Mentally preparing for Thanksgiving

by Christine on November 23rd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I want to take a few moments to mentally prepare for the day insofar as “what and how much food will I eat?”

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that busting your calorie budget on Thanksgiving can be incredibly easy to do. Assuming a typical Thanksgiving feast…

6 oz white and dark meat turkey = 340 calories
1/2 cup of stuffing = 180 calories
1/2 cup mashed potatoes = 150 calories or more
1/2 cup gravy = 150 calories
1/2 cup candied sweet potatoes = 150 calories
2 dinner rolls = 220 calories
Butter for those rolls = 50 calories
1/2 cup green beans = 50 calories
1 glass wine = 120 calories
1 piece pumpkin pie = 200 calories

That’s a whopping 1600 calories for a meal that has “reasonable” portion sizes. Wowza! And that doesn’t even account for 2nd helpings, pre-dinner snacks, football snacks, etc. Talk about easy to break that calorie budget!  That’s two days worth of calories for me!

So in my mind, it’s even more important to pre-plan what I’m going to eat. It’s important to me that I get to eat all the stuff I really love even if it’s not really low-calorie, but I’m okay with passing on the stuff that I don’t absolutely love.

I LOVE: turkey. my cranberry sauce.  mashed potatoes and gravy, carrot cake.
Stuff I can go without: stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, pie.

So if I just cut down on my portion sizes, I can still have all the things that I love!

3 oz turkey: 170 calories
1/4 cup mashed potatoes: 75 calories
1/4 cup gravy:  75 calories
1/4 cup cranberry sauce: 60 calories??
Small slice of carrot cake: 150 calories
Water instead of wine

Total calories for the meal, which includes all the stuff that I LOVE, is 530 calories.  That’s higher than 1 average meal for me, but completely reasonable nonetheless. That’ll be my plan!

Do you guys plan ahead with your dinner to make sure you won’t go over your calorie budget? What do you do with the leftovers? How do you make sure that the leftovers don’t break your budget day-after-day for the next week?

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Post-Thanksgiving Update

by Christine on November 27th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Good evening Revolutionists! It’s the evening of Black Friday–have you all survived the holidays? Family? Shopping till you drop? What was your favorite moment of the last few days?

My last few days have been very productive and fun! On Wednesday I went to the gym and did 5 miles on the treadmill to prep for my half marathon on December 5th. I did great and felt terrific afterwards, although since that day I have been nursing some sore muscles. That after-workout soreness (DOMS) is a great feeling though, and I love it!  We finished Wednesday off by going to the mall (eating mall food…I had a half a roast beef sandwich on a wrap, no dressing) and seeing Harry Potter 7.1 with friends. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie and thought it might be the best Potter yet! My friend Danielle brought baggies of candy with her to the movie, and I admit it, I indulged in a few sweedish fish and one small York peppermint patty. It was delicious! I also had a ginormous Diet Coke, which was a real treat–I haven’t had a diet coke in ages!

Me, post 5-mile workout

Thursday was Thanksgiving. We woke up, lazed about the house for a while, then headed up to Saratoga Springs to my in-law’s house. My in-laws are wonderful people, and my brother in law (also in the “wonderful people” category) was there too! We rarely get to see him, but when we do it’s always nice to catch up. My hubby is lucky to have a family that he gets along with so well!  My in-laws were busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen for most of the day, and at 5 p.m. we finally sat down to turkey breast, stuffing, twice-baked potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit salad, canned corn, cranberry bread, crescent rolls, two pies (hand-baked by some wonderful friends of ours), and about a bajillion cookies, I lost count.  Of course, my portion sizes were small, and I filled up nicely on the turkey, corn, cranberry sauce, and half a baked potato.

Almost immediately I fell into a triptophan coma, and an hour nap was absolutely necessary. When I woke up we spent the evening playing a few board games and being silly. Oh, and they were silly! I swear the turkey made everyone slap-happy! I had a few bites of home-baked pie and a few cookies over the course of the whole evening. Considering I only ate one meal that day, it wasn’t too bad.

We spent the night up at the house, and this morning hubby and his dad put new brakes on hubby’s winter vehicle. My brother-in-law made breakfast for us, isn’t that sweet? We had waffles (I had 1/4 of one) and some scrambled eggs. We came home around 1 p.m. and I immediately left to run errands and take advantage of a few black friday deals. I found myself a nice new outfit for work (size 2 skirt and an extra-small top from Ann Taylor, hooray!) and got the hubby a present too.

All in all I think I did already eating-wise. I know I look forward to eating some of these leftovers over the next few days!

Yummy twice-baked potatoes and turkey! That’s my FIL giggling at me from the background!

Hubby and his brother working on a crossword puzzle.

Art, Julie, and Xavier delivering their homebaked pies. They were delicious!

Sal & Sal’sWife…if you’re reading this…say hello and let me know how you’re doing post-surgery! I always ask Hubby for updates on how you’re doing, but I’d love to hear it from you!

