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.  =)  

Breakfast

 

I than snacked on a banana around 10am. 

Snack

 

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

Lunch

 

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

Dinner

 

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. 

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TIP OF THE DAY! 

 

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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