With Halloween coming up, I always try to plan a simple but Halloween themed dinner to celebrate that night. I have no kids and I'm past the partying times. So usually, the meal is our way to make it fun. We all know about my love for Pinterest,so of course that is always my first stop. This year, unlike the past few I am trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies rather than have a feast full of fat and starches.
Last year, I dyed Frozen fries green and got creative with ketchup to make bloody witch fingers . I made huge cheeseburger jackolanterns. I also made mummy hotdogs and orange Mac n cheese, For dessert we had double fudge brownies with an assortment of candies on the side. Can we have a guess on how many calories that was? *shudders* As you can see, this time that menu won't do.
So I've been browsing, trying to find better choices and something has become very evident and it really has nothing to do with my Halloween menu. It got me thinking. It seems like even though different programs do or not do different groups of food, one thing they share in common is that people try to come up with "healthy" or " good" versions of " bad foods". Even when we don't follow an specific program, we still try to come up with low cal, skinny versions of everything. One example of this, A big blogging lady had made some " Healthy Paleo Apple Cake". I do not know everything about paleo and even though I understand that people get creative with the starches and stuff they use to stay within the program. To me there is something about paleo and cake in the same sentence that seems incongruent...am I alone in this?
Its not that doing what she did was wrong. I am not bashing any of it. I am just analyzing what that would do that me.Maybe it's because of my deeply rooted issues with food. I can imagine that if, at this point, I started adding healthy cupcakes or skinny versions of junk food to my diet, I would be setting myself up to restart my old bad habits. Maybe that's just because those are my triggers? I can just imagine that I could easily go crazy on skinny brownies if I started rewarding myself with those healthy versions of "treats". Because somehow, I would rationalize with myself to think it's good for me because they're skinny. You know what I mean? Maybe I have not really progressed as much as I think I have if I can be "scared" by the thoughts of a skinny brownie and losing control?
Anyway, I decided that this Halloween I will have what I would have normally had for dinner. Why should the meal be the center point of the day? Will cutting my veggies into pumpkins and bats be necessary at all? Nope! I have decided on a new tradition instead: We will have a normal dinner within my calorie budget followed by Halloween themed movies instead! I may go crazy and save some calories for some air popped corn!