Saturday, 15 October 2016

Why Planning for Thanksgiving Will Help Your Weight Loss

It was Thanksgiving here in Canada this week. We decided sort of last minute that we would do a Thanksgiving dinner and make a day of it. It was our first Thanksgiving, so we didn't go all out.

In fact, it was one of the most peaceful and enjoyable holidays we've had. It was also a good holiday for weight loss, although it would initially seem impossible. This was because of some careful planning and being sensible with portion sizes.

Keeping the Meal Simple

The first part of keeping this Thanksgiving on track for weight loss was keeping it all simple. We didn't go all out with fancy trimmings and extravagant starters or desserts.

We just opted for a simple turkey with the usual garlic butter beneath the skin, homemade roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and cauliflower cheese. Oh and the veg. But that's it. We didn't bother with cranberry sauce, stuffing, and all the rest.

And you know what? It was all great. There was no feeling of anything being missed. The girls loved it and we enjoyed a healthy meal.

We'd even kept the turkey size to a minimum. I picked up one of the smallest turkeys I could find because there were only four of us. Even that gave us two days of left over turkey for the four of us to enjoy.

Four Small Pies

We still had dessert but we opted for a more sensible option to help with the weight loss. Rather than a big pie or two, which would have been two big for three of us to eat (the youngest one is still too small for a lot of food), we opted for four individual sized pies.

Why four? Well it was one of each filling and getting the four cost us less than it would have done for a big one.

The four pies were split in three, so we each enjoy a bit of all four. There was no ice cream or other side with the pies. There was no need for it. I got to taste the fillings and feel like I could enjoy a dessert without feeling like I'd completely blown it on the weight loss efforts.

No Snacks in the House

We'd actually forgotten about the snacks but found that we didn't really miss them. Usually at Christmas we'd have a box of sweets to share or a bag of crisps. Most of the time they've been munched on for the sake of it or out of boredom.

Instead, we were able to sit back and enjoy a day with the family, without anything to ruin our waistlines. And you know what? Again, we didn't miss anything.

Overall it was a peaceful Thanksgiving dinner that helped our weight loss efforts. This was all because of some planning ahead and focusing on a healthy family dinner.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas for All

So, it’s Friday. It’s time for the first weekly update since I decided to make a change to this blog. I came to a blank when I first realised what day of the week it was. I just didn’t know what tip to give you.

This last week hasn’t been the best for me diet wise. I’m not completely off it but it hasn’t been the main thing on my mind recently. Work has been hectic (and I mean hectic) and I haven’t been able to do anything exercise wise because of the pain in my shoulder—which has led to losing feeling at times in my arm and fingers and pain down my back.

So, I’ve just been stuck behind a computer, wondering what I could possibly share with you.

With it being October, there are a few things going on. Here in Canada it’s Thanksgiving on Monday but I don’t really have tips for that yet. This is my first Canadian Thanksgiving. So, instead, I thought I’d look forward to Halloween instead.

When we’re losing weight, whether we’re on the paleo diet, Weight Watchers, or even a temporary crash diet, we want to enjoy the holiday seasons. We want to be able to fit in with our friends and family members. I’ve know I’ve shared healthy Halloween treat ideas in the past, but it’s time for some more.

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Healthy Halloween treats don’t need to be boring but at the same time you don’t need to get creative with them. Some of the simplistic ideas will get smiles from people—and put a smile on your face.

Ghost Cheese Strings

Get a pack of cheese strings instead of chocolate. On the clear packaging of each cheese string, draw a ghost face with black marker. The cheese string is the ghostly body. You can eat them all yourself or put them out for your Halloween party as a healthy option for your guests. Parents could also be thankful for you giving out cheese strings instead of chocolate to their treat or treating kids.

Creepy Fruit Kebabs

Cantaloupe melon balls, kiwi rectangles, and marshmallows all make some great fruity kebabs. But what’s the Halloween take on them?

Put them on the skewers with a marshmallow between the two pieces of fruit. With some black icing, draw ghost faces on the marshmallows, pretend your melon balls are pumpkins, and make Frankenstein’s monster faces on the kiwis.

Use a small piping bag for the black icing to be able to draw with it.

Rice Krispie Pumpkins

This is a fun one to do with the kids and it makes many people feel like they’re having something naughty.

Put your Rice Krispies in a bowl with melted marshmallow, as if you’re making normal Rice Krispie cakes. Add some orange food coloring to them and then create small balls out of your mixture, so they look pumpkin shape.

Add a small bit of chocolate in the top. You could use chocolate covered pretzels, small bits of chocolate fingers, or little bits of chocolate sticks. These make the stems of the pumpkins.

There we are. A few more healthy Halloween treat ideas to keep you going for another year.