‘Tis the Season for Watching What I Eat

‘Tis the Season for Watching What I Eat
I buy my favorite candy at Halloween, so if we don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters, the candy won’t go to waste because I'll eat it myself. In the United States, Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. For me, it’s nonstop eating from now until New Year’s Day. After gorging myself on fun-size Kit Kats and Butterfingers for a couple of weeks, I prepare myself for the gluttony of Thanksgiving. Then begins the countdown to Christmas followed by a week of college football playoffs leading up to New Year’s Day. Healthy people may have brief bouts of guilt about overeating during this season of overindulgence. However, for IBD patients, we may also experience the physical pain of flares and other digestive issues. When my husband, Patrick, and I were dating, we had to celebrate two Thanksgivings, usually lunch with my family and dinner with his. After we got married and my parents moved to Texas a short drive from his parents, I knew that I couldn't eat two huge meals within four hours of each other for the rest of my life. So I asked my mother if we could invite my in-laws to our family meal. Now when both families are in town, I only stuff myself with one Thanksgiving dinner. Christmas is more complicated, and the celebration lasts for at least three days straight — sometimes four. The reason for the extended festivities is that my older sister’s birthday falls on Christmas Eve. When she goes out of town to celebrate Christmas with her in-laws on alternate years, we have an early combined birthday and Christmas party for her. Then the family gets together again without her to celebrate Christmas Eve. Patrick's brother’s birthday is on Christmas Day. My mother-in-law believes he should have a separate celebration. So on Christmas Day
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