Is it just me or this weekend flew by? I can’t believe it’s Monday night already. Yikes! 😯 I guess time flies when you’re having fun, right? Right. 😉 I planned on blogging about something completely different this weekend but I realized something about myself yesterday that I thought some of you may relate to so we’ll go with this more relevant topic instead. Here we go…
Yesterday we had plans to spend a day by the pool at our friend’s Kyle’s parents’ house (got that? hehe). Adam grew up with Kyle and this is something they’ve done every weekend for many many years (and every weekend became every long weekend as we grew older). I woke up yesterday, made breakfast, relaxed for a bit and then it was time to go. This is when I started freaking out about what I should bring. We’re talking about food of course. These pool days are very standard fare – everyone comes over whenever they feel like it, bring whatever food they feel like, grill it whenever – you get it. Totally chill. Yet, seriously – every.single.time I freak out as we get ready. Why you ask? Because despite ditching the diet mentality (at least over a year ago), I still have food anxiety when I’m in an environment I don’t have full control over. Sounds familiar to anyone?
When I first started counting calories, I used to be afraid to eat out at restaurants that did not post nutritional information (I allowed myself one day off/week to eat whatever). Thankfully, this little phobia is long gone but apparently I’ve acquired new ones. Now I’m afraid I’ll get hungry. I’m afraid the only food that will surround me will be “unacceptable.” How do I define “acceptable” food? It’s no longer “low calorie food” – now it’s “delicious, ethical food.” Basically, I’m afraid I’ll be hungry and the only thing I’ll be able to eat will be hot dogs or sausages of questionable origins, made of questionable ingredients. Just the thought of it right now makes me shudder a bit. This has happened before and I was not a happy girl. This fear is well founded.
So as I had a mini-anxiety attack right before leaving, I grabbed a whole bunch of food – a whole cooler’s worth. What’s great is that I usually end up bringing so much stuff that everyone actually gets to enjoy some fresher fare. I’m all about spreading the (organic) love. 😉
Yesterday’s cooler included: rainbow carrots from the farmers market (I peeled and cut them up before leaving) + red pepper hummus
Everyone was mega impressed by the colorful carrots. So fun!
A giant organic heirloom tomato
+ some frozen grass-fed beef patties and a whole cantaloupe! (unpictured). Yeah like I said, I’m afraid of getting hungry.
The appetizer was carrots + hummus – everyone loved this combo. Of course 😉 Then I grilled some beef patties – topped mine with cheese, tomato, hummus and plopped it in a sandwich thin.
So about that sandwich thin… I know they are mighty popular in the blog world. I never really got the appeal but an opportunity to taste them for free was all I needed to give them a go. First of all, I was annoyed (an understatement) that the package proudly stated these were high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) free. Awesome. What is not so evident from the first glance at the package is that the ingredients list includes splenda. Really? I find this to be completely ridiculous. I’m going to assume that educated people avoid HFCS because it is unnatural. Guess what, so is splenda given that it’s an artificial sweetener. I just hate stupid marketing schemes like that, but we’ll move on to the taste (btw, I was boycotting these until we ran out of all other bread options I could bring to the party and I decided to just chill and move on). As far as the taste – these were not bad. They pretty much tasted like regular whole what bread – slightly sweet. Pretty yummy. I did, however, think they were too thin. Yes, I know they are called sandwich thins, but just look at this bread-to-meat ratio…
Eating this baby was quite the spectacle – a giant mess would probably adequately describe it. I was not impressed. I’m sticking to my beloved Food for Life english muffins and buns going forward (my grocery list has been updated ). They are so hearty. I’ll take the extra 60 calories.
So did my little strategy of bringing more than I could eat work? Kinda. There were still too many of these…
… because I got hungry. And then I remembered about that cantaloupe that was in the fridge and all was well again. 😀
Some card action (and monopoly) also helped with hunger distractions.
It was definitely a fun day in the sun. Nothing to freak out over. 😀
How do you spend long weekends in the summer? Do you ever experience food anxieties?