Now you may be concerned about the fact that I burned approximately 933 calories doing this run (according to Runner's World's calculator). I mean, that is actually a LOT of calories to eat back. But have no fear, I am attending not one but TWO formals this weekend, both of which will feature catered three-course meals. Will I be having dessert at these events - you betcha, I think I earned it. The first formal is tonight and it's actually a pretty low key dorm formal. The food will be catered by a local Italian restaurant chain called Bertucci's (they have the BEST rolls in New England) and we will get as much free champagne as we can drink. I love champagne. Definitely my favorite alcoholic beverage aside from Original Sin Cider Ale. And coconut rum. Anyways, the second formal is tomorrow and is my Senior Ball - think prom but for college seniors. I will be wearing this dress:
I bought this in October for my cousin's wedding and haven't put it on since. Hopefully it will still zip up. ;P
So I was watching The Biggest Loser this week (but I was watching the episode from last week, I'm always an episode behind because I watch them online from the NBC website) and Bob had his team videotape everything they ate in a day so he could assess their diet. In the end, he was furious with them because they focused on eating as few calories as possible rather than trying to fuel themselves with good, nutritious, whole foods that would get them through the intense exercise regimens that the show puts them through. I think this is really important and something that many dieters tend to forget. Many times, the lower the calories you eat, the more weight you can GAIN. Your body starts going into starvation mode and stressing out and so it stores everything you eat as fat instead of using the energy as fuel. No female should eat below 1200 calories a day (really, I think all female dieters who exercise can manage to lose weight while still eating at LEAST 1500 calories) and no male should eat under 1500.
Another common pitfall of dieters (and I admit, I was guilty of both of these things but after reading up a lot on nutrition, changed my ways) is to stop eating fats entirely. This is also bad because your body needs fats to make hormones and different structural components of your cells. In addition, all fats are not created equal. It is critical to eat healthy fats like Omega 3's and 6's since your body cannot produce them on it's own. Some great places to find these fats are in salmon, nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, etc.), and avocados.
Speaking of which (haha! what a PERFECT lead-in) I had half of an avocado left in my fridge from my jicama salad, and I thought I would turn it into a sandwich. What would be perfect with avocado, one of my absolute favorite fruits - barbecue sauce! This sandwich was super good and the fats in it kept me full for a very long time. I swear I could feel the Omega 3's coursing through my veins with their superhuman strength. Or maybe I was just delirious from how good it tasted.
Avocado and Barbecue Sauce Sandwich
1. Layer the bbq sauce and avocado on bread. Eat.
This would probably also be great with some cheese but I didn't have any on hand.
I am submitting this to Souper Sundays (now salad/sammy/and soup(er) Sundays), an event created by the lovely and talented Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.