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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sat. June 23rd

1 cup Black Beans + 2 tbsp of jarred Salsa + 1 tsp water = Super Easy, Fast, Fiber Packed, Low Fat Dip!

Daily Tidbit:  My ongoing mantra over the last few years which has helped me drop pounds (losing almost 40 pounds of extra weight) has been to try to make good and healthy food decisions most of the time on most days.  That way I can relax and enjoy myself and indulge sometimes without it being such a big deal.  Today is one of those days.  We spent most of the day in the car driving home from vacation.  It was tiring and a little stressful so I'll admit it, I succumbed to old habits and old comfort foods for lunch.  And by the time we got home and unpacked I was just too tired to do much cooking.  So this is real life; it happens.  Today is a perfect example that you can lose weight and be healthy, but still have a meal or a day that isn't a picture of health!  Tomorrow is a new day!

PBJ for Breakfast on the Go!

Breakfast:  Breakfast Sandwich To Go!
Peanut Butter & Jelly on Whole Wheat Bread
5 oz. OJ
Regular Coffee, black

Cheeseburger & Fries for Lunch!

Lunch:  Fast Food Lunch
Cheeseburger & French Fries & Diet Coke = almost 900 calories!!  I am already regretting this.  Of course, I should have just ordered a Kid's Hamburger and Small fries and a Bottle of Water.  It would have had nearly the same result and I would have saved myself a lot of calories and fat and a few dollars too. 

Note:  Though Diet Soda has no calories it is full of artificial sweeteners (in this case Aspartame) and artificial colors which I try to avoid for various reasons.  Drinking Diet drinks that use artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain in several studies.  As first the results were believed to be the human response to indulging elsewhere when people knew they were 'saving' calories by drinking the diet soda.  However, now experts believe that actually these artificial sweeteners affect our neurobiology and actually lead to increased appetite.  I get hungry enough without their help!  For a more in-depth explanation and info on this topic, check out this article from the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine:

Snack:  1/4 cup of Toasted Oat Cereal & .5oz of 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate

Snack:  1/4 cup of dry roasted, unsalted Almonds, Water with Lemon

Nachos for Dinner!

Dinner:  Nachos!
Lower Sodium Corn Tortilla Chips, toasted with Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese
Served with Black Bean and Salsa dip 
White Wine

Surprise Pastries for Dessert!

Dessert:  Pastries!?
Yes, a thoughtful and kind friend stopped by with fresh pastries to welcome us home.  I had a couple bites of each and called it a day!  Chocolate Eclair, Mille-Feuille, Chocolate Mouse Cake.

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