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Mom loves me = FOOD

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I was reading GETSTRONGERR's blog, about how much food is on offer, when he is visiting home.

It looks like mothers all over the World prefer to speak about love trough cooking.

I wish they had alternative ways to express there love.

My mother is the same. She wants to tell me how much she loves me, and how she happy is to see me = FOOD.
And the more the love, the bigger the quantity.

Basically, any friend I know, when we visited their parents, we received heaps of food.

Last week, I've been to Mexico, to a conference. To feel the welcome of the host, we had been invited to restaurant for all occasions. The food was excellent, I really liked it. But somehow, just I notice that to express their hospitality, the language was to offer high quantity of food.

I had the chance also to visit a friends family in Mexico, and I noticed that the mom also was offering lot of food to show love.

I'm going to visit my mother in December, too. When she was last time staying at me, she got interested in weight loss, and healthy life, she also lost a couple of pounds since then.

I think, I will let her know in advance, that I'm happy that she cooks for me. But as I am on a healthy lifestyle now, there are foods that I eat with more pleasure, and to let her know what type of food is my preference. And within those limits, she can cook as much as she wants.
And I will eat it, with a good mind.

Papaya was available in large quantities in Mexico.
This from a 24h open supermarket.

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ZELLAZM 12/3/2011 3:49PM

    That papaya looks luscious. One of my favorite mini-meals when living in California was a half a papaya with a big scoop of yoghurt. MMMM!

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    Hi! Hi! My mother is like that too.

And when my son visited me the last time, ... I gained 3 pounds! Usually, I eat heathy meals in small quantity, but when I have visit, that is another story.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/23/2011 4:34PM

    I see myself as even guilty of doing this - especially if we have company - I always want to make sure there is enough - and that everyone is satisfied - I think mothers who have not seen their children in awhile take this to the next degree - though I don't mind at all if there are leftovers (and lots) because then I can feed them again and again :)

the hardest part is when the quantity doesn't join with healthy food choices

I was planning my meals for tomorrow, and even with making healthy choices and portion control, it was a bit of a tight fit to stay in range - it is made more difficult when guests request certain dishes - like that killer pecan pie (over 400 calories for 1/8th of the pie, and that is without the crust!)

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FVHORVATH 11/23/2011 12:55PM

    Mom's like ot have someone to cook for and therefore when they are around the kids they are happy to be able to cook for them. But you are right that Food = Love to Mom's. We do try and control it but sometimes it is hard.

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CANDOK1260 11/23/2011 3:19AM

    yep food equal love know the equation well and don;t want to hurt family but you know the way you explain it might work lets us know in Dec. have a great day

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SHOOPETTE 11/23/2011 2:15AM

    I am actually guilty of the same thing, I cook a lot for those I love

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KIMBERTA99 11/22/2011 9:20PM

    I love seeing your photos!! That looks a shelf from Soriana's..hahahahaha! Actually they had papaya on sale today at Walmart!! I will think of you every time I see a papaya.....unfortunatly I don't like the taste!! That is great that you can talk to your mom and let her know that she can feed you but with healthier foods! My mom is the same..when we go back for a visit she prepares all the foods that I love that we cannot get here!! And way too many sweets!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/22/2011 7:37PM

    I'm glad to hear it's a universal problem!

I get back from my meetings today and my mother has dinner already. Luckily I hit the gym today.

So what does she say? "Well since you went to the gym today, you can have another plate"

What is this insanity!?!?!

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CAPTHAMMER 11/22/2011 6:26PM

    Certain foods you "eat with more pleasure". What a great way to express that. Let your mom know ahead of time you love her cooking almost as much as you love her but there are some things you would appreciate more than others. As KMICHA says she'll likely cook like crazy for you either way so you may as well request the healthier choices.

Mmmm-mmmm, papaya. Aren't they great?

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TYKXBOY 11/22/2011 3:43PM

    Food = Love is definitely universal. My mother-in-law does the same for her daughters and for me. She would make huge breakfasts with eggs and biscuits & gravy and hash browns and sausage and pancakes. Any of those by themselves would be a filling breakfast, but she was serving them all at the same time. And she would never even eat breakfast with us. She would just make a banquet fit for 6-8 people just for the 3 of us. And then there would always be heaps of food leftover when we were done - about which she would loudly complain about. Then she would complain about them getting too skinny (they were size 16).

