Friday, November 27, 2015

Eat Smart Even on Thanksgiving!

After my last post a few days ago, there were lots more questions about food. Yesterday was the great American food and family celebration so I am sharing my tips for successfully navigating this type of event. For some of us, this is the start of the overeating season.

I wore my slimmest fitting straight leg jeans from Loft with a white tank top by Peck and Peck via Stein Mart topped off with a luxurious faux suede shirt by IC Collection from ShopMyFairLady.

I have often said that tight jeans saved my life. When I wear yoga pants or other stretchy comfortable slouchy pants day after day, it is so easy to gain a few pounds without being mindful of it. Before you know it, you have ten or more extra pounds! I have a French friend who tells me she never weighs herself. "When my clothes start to feel tight I eat less for a few days."

This was a casual family gathering so I limited the accessories and makeup to a lighter daytime version with one ring and a statement of arm candy.  The bracelets have been collected during my travels. That's my favorite YSL lip gloss and an animal print clutch from Express. The boots are by French Connection via Saks Off 5th.

My sweet sister prepared a delicious meal for our family. She is an awesome cook! We enjoyed a perfect day together sharing memories, laughing and talking.

As the sun was starting to go down on this bright beautiful warm day, I snapped this photo of a deer eating in a meadow on a hill.

These are my own important points to remember at these special meals which will likely be happening a lot in the coming weeks. I never eat until I feel really full. When I know I will be sitting down to a special family meal later in the day, I eat a very light small breakfast. The size of servings can quickly become overwhelming so I always serve myself only one spoon full of the items I want to enjoy. It all tastes the same so why pile a lot of each item on your plate and then be miserable later? 

My food choices throughout the year include fresh organic and local vegetables and fruit available at my local grocery stores. I keep an open mind when I shop and just look for those items that look most appealing at the time.

My goal is to eat these foods every day.
a large bowl of dark leafy greens
steamed greens
in season steamed or baked vegetables
a cup of cooked dry beans (If you only have the canned version, rinse well before serving. They have a lot of salt in them!)
an ounce of raw seeds and nuts
at least three fresh fruits

These items do nothing for our health. I eat them in very small quantities on very rare occasions if ever. 
salad dressing

Some foods or ingredients can be the trigger that cause headaches, body aches, and inflammation and bloating. I avoid preservatives, processed foods, and meat because my body does not respond well to these items at all. Sodium tripolyphosphate known as STPP is one such trigger that will bring on a severe migraine for me that lasts for two days. It is a toxic poison for some people and yet the United States Food and Drug Administration lists STPP as "generally recognized as safe". I do NOT trust them to make these choices for me. It is wise to find out which foods, additives, and preservatives cause you problems and to eliminate them from your life.

My goal when I started this journey five years ago was not just to lose weight. I wanted to eliminate those migraines and the inflammation that was causing me so much pain I found it difficult to walk at times much less wear high heels. A wonderful side effect was that I lost more than forty pounds and gained a tremendous amount of self-confidence along with a robust healthy immune system.

I enjoy sharing fashion tips with you, but it is much more important to me that I convey how vital it is that you take care of your body so that you can enjoy your life. A friend of mine who is a heart specialist was discussing this a few nights ago. She said, "Many of my patients live their lives without taking care of themselves at all and then when the heart starts to fail they want me to fix it."

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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Unknown said...

Very informative Susan, thanks. I do love that brown shirt!

Jan Maier said...

Outstanding info. We all need a refresher now and then. Yesterday I too had a serving spoonful of everything except the sweet potatoes, which I don't like in the candied version. I felt totally satisfied. My only "slip" was a second piece of apple/raspberry crumb pie wth my eldest granddaughter after I took the grands home so their parents could stay at our friends' house a bit later. The two littles were in bed and the two of us (she is 12) snuggled up under a blanket on the sofa and snacked and was a special moment. I also didn't drink as much water as I usually drink (about 80ish ounces a day) but I'm happy with how the day went. Now I'm off to a mid-day spin class. Thanks for showing up in my life!

Trixie said...

Thank you so much for sharing this info with us. Eating healthy on daily basis is something I strive for but the Holidays are especially hard because it seems I'm in more situations that temp my will power. I just ordered (online) the ingredients that I needed to make your yummy power porridge breakfast. Thanks for sharing not only your wonderful tips on fashion and style but also inspiration (and recipes!) for a healthier body.

dmp said...

What color is your YSL lipstick?

Unknown said...

Great tips Susan. This is a tough time of year to navigate holiday parties and not put on weight.

Susan said...

Yves Saint Laurent
'Rouge Volupté Shine' Lipstick
Nordstrom Item #635011 36 Rouge in Rock

Cristine said...

This is great inspiration to keep going on my journey to health. Glad you mentioned the STPP- never heard of it, but I'll start watching out for it since I used to struggle with migraines. After cutting out processed sugary food, gluten and, unfortunately, chocolate, my migraines have almost disappeared. Now I just need to work on a style upgrade- which you are also inspiring! (I think better health and better style probably go together, don't you?)