Don't Nit Pick at the Picnic!

Happy Memorial Day!

I don’t know when I first became fascinated with food at the holiday’s, but I know I was a very young child. I was mesmerized by all the special treats unique to the occasion.  The care it took to prepare special dishes, many I hadn’t tried before.  The way everyone was enthusiastically ogling over a new recipe or the way the food looked so beautiful.  Happy times.  I suppose I made some emotional, even romantic, connection between the turkey on Thanksgiving, prime rib at Christmas, ham on Easter and potato salad and watermelon on the Fourth of July – with happiness and love.

Its unfortunate I spent the next 30 years dreading holiday’s because they meant I’d be forced to eat those foods I perceived as ‘bad’.  High in fat, loaded with calories or just plain ‘not on my diet’!  It took me almost 3 decades to realize that eating any of my favorites foods, in moderation, wasn’t going to add up to a bloody thing.  Because one serving of strawberry shortcake never made anyone fat!

So, the only tidbit I will offer you on this holiday, is to enjoy whatever dishes are traditional on Memorial Day in your family.  Because if you don’t, it is not unlikely you’ll find yourself tonight, alone in the dark, in front of your Thermador eating a cold meaningless spoonful of pork and beans, a tired deviled egg and horror of horrors some forbidden strawberry pie!

Why not enjoy it today, mindfully, with your friends and family?   The way God intended you to…with laughter, love and a little romance thrown in.  Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of the Department of Education – Oregon State University

2 responses to “Don't Nit Pick at the Picnic!”

  1. The best way to enjoy the holiday without overdoing it is to sample your favorite foods instead of eating until you are about to pop. Many people may the mistake of eating for taste and keep eating.

  2. susan says:

    Yep, I’m with Clinton. At our picnic yesterday I had a small piece of grilled chicken, a very small helping of beans, a few bites of corn on the cob, a roll, and dessert. I was completely satisfied, not overly full, and left the gathering feeling great about how I treated myself.