Managing Mindless Eating

My work’s fridge has several containers of Einstein Bros. Bagels schmear (aka cream cheese) leftover from a bagel breakfast last week, so I took full advantage of the remaining goods and spread a thick layer on a multi-grain sandwich thin for lunch today.

I added several slices of zucchini that I roasted with garlic salt last night to round out my sandwich.

Zucchini and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Roasted Zucchini

On the side I nibbled on steamed broccoli and sugar-free Jello. YUM!

Wednesday's Lunch

Ways to Stop Mindless Eating

I think we’re all victims of eating mindlessly. How many times have you finished a meal and thought to yourself, “Whoa, where did that go!?”

I read such an interesting article on Jessie’s blog (Graze With Me) that she posted from Prevention magazine and wanted to share the little tips and tricks from the article regarding how to stop mindless eating:

  1. Create Stop Signs: Portion out a snack on a plate or in a plastic bag and leave the rest in the kitchen, so when you’ve finished your portion, you’re “done.”
  2. Ignore the Health Halo: Bypass claims hailing products as “low fat” and head straight to the package’s nutritional information for the important information.
  3. Fixate on Fullness: Most people will stop eating or slow down when a bowl is almost empty or when most of the food on their plate is gone. Don’t rely on the amount of food left on your plate to signal when you’re full. Instead, listen to your body’s cues.
  4. Leave the Mess: Unless you can see the damage, you’re not going to remember how much you ate–and you’ll eat more. Simply leaving the shells from the peanuts you ateย  in a bowl in front of you can serve as a reminder of how much you’ve already consumed.
  5. Hide Your Treats: Keep small amounts of your favorite treats in the house, but hide them out of sight and out of easy reach–in an opaque container on a high shelf, at the back of the pantry, or in a distant room.
  6. Pour Smarter: We tend to perceive objects that are tall as larger than short, squat ones. That means you’re more likely to fill a low, wide juice glass to the brim but stop about halfway for the tall highball glass, even if they hold the same amount of liquid. So replace any short, wide glasses with tall, slim ones.
  7. Know Where You Overeat: You may be more influenced by where you are (at the movies), what you’re doing (sitting in the dark, watching an engrossing flick), and what the people you’re with are doing (also chomping away) than by the taste and quality of the food in front of you or your own hunger.
  8. Serve Small: Stick to serving bowls that hold just 4 to 6 cups of food. And scale down everything else: Portion out the food with a tablespoon rather than a much-larger serving spoon and switch to salad plates in place of Frisbee-size dinnerware.
  9. Rate the Taste: Imagine you’re a restaurant reviewer and critically examine the flavor of whatever you are eating. If you don’t care for the dish, don’t finish it.
  10. Keep Snacks Simple: Use variety to your advantage. Keep seven or eight different kinds of fruits and veggies in the house rather than three or four. Look for prepackaged produce that offers variety. But when it comes to high-cal, high-fat treats, keep choices to a minimum.

Which tip do you think would most benefit you?

I really like the “serve small” tip (# 8), and often serve myself dinner on a salad plate or my oatmeal in a smaller ice cream bowl. I love feeling like I am digging into a plate of overflowing food and this is a great way to achieve that without breaking the calorie bank.

Artichokes, Good. Pasta, Good.

As I was prepping my lunch last night, I asked Ryan whether or not he thought artichokes would taste good in pasta. I’ve never had artichokes in my pasta before and wasn’t sure if the flavors would mesh well.

Ryan’s reply? “Artichokes, good. Pasta, good.”

How Joey Tribbiani of him! ๐Ÿ™‚

“It tastes like feet!” Hahaha!

For those of you counting, that’s two references to Friends in two posts so far today… let’s see if I can include another during my dinner post tonight. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Who is your favorite Friends character?

I love Ross. I think he is hysterical and I love smart, nerdy guys.

Back to lunch…

I took Ryan’s reasoning to heart, and included several artichoke hearts in my pasta bowl.

Artichoke Pasta Bowl

I also included portobello mushrooms, marinara meat sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Stirred Up

Wednesday's Lunch

The verdict? Success! Artichokes do work well in pasta.

Morning Snack

Since I had leftover cream cheese from the cream cheese apple dip I made for my friend’s Super Bowl party on Sunday, I incorporated it into my mid-morning snack.

Cream Cheese and Apple Tortilla

I topped a Joseph’s tortilla with a big smear of cream cheese and a slice Fuji apple.

I folded it over and ate it quesadilla-style.

Morning Snack

This was my first time trying a Joseph’s tortilla and boy-oh-boy was it good! I will officially be switching from Joseph’s pitas to Joesph’s tortillas.

Tonight’s Plans

Right after work I am heading to Something Blue, a bridal boutique in Orlando to meet with my mom. I will be trying on my top two wedding dresses.

I’m very excited because the dress from Saturday that I think might be the one is at this shop. I love it and can’t wait to put it on again. The two dresses I will be trying on are 100 percent different. One is a big ballgown with lots of pick-ups, while the other is a romantic dress with lace and a more classic look. I’m leaning toward the lace dress at the moment…

After our dress appointment, we’re heading to La Luce, a restaurant in the Hilton Bonnet Creek hotel to meet my dad for dinner since he’s in town on business. The menu looks amazing (even though I can’t understand half of it).

Should be a fun night!

A Poopy Post

Ever wonder where pumpkin pie comes from?

The Creation of Pumpkin Pie

My aunt sent that picture to me in an email yesterday and I just had to share! Who knew pumpkin turds were so tasty?

This reminds me of other poop-related holiday humor. Have you ever been the recipient of a bag of snowman poop?

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Or reindeer poop?

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Or perhaps pumpkin poop?

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Who knew potty humor could enhance the holiday spirit?


The bagel sandwich I ate for lunch today is one of my favorite ways to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers.

You only need four ingredients, two of which are Thanksgiving staples:

  • Turkey
  • Cranberry Sauce/ Relish
  • Cream Cheese
  • Bread

I spread the cream cheese on top of my sweet wheat Alternative Bagel before adding several spoonfuls of the cranberry relish I made last week on top of the creamy spread.

Sweet Wheat Bagel with Cranberry Relish and Cream Cheese

I then placed several slices of Boar’s Head lower sodium turkey on the bagel sandwich and dug in!

With the Turkey!


My Lunch

This sandwich helped me further realize just how much I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to come! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this holiday for a while and now my taste buds are just as excited.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers?