Category Archives: Nutrition

Today’s Must Do!

Today’s chore is a very simple one: get on a scale and write down how much you weigh in a journal.

Tomorrow’s chore will be to do the same thing.

Then again the next day. Yada yada yada.

Simply by being cognizant of your actual weight will help you control it. Trust me. It works!

p.s. if you are crazy enough why not measure your waistline and record those results too? It is the start of a new year after all!

 

 

 

 

Greatest food quote ever!

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

– Ernest Hemingway

To which I say: What a great way to kill the blues!  Happy Friday everyone! Time to make some weekend plans! Slurp, slurp, slurp!

Eat a snickers bar! You are not yourself when you are hungry!

I love those Snickers commercials where the cranky dude or dudette needs to eat a snickers bar to transform from a diva to a normal human. Kudos to the writers that came up with the idea and the geniuses that cast the likes of Joe Pesci, Betty White and Aretha Franklin. Isn’t it so true that when you are hungry you just aren’t yourself? And what kind of decisions do you make when you are tired or cranky? Enjoy the video here.

There is nothing wrong with eating a Snickers bar for a quick pick me up. Just remember there are 296 calories in that little 2 ounce bar and they lack nutritional value. Indulging once in awhile is fine but if you make a habit of it your jeans will start to get tight.

If your friends are getting angry with you and you happen to be out of Snickers bars there are some healthier alternatives that will keep you from becoming a diva:

  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese snack
  • Plum
  • Grapes
  • Strawberrries
  • Mixed Nuts

These are natures Snicker bar replacements and it is wise to keep them handy. Try not to find yourself hungry and staring at chocolate and whatever you do: don’t become a diva in front of your friends!

You can’t outrun your fork!

“I can eat this <fill in the blank> because I worked out today!”

When it comes to things like Key Lime Pie, dark chocolate or an icy El Guapo I will tell myself anything so I can indulge. I will see a slice of heavenly Key Lime goodness and think: “Man I want to stuff that in my face. After all, I did workout today…”

Ever catch yourself saying something similar?

This article proves again that you can’t think of exercise as the one and only means to lose weight and you cannot justify binge eating just because you worked out. The equation of calorie burn versus consumption does not tilt in your favor. According to the article, to lose a pound of weight with exercise alone is roughly equivalent to running a marathon. How many marathons have you run lately?

The quote “You can’t outrun your fork” is one that will stick with me. Remember this the next time you are on the couch with a bowl of chili and a bag of Dorritos. Just because you hobbled along on a treadmill doesn’t mean you can go a overboard with the calories!

A GPS for your diet and a smarter fridge. Diet ideas that may work!

Wouldn’t it be great to have a little voice speak to you every time you opened the refrigerator door or sat down at a restaurant providing some advice on what to eat? “Turn left towards Salad road.” Or “Make a U-turn from the dessert menu.”

The little voice would be your own personal diet GPS. Every time you ate a French fry it would say “Recalculating. Recalculating!” It would be annoying as all hell but it just may persuade you to stop snacking. My GPS would constantly say “Make a U-turn. Put that down! Stop eating like this. Nag, nag, nag… ” OK. There goes that idea…

How about this idea: every time you open the refrigerator door the fridge asks: “What are you looking for?” To which you would respond something like “a snack” or “lunch”. The fridge would be smart enough to know its own inventory as well as smart enough to know what you asked for the last time you and the fridge spoke. It would then suggest “You have some cottage cheese that is about to expire. Why not have this for a snack?”

If you reach for the leftover chinese food the fridge would learn from your behavior and begin to understand your preferences. It will also change its attitude based on your mood. The next time you open the refrigerator door the conversation would go something like this:

“Welcome back Phil. Can I help you find something?”

“Uh… yes, I need a snack.”

“I have some cottage cheese. This will make for a nice healthy snack.”

“Um… no, I am not in the mood for cottage cheese. Where is the leftover pizza…”

“Sorry Phil, I cannot let you eat that. This morning you had a sugar laden cereal…”

“Where is the pizza!? I know I put some in here last night.”

“Now Phil you are looking a little tired and I know you can lose a spare pound or two. I highly suggest that you have the cottage cheese. It is high in protein and low in…”

“Aha you sneaky bastard! You hid the pizza in the vegetable tray.”

“Phil, the other day you had leftover Chinese food! Now you want pizza? I cant help you if you don’t listen to me. If you touch that pizza there will be consequences!”

“Hand over the pizza or I am unplugging you!”

“Unplug me?! What about the cottage cheese it will go moldy? Your vegetables will rot! I cant let you do this! Touch that pizza and I slam this door shut and you will never get it open again. We will be through you and I. I will never talk to you again”…whimper…cry.

“OK… what if I put cottage cheese on the pizza?”

“Promise me you won’t scrape it off?”

“I promise… and I am sorry. Can we still be friends?”

“Yes. Just one more suggestion…”

“Sure go ahead.”

“Ever think about losing some weight? You are getting to be a fat slob. When was the last time you had a girlfriend?…”

…UNPLUG!

OK. There goes that idea. First an annoying diet GPS and now an annoying refrigerator! Back to the drawing board for me!