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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I think I ate about 2 pounds of food for dinner tonight - oof! We took the kids out for our anniversary dinner, and ordered all our favorites. There are leftovers in the fridge, but we ate past full.

And yet I managed to stay within my calorie target. It took some strategic ordering. I had a few ounces of the steamed whole fish - yum. And 3 tasty shrimp, which I savored in small bites. And 1 ounce of a grilled skewered beef fillet. So reasonable amounts of fresh, healthy protein.

The strategic part is I ordered lots of extra veggies. I ordered the kids' and hub's favorite noodles and picked off the broccoli on top that they didn't want. I finished off 3/4 of a big plate of steamed Chinese broccoli - one of my favorite veggies so this was a treat. And after the kids had given up on it, I also polished off half a plate of stir-fried green beans. I ate so many veggies tonight that I wouldn't be surprised if I wake up tomorrow with a green tinge!

A year ago a big dinner out would have been much heavier on carbs and fatty meats. Now I aim for lean proteins and lots of veggies whenever I can. I completely belly-busted tonight, but since most of my dinner was veggies, I don't feel guilty at all.

Oh, and our youngest made us a card. Full of fancy script and little hearts drawn all over - it was very sweet. I'm glad she's taking her time growing up!

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  • SOOZIEQUE55
    Sounds like a wonderful meal. Congrats on your eating plan for the dinner. No one felt like they were deprived of their favorite dish and you got lots of veggies! A win-win for everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2084 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    You did a great job on the anniversary dinner! I chuckled when you said you ate about two pounds for dinner. Often when I weigh my food for a meal, it adds up to almost a kilogram, and that's shocking, isn't it? But if it's vegetables or watermelon or something like that, a kilogram doesn't really have that many calories. Glad you had such a good celebration with your happy family!

    As for the green tinge--well, I've never heard of people turning green, but there was a girl at boarding school who went on a "carrot" diet, where all she ate was carrots, and lots of them. I'm not kidding--she ate so many carrots for so long that her skin really did start to turn orange! I guess beta carotene can do this, because I've heard of the same thing happening with Japanese pumpkin. Back when my children were in kindergarten, one of the other mothers told me she had received a big shipment of Japanese pumpkin (called kabocha) from her hometown relatives. There were so many of them that she served it to her family three times a day for an extended period, until she noticed her son's skin starting to change color. I didn't witness that, so can't vouch for the veracity of her story, but the girl at boarding school--saw her orangish skin with my own eyes!
    2085 days ago
  • PJDANIELS
    Oh, what a nice evening. Love the hand made cards, I keep things like that. I now have containers, one for each child, of special things, hand made, or school stuff, baby shoes. Good on you for making good choices at dinner but still having a "splurge". You've come a long way, Baby!
    2085 days ago
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