Friday, March 18, 2011
First me. I am so surprised but I did it again.No eating after 10 and was in my calorie range. I need to thank Losinit52 (sorry I don't know your real name) for challenging me and Dee (dee107) for joining in .All three of us have a terrible time with night eating. I think they are stopping earlier in the night than me, But trust me I can consume a lot of calories after 10 pm.
I also got extra exercises done today and did sleep better last night.
I decided to fix a different soup today.I had just a little broccoli and cauliflower so I chopped it up and tossed in pan with a can of chicken broth.Added some chopped celery leaves.I always wrap those soft tender leaves in the middle of celery separately just for stuff like this.
Added some of my spices and a touch more of thyme. Once it was tender I wanted to add something for flavor as milk has too many calories. I remembered I had a jar of pasta sauce in fridge. i put 1 tablespoon full in soup.Then I used my favorite gadget my immersion blender and blended everything, Yes it was good and low in calories. Made a big salad which I took enough out for supper later and had a great lunch.
I wanted to share these tips as they are tips that I try to do every day. I receive an email from the Real Age web site everyday with different info and that is where this came from.
Cut 120 Calories Daily with Ziploc Bags
Is a box of plastic sandwich bags all you need to easily shave 120 calories from each day? Research suggests it may be so.
As long as you use those bags to divide up your snacks -- be they nuts, pretzels, crackers, or popcorn -- into small servings. About 100 calories per bag. In a recent study, people whose snacks came prepackaged in low-calorie portions ate about 120 fewer calories each day compared with folks who munched from larger packages.
More and more research has shown that when people are presented with large servings of food, they typically don't know when to say when. The larger the serving size offered, the more people tend to eat, going so far as to completely empty an overloaded plate or jumbo snack bag even though they'd feel satisfied with a smaller portion. So when you make an effort to eat less and slim down, keep in mind that it really starts with your serving spoon, not your dinner fork.
Don't Supersize Me
Divvying up snacks into little bags is one strategy for controlling the munchies. You could also make it a habit of serving yourself snacks in a small bowl or on a plate rather than eating from the bag or the box. Measure out a reasonable portion, and leave the package or container in the kitchen. For chocolates, cookies, or candies, stick them in the freezer and thaw only one portion at a time. Better yet, you can put together a week's worth of your own healthful, homemade 100-calorie snacks
Right now I have a baggie with sliced cucumbers and one with apple slices for me to snack on during the day.
Setting the Scene for Self-Control
You know how information overload can wilt your decision-making powers? Well, the same principle applies to your diet.
Too much information -- in the form of snacks peeking out of the pantry, breads sitting on the kitchen counter, platters overflowing with plenty of extra helpings, and scoops of this, that, and everything else crowding your dinner plate -- makes it difficult for your brain to make rational, self-controlled choices.
Just as cityscapes can trigger the urge to explore, and gardenscapes can help your mind unwind, "kitchenscapes" can set the mood for food. Here are some suggestions about how to make your kitchenscape -- and tablescape and platescape -- trigger healthy eating choices:
Kitchenscapes: The foods on the counter, ready to grab, are going to make it into your mouth most often. So hide the candy in the cupboard and set out a bowl of fresh fruit. In your fridge, bring the produce out of hiding and package and freeze large portions of leftovers. In the pantry, keep only one kind of treat on hand and limit yourself to a small supply -- not the super family-size packs from the grocery warehouse
Tablescapes: Although seven-course meals are a mark of fine dining, it doesn't pay to offer lots of variety on your table. Present just a few options at dinnertime -- a main course and one or two vegetable side dishes. And nix large serving bowls -- serve only enough to provide each person with a reasonable helping. Package the extras in the kitchen before you serve the meal to yourself or others.
Platescapes: If you use a 12-inch plate, you'll serve yourself more food -- and eat more -- than you would if you used a 9-inch plate. Think small when choosing plates, bowls, cups, and glasses. Besides, small dishes take up less room in your dishwasher.
Bottom line: A plate, table, or kitchen with too much food is like Mount Everest to an explorer: You'll eat it "because it's there."
This is reason I take a container of salad out of my lunch salad as I would eat all the lunch and then make another for supper.This way 1 is plenty for 2 meals.
This tips will work if you do them. When I do them I lose weight.
Ok I need to finish up the grocery list for tomorrow. Hope you are having a good day.It is sunny and beautiful here.