Posted 11/26/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -6)
Does anyone have a tried and true secret to getting thru a sit down, large family gathering meal?
I just feel so much better if I eat extremely light. Thanksgiving will once again be a test. I won't partake in any appetizers, that's a given. I avoid that part of the meal! And ironically, turkey/mashed potatoes is one of my go-to meals that is so good for my touchy GI tract. But I can't load up my dinner plate! Because if I did, I could barely get thru the meal before using an upstairs bathroom. For quite a while.
So my trick is to be the last in line for food, then all the good seats at the dining room table are taken. And also by then most are eating - ie, face down, fork in hand, chowing down, LOL, or at least that's how my hubby tends to eat, he eats quickly because he was one of 6 siblings growing up and you had to eat fast otherwise you didn't your "share"!
I put piddly amounts on my plate and sometimes even leave half that amount, saying I'm too full to finish (a boldface lie).
But it is a real challenge, because if you wander from room to room while they're all sitting down eating at the same time, then they wonder what in the world you're doing!
You see I struggle with IBS-D like symptoms, 24/7, from having my sigmoid and 15 inches of my colon removed, due to rectal cancer in 1999. I've never been the same since!
I do have so much to be thankful for but a huge sit down holiday meal is such a challenge for me.
I do plan on doing an enema today, that sometimes buys me more time and I could in theory eat more tomorrow. I will probably not trust the enema doing it's usual job (cleaning me out enough to reduce my bm count).
Anyone have great excuses lined up? This group are my in-laws and they know I eat light but sometimes they ask me such personal questions - right in front of others who have no idea what I go thru. I just don't want the focus to be on me tomorrow!
This is just one time I wish I was "normal" again. Last xmas my family celebrated with a homecooked turkey dinner, which was delicious and I did need that type of food at the time (hectic schedule, work, shopping, cleaning, decorating, wrapping) but I ate too much and was holed up in my brother and his wife's master bath - for a few hours! I can't risk that tomorrow.....
Oh, BTW - wishing you all a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!