Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What Does a Dietitian Eat? (Day 6 & 7)

I told you Saturday was game day...get ready for this:

Saturday October 25th
  • Breakfast - Oatmeal with pear, walnuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup; skim milk
  • Tailgating (10:00 am - 2:30 pm) - Roasted eggplant and red pepper dip with pita chips; Turkey finger sandwich; a few M&M's; Muffaletta wedge with Zapp's chips; Mini pulled pork sandwich; Cream cheese stuffed oatmeal cookie; water
  • At the game (2:30 - 6:00 pm) - 1/2 bag M&M's; water
  • Tailgating (6:30 - 8:00 pm) - Almond cookie bar; Blondie; BBQ pork sandwich; Mini pulled pork sandwich; Cream cheese stuffed oatmeal cookie; water

Are you scared/worried yet?

Sunday October 26th

  • Breakfast - Coffee with skim milk and sugar
  • Lunch - Cottage cheese; Iced latte with skim milk and fat-free condensed milk
  • Dinner - Apple; Huge salad from Whole Foods
  • Snack - Peanut butter toast

Comments: I'm human! I don't eat perfect all of the time! But eating like this doesn't make me feel guilty...I just know I can't do it very often if I want to stay healthy and in shape. It's about what you do MOST of the time...and I eat healthfully 95% of the time.

I'm not going to even try to calculate the nutrition info for the weekend...all I can say is too much sugar and fat, not enough fiber and calcium. It looks like a lot of food (and believe me it is...and there might have been more that I don't remember!), but most of the things were small bites or finger food.

The problem I have with game day is that I graze all day and never really get full or hungry...I stay somewhere between the two on the hunger scale all day. The food is all so tempting because there are lots of things that I rarely eat, but really like (cookies, M&M's, BBQ sandwiches). It would probably be a good idea if I actually fixed a plate instead of just picking things up and eating them. Grazing can be a bad thing at home too. It's always better to serve yourself a pre-determined amount and then put the rest away.

I always make sure that I eat a good breakfast (and lunch if it's a night game) so that I'm not starving once I get to campus. And I drink lots of water. I don't waste calories on the concessions sold at the game (except for the M&M's...its a superstition* - my dad, sister-in-law, and I have to split a bag after half-time at every game).

Not surprisingly, I wasn't very hungry the next morning. I had coffee before church and afterwards I still wasn't hungry. But I teach dance from 1:00 - 7:00 pm, so I needed to eat something. Cottage cheese it was (plus a iced latte...I needed the caffeine). I knew I was going to have a salad for dinner...its the best "get back on track" meal. Plus an apple!

I've gotten a lot of positive feedback since I've been writing about what I eat. I'll repeat this from time to time...it takes a lot of work to calculate the nutrition info!

* Another superstition we have with LSU Football involves my cat. When I was a Golden Girl at LSU we wore capes over our uniforms when we weren't dancing. At least 5 years ago, my mom found a cape for an animal and since then, one of our cats wears the cape on game day (only for a little while, they hate having it on).

Me with Betsy


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