Friday, December 02, 2011
Some tips to help with those cravings over the holidays:
1. Drink more water - I find that when I am eating more junk food it is because, in reality, I am really thirsty not hungry.
2. Brush Your Teeth - some how a clean, fresh minty mouthful makes that chocolate cake seem less appealing.
3. Out of sight, out of mind... don't store those treats where you can see them. If you are at a gathering, then don't, I repeat DON'T, stand by the treat table.
4. Don't skip meals - keep your body well nourished to make it easy to say, "No, thank you," to junk food.
5. Relax - too often we eat due to being stressed out. Practice deep breathing exercises and/or yoga poses.
6. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Too often we grab a sugary fatty treat for a pick me up, these won't be necessary if we are well rested.
7. Remind yourself why you should be avoiding sweets. Make a list and put it on a notecard to carry with you if you need a constant visual reminder.
8. Most important, this holiday season, have fun!!!
Hope you all have a healthy, happy holiday season!! Stay warm :-)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
committment to eating foods that will nuture and strengthen my body because it seems DH is almost proud of the fact that he is over-indulging in sugary snacks and is constantly buying the stuff so it is in the house.
Last night when we were went out doing errands, before we even got to the first stop he was talking about going to the local cafe to have coffee and pie. We had just eaten before we left (getting in the car seems to be a trigger for him because eating out is the only time he gets to eat that fatty meaty items [and he loves to eat like that]). I told him I did not want to eat pie because I just had a healthy meal. So, he decided that when we stopped at Wally-World (Wal-mart) that he's buy a something there and bring it home.
Fortunately, by the time he got to the bakery section of the store, he had decided to limit his eats to just a donut. Yeah, that meant no leftovers in the house for me. My daownfall in that bakery is the chocolate cake donuts. I was so glad that the only ones that were on display were the ones covered with colorful frosting - I do not like that so it was easier for me to say no. Then, I started going around the displays thinking about what I would like for my treat (never mind my "I am only going to eat sweets one day a week and I had already had my day).
I handled several packages and read the ingredients - boy, are there a lot of ingredients in products that are mostly sugar, fat and salt. One plastic container of chocolate covered donuts had an ingredient list that covered over half the package, most of them I had no idea what they were. Even the package of choclate chip cookies had a long list of ingredients, probable 3-4 times more than if I made them from scratch.
If I "have" to eat that stuff, then I need to make it at home so I can control and know exactly what goes into it. I am so glad that I was able to resist temptation and really hope to keep my commitment to limiting sugary, snacks to only one day a week until I get to the point where my sweets will be in the form of whole fruits.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I set a goal to do a 10k next year, but as I was looking for local races I happened to see one that is close by where I live is going to have pacers for the marathon. And they had just my pace. I think a marathon would be too much for me at this time, but a half marathon may be doable if I start to train now. I figured I could tag along with the slower pacer group and then be able to complete my goal with over exerting myself.
I have til Dec. 31 to decide and get the lowest entry fee. It is something for me to think about.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and I started it with a Turkey Run 5k, a charity run for the Shriner's Hospital for Children. Then for our dinner, I prepared a nontraditional meal. I decided to do a Fall Harvest Theme rather than the Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.
Here is what we had:
Butternut Squash soup
Salad with mixed greens
Roasted Vegetables (squash, sweet potato, potato, Brussel sprouts, carrots, onion)
Black Bean and Carrot Tamale
Apple Pie Lara Bar for dessert
It was my first attempt at making tamals and boy, were they yummy; much better than those we get a the local Mexican restaurant.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Man, I can do so well on some days and on others I wonder if I even give a single thought about eating what is good for me. One of my favorite shows is the Biggest Loser and I get the same thought every time - if I did not exercise the way I do, I'd have that much weight gain too.
I eat too much, even the things that are good for me. For instance, last night I made homemade corn tortillas, then some fat free pinto beans (mashed to pretend they were "refried"), water-sauteed onion, red peppers, mushrooms, sweet potatoes; topped with a bit of guacamole and salsa. Served this tostada style. It was so good and I ended up eating 3 servings. I could have stopped with 2, but I didn't I just had to have one more, not because I was still hungry but just because it was so tasty.
I have to learn how to stop eating when I am satisfied, not full. Any advice??
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