im doing ok- we had a couple of family xmas parties; at the first (my-inlaws) most of the food was totally inedible anyway due to them being the worst cooks on earth. i stuck to some turkey and salad. i did have some gravy on my turkey though since it had been in the oven about two hours too long, and i know there was sugar in the home made dressing on the salad. dessert killed me though.
at the other family party (my family- much healthier eaters in general), there was a beautiful huge raw bar, so i parked myself next to that instead of by the cheese and crackers and did great. i was so busy managing my 3 and 1 year olds at dinner that i didnt get much time to stress, and just ate some of the carrots and chicken, leaving behind the risotto. due to the antics of afore mentioned kiddos, we left before dessert.
last night was our neighborhood tradition of "recession pizza night"- i got myself a salad with grilled chicken first so only ended up eating one piece of pizza and i made xmas cookies with my daughter and only ate one of those. xmas eve we are doing the traditional post-church chinese food thing, so im planning on doing some research before i hit the restaurant. then, im cooking xmas day brunch so its totally paleo (poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and roasted asparagus, smoked wild salmon with red onions, cream cheese and capers).
BUT, then we are off to the in-laws again where everything they eat comes out of a package and they dont eat any vegetables. NO vegetables and im not exaggerating- not a single one. EVER. and my diabetic mother in law makes a box of brownies every night. i hated eating up there even before i was paleo, so im kind of dreading it. they wont let my husband and i cook, and we have begged. im not really looking forward to navigating that cluster F. we have taled to them so much about their diet, and not in a preachy way, but they are both in VERY poor health. my mother in law eats a bowl of raisin bran and skim milk every morning and thinks she is being healthy (she is type II diabetic, not insulin dependent yet, hypertension, very high LDL, morbidly obese and can barely walk- cant get up the stairs in her house without a struggle. shes 63). its really quite frustrating. when i bring my own food for my family they throw a fit and accuse us of being passive aggressive, ungrateful, sanctimonious, etc. i ahve multiple sclerosis and have been in total remission with clean MRIs since going paleo, and ive told them that my diet is not just a hobby- its keeping me (literally) moving and im going to do anything i can to keep it that way.
anyway, this has turned into more of a vent and i dont mean to hijack- i just struggle with this every year, but especially this year.