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*Note: If you don't work in an office in the traditional sense, you can think of this as a place you tend to work and eat - car? craft room? couch in front of the TV? out shopping? - What are your food landmines - places food sits invitingly? How do you resist the temptation? - How do you handle a take out meal differently from a home-cooked meal? - What do you turn to for your mid-day snack? How does this differ from when you're home?
This Week’s Routine: (3) Eat breakfast everyday
GHG of the Week: Fruits and vegetables - 5 servings a day - 1 cup for leafy greens, 1/2 cup for other fruits/vegetables
Used to be a teacher, now I'm a stay-at-home-mom, but I see my home as my 'work' space.
- What are your food landmines - places food sits invitingly? How do you resist the temptation? I have to look out for what I leave on the counter. Around the holidays there's so much candy that I usually throw it in a bowl and put it on the counter. This is a dangerous trigger though, so I have put out a bowl of fruit next to it to remind myself to eat that instead. It works pretty well. And I limit myself to one candy at a time so the most I'd eat in a day would be three.
- How do you handle a take out meal differently from a home-cooked meal? Take out is tough. My home-cooked meals I portion myself, so a giant Chipotle burrito or a huge plate of pasta are very tempting to pick at until they are gone. I have started bringing my own containers to take out restaurants (mostly in an effort to be zero waste) which allows me to immediately scoop the rest into the container, leaving only the food I plan to eat on my plate. Also, my home-cooked meals are pre-tracked whereas take out meals are more of a surprise. I try to have go-to's at our favorite restaurants, but it can be tough when we try something new. Although, thank goodness for the calories being on menus now. It makes losing weight a whole lot easier.
- What do you turn to for your mid-day snack? How does this differ from when you're home? When I'm out and I feel like snacking, I usually want a milkshake or ice cream. At home I don't usually eat that for a snack. I have plenty of veggies and fruit, as well as small sweet treats that would satisfy or popcorn for something more salty. I also have the option of having a light meal if I'm that hungry. That being said, I really try to avoid being away from home at 2pm. It's the red zone for snack attacks.
This Week’s Routine: (3) Eat breakfast everyday Easiest routine ever. Breakfast is my jam. Pun intended.
GHG of the Week: Fruits and vegetables - 5 servings a day - 1 cup for leafy greens, 1/2 cup for other fruits/vegetables Tough, but this is the reason I do PointsPlus vs. calories. I would NEVER eat them if they weren't free.
What are you having for snack? To be honest, I usually have a small meal. I eat at 7, 10, 2, and 5. It's when I naturally get hungry. Is it less points per meal? Yes, but I can't make it work otherwise.
The loss of a thousand pounds begins with a single ounce. (Adapted from Lao-Tzu)
I basically tracked nothing last week & ate way too much chocolate. I'm definitely feeling it this week. I'd love to say I'm back on track but I'm not so I need to get started again.
- What are your food landmines - places food sits invitingly? How do you resist the temptation? The biggest landmine for me is chocolate. The best way to resist temptation is not to bring it into my house. Freezing it or putting it in an inconvenient place doesn't work. I discovered 2 bags of M&M baking pieces in my freezer (which are just small M&M's). Buying them was a mistake because there's no longer any M&M's in my house. Total binge.
- How do you handle a take out meal differently from a home-cooked meal? We typically only eat out once a week. I handle it 2 different ways. One is to choose something that's not outrageous in calories. The 2nd way is to split something with my DH & then we add a side salad. There's no sense in me splitting my meal & bringing it home. If I really like it, then I'll just eat it later that day. The best course is to not have it in my house.
- What do you turn to for your mid-day snack? How does this differ from when you're home? I try to use fruit as my snack but last week it was M&M's so obviously not a good choice. This week it has been back to fruit. If I'm going to be gone longer than expected, I take a snack bag of grapes.
-This Week’s Routine: (3) Eat breakfast everyday- I have always eaten breakfast to this routine is easy. This week it's been a slice of toast with peanut butter & banana.
-GHG of the Week: Fruits and vegetables - 5 servings a day - Fruits are never an issue because I love most fruit. Veggies are more of a challenge but I incorporate a lot of them into dinner and/or a chopped salad.
-What are you having for snack? Fruit is my go-to this week. I have a variety in the refrigerator (apples, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas). I also have hard boiled eggs prepared in case I feel like I need something more than fruit.