Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To Pie or Not to Pie?

After yesterday's post, I know some of you may be impatient to find out how I plan to balance my commitment to saying Yes with my love of Thanksgiving dinner, and still manage not to trigger the weight based psychosis that is the fashion and cosmetic industries particular gift to women of the world

I'll get to that, but first I need to back track to Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project. In her book she discusses her Secrets of Adulthood, the slightly goofy list specifically tailored to her that she created while writing her book. After the refrigerator redo, I discovered my first Secret of Adulthood, which was:
 If I want my husband to do something consistently, I need to sell it to him in terms of dollars saved.
The Yes week led to my second Secret of Adulthood:

I am happiest when I follow the same rules I set for my children.

I enforce bedtimes because I know my kids aren't pleasant to be around when they're exhausted. Desserts are almost every day, but served in modest portions. They get a little bit of sugar but we don't overdo it.

When my kids get home from school, they have to finish their homework before they go play. In the morning, chores must be completed before play time. I insist they dress appropriately for the weather because I know they'll be miserable without gloves or a warm coat.

When I started searching for a guideline to help me sort out the Yeses, I realized following the kid rules seems to lead me in the right direction. In the beginning of my Fulfillment Project I talked about taking up horseback riding again. Would I allow my children to take up horseback riding? Absolutely!

Okay, so let's get back to Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of serving myself up with a monster plate of food along with a monster sized helping of guilt, I'll just follow the kid rules.

Will I have second helpings? Most likely, but first, I'll stop and ask myself the same question I always ask my kids. Are you still hungry?

As for the pie, chocolate and pumpkin, made by my mother whose pie has won multiple awards. Will I have two slices?? Yes, but they'll both be small. That's what I'll tell my kids when they ask and so that's what I'm going to say to myself...wish me luck!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Moderation is the secret!

Brenda McKenna said...

Good luck! We'll be having pumpkin pie and cheesecake--and I think following your rules sounds very sensible. :)

Jo Schaffer said...

I say YES to pie... I make it with whole grain crust and use agave nectar instead of sugar. It is yummy and doesn't spike my insulin. (= Life is too short to deny the pie. (;

Kristen Wixted said...

Well, and the pie is not a regular thing. My vice, eating-wise, is ice cream, so Thanksgiving isn't too hard for me. Ice cream is not exactly traditional!

PS regarding your comment on my driving post-We lived in Seattle one year and a friend of ours described driving as a wolf among sheep--so funny! It really is like that.

Johanna Garth said...

Absolutely Alex!

Brenda, how could I have forgotten cheesecake? Love that too :)

Jo, that sounds delicious!

Kristen, that's so funny! Seriously, wolf among sheep.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Good luck, Johanna!! Enjoy yourself, and don't worry. You can go back to your healthy habits the next day.

As I mentioned earlier, my mother never serves food that tempts me. I don't like turkey, and I don't like green beans. Pumpkin pie is not for me, and neither are those anise-flavored Italian biscuits she likes.

The only Thanksgiving where I ever over-ate was the one my own family had while in the Poconos on vacation last year.

My husband cooked steak and lasagne and we had cheesecake for dessert. Now THAT was my kind of Thanksgiving!

No danger this year.

Weaver said...

And take small bites, chewing slowly to savor the flavor.

Great suggestions here. Good luck!

The Bookworm said...

Happy Thanksgiving Johanna. I'm bad, I have no self control...lol.
That chocolate and pumpkin pie sounds delish.

Sarah Tokeley said...

I like the idea of following the kids rules. There's a reason we make those rules :-)

Happy Thanksgiving.