Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chocolate Milk

Have you drank any chocolate milk lately?  My wife picked up a 1/2 gallon on sale at the grocery store today and I now remember why chocolate milk with my school tray lunch was so appealing.  It is almost like having a second desert along with the dried out apple crisp.

I remember watching a TV program this summer called "The Food Revolution with Jamie Oliver" and he covered chocolate milk in the first 1 or 2 episodes.  He simulated how much sugar school children took in in the L.A. area (where the show was being filmed) in a single week.  It was some crazy amount like 20 tons of sugar or something crazy like that.  Anyway, just a little thought for you to consider and something to keep in mind for your kids also.  Be careful what they eat and be careful what they drink.  Desert in liquid form can be very dangerous and habit forming!

Monday, January 3, 2011


Are you making one?  Do you know the meaning behind the word?  Let's consider this first before we get ahead of ourselves and make promises that we can't keep.  After all, what was your resolution for 2010 and how did that turn out?  Of several definitions I found here are a couple that I really like:

Resolution:  1) a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.  2) the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute;firmness of purpose

With this in mind, what would a New Years resolution include for you?  Aiming high can help push you but also make sure you're not over promising yourself with unrealistic goals or impossible new lifestyles changes.  

Also be sure to make your goals measurable.  How many weeks will it take you to loose that extra weight?  How many days a week will you work out?  Be specific and attach time frames to your resolutions.

So, what have you resolved with firmness of purpose to do this new year?  Good luck!

Friday, December 24, 2010

To Eat or Not to Eat

That is the question. And the attached picture is proof of what we all face. So, when it comes to desserts its a good idea to decide ahead of time one meal where you might try skipping a sweet treat. Seriously, who needs to eat dessert after EVERY meal over the Holidays?? What else works for you when it comes to skipping high calorie items on occasion?
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cookies for Santa

So, if you had to put out your favorite cookies for the imaginary man we call Santa, what would it be?  I would guess that since the man is apparently 400+ years old, he would be a very classic (i.e., old fashioned) type of guy.  I mean, he drinks Coca-Cola from a glass bottle.  He gives toys to little children like wooden trucks, baby dolls, and jack-in-the-boxes.  A man like this has GOT to eat good old chocolate chip cookies.  Right?

And looking at his figure, that belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly has seen some serious cookie action over the last 400 years.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jedi Eating Tricks

I'm thinking we should all take a few moments and have a conversation with the little voices inside our heads.  If Master Yoda can do it, so can I.  I think mine will go something like this:

"Self, I've noticed that during the last few days leading up to Christmas & New Years you've seemed to have limited self control regarding your food intake.  Food, and especially sweets, are everywhere.  Whenever you see food at the office, at friends houses, and at home, you act like a 12 years old school girls at a Justin Bieber concert.  Maybe for the next few days you could actually practice some SELF CONTROL.  This would include, but not limited to; having a single piece of pie for desert instead of three; defining meal times to 3 meals a day and not one continuous eating session; portion control is NOT spelled 's-e-c-o-n-d-s & t-h-i-r-d-s'; and lastly remember that each calorie you take in, no matter how good it looks and tastes, will be much harder to get rid of than it was to consume."

Have a little pep talk with yourself before the holidays.  Remember to enjoy yourself, but just keep in mind that you are what you eat...or something like that. And may the force be with you this week!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Late night eating

What is it that makes you raid the refrigerator late into the evening?  The last meal of the day has worn off and you are jonesing for something salty or sweet.  You do the ritualistic dance by opening the pantry door, refrigerator door & ending by peeking in your spouses favorite hiding place for sweet treats.  You might even be one to get up mid-sleep to see if something has magically appeared in the afore mentioned places.  So how do you resist the temptation to continue to eat late into the evening?  It would seem that is just the solution; resist the temptation.  Give yourself boundaries that sound something like, "I won't snack after xx time." or, "I will only eat a certain amount of food after the last meal of the day."  Helping regulate either your quantity of intake or when the cutoff can help you from consuming extra calories at the end of what might have been a very healthy day!

What other ideas have worked for you to help cut off late night eating habits?