Posts Tagged ‘portions’

Fourth Meal...No thanks!

Really, what is this about? I can’t barely handle the three meals and a healthy snack and lose weight, could you imagine if I decided to go for Taco Bell’s Fourth Meal?
In my weight loss journey, I’ve learned that I need to stay away, as much as possible, from fast foods. I still eat from there but I try to do it to a minimum. Eventually my goal is to avoid them completely. I’ve noticed that when I don’t even eat once at a fast food I do much better with my regimen.   

When I think about fast food, I think about burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, tacos, etc. And for me the time to eat it is during one of my three meals. Thinking about eating from Taco Bell after hours make my hips grow wider. I even feel heavier.    

Lately I’ve seen that people are more conscious on what the eat and on exercises. My question is, why do this fast food companies keep insisting in bringing this kind of alternative? I guess that there is more people who go to the Fourth Meal than the ones that stick to their main three.    

I will skip this drive through late at night, because I know I’ll see and feel the effects later. In my case eating late at night, – 11pm and up,- opens a whole new door for me, like what happened to the Gremlins. I know I won’t stop with a simple taco or burger, I’ll eat the whole menu and then some.    

If you go out and on your way back home you get hungry, think about your options and make a smart decision. Remember, the effects come later.


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Sex and the City 2

This was the week, Sex and the City 2 was here!

This is the perfect moment to share a good time with your girls, to have a night out in the town, eat, drink and have fun. For me it was more than perfect. I had a friend that came to visit from out-of-town. We got together with another of our friend and went to see the movie.

In the movie theatre, I ordered extra small popcorn (I called like that because their small popcorn looks like the large one), diet coke and whoopers, these last ones we all shared. Good start to a great night.

After the movie we went out to eat dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (insert music here). Yes, for those who know, the Cheesecake Factory its an amazing place with amazing food and even more amazing cheesecake. Now the portions, OMG, those are huge!

We shared the bread, and the avocado egg-rolls. As a main course one of my friends ordered a pasta salad and the other one the lemon roasted chicken with mashed potato and carrots and shared with me. When they brought the dishes, each one was enough for 3 people. So imagine, with the two dishes we ordered we could have fed 6 people and all be satisfy.

For dessert we ordered the Red Velvet Cheesecake, oh yes!! So creamy, fresh, tasty… For the first time I shared the dessert. I realized that I could only eat a piece of it and be satisfy. I learned that I don’t have to eat the whole thing to enjoy it. If anything in the past I couldn’t enjoy the cheesecake because of the guilt and disappointment feeling that came after I finished the piece.

If you decide to go out with your friends to enjoy a fun night out in the town, remember that there are ways to enjoy food and still watch your calories and I am not talking about eating salads a soups, I’m talking about making smart choices and, why not, share the main course and the dessert.

Have fun!

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Last week it was my friend’s birthday and due to the occasion we went to a restaurant. Immediately, I start to panic a little. What am I going to eat? How about the portions? And dessert?

After panicking I ran to my computer and found the menu. I thought that if I knew what was on the menu, I could make good choices, after all making better choices is part of a succesful weight loss.

In deed I picked what I wanted to order; miso soup, chicken pad Thai, edamame, diet coke, and maybe, just maybe lychee ice-cream.

When I got the restaurant my friends were there having appetizers. I was like, “crap there nothing that I could eat”. I didn’t eat any of the appetizers at the table, instead I ordered a diet Coke and a glass of wine.

At that moment I knew I had to give up something from what I had plan. It was ok, because I enjoyed the wine :). After that, I ordered dinner, chicken pad Thai, YUMMM!

When the food arrived, I immediately asked for a “to-go” box and only ate part of it. Any other time I would have eaten the whole pad Thai and then hated myself for doing it. But this time it was different. I only ate a reasonable portion and saved the rest for later.

After dinner was over, I felt so good and confident that I could go to any restaurant and only eat a reasonable portion.

So from now on bring over the invitations!!! 🙂

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