Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My stuff, articles of interest and Tuesday Tips


I am feeling good this week. I truly think the scale may actually be nice to me and show some kind of a loss this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me guys. I need it.

I am getting groceries tomorrow. I love grocery shopping. I love looking around and finding new and interesting things to try on my eating plan. I am going to buy a few things in bulk though;

  • couscous
  • apple sauce
  • yogurt
  • oatmeal
  • milk (not really bulk but a LOT of it)

Do you buy in bulk? What things do you buy a lot of on grocery day?

I am back making my oatmeal pancakes again. I found out that this new oatmeal I got is really whole. It has great big pieces so it doesn't mix well. I will have to use the blender a little when I am making pancakes with it.

Today I am thankful for . . . . the health of my daughter. I watched a commercial for Sick kids that just made me so grateful for that.

Today I successfully . . .ate a healthy breakfast and cleaned up before playing on the computer.

Today I will not . . . eat anything large after supper. One small snack or fruits and veggies only.

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I hadn't heard about this, but I just stumbled on this article about Taco Bell creating a Fourth meal. "The One Between Dinner and Breakfast". What do you think about that? My first gut reaction was simply . . . how funny. What a cute little advertising campaign. But faced with questions of obesity and weight loss I wondered if it was a good idea. Thinking a little deeper on it, my take on it is this; I still think it is a funny little advertising campaign. Most people I know eat at night anyway. A campaign from Taco Bell to give it a name isn't going to make them eat more or less. I plan my little snack at night. Prince Charming really does eat a meal at night after supper. Anyway that is my jumbled up way of saying that I don't think their campaign does any harm. It is just a funny little idea that will not effect most people and their desire to eat or not eat after Dinner.

I just found this cute little site that is called Open The Fridge. In it people submit pictures of the food in their fridge and state their five favorite foods and talk about it's contents and the fridge gets a rating on it's healthiness. It is fun and I am going to check it out again.

I also just read about Coke's New Drink to Burn Calories. I love Green Tea, so I would probably give that flavor a try but I wouldn't fool myself into thinking it was going to have any kind of great impact on my weightloss. What about you?

And if you go over to this site you can have a little fun checking out what diet plans some of the stars are on. (Like Jennifer Anniston is on the Zone)

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I was reading this article about the 100 Smartest Diet Tips Ever and I thought I would share some of the tips that I took away from it:

  • Make eating purposeful, not mindless. Whenever you put food in your mouth, peel it, unwrap it, plate it and sit. Engage all of the senses in the pleasure of nourishing your body.
  • Start eating a big breakfast. It helps you eat fewer total calories throughout the day.
  • Eat the low-cal items on your plate first, then graduate. Start with salads, veggies and broth soups, and eat meats and starches last. By the time you get to them, you'll be full enough to be content with smaller portions of the high-calorie choices.
  • Keep seven bags of your favorite frozen vegetables on hand. Mix any combination, microwave and top with your favorite low-fat dressing. Enjoy 3 to 4 cups a day. Makes a great quick dinner.
  • Remember, EAT before you meet. Have this small meal before you go to any parties: a hardboiled egg, apple and a thirst quencher (water, seltzer, diet soda, tea).
  • Don't tell yourself, "It's OK, it's the holidays." That opens the door to six weeks of splurging.
  • Walk around the mall three times before you start shopping.
  • Dance to music with your family in your home. One dietitian reported that when she asks her patients to do this, initially they just smile, but once they've done it, they say it is one of the easiest ways to involve the whole family in exercise.
  • Nothing's less appetizing than a crisper drawer full of mushy vegetables. Frozen vegetables store much better, plus they may have greater nutritional value than fresh. Food suppliers typically freeze veggies just a few hours after harvest, locking in the nutrients. Fresh veggies, on the other hand, often spend days in the back of a truck before they reach your supermarket.
  • Drinking too little water can hamper your weight-loss efforts. That's because dehydration can slow your metabolism by 3 percent, or about 45 fewer calories burned a day, which in a year could mean weighing 5 pounds more. The key to water isn't how much you drink, it's how frequently you drink it. Small amounts sipped often work better than 8 ounces gulped down at once.

5 comments:

Shelley said...

Hi TC...whoa you wrote a lot that I wanna post about, so I will give it a shot!

I will be crossing my fingers for you that you will lose weight this weigh-in!

I love grocery shopping as well...well until I get to paying for them! lol I don't buy a lot of things in bulk because I am a "family of one" but I do buy things like peanuts in single serving packs, protein powder, vitamins, etc in bulk. I buy stuff that won't go bad in bulk.

Taco Bell? Well...I guess I think the idea of a fourth meal is cute. My thought process is..that having places open that late can really lead me to eating them when I shouldn't be eating. When I work at video store land and leave at 1am...I should not be eating, but sometimes because Taco Hell is open, I will swing through for a quick taco or bean burrito. I haven't done that in a long time, but it reminds me how easy access can get me off course.

Coke's new drink...not buying what they are selling just yet. I will keep my regular green tea and water. And...it reminds me of the concepts that Coke and the like are interested in keeping us fat because it makes them more money.

Ok...can't write anymore...and I imagine you don't want me too! lol

Cory said...

WOW. Simply WOW. I can't remember all that to post comments. However, I do want to comment on the new Coke drink. It's probably got one of those new metabolism boosters in it. Those are cool, but you usually have to drink several of the drinks before you get enough of that stuff to matter.
As for the Taco Bell thing, it probably won't have much of an effect on people. They are already getting enough business to stay open those hours. Their business really won't change that much.
And the tip on water was cool. I always have trouble with that.

iportion said...

I saw your photos and you look great.

I get powdered milk in bulk.
Skim powdered milk lasts longer is a little cheaper and is ten calories less per serving.
You can mix it with store milk to start.

Toco bell go for the fresco menue and look up the caloeries online. Fresco menue is lighter and tastes very good.
You could also pack a salad.

iportion said...

Watch out caffine boosts metabolism but for a lot of people caffine makes them get the munchies later on.

April said...

Yes, I love to buy in bulk. We got to Sam's about once every 2 months. We buy things like lots of bagged chicken, black olives, fat free refried beans, etc.. The next time we go we will be buying lean deli meat and cheese because we just bought a slicer and hope it will save us some money.. :-)

I loved all your articles!!

hugs,
April


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