Monday, March 28, 2011

An overall success for the day!

I stress-eat. When I'm feeling stress, I want to eat brownies, cookies, cake, chocolate, and ice cream. And let's not forget about potato chips and pizza. What do all of those things have in common? Carbs. Processed sugar would be the other recurring theme here...Well, today was a little bit of a difficult day at work. For me, stress can trigger sugar cravings. The temporary rush that sugar provides feels good. The problem is, is that it doesn't last long. Next, my body just wants more. When I give in, I take in a whole lot of extra calories. Point is, today, I didn't give in!

The work day provides structure that helps me to stay on track with my eating. Generally, I try to eat each meal at the same time each day, bring my meals to work, and stick to my planned snacks. My company's eateries offer plenty of grab and go snacks, pastries and soft-drinks. What I've found is that if I've brought all of my food with me for the day, I have little reason to visit the cafeteria or coffee shop and can avoid temptation. What this means, though, is that I must plan ahead and prepare breakfast and lunch the night before. Some days this works better than others. Today it worked well.

My 'busy time' at work is anywhere from February through October. March and April are particularly busy and stressful. Today, I anticipated this. Knowing I'd want a sweet snack, I brought some mango for dessert!

So, here you have it, what I ate today:
Breakfast: 3/4 cup Uncle Sam cereal with approximately 1 cup berries and skim milk and a hard boiled egg. And don't forget the coffee (black, no sugar)!

Lunch & Snack: a nice big garden salad! An egg for protein and some sunflower seeds. All those veggies are full of fiber, mix that fiber with protein and you'll feel full longer! A naval orange for a snack...juicy!

Monday nights are school nights, so I'm usually eating dinner at school. It's a pain to bring three meals, so I usually head to the cafeteria before class for a sandwich. Today, turkey and swiss on whole grain with spicy mustard. Mango on the side. How sweet it is! They had apparently run out of things like lettuce and tomato...Luckily, there was an event with food and I was able to get a veggie snack to go with the sammy.

And, my weakness....Pop Secret Homestyle popcorn! (and a few handfuls of nuts with dried fruit and chocolate...a girl has needs!)

All in all, a good day!


  1. Good for you Heather! You are so healthy!

  2. You are already becoming an inspiration!