Healthy Lifestyle Ideas

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Take the Starch & Sugar Eaters Anonymous Club Pledge

O.K., so the acronym will be SSEA. It's easy to remember. Just say "Sorry, I can't have that (fill in the blank food item) because I've taken the SSEA pledge". And here's the pledge:

"I will think about my meals ahead of time and limit the amount of starches and sugars I consume by being smart about my choices." And also say: "I pledge not to mindlessly eat chips or bread brought to the table at restaurants. I will resist it or better yet ask the waitstaff to not bring it to the table". Also, "If I'm at a party and feel tempted to indulge in a dessert or snack food, I will limit myself to 3 tiny bites and throw the rest away." Remember, better in the trash than on your hips. And then say "I pledge to not buy snack foods that will tempt me. And I pledge not to buy or make delicious looking bread, biscuits, rolls or pasta dishes because I won't be able to resist them and my family won't even miss them if I leave them off the menu. And I pledge not to bake holiday cookies and desserts (because I can't resist eating them when they're hot out of the oven). If my children want a holiday cookie, I will take them to the bakery and let them pick out a cookie. I don't need a dozen of them on my kitchen counter. And I pledge to not make my own favorite starch and/or sugar laden desserts or side dishes this year, but will think of alternatives and be smart about what I put on the table.  And I will keep reminding myself that 'it's just a meal' and it doesn't have to have those dishes that put on weight like macaroni & cheese and sweet  potatoes with marshmallow topping. I can come up with alternatives that are tasty and healthier for everyone in my family".

So that's the pledge.  Let me know if you lose any weight by cutting out starches and sugars during the holiday season. My goal is to lose 5 lbs. by the 1st of December and another 5 by Christmas. Good luck!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kid ATC Swap Sign Up Deadline is Coming Up

Tomorrow is the deadline to enter the November Kid ATC Swap. The theme is Thanksgiving and it's going to be a lot of fun for the kids. I'll be assigning the partners Tuesday morning so be sure to forward this on to any parents who have kids that want to trade ATC's. More info is on the new blog
 Here's a couple of cute kid ATCs from Halloween.

Pepper Plants are Still Producing

I can't believe how resilient the banana, bell and cherry pepper plants are in my garden. They're the only plants leftover from summer and they're still producing, even though the temperatures are in the upper 30's to low 40's at night.

I wanted to use them for dinner tonight so I put them in a delicious tuna casserole

Quick & Easy Tuna Casserole
*I've been making this recipe for years. It's a comfort food for us. I sometimes add other veggies- like tonight I added sliced carrots along with the other peppers  from the garden. I usually leave the onions and bell pepper raw, but since I was adding sliced carrots, I sauteed all the veggies for 5 min. before adding them in.
2 cans tuna (in water) drained
1 can of condensed Cream of Celery Soup
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium bell pepper, chopped
dash of pepper
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (or favorite) cheese
2 - 3 cups of Egg noodles, cooked al dente' & drained (I cut back on the amt. of noodles when I'm dieting)
Mix soup and mayo well and combine with other ingredients in a casserole dish, adding cheese last. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes (or until cheese has melted and casserole is bubbly).