My "MOP" System for Special Events

How does a food addict go out to a special event and stay on program? That is easy if you use my system called MOP, Make good food choices, Organize and Plan ahead.

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How does a food addict go out to a special event and stay on program? That is easy if you use my system called MOP, Make good food choices, Organize and Plan ahead.

Let's face it, we all go out for dinner or attend special events where we are not able to eat the foods that we prepare ourselves to ensure that we stay on program. 

Saturday, April 10th was the day of my daughter's wedding and even though it was one of the happiest days of my life, I knew it would be a challenge to stay on program.

So, how did I handle it?

I had to get to the hotel for hair and makeup by 10am, so I ate breakfast with my husband, a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries. I packed my lunch, turkey breast on whole grain bread, and my morning snack. When I arrived at the hotel there were bagels, cream cheese and butter everywhere. Wow, now could I have just a little taste? I have not eaten a bagel since I started program on February 10th. Bagels were one of my favorite foods. What did I do? I ate the morning snack that I packed, my Greek yogurt, and drank a bottle of water.

After the church ceremony we were on our way to the reception hall and that is when I ate my lunch. Yes, I ate my sandwich in the limo. I was determined to stick to my program no matter what.

Cocktail hour, well that was a real challenge. It was a buffet of all kinds of hot and cold items. I decided that fresh veggies and some hummus was the best choice. The other foods smelled good, but I really wanted to stay on program.

Dinner was easy! I had soup, salad and only ate half of my entree. Yes, you read that correct. Half of my entree. It was filet with shrimp and I ate the shrimp and left the filet. 

Dessert, well that was extremely hard. I had to make a decision and was so proud of myself because I had stayed on program all day and night and didn't want to blow it at this point. I will let you all guess whether or not I tasted the cake or passed.

So, I did stay on program and enjoyed my daughter's wedding. What helped me stay on program was using my MOP system; making good food choices, organizing my food menu and planning ahead.

Here is this week's food menu:

Sunday and Wednesday: baked chicken with white beans

Tuesday and Thursday: turkey meatballs with whole grain pasta

Monday and Friday: whole wheat stuffed pizza

Saturday: turkey dogs with sauerkraut

Please join me in my wellness journey and keep me posted at Riare43a@aol.com. Have a great happy and healthy week!

How does a food addict go out to a special event and stay on program? That is easy if you use my system called MOP, m ake good food choices, o rganize and p lan ahead.

Let's face it, we all go out for dinner or attend special events where we are not able to eat the foods that we prepare ourselves to ensure that we stay on program. 

Saturday, April 10th was the day of my daughter's wedding and even though it was one of the happiest days of my life, I knew it would be a challenge to stay on program.

So, how did I handle it?

I had to get to the hotel for hair and makeup by 10am, so I ate breakfast with my husband, a bowl of oatmeal with strawberries. I packed my lunch, turkey breast on whole grain bread, and my morning snack. When I arrived at the hotel there were bagels, cream cheese and butter everywhere. Wow, now could I have just a little taste? I have not eaten a bagel since I started program on February 10th. Bagels were one of my favorite foods. What did I do? I ate the morning snack that I packed, my Greek yogurt, and drank a bottle of water.

After the church ceremony we were on our way to the reception hall and that is when I ate my lunch. Yes, I ate my sandwich in the limo. I was determined to stick to my program no matter what.

Cocktail hour, well that was a real challenge. It was a buffet of all kinds of hot and cold items. I decided that fresh veggies and some hummus was the best choice. The other foods smelled good, but I really wanted to stay on program.

Dinner was easy! I had soup, salad and only ate half of my entree. Yes, you read that correct. Half of my entree. It was filet with shrimp and I ate the shrimp and left the filet. 

Dessert, well that was extremely hard. I had to make a decision and was so proud of myself because I had stayed on program all day and night and didn't want to blow it at this point. I will let you all guess whether or not I tasted the cake or passed.

So, I did stay on program and enjoyed my daughter's wedding. What helped me stay on program was using my MOP system; making good food choices, organizing my food menu and planning ahead.

Here is this week's food menu:

Sunday and Wednesday: baked chicken with white beans

Tuesday and Thursday: turkey meatballs with whole grain pasta

Monday and Friday: whole wheat stuffed pizza

Saturday: turkey dogs with sauerkraut

Please join me in my wellness journey and keep me posted at Riare43a@aol.com . Have a great happy and healthy week!

Blog written by Maria Osnowitz
I am 54 years old, married, and the mother of two grown children. I have been unemployed since June of 2009, and since then have...