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Holiday planning!! Start Now!

by Christine on October 19th, 2010

filed under Diet, Food, Nutrition, General Information

It’s not too early to start planning ahead for the holidays. Halloween is only a week away, and before you know it Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year will be on us. Here are some helpful tips for getting through the holidays:

General Tips

  • Put gym time on your schedule NOW. As your schedule starts filling up, work around the gym time you’ve already set out for yourself. Be realistic; five days a week of gym time might be nice, but it’s probably not very realistic. Try to put at least two days of gym time on your calendar, and make it a priority.
  • It’s more important than ever to track your food during the holidays. It’s so easy to steal a candy here, a cookie there, a glass of wine while cooking…and them promptly forget that you ever consumed those calories. Track your food, writing everything down several times a day if you need to, in order to remember everything you ate. Don’t forget that there are tons of calories in liquids; that eggnog is going to destroy your diet!
  • Look up the calories before you eat that food. That way you can decide just how much of that dish you want to indulge in.  Indulge only in the foods that you really love.
  • Limit your alcohol. If you’re going to drink, decide ahead of time how many calories you have to spend on alcohol and decide how many glasses of wine you will allow yourself to have. Remember that “clear” alcohols (vodka, gin) have fewer calories than “dark” alcohols (brandy, sherry, whiskey).
  • Add 10 minutes of cardio to your daily routine, if possible. This will help counteract some of the damage done during holiday eating.
  • Keep an emergency snack on hand, such as a baggie of carrots or (my personal favorite) a 100-calorie pack of almonds.
  • Drink lots of water!  Chug a big glass of water before you sit down to a big meal.
  • Buy a holiday outfit that you are dying to fit into. Hang it prominently in your bedroom, so every morning you wake up you will be reminded of your weight-loss goal.
  • Cut back on the little things that pad your calories today, such as creamers in your coffee, soda, donuts, etc. If you cut these items out now, they’ll leave a little extra wiggle room in your diet in the next few months. You can add these things back in January, if you still want them then.
  • Chew gum when you get a craving for unhealthy food.

Halloween

  • Figure out how much candy you want to allow yourself to eat.  Assume that each of those halloween-sized chocolate candies are about 70 calories. Put pre-portioned candies into a ziplock bag and in a safe spot in the house. Label the ziplock bag for “Monday,” “Tuesday,” “Wednesday,” etc. to remind yourself that you only get one or two per day! When your kids come home with bags of candy in hand, don’t reach for THEIR candy; after all, you have your own candy set aside for yourself.
  • This same gameplan can be used in the workplace. If you bring pre-portioned snacks into work and keep it at your desk, you will be better able to say no to snacks left out in the cafeteria.
  • Buy candy that you DISLIKE as a treat to pass out to the kids. That way, if you have leftovers, you’ll be less likely to eat the rest of the bag of candy.
  • Give the candy away. Give all your leftover candy away. Also, if your kids come home with a giant bag of Halloween candy–it’s not healthy for them to eat that whole bag. Have them pick out a limited number of their favorite candies, then give the rest away to a food bank or shelter, etc.

Thanksgiving

  • At your big family dinner, wear clothing that are much too tight (especially tight “under-garments,” women!). Corseting yourself will help to keep you from eating too much on the big day.
  • Feel free to enjoy the portions of your meal that are healthy, such as a large salad and white turkey meat, green beans, corn, and other vegetables.  Take extra large portions of those, but bypass the stuffing, baked yams, potato salad, rolls, pies, cookies, and other deserts. If you are cooking, replace those typical “unhealthy” foods with healthy alternatives, such as replacing potato salad with a regular tossed green salad!
  • If you are a guest at someone else’s table for Thanksgiving, consider eating a small healthy meal before you arrive for dinner. A small meal filled with veggies will keep you from feeling ravenous at the dinner table.
  • No second servings.
  • Bring a dish to share! Make something healthy, that’s “safe” for you to eat. I’m sure the cook will appreciate you contributing to her party!
  • Practice saying “no” to people who offer you food. These are “food pushers.”  Practice saying “no” with your spouse ahead of time. It sounds silly, but practicing a few sample scenarios out loud with someone will help you when the real-life situations occur.
  • Pre-plan a healthy snack for when you’re watching the annual football game. If you want Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers, decide ahead of time how much of each type of food you want to consume during this football snacking time.
  • If you are cooking dinner, make sure you buy disposable plastic tubs so you can give leftover food away.

Christmas

  • Focus on family. Keep yourself busy with mingling with your family and playing with your kids. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about–the people, not the food?
  • Recycle food gifts that you receive from other people.
  • Don’t be afraid of throwing food out, including Christmas cookie gifts from others. (They’ll never know.)
  • Pick out (or decorate) a special box or tin for some of your favorite Christmas cookies. After you calculate how many calories are in your favorite cookies, place a few of your most favorite in your special box. Put the box in a special place (on top of the fridge, perhaps). This is your allotment for the entire Christmas season. When the cookies are gone, you can’t go back for more. These are YOUR cookies; do not share them with anyone else.
  • Create holiday traditions that don’t involve eating. For instance, last year I made a new tradition of making paper snowflakes and decorating them with glitter. It took all evening–time I normally would have spent baking and eating!
  • At your holiday office party, offer to help out organizing. The more time you are on your feet greeting people and setting up the venue, the less time you will be munching on the food and drinking the alcohol.
  • Enjoy family time by getting out and doing something active as a family. The holidays are a great time to enjoy ice skating, snow shoeing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, sledding/tobogganing, building a snowman, having a snowball fight, etc.

New Year

  • Pre-plan alcohol limits before you leave for the party! Figure out how much you want to drink, how many calories you can afford in your diet. Then plan your food and eating around your alcohol limits.  This will help you keep your calories in check.
  • Ask for low-calorie mixers, such as rum + diet coke, or vodka + diet sprite, vodka + crystal lite.
  • Sit far away from the food, far away from the kitchen. If you’re standing in front of the food, you’re going to end up grazing on food, so just walk away from it and get the party going in a room that doesn’t have food in it.
  • Dance your ass off. It burns loads of calories, so shake your thang!
  • Wear a white shirt, that you don’t want to spill food on.  If you’re worried about spillage, you’ll be less likely to eat food that will spill and spoil.
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