Social Events and Health

I’ve been tracking my intake and exercise this month to see where I can make improvements. It’s been eye opening, but also humbling because making changes for your health is hard even as a dietitian! And calories add up fast throughout the day. While calorie counting works for some people it is not meant for everyone. Just like mindful eating is not meant for everyone but can be a useful tool.

This past weekend was Brewfest so I knew ahead of time that it would be a lot of drinking and eating. During the week I did my best to keep my intake around my goal range of calories (which is just an estimate). Then come Friday and Saturday I gave myself some flexibility.

Saturday we picked up Bobby’s for breakfast before hitting the road. Greg wanted me to try the Bullet which has every breakfast meat imaginable, but I wasn’t feeling all that hungry. I went with a sausage, egg and cheese on an English muffin with a side of home fries. Definitely different from my usual breakfast, but fun and delicious.

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Once at Brewfest, Julie and I decided we needed some sustenance, but not a lot since it was so hot. Soft pretzels for the win. And they had the best honey mustard! Greg didn’t want his so Julie and I shared most of his, too.

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After Brewfest we walked up to Church Street for dinner. We went to Pascolo for a pasta dinner. First up, fried calamari, which was hot, but so so so well cooked. My entree was smoked mushroom and pappardelle and was delicious! I ate every last bite and a slice of fresh bread. I miss Vermont restaurants.

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After walking around downtown and by the water (our hotel was in an amazing location) I headed back to the hotel. Six hours after we ate our late lunch we were hungry again so we ordered room service. I got a BLT with sweet potato fries, which hit the freaking spot. Sure maybe I didn’t “need” that right before bed at 11pm, but it was super satisfying.

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The thing about making healthy changes and/or weight loss is that you want to focus on your everyday habits. I don’t normally have a breakfast sandwich but rather oatmeal in the morning. My lunch is not usually fried calamari and a creamy pasta dish, but rather a salad with grilled chicken. My dinner does not usually include French fries and bacon, but rather lean protein and nothing fried. I don’t normally eat later than 8pm, but then again I’m not usually up past ten!

My everyday habits are much healthier and that’s okay. My issue tends to be that these events or dinners and drinks out tend to happen more frequently now that I live in the city. It’s not as common to go over to people’s houses or apartments, but instead to go out. To top that off I’m still making friends and trying to date which adds a whole other level of challenging.

And so even though I ate like double the amount of calories I normally do on Saturday I still woke up, went for a run, and went to my favorite bagel place: The Bagel Place. Keep the healthy habits, but also live. Brewfest is my favorite tradition and it just so happens that we eat a lot, too. And that’s okay.

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