For the thousands of years that human's have been on this Earth, food has been scarce. Everyone had just enough to eat to survive. When crops were scarce, people starved. So, having gobs of food and being overweight (or at least plump) was a sign of health and wealth - and that's why providing food is a symbol of great hospitality. It's only been in the last 50 years that food has been so ubiquitously available (at least in "developed" countries) in such quantities and choices that it's availability has become an afterthought. However, the culture of food = wealth = love has not changed.

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KMICHA 11/22/2011 3:39PM

    Good question! Why do mothers (and wives) show their love with food? Have we been taught that nothing says I love you like fixing your favorite dish? The saying goes, a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. (don't know where the quote actually originated) I am guilty of that very thing.

It would be good to gently approach your Mother before your visit and let her know your food desires . . . I'm betting she'll still cook up a storm, but only the healthy stuff!!!

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Lufthansa's calorie reduced menu

Monday, November 21, 2011

About two week ago, on the on-line check-in page of Lufthansa, I discovered there is an option to specify the meal type.
I found "Kaloriearmes essen" (Calorie reduced meal) in the list, and I thought to give it a try.

This payed off very well, as on both trips, to and from Mexico, I got a special meal with less calories. At first, it looked very similar to the normal menu on offer, but then I discovered that the regular menu had cheese with nuts, white bread, creamy sauce, and my dessert was fresh fruits instead of biscuits.

I also stuck to my commitment of only drinking water on the plane - I have read many articles of drinking alcohol and tomato juice makes the flight experience more difficult, cola light alters my sleep patterns, and apple-orange juices were just not appealing. So, I drank plenty of water.

Arriving back to the airport, I headed to the supermarket at the arrival area, and bought some salad and fresh vegetables for tonight.

At home, I discovered that unfortunately I switched off the power also on the refrigerator, so all the freezer content was to land in the bio-organic waste bin. Anyway, it had many items high in calories that I delayed eating, so, I look at it as an opportunity for fresh start.

Now, I am quite tired of this 20h trip, head to bed, and hope to set-back my internal clock 7h forward, to Paris/Vienna time.

Any tips on how you do with airports, airplanes, to keep up with healthy eating habits?

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SHOOPETTE 11/23/2011 2:13AM

    good to know, will check with Air France if they do the same

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/22/2011 7:32PM

    Welcome back home!

I travel all the time and I try real hard to avoid airline and airport food.

For short trips (5-6 hours), I pack a sandwich from home. I drink lot's of water on the flight....and coffee.

For overseas trips, I bring sandwiches, snacks, and lots of chewing gum too.

I blogged about my victory over airline food a little while ago too:


Good luck!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/22/2011 3:03PM

    that meal looks really good, especially for airplane food

I'm going to be traveling by car several times in the next month, and I'm a bit concerned about snack choices - I need to start planning ahead - your post is my motivation to do that

since I'm going to be packing the snacks, I can choose ahead to make good choices - I think I may avoid anything pre-packaged/sodium laden - and water is going to be a must - I liked your thoughts about the other drink choices - really water is the only way to go when traveling, there is already so much that can disrupt your comfort/sleep patterns/water retention - why complicate with a myriad of liquid forms - if I can stick to that - drink water, and only water, I'll be better off - plus I won't have to remember to pop it into my nutrition tracker later :)

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    That pic looks YUM! And I'm glad you saw your fridge/freezer being off as an opportunity! I would have probably been sad to see everything go to waste, but it's def. better to get a fresh start!! I don't travel often, but when I do I just try to take healthy snacks with and make the best choices I can when eating out. I think it's just difficult, but surely people do it all the time - so there's a way! :D

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My yellow Mexican breakfast

Sunday, November 20, 2011

We had a great run in the morning in the sand. Slaloming around the waves of the Mexican beach. Then, I went for a longer 9K run, but in shoes on the asphalt. On the way back, I discovered the sun was stronger than me, I almost couldn't finish.

Back, I had this excellent fruit salad to add in carbs and water after the run.
1200g of pure tropical joy!
It turned out it was all yellow, even the plate. ;-)

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/21/2011 9:57AM

    looks yummy! and I love your food scale peeking out from underneath - you are a rockstar in my book :)

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CHANGINGMORGAN 11/20/2011 12:08PM

    Looks amazing! Glad you're still enjoying!

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/20/2011 10:48AM

    Looks great....enjoy!

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Fruit on the go in Mexico

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finally, I have a little net here, and here I am first thing to do is to jump on SparkPeople.
I was tracking food on paper, but still, I prefer the on-line version. Sorry for being scarce with replies and feedback - next week I'll be back full speed!

