I was a bit scared to attend our extended family Christmas today as I know there are always snacks readily available. I was extremely disciplined and held off on the snacking while waiting for dinner. Instead of snacking, I actually conversed with relatives. Imagine that, actually putting family in front of food. I had some good conversations about renovating a home, since both I and my wife's cousin have converted duplexes into single family homes. I discussed gluten allergies with another cousin, who had problems his whole life, but did not get diagnosed with the allergy until about 6 years ago. I had been interested in this since reading D's Health and Weight Loss Journey and hearing about her allergy. I was amazed to find out the simplest things from him that bother him, such as tooth paste, shampoo, and other household products that contain gluten. That is definitely one allergy I am glad I don't have to worry about.
Our dinner was not at all point friendly either including assorted dinner rolls, pork tenderloin, homemade Polish sausage, Waldorf salad, layered jello, cheesy potatoes, another potato choice, which was much more friendly as it was gluten free, a small bowl of beans and a small bowl of corn along with the vast array of snacks including chips and more chips, popcorn, carmel corn, nuts, snack mix, etc. I decided to have two rolls with pork and some potatoes and veggies. I did as I planned by only filling my plate once and throwing it out as soon as I was done as not to allow myself a chance to talk myself into going back for seconds. I did indulge in two bites of cheesecake, but I had planned on doing so since it is something I rarely get.
All in all, it was a successful dinner with the choices available. I am a little disappointed in the snacking I did after dinner as I know I was doing it only because it was there, not because I was hungry.