Group Forum: Celebrating - With food!

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Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 09:57
I wonder where this practice started. Maybe it comes from leaner times when food was harder to come by and just being able to have a big meal was a cause to celebrate. (Harvest celebrations anyone?)

Wherever it started, it is obviously still the standard. When you have something to celebrate then here come the fatty and/or sugary foods.

The tradition is still in full force at work. Maybe someone had a birthday, their kid had one, their grand-kid, or maybe they are just having a good day. That means it is time for another "Snacks in the break room" email to go out.

Fortunately my office is far enough away, and the ventilation in that part of the building is separate from the part where the break room is. I don't have to smell or see the snacks most of the time. (Unlike Kildayan who has no choice but to walk within a foot of their break room table repeatedly all day long.)

Now I just got an email saying that we're going to have a luncheon to celebrate fully switching over from our old accounting system to the new one. I'll admit, it was a lot of work and probably deserves some kind of celebration. Right now, though, I would rather get to go home an hour early with pay than have an hour long luncheon with a building full of people eating really tasty but unhealthy foods.

Oh well. I'll manage. At the luncheon in December there was a veggie tray with dip and there was a fruit cup at each table setting. Those were they only things I could fit into my diet. At least the only things I could eat more than a tablespoon of (which would have left me just wanting more.) I managed it that time, I'll manage it this time.

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Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 14:05
Round I think the story behind celebrating with food goes something like this.....We get together as a family and sit around the table and food just brings everyone together. Whether it be cooking together in the kitchen or at a cook out, it is something everyone has to do. Back when we were kids, we were outside most of the day into the night and we "worked" off our meals and desserts. As the world progresses and new technology is available, kids are in more than they are out. Not a lot of exercise and fun. Some of that too is that parents are afraid to allow their kids to go to the neighbors house and hang out or walk the neighborhood and play. My kids didn't leave the backyard until they were 12 and even then they had to check in every hour. There is so much going on in the world that parents are okay with kids staying in. We eat and no exercise and what happens?

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Posted: 26 Jan 2013, 19:38
Tina, that is so true. I'm the same with Nic, he asked the other day to go to a friends house and I can't let him go for long because for one, they are smokers and I don't want him around that, and for another the kids father is someone of a loner and always off on his own and refuses to get to know other parents. That worries me.
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Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 09:34
Hi Round, I get what you're saying. None of my family lives near me and when we get together there is always a lot of food, generally provided by me, because it is expected. I have been creating healthier options, but somethings, like cheesecake are always expected.

But I'm learning to plan for these things and provide healthier options and plan exercise, like a family walk or wii games, to burn some of it off.

Since I work from home, I really only have to worry about that when I have co-workers in from out-of-town and they we are at a restaurant where I can order a sirloin and veggies and take half home!

The worst part is when I travel. Dining out is expected and between trying to eat healthy and Celiac disease, it sucks! But when I travel I'm running through airports and inspecting buildings and I get a lot of exercise. I almost always lose weight when I travel.
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Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 11:21
Okay so has anyone heard of pintrest? I have found many new recipes on this site that are weight watcher and Atkins friendly. It really gives some new ideas so that when we are around family eating, we can have foods that are great in taste and low in calories. I have tried several recipes from there and have had great results.

We can do this if we take it day by day and step by step~

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Posted: 27 Jan 2013, 22:56
Tina, that's a good idea. We need both good low carb and good healthy medium-carb meals.