So, a short update on today's nutrition part.

For lunch, we went to a restaurant with a wonderful view directly to the beach/sea, the waves almost had the tables. We had a round of fish-tomato-avocado salad, then a round of fresh salad, then some excellent fried fish. Aqua de coco (Coconut-water mixed with water and ice) to drink. It was sooo tasty, and also good on the calories.

We went to a neighbouring town for the evening, and I capitalized on the opportunity to get some fresh fruits. They have in Mexico these wonderful places where they sell fresh fruits to take away, with some yogurt topping, and/or some seeds/raisins toppings. We had to ask, and walk around two blocks to find one, but, OMG, it was super delicious. I had to go for a 2nd round!

I also tried some churritos (deep fried very tasty), but now with portion control - only a small piece.

Tomorrow morning, we plan to do the run in the beach in the sand, right next to the water!

Papaya, apple, banana, melon.
But lots of papaya!

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SHOOPETTE 11/20/2011 2:09AM


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LESLIE_2B_LESS 11/19/2011 11:31PM

    I love reading about all your travels! How very interesting and the fruit stands sound yummy!

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KIMBERTA99 11/19/2011 10:46PM

    Yes, stands like those are wonderful!! And definitely if you are ever this way let me know!! And the coco water is everywhere here too!! emoticon

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    YUM! :D Glad you're having a fun and delicious time! :D

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/19/2011 9:23AM

    Enjoy your trip.....sounds like a great opportunity to eat well.

Hasta la Vista!

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LINTPICKER 11/19/2011 7:17AM

    LOOOOOOOVE Mexican food!! all the spices and tastes!

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KMICHA 11/19/2011 7:07AM

    Sounds yummy!

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Chili, Coconuts, Mexico

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hola, Sparkfriends!

So here I am for a week in Mexico. We had a one week conference in Guadalajara, then now I have two days free.
In short, food is excellent, the weather is superb, and the people are very friendly - I enjoy it so much!

As for the healthy life, with all these excellent food here, it's not easy, but I still find my way around. I managed to put in a 30 or 45 min swim every day, circling in the small swimming pool of the hotel.
And not full in the "Sparkpeople compliant" way, but I went for healthy choices and controlled portions about 80% of the time.

Today, I am at the beach with a friend from here. I had 30 minutes swimming (haha, not moving ahead due to the waves), and 60 minutes "fighting with the waves". It was just great. The waves of the pacific are very strong, the sand is fine, and the sun is very hot.

I eat a lof of fresh tropical fruits, a lot of fresh vegetables, and excellent vegetable soups. I mostly enjoy fresh coconuts and papaya, which I never had in Austria/Hungary, and are a lifetime first for me! I try to limit the excellent tortillas and tacos, and mostly go for seafood. But I taste a bite from everything anyway.

In the morning, I made a 30 min walk in the sand.

Anyone been to Mexico before?

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/21/2011 9:55AM

    growing up in Southern Colorado, I ate a lot of Mexican food, but since we were landlocked, it was more tortillas (flour and corn) and beans and rice and cheese and amazing pork green chilie - you are quite lucky to have the access to the fresh freggies and seafood - have you tried ceviche? (sp) - it is the raw seafood in lime juice to "cook" it - it is very good, and I'm sure amazing fresh :)

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 11/20/2011 3:10AM

    Papaya and coconut! So, so good & are my favorites! ...add mango in there, too!

Look across the Pacific and give me an "aloha wave" if you think about it. Glad you are having fun.

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KIMBERTA99 11/18/2011 8:21PM

    Oh....too bad you didnt come to Cancun!! I could of met my first spark friend!! Gald you are enjoying Mexico....that is why I like living here..the people are really friendly and lots of seafood!!

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    I used to live in Guadalajara! If you're near Puerto Vallarta right now, try to get to Sayulita. It's about thirty or forty minutes away and you can take public transit to get there. It's a super-cute little fishing village with lots of cool boutiques and yummy restaurants. It's also a great place for surfing, or learning to surf! It's an easy day trip, or you can overnight at the adorable Petit Hotel d'Hafa (which is very affordable but it's been in all the major style magazines because it's so hip!).

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LISAINMS 11/18/2011 3:46PM

    I've been to both coasts of Mexico. Love the people, the food, the environment... it's a great place to visit.

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CHANGINGMORGAN 11/18/2011 3:37PM

    Love love love all of this and am so glad you're experiencing new things!

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RRP546 11/18/2011 3:33PM

  i just got off a disney cruise and the food was incredible

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