Fruit & Goodies

Here we go again on this fine Monday, 12/14/09!  

It is going to be a crazy busy week at home & work as I am sure I am not the only one finishing things up at work and getting ready for the Holiday’s that are only days away now. 

I had a yummy bowl of Raisin Bran Extra with 2% milk and a glass of orange juice for breakfast.  I love this cereal….it has a perfect mix of bran flakes, raisins, cranberries, almonds & crunchy yogurt pieces.  =)  



I than snacked on a banana around 10am. 



Lunch came just after noon as I was “starving”.  I had 1/2 of one of the big stuff green peppers I made yesterday. 



Than a few hours later I had yet another snack #2!  I had a Harry & David pear and a few chocolate covered cherries as well. 

Snack #2


As you can see I am eating lots of “snacks” today as I am trying to keep myself full and satisfied so I don’t attack all the goodies in our office.  I find this approach works very well for me and I don’t feel guilty eating a few goodies as I am paring them with fruit. 

After work I headed to another Holiday Company Party at a co-worker’s house for a few hours and enjoyed lots of yummy dips, cheese, chips, crackers, fruit & veggies as well as a few glasses of white wine and great company of my fellow co-workers/friends! 

I then headed straight home to make dinner for my “starving” family, which I got on the table promptly at 8pm!  =O  It was taco night, however I ran out of taco shells so I had a bowl of the following: 

  • Yellow Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Taco Meat
  • Taco Sauce
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tomatoes



It was REALLY good, but I only ate 1/2 of what you see above as I was feeling guilty about all the dips, cheese, crackers & chips I ate at the party earlier. 

The rest of the night, which wasn’t much since I got home so late, was spent on the couch of course staring at the t.v. until bed time at 12pm. 




Eat, Drink, and Still Shrink (continued) 

At the Coffee Shop

Sleep deprivation has turned you into a gift-wrapping zombie. An eggnog latte or peppermint mocha seems like the perfect pick-me-up, but it’s dessert in disguise, with up to 700 calories and about the same amount of fat as a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. And don’t tell yourself that a tasty drink will help you resist the pastries (there can be 500 calories in a slice of banana bread, BTW). Studies show that calories from beverages don’t fill you up as much as those from solid foods. 

Trim Tactics

Buddy up. When a java craving strikes, invite a fit friend (the one who drinks small skim lattes) to join you; that peer pressure may help you make a positive choice. “Or decide on a healthy drink before you go, and order first so you’re not tempted by a pal’s unhealthy pick,” says Sofia Rydin-Gray, PhD, clinical psychologist at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina. 

Use the five-minute rule. Drooling over the pastries? Tell yourself you can indulge if you wait five minutes, Rydin-Gray suggests. Pressing “pause” on a craving helps retrain your brain to resist the urge next time, she explains. Still want a cookie? Waiting in that line a second time may make you reconsider or at least take a smaller portion, says Stella Volpe, PhD, RD, a faculty member in bio-behavioral and health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. 

BYO brew. Bypass the coffee place by bringing your own joe to work or on a shopping trip. Think about the cash you’ll save; that’s what Elizabeth Wagner Buehler, 30, an IT specialist in Chicago, did. “I realized my daily coffee habit cost me $25 a week,” she says, “and I could use the money on one personal training session a month.” 

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.

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