Hosting a BBQ with Relapsing MS By Rachel, Wife, Mother, Domestic Engineer • July 5, 2018
Last summer a big dream of mine finally came to fruition. Our family got a pool!! After years of saving, prepping, and planning, it finally happened. So now, not only do I have a fabulous space to call my own and host get-togethers, but I also have a place to literally cool my body down and make a hot summer day more bearable—RMS or not.
Do you like hosting BBQs at your home? My family loves having people over to play and enjoy some good food. While I love being a hostess and all that jazz, I also know that it can be overwhelming and take a toll on me physically. So I have a few strategies to help me conserve energy and not become exhausted (let’s face it—sometimes I wake up tapped out and exhausted). This allows me to relax and enjoy everyone’s company.
Time management is key. I’m a morning person, so I try to prepare during that time. I also try to keep it healthy and simple. Thankfully, fresh fruit and produce is not only a crowd pleaser, it takes little effort and is refreshing and healthy. I’ll also use this time to stick some marinated chicken breasts in the fridge to throw on the grill later. Starting preparation early prevents me from overdoing it and getting fatigued. If I’m feeling really good I like to prep in larger batches and put together items that can be frozen and easily pulled for use at a later date.
Take care of you. How many other moms go a whole day and then realize that they’ve fed everyone else but never took care of themselves?! Not good! Funny how it’s so easy to do that. But staying hydrated and nourished can make a huge difference in how well I feel. I like to keep lemon water and snacks like nuts or cheese handy to keep my energy stores filled. Don’t let yourself get so busy that you forget to take care of you, even if you have to train/force yourself to do it.
It’s okay to ask for help! Have the kids take on some of the household tasks. Or have your guests bring a dish to share. I find that most of the time my guests really enjoy contributing.
Make things easier on yourself. Maybe use paper plates—less cleanup! Or make it really simple and order pizza or get some ready-to-eat food from your local grocery store! Set yourself up for success and be flexible.
Relapsing MS can give us unique challenges, but the great thing about BBQs is that most of the meal can be prepped in a cool, air-conditioned kitchen. Enlist help from others if you plan on grilling. Then you are even less exposed to the heat of cooking.
Having a BBQ at my home makes me feel triumphant. It’s one more thing that I haven’t let relapsing MS take away from me! #takethatMS
I hope that my tips help you have a more enjoyable summer. Maybe you’ll be inspired to host your own BBQ too? Let me know in the comments!
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