09 June 2008
On Going Practice Sessions


Struggling with your action plan or needing to kick start it again? Join us for the monthly On Going Practice sessions. One hour monthly sessions for those that need some accountability to stick with their action plan; learn more about nutrition; find out how to exercise aerobically; discuss how stories impact your ability to stick with that weight loss plan, exercise plan, or a plan that helps you meet your mission. Monthly sessions are 12:00 – 1:00pm. Bring your lunch and stay as long as your schedule allows. All sessions in the 4th Floor Conference Rm (Medical Floor).

Next session is August 12 12:00 - 1:00pm or 9:00 - 10:00 pm. Registering in Healthstream is advised so we know to plan on you attending. A SJRMC Dietitian and Leslie Thompson,, RN, will be the FET facilitators for this session.

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Travel and Food Challenges
Summer time is fun and a challenge for many of us. I look forward to traveling but I am always tempted to throw my food plan out the window. I love trying new food especially if I don't have to cook it or clean up afterwards. The challenge is returning home to face the truth on the weight scale. Here are a few tips that may help make that end of the trip feel good for you.
  • Carry your own snacks. I just heard that you may not even get that little bag of pretzels on your next flight! Look for snacks that are between 100-150 calories and balanced with protein (5gms), fat (low), and carbs (10gms). There are a lot of choices of 100 calorie snacks available in grocery stores. Nutrition bars are easy to carry and may keep you from hunting down that high calorie, high fat food in the airport when you get off that jet starving! Eat light and eat often to keep your blood sugar stable; every 3 - 4 hours.
  • Try new foods! Save those calories from the bread, desserts, and dishes that you can get at home. I always try to eat fish if I am traveling where it is fresh. Let's face it, we don't get a lot of seafood in New Mexico even if it use to be an ocean. Try foods unique to the area you are visiting. You come home with lots of good food memories without those extra pounds.
  • Take two bites of that great dessert or "want food" and then wait. You usually taste food for two bites then you eat it the rest from the "memory" of the taste. Share the dessert, take two bites, then wait. Usually you are satisfied with this amount.
  • Is it hunger or thirst? Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Make sure you stay hydrated during your travel, it will help curb that urge to eat. Carry water or flavored water ( buy it after the security line!) and sip it throughout the day. This is especially important if you are flying or doing outside activities.
  • Let your clothes be your guide, not the scale. If your clothes begin to feel a little tighter, check your meal portion sizes. It is easy to over eat at that cruise buffet line or restaurant. The serving sizes are usually larger than you eat at home. Don't starve yourself before going out to eat thinking you will save up a few calories so you can overindulge. Stick with the eating every 3-4 hours and you won't be tempted to clean your plate and the one next to you.

Have any food travel tips to share? We want to hear from you!  Have a great trip

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