We had a dinner party yesterday for my mother-in-law and her husband, who are visiting from Dayton. It was a lovely day, but a really long and tiring day. By the time I got to the dinner portion of the day, I was stressed. The menu included tons of veges ( jicama, carrots, celery, greeen beans) to pick on as appetizers, even more veges (onions, red and yellow bell pepper, eggplant and zucchini) on the grill with chicken, turkey and/or salmon on the grill. I supplemented the menu with a brown rice salad full of even more veges (green onions, cherry tomatoes, edamame, black beans and corn). I didn't repeat one vege! I also offered grilled garlic bread. It looked and smelled heavenly. I ended up sucumbing and enjoying a piece with my dinner of veges, brown rice salad and grilled turkey.
Then to help celebrate my mother-in-law's husband's birthday, we had ordered a coconut cake from Thyme in the Ranch (redonkulously amazing spot in Rancho Santa Fe). I did not have a piece, but I did eat one bite of the "scrods" as I was cleaning up in the kitchen.
So, I say...one piece and one bite because I did eat those things but I am completely happy and proud of myself that I did not have more. When we do eat something off plan, why not consider having a very small portion? It turns out that I did not feel guilty. Truthfully, at the end of the evening I was simply too darn tired to feel anything except for my head hitting the pillow!
Desire to enjoy a taste. Dedication to planning healthy options. Discipline to stop at just one.