So I have been in Germany for about a month now and wow...I have enjoyed so many different yummy foods and beer while here. The waistline and weight has taken a toll because of this. I read an article recently about leaving a few bites left on your plate to help manage a little bit of your weight. In reality, this will only make a minor difference but I am willing to try this out. I have always been a member plus some of the "clean your plate" club. Thanks Mom and Dad! Anyway, I have been trying this at my breakfast buffet at the hotel the last few days. It has been hard but I have managed. I also been trying to eat fewer things from the buffet as well. I have been able to maintain this and eat a few snacks for my lunch.
I have had the pleasure of experiencing a German breakfast buffet at my hotel. It has been of interest since it has been different every day. It has also been different from the breakfast we had before while in Germany last summer. For example they have the typical breakfast food of eggs (hard boiled or scrambled), bacon, cereal, bread, pastries, etc. Then there is some food of interested like veggie platters, meat platter, cheese platters, stuffed mushrooms, chicken wings, tuna salad, egg salad, etc. I have been basically working out in the morning (p90x) and then eating my breakfast/lunch meal. In the afternoon I will work out again and eating small snacks (apples, lunchmeat, etc) until dinner time. Dinner time has been an adventure because I have limited cooking space. I have a mini microwave, fridge, freezer, and a pot that can boil water. I had the luxury of going to the commissary on base to buy some canned goods. My hubby and I decided to eat in during the week to save some money and go out on the weekends to enjoy the culture and other countries.
Last night I met a friend from my running group for a run on the VA Beach boardwalk. This boardwalk round trip is about 5.3 miles! We did the whole thing in less than 50 mins...we started to walk for a min and when we reached one end we walked for like a minute before completed the whole run. Now if I run with other people I tend to be a talker...not sure why. Anyway afterwards I was hungry since it was close to 7pm and I needed to eat dinner. I made my way to this bar/restaurant called H20 bar and Grill to meet some friends. It was funny because this place is actually online and I glanced their menu earlier that afternoon. Here is their menu, http://www.h2o-bar.com/menus.html I was proud of myself and didn't pig out on super fatty bar food. I chose the blackened tuna bites with chili ailoi sauce with one taco (they were 75 cents on Thursday) and two bud selects. The other thing that sucked was the fact the tuna bites were 8 dollars!! Now I thought I did decent compared to what I usually get when I am there. I roughly figured about 700-800 calories. Good thing for me I burned about 592 calories while running. :)
My trip to Germany is going to allow me to make a stop at the Hofbraeuhaus in Munich. I have been there once before and drank about 4-5 L of Hofbrau Original Beer and devoured a crackling pork knuckle with potato dumplings with homemade bacon cabbage salad. Now I have to admit the food was freakin' amazing!!! However, this food choice by all means wasn't healthy for me. I have been spanning the menu for the Hofbraeuhaus so when I attend I can choose something a little bit more healthy. I have read many articles that say if you make your food decision prior to attending restaurant you are more than likely to make better choices. Here is some possible choices...
1. Salad - I would have a choice of either turkey salad (turkey, raw veggies, fresh mushrooms) or a salad with "suckling pork chops"
2. Bavarian onion soup
3. 2 grilled sausages, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes (may not be the healthiest option but I could share one sausage with my hubby).
Many of the meals there are very big!! I ate a beer garden for lunch earlier that day before attending the Hofbraeuhaus and split a pretzel. Now this pretzel was huge!!
All and all....will I choose something healthy while here?? Probably not...I am in Munich...how many people can say they will be there ever? I am lucky enough to attend this place for a possible 2nd time in less than a year. I am going to enjoy the food, beer, and the culture.
As I have recently posted...I am going to Germany for close to 90 days. I have been trying to clean out my fridge and freezer before I leave. The reason is due to the fact that I am planning to turn off the circuit breaker when I leave to save some money. Anyways...I have had to be creative with my snacks and meals. Some examples of meals have been this.....
1. Fish fillet, frozen broccoli with laughing cow cheese wedge.
2. Boca burger patty with hummus and carrots (this was a snack)
3. Flat bread with shrimp and birdeye view peppers and onion mix
4. Turkey lunch meat with string cheese
5. Chicken sausages with fat free cheese slice
6. Thomas 100 calories English muffin with spray butter
7. Dannon light and fit yogurt with a dash of cinnamon
8. Morning Star crumble, laughing cow cheese, and Hebrew Hot Dogs
9. Sugar free pudding mix with mini delights rice cake (white chocolate bites)
So I am getting ready for take a small vacation to Germany because of my husband's job. I am not sure how much I will be able to blog until I get there. I will have internet access in the hotel that I will be staying. I can't wait to experience the Germany culture again like I did about 6 plus months ago.
I got into listening to Podcast a lot due to the fact that radio stations in my area are horrible. One of the podcast that I catch a few times a month is Fat 2 Fit radio. There are two guys who talk about fitness and nutritional goals. The one guy is at his goal weight and is helping the other host get to his goal weight at a slow and healthy weight lost.
So one of their interesting philosophy is to eat like you are at your goal weight. So if you were 200 pounds and your goal weight was 150, you would eat like you weighed 150 pounds. It is an interesting theory and I could see how it could total work. Has anyone tried this before?
I am just the typical girl who complained about losing weight and never wanted to diet or work out. Over three years ago I have kept my weight off and want to help others in their journey. I am by no means a doctor or an "expert". My means are based on trial and error.