Thursday, November 27

How to Go on a Holiday Binge Without Showing It...

This is a re-post from Nestle Club website.

During holidays, anywhere and everywhere, there is just so much good and tempting food that watching one’s weight at this time is either impossible or a complete torture. But it need not be.

Actually, you can still be very much a part of the festivities – yes, even the part that says, “Eat! Eat! Eat!” – without necessarily gaining a lot of pounds. Here are a few things you might want to bear in mind:

Attitude. Be a little less hard on yourself. If your aim or ideal weight is, say, 120 pounds, during the Holiday season, maybe you can raise that target to about 125-130. Stay within the limits of what is healthy, though, and what is easy to get rid of once the holidays are over. Don’t feel pressured to eat more just because it’s Christmas. Have fun without pigging out during parties; this does not make you a killjoy. Some people, sad to say, overeat not because they’re that hungry or they find it hard to resist food, but because they feel that it’s the normal thing to do during the Season, or that it’s impolite to refuse food from one’s zealous hosts. Set aside a rest day or days—that is, at least one day or two in a week when one will, if not cut back, at least eat normally.

The Party. Eat a little something before you go, some crackers or fruit maybe, or take a low-calorie beverage to acquire a sense of fullness. If you hit a party starving for food, chances are you’re going to eat considerably more. In a buffet line start at one end of the table and make mental notes of what is there. Save your calories for new and interesting dishes; if you are not the adventurous kind, go for something you really like. Go for variety as much as possible, so you won’t overdo any one item. Make experiencing a variety of tastes you objective, instead of stuffing yourself. It is also one way to educate one’s taste buds. In a sit-down dinner, try to sit beside someone you like. By doing so, you can talk more and eat less.

Holiday drinking. Drink alcoholic beverages only after you’ve eaten. If you drink before you eat, you’re asking for trouble. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions (including your will-power) and it also increases hunger. Keep away from sour whiskey, beer, eggnogs, and the like. Instead, go with lower calorie white wine, vodka, and gin. Or better still, either stay away from alcohol completely or nurse one drink to last the night.

Routine. Eat within regular meals and snacks. This is better than cutting back during meals but snacking endlessly on candies, cakes, and sweets during the rest of the day. If you are a regular exerciser, maybe you can add more to your routine or to the time devoted to exercise. At the very least, try not to neglect your exercises. Remember, you are trying to burn more fats and calories. You might want to try jogging or brisk walking after Simbang Gabi. The chilly air and Christmas atmosphere make this exercise not only easy, but fun and exhilarating as well.

* food pics from Triple V site

Kiddie Snacks in School

I'm so, so late with this meme from FMB (Filipino Mom Blog). Normally, I just give money to my kids for their lunch or snacks which are available in the school's cafeteria. Other times, they have cookies/biscuits or pastries partnered with either Moo or Chuckie choco drinks. This time, they had....


cinnamon bread

pancit canton

Monday, November 24

Weekend Snapshots: November Random Pics

Before November ends, just want to post weekend random pics in my computer files. Am supposed to post our Subic trip recently, but since I lost my phone, gone were the pics too. Anyway, I wanted the pics below posted on this blog, my journal ,so my kids and I would remember these activities.

Halloween's Trick or Treatin' at Trinoma

Nicole just picked roses in our garden....

Pio posing at the lobby of TV5 before his audition

Saturday, November 15

Spying Over Burn After Reading

I want to see this movie simply because I'm such a huge fan of Brad Pitt and George Clooney. I have never missed their movies. Am sure, this movie would be fun to watch.

And of course, I want to be with my fellow Nuffnangers.

Click here, to check it out.

Sunday, November 9

Weekend Snapshots: Roses in the Garden

Hubby and I bought plants for the garden. Here's what we have now, roses, lots of it. I don't have to ask hubby to buy one for me come Christmas.

smallest rose I've seen

Guess Who Came To Visit Bea's House...

Photo Hunt: Together

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full house

Bea's guests (that's Bea's foot near Snoopy)

Thursday, November 6

My Idol Won

Just as my memorable pics, tokens, knick-knacks are kept on my treasured box or pasted on my scrap book, this event will be forever etched in my heart and on this blog. To you, President Barack Obama, my idol, congratulations. I truly believe that you will bring a great change not only in the United States but on the whole world as well. More than ever, I believe that there's still hope too for my beloved country.

Just want to share one of the daily mails I received from Barack's site. Am sure all of us, his supporters received the same. I believed in my own humble way, I have helped in his campaign so with the millions who voted for him.

Rowena --

I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don't want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing...

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,


Tuesday, November 4


my idol