Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How are you Caring for You this Final Week of 2016?

I am taking care of me. My family had their traditional lasagna and meatballs. I had my own mini lasagna made with sausage, fat free ricotta, corn tortilla and Daiya vegan mozzarella. Next time I will make it without the Daiya. I don't really like the taste anymore and believe it or not, lasagna can taste fine without mozzarella.

My youngest daughter
delights us all with her
creative gift wraps! 
My family had their Christmas cookies. I had dates and figs rolled in crushed almonds, unsweetened cocoa powder and almond meal. I added a little stevia and bourbon and it tasted great. The dates and figs would set me off if I ate them often so I do not know if I will do that again next year.

There were a few too many substitutions going on for my comfort. Rather than try to mold my food to fit other people's festivities I wanted to eat the vegetables, quinoa and grilled chicken I enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year. Still, I found myself making an unsweetened semi-paleo egg nog (adding stevia). I kept my breakfasts and most lunchtimes normal and made sure I had three regular meals each day, not meals without end or reason. For this reason I feel pretty good physically.

My emotions are strong today. The day my oldest goes back north from her Christmas visit is always a hard old for me. To take care of myself I have reached out to share it with others, made a meal plan for the day and kept to my other routines. I am sad she is 1200 miles away again and to quote the anonymous quote of the day: I love her, I bless her and I release her to her to the care of her indwelling God. I am not the director of this lifetime production.  I guess that covers my spiritual side today, too.

R.I.P Carrie Fisher: In my career as a pixie I have pixie dusted more people than I can count. It is hard to remember any particular 'one.' However, in 2009 I was fortunate to attend the Broadway run of Carrie Fisher's one woman show "Wistful Drinking." Mom and I had front row seats. Carrie started the show by coming down from the stage into the audience. She stopped in front of me and my mom, reached into a bag and pixie dusted us both. I will always remember that Pixie Dust Occasion.
As the week continues I will continue to reach out for the help I need to complete some important activities on Friday and I am reasonably ready for 2017.  I am looking forward to a beautiful year. Life continues. Events happen. As my surrounding families age (along with me), we are all aware that there will be loss and sadness even in the best of years. I know whatever is in the plan for 2017, I do not have to eat over it. I might want to, but I don't have to.

That's the best thing I got out of 2016.



Jane Cartelli said...

Please excuse my language in this comment:
2016 just fucked with my Unsinkable Molly Brown. Rest in Peace Debbie Reynolds, you feisty, no-nonsense, hard working mother.

Karen said...

Glad you are eating within your food template, Jane! Here's to 2017 and continued food template eating and thinking that keeps you well. Onward!

L Lee said...

Good work, welcome back.