butter hangover

by MrsFatass on April 25, 2011

I’m late posting today.

I’ve been tooling around the net reading about your holidays, your meals, your indulgences or your self control. Lots out there today about meals and food and waistlines. Why special memories should focus on the people and not what’s on the table.

I get all of that. I do. I’ve said it myself before. Many times.

But yesterday I changed my mind.

Yesterday I cooked my heart out. And there was regular butter and full-fat mayo and whole eggs, not just the whites, and lots and lots of sodium. I cooked to excess, I tasted everything along the way, I sat down with my family and ate some of everything, and got so full I fell asleep for a few minutes after.

And I don’t feel bad about any of it.

Because you know what? A whole lot of what my kids are going to remember about the way we spend the holidays is going to be focused on what we eat.

Some families do holidays the same every single year. The same person’s house. The same activities. The same people. Tradition.

But that’s just not what we’ve been able to do. Our tradition is the conversation that starts with “so how do ya’ll want to do it THIS year?” Some have been spent with this family or that one, or with friends that become family, or on our own. Some have been travelling holidays and some have been pajama holidays. They are never quite the same. And while I absolutely love that about us, it does make me wonder sometimes if I’m robbing my kids of something. You know? Not giving them some common thread. Something to count on for how we do things.

So yesterday I did it in the kitchen. I poured all of the love I could muster into our meal. Because that is the common thread. What we eat together.

And today I’m bloated and puffy. I’ve got a butter hangover. And despite the liberal use of sunscreen, I’m a little pink around the edges from sitting outside sipping Skinnygirls while the kids played in the sprinkler.

And the number on the scale was a big old mess.

But I don’t care. I wouldn’t trade one minute of us sitting around that table eating too much of all of those family favorites for a loss.

And I’m not altering a single recipe.

I’ll pick at leftovers today. But I will also drink lots of water and head to the gym. 

What about you?

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Skinny Sushi April 25, 2011 at 9:15 am

I love this! I ate what I wanted yesterday too, genuinely enjoyed food lovingly cooked by family, and I’m done thinking about it. I enjoyed the day, I loved the food, and now it’s another day.

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Grace @ Healthy Dreaming April 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

🙂 Sounds like you had a fantastic day. I’m a big believer in not regretting food choices but enjoying every bite.

Have a lovely week!

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Melzie April 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

Iso a big believern nogretting food choices. I just take into account that i can’t eat certain ways all the time.. but I want, and will, enjoy the special times when I can. While I can. That said, Easter isn’t a big deal for us… Now, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Superbowl & 4th of July, different stories! 😉

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MaryFran April 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I think you just captured the essence of this journey. No, we can’t celebrate and make food the number one thing in our lives. But there ARE occaisions where food can be the most important thing…..and as long at it’s not every day…or even every week it’s ok. It’s called LIVING….and if we deny and never LIVE, then what is the point of this journey!

Enjoy your butter hangover!

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Kerri O April 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Honesty here: I am so focused on not sabotaging myself for fitbloggin (that is my life pattern) that I stayed mostly ‘on plan’ yesterday. I did have one of my uncles homemade ooey goooey cinnamon rolls with no guilt though.

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Erin @wildlifebio April 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I see nothing wrong with enjoying holidays and doing it up right! I mean, they are holidays, right? I guess the problem comes when every day is a holiday! lol
I am glad you enjoyed yourself! Hopefully the water will cure the butter hangover 🙂

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Lisa T April 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

heehee, butter hangover. Love the concept.

If the journey (healthy living, weight loss, life in general) is about choices, and I think it is, then I’m with you that there are times it is just fine to make the choice to indulge. Especially when that indulgence is about enjoying your family as well as the food.

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JourneyBeyondSurvival April 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Yup. I’m all about the event, holiday and moving on! Live, love, learn and EAT.

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merri April 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Is it warm enough there to play in the sprinkler already in april? Wow! That sounds great. Its true, I remember the holidays growing up in a large part of our traditional food. For easter, we always had ham with raisin sauce. The years I’ve made easter, that’s what ive made. This year there was no time to cook an easter meal, or eat any easter food, and I did miss that, as I have in the other years I havent celebrated it. So im sure everyone appreciated your yummy meal! Im still craving some feast holiday food though, reading about everyone talking about theirs online this past wkend and today..

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Annalisa April 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Ahahahahahaha. Butter Hangover. Love it!!! Look, our family is exactly the same, each year something different. This year the plan was this: Family, friends and neighbours at our house. I COOK! Aaaaahhhh! Same as you, I spent Saturday and Sunday in the kitchen. Eating, eating eating eating eating eating…. oh yeah, didn’t I mention the beer and champagne 🙂 Anyway, Total butter hangover. More like, chocolate and full tummy hangover. Gym, here I come!!! xoxoxo

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Staci April 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I spent today in a sugar coma. That’s what I get for avoiding sugar during Lent. But, I knew I would do it and I didn’t beat myself up like I typically would. I’ve lost two family members in two weeks. As important as it is for me to live healthy and eat right, I know there are times I should just cut loose and have a sugar-fest. We’re not promised tomorrow so if I want to take three days a year (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) and just have at it, I will.

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Rachel @RunningRachel April 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Oh man! I totally feel your butter hangover pain. I have been there… and actually miss those pangs!! LOL We didn’t do anything big this year for Easter – just our immediate family. Nothing too extreme or crazy. But oh, I do love those family gatherings with LOTS of comfort foods. Yum!

Drink water and get moving. YOu can do it !:)

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) April 26, 2011 at 6:39 am

I’m with you. Life is delicious. EAT IT UP!

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Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood.com April 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

Love that – Butter Hangover. You have an incredible attitude. You’re teaching your children to have a healthy attitude about food – that’s fantastic. Have a great week.

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Judy April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

I think every now and then, you have to give yourself a break and enjoy the holidays! 🙂

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Homemom3 April 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Like many here I think every once in a while, especially those family get togethers can break from the norm and celebrate. I am going to guess that starting the new week you started working it all off. 🙂 Right? This year was different there were baskets but wasn’t much candy from the bunny and dinner was just soft/hard tacos. (2 each) We also don’t live near family so the get together family dinners doesn’t hurt us on that level. I say enjoy your time with your family.

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kia April 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I’m a Buddhist so Sunday was no big deal except I taught a few yoga classes to cover for friends celebrating Easter. Instead I did not eat as many calories as I should have because I was working a long day for me. During the week I did make mac n’ cheese for family visiting and I did not skimp on that – all soul food with some veggies thrown in for flavor. I agree with you… make it the way you want (but for me just eat less of it). Nothing wrong with the butta hangover every so often. Oh yeah… see ya in less than a month!!! #FITBLOGGIN

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