Eating For Two

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Dec 092015
 

I used to give examples of daily food diaries but for the most part I stopped doing that because  1) my food didn’t change a whole lot day to day and  2) I wasn’t trying to lose weight, just maintain. Then I started doing some posts with daily food diaries when I was trying to lose some weight (remember the Slow Carb diet that basically did nothing for me?).

I figured I’d do a post as an example of what my food looks like now that I’m “eating for two” (not really eating for two).

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As I am getting towards the end of the 2nd trimester I’ve been following doctor’s orders and eating 300 more calories a day than I was in the 1st trimester so that means my base is around 1900 calories a day. This was kind of a big change from the low calorie range I was striving for before getting pregnant around 1300-1400 a day as a base because I was trying to lose 10 pounds.

So here is what I ate in a day:

Breakfast

This one doesn’t change much and hasn’t changed since getting pregnant except for one thing — I added orange juice because for whatever reason I crave it!

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2 fried eggs with hot sauce, toasted English muffin with cinnamon and sugar (or stevia) on top, glass of orange juice and when I get to work I have 1 cup of coffee with creamer in it. I also had a small glass of Trader Joe’s Kefir.

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Calories: 505

 

Snack

Right now I’m eating my favorite seasonal fruit! Satsuma oranges!

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Calories: Around 50

Lunch

Tomato and penne soup with a small green salad with raw peppers and Trader Joe’s Vinaigrette dressing. I also had a slice of smoked Gouda cheese. And 2 pieces of chocolate. :)

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Calories: Around 460

Snack

Plain Greek yogurt with some Craisins. Ever since switching to Costco’s plain Greek Yogurt years ago, I cannot eat “regular” yogurt at all OR flavored Greek Yogurt. Sometimes I splurge and get the Chobani Flipz but that is more like having dessert than yogurt. Flavored Greek yogurts are sooo sweet to me now. I just can’t do it.

It was a slow transition going from the sugary ones to plain. When I first started eating the Costco plain Greek yogurt I put honey or agave in it or ate it with some trail mix or granola mixed in. Now I can eat it without anything in it but I usually want a little something. I like using fresh berries in the summer or dried cranberries in the winter. It gives it just a hint of sweet and a bit of tartness that I like.

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Calories: Around 160

Dinner

For dinner I made this recipe:  Easy Teriyaki Chicken & Brown Rice. The recipe was decent and had a nice teriyaki flavor but it wasn’t glazed like I would have liked it.

I had some leftover rice I wanted to use and I read through the comments on the recipe to see what people thought of the recipe. There were some good recommendations and variations. I didn’t have broccoli so I used frozen peas and it was just fine. Any veggies would do. One reviewer recommended adding water chestnuts and that was good, too. I used leftover forbidden rice instead of the brown rice and I had some cottage cheese on the side. EmergenC to dink.

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Calories: Around 530

Dessert

Hot cocoa with whipped cream and 3 squares of chocolate. I ate dessert while we were watching Fargo (if you aren’t watching that show, you’re missing out!) and kind of forgot about my cocoa after drinking 3/4 of it. I dumped the rest out when I remembered and it was cold!

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Calories: 225

Total Calories for the day: 1930

Gym

When I work out I eat back some of the calories I burned. I’m not necessarily trying to create a deficit like I did before when I was trying to lose weight. Instead I just listen to my body and if I’m still hungry, I eat a little bit more.

Today at the gym I did the elliptical. I had planned on doing something else but had twisted my ankle early in the morning and wanted to take it easy.

I’ve rolled my ankle/sprained/strained it so many times in my life I consider myself an expert at it, sadly. But I honestly haven’t twisted it in years–like 5? I guess this is proof that my ligaments are loosening and I need to be more careful how I step. I don’t think my ankle is bad but I still didn’t want to push it, so the elliptical was all I did (and it was fine).

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Tomorrow I will do weights.

Calories Burned: 340

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So as you can see, my day doesn’t look a whole lot different from how it was before getting pregnant. I am eating a little bit more but it’s not crazy. I have days where I am FAMISHED. Then I have days where I don’t have much of an appetite. It’s odd and it really changes day to day. But overall this is what a typical day lately looks like!

How much did your eating habits change when you were pregnant?

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Nov 252015
 

Yay! Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I am a huge fan of the holiday. It has some of my favorites foods. I love the mashed potatoes, I love stuffing, I love pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving dinner is a feat in itself. I remember when Michael and I did Our First Bird. We had a bunch of friends over and did thanksgiving at our place. It went well but yeah…it was a lot of work!

Over the years I’ve written a lot of posts about the holiday and how to balance the splurge and still lose weight. You can read some of those old posts here:

Any Way You Slice That Pumpkin Pie

Repost: Why You Don’t Quit for the Holidays

Repost: Setting a Skinny Table

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In the past I usually started reigning in the food and alcohol intake after Thanksgiving until Christmas, trying to be balanced and eat in moderation without going overboard. Inevitably I’d gain around 3-5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s but I’d lose it pretty quickly and easily in the new year. This year feels a little different, obviously. I’m not trying to lose weight, I’m not too worried about gaining a few pounds, and my priorities have shifted a bit.

Instead, I wanted to share some favorite recipes you may want to try at your holiday:

Appetizers

Grandpa’s Atomic Garlic Dip – My grandpa’s famous dip. It’s super garlicky, like prepare-yourself-garlicky, but it’s SO good. It’s a fabulous appetizer to take to your holiday party and goes great with raw veggies.

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Buffalo Celery Appetizer  – Another easy appetizer that is low in calories.

Side Dishes

I love me some Brussels Sprouts! I have two favorite recipes I wanted to pass on. The first is a super easy and fast side dish (that we often do with just dinner on a regular night):

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions:

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This Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad was one I made for a previous Thanksgiving holiday and it was absolutely delicious and a hit. Plus, even people who weren’t fans of Brussels Sprouts, liked this recipe!

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Martha Stewart’s Mac n’ Cheese – I don’t know that this is really a “side dish” but it’s an AMAZING recipe and is a must-make for any holiday party Michael and I get invited to. He made it once and now it’s requested. By everyone. It’s seriously that good. This particular recipe is a huge time investment but it’s so worth the effort.

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Red Quinoa and Carrot Salad with Currants, Chickpeas and Cashews – This would be a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s healthy, delicious and goes with everything.

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Butternut Squash Cashew Soup – another great option for a side dish or appetizer. Make a small batch and serve it in tiny bowls or even in shot glasses!

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Main Dish

If you’re not a fan of turkey, but want to do something similar, check out this recipe that was a fantastic dinner: Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Another alternative to turkey: Roasted Garlic, Herb and Lemon Cornish Game Hens

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We’ve done Cornish Game Hens instead of turkey a few times. On years when we were not getting together with family and doing the big “thing”, this was a nice option because it was MUCH less work, similar to having a turkey, but no massive quantities of leftovers.

Breads

Here are few recipes for bread type things:

Apple-Cranberry-Pistachio Bread

Star’s Cornbread – Her cornbread is amazing! Cheesy, moist, spicy…all my favorite things!

Cornbread Stuffing – Okay…for most of my life I was a firm “traditional stuffing” kind of girl…then I had cornbread stuffing and don’t want anything else now! I love cornbread stuffing and have had a few different variations of it and it’s all good…some cashews, some spicy sausage mixed in? Delicious!

Now it’s your turn: what are your favorite alternative recipes for the holidays? Share your links here!

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