Just got a text about this… “did you ever notice that if you mention to a co-worker that you are on a diet, only to have them pressure you to try the cupcakes in the staff lounge?”
Some people find they work out better if they commit to driving to the gym and having uninterrupted time for themselves. I’ve joined gyms occasionally but I always end up going back to exercising at home. I am guilt-motivated so having Robert staring at me and trying to Jedi-mind-trick me into putting his leash on works well for me. What works for you?
Click here to read the MSNBC article.
I learned an important lesson recently. That I have to read labels every single time even on products I “trust.” Product formulations and labels change. Protein bars I trusted in the past have substituted maltitol for sucralose and my BBQ sauce added high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The other thing is that according to independent lab testing, diet products, including products made for diabetics, have been shown to have sugar, corn starch and HFCS that are not on the label. It appears that when manufacturers run short of an ingredient, they just substitute something else, even if that something else is sugar in a sugar-free labeled product. This makes it impossible to trust anything.
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Imagine that your body is a car. Now, we both know it isn’t a car, but a car is the perfect vehicle, no pun intended, to learn about fuel and how we fuel our bodies. So you have a car that you love, or at least care about, and you want to provide it with fuel so that you can drive it around and go places.
Now most of us don’t top off the fuel tank continually while we are driving around, we drive until we are well into the reserve and the little “E” indicator is lit up. But what do we do to our bodies?
Happy Christmas to you all! I’ve put together a few ideas to help you get into the spirit, the fit Christmas spirit, that is…
Use the Christmas Calorie Counter to estimate what you will eat for Christmas appetizers, dinner and dessert. You can use it to figure out trade offs for some high calorie items or to calculate how much exercise you’ll need to do to work off a splurge.
Make a holiday tradition of walking. Traditionally, Christmas-time was when the most socializing happened. Progressive dinners, parties, caroling, wassailing, and ice skating are all more a part of this holiday than are the more modern so called celebration of sitting around eating and watching movies. Take a family walk before or after dinner. Here are some good tips for walkers.
To brush up on your visualization skills, try the portion-size pop quiz from Prevention magazine.
Try to look at the holiday as a social time, it is about visiting and bonding, not just food. Enjoy your relative and friends and be joyful!
Here is what we had for Thanksgiving dinner!
Quick, think about Thanksgiving dinner…. what three items come to mind first?
For both of us, it was turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. So I decided to stick with the winners and not make too much food. I adapted this from the Zojirushi website and a couple of different stuffing-loaf recipes I found. This turned out to be a perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas feast for two because you get all the flavors of the season with minimal cleanup and leftovers that can be stored in one container rather than cluttering the fridge with a bunch of separate containers. It would also be a great way to use up some leftover turkey.
turkey, meat from 2 thighs, cubed
4 Tbs olive oil or butter
1/2 onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp vegesal or salt
pepper to taste
1 apple, diced
2 cups chicken broth
2 eggs, beaten
1 package cornbread stuffing, bread cube stuffing or about 1 loaf of dry, cubed bread
saute onion and celery until onion is transparent. Add seasonings and remove from heat. Put turkey and stuffing or bread into a large mixing bowl. Heat broth and stir into stuffing mixture, add eggs, then sauted vegies and the apple, stirring after each addition.
Pour into 2 qt. casserole and bake at 375 for about 40 minutes until top is browned. I poured the whole thing into my Zojirushi bread machine and used the meatloaf setting, time: 110, with the crust setting set to “dark.” Makes 6-8 servings. Serve slices with gravy or a scoop of cranberry sauce on top.
I cooked two turkey thighs in the crockpot the day before. and poured the juice into a glass measuring cup and kept both in the refrigerator until I was ready to make the loaf. Then I added enough broth to the juice to make 2 cups. You could use leftover turkey or breast meat, if you prefer. You could add fresh sage or a 1/2 cup of parsley, or swap dried cherries, dried cranberries or chestnuts for the apple.
We both thought this was fantastic and will definitely be making it again!
I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s Thanksgiving with this, but now it is time to get back on track to save up those calories for Christmas treats.
Click at your own risk…
The “How many meals are you carrying around?” calculator. OK, I don’t need to eat for 23 days.
Sugar stacks shows How much sugar is really in your food? Are you ready to find out?
The mayo clinic presents a portion control slideshow. Yes, a portion of mac & cheese really is a half-cup.
How do you spell Comfort Food? I spell it: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 large carrots
- 1 onion (or you can use 1 container of Trader Joes mirepoix)
- 1 pound chicken (I use skinless boneless breasts)
- 1 bayleaf, salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1 container of Pacific Chicken broth
- 1 &1/3 cups rice.
I make this in the crockpot. I put the vegies into the pot, cut the chicken breast into pieces and put it on top of the veg, add everything but the rice and let cook until chicken is tender (4 – 5 hours in mine) then stir in the rice and let it cook another half hour to an hour depending on when you are ready to eat. Serves 4 at about 238 calories per serving
What do you call your daily eating plan, “a diet?” Does “diet” sound like a positive term to you, or does it signify something negative that you have to do? Do you think of your diet as a punishment rather than a healthy eating regimen? Is it a departure from your usual routine that you force yourself to comply with for a while -until you cheat?
Dictionary.com defines Diet as:
1. The usual food and drink of a person or animal
2. A regulated selection of foods, as for medical reasons or cosmetic weight loss.
3. Something used, enjoyed, or provided regularly: He subsisted on a diet of detective novels during his vacation.
None of these sound particularly negative to me. Which means, assuming you have chosen an eating plan that is healthy, nutritious and sustainable, we can use these definitions to change your internal programming about your particular dietary plan. One caveat, our bodies are smart and if you have chosen a diet that lacks sufficient calories or nutrients, then no amount of redefining is likely to override your common sense!
Start to think about your plan as something positive like:my eating plan, rather than my restriction-plan, my usual food and drink, rather than some temporary punishment. Focus on what you choose to eat, rather than what you can’t eat. So, what do you call your plan?