in the obvious ways like for survival and overall health and well being and all that good stuff. I mean the other parts; the parts it really has no business invading but somehow its always there.
Take your social life for example. How many events do you attend that just "naturally" include some sort of eating-type ritual. I can think of at least 5 that involve some sort of cake alone (and for those of you who are keeping track I am including birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers and retirement parties) Not to mention all the other celebrations and family get-togethers and holidays that just seem to imply a binge of some sort:
"Let's go out to dinner to celebrate your new job/engagement/promotion/divorce"
"Let's have Aunt Sue and her 6 rugrats over for Sunday dinner and I'll make a pot roast"
"Let's try to have less than 9 side dishes at Thanksgiving this year...oh and stuffing and cranberry sauce don't count"
It's unavoidable! No matter where you go food WILL follow. And its never the good stuff..no,no.
When was the last time someone stuck a candle in a bowl of oatmeal and sang Happy Birthday??
And so I'm left asking myself, is that it? Do I just have to live with it because (warning, annoying phrase about to be uttered)it is what it is?
I say no....hold on, wait. Let me try that again.
I say NO!!!!!!!
The way I see it is that I can't personally change this phenomenon (although I am stubborn enough to try. Take that cruel world!!) but I can change how I adapt my own behaviors in these situations. I can choose healthy meals when out for celebratory dinners. I can help with Thanksgiving dinner to make sure there are some healthy and wholesome options. I can even say no to birthday/wedding/yay let's all celebrate that its Friday (again) cake and hope that no offence will be taken because gosh darnit, I have rights too!! And most of all I can take a deep breath and realize that, as my friend B pointed out just a few hours ago, you only live once and a piece of that TGIF cake ain't gonna kill me (and if it does I will die with a smirky little hahaha I just had some delicious cake kind of smile on my face).
So here's to vegetarian lasagna with Thanksgiving dinner, fruit salad served at weddings and all things in moderation!