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Old 08-15-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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So you are gonna have a big meal...

Thinking about this last night, I wonder what folks do when they know they are going to have a big meal or eat some place special.

For example, DH and I are going to have a meal at Copeland's. We will more than likely share a bowl of gumbo and share the seafood platter. When I know that I am going to be eating possibly a day's worth of calories (or more) in one meal, I usually skip all other meals for that day. I don't do this everytime we go out to eat, but if I know that the meal is going to be particularly filling, I try to compensate by eating less of other meals/snacks for the day.

How do you folks handle it?

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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I find that if I eat a couple small meals before indulging in a large dinner, my body feels so much better than if skipping them altogether. If I skip a meal I am sure to really go overboard and eat a lot more than I should. Beside that fact, it keeps the blood sugar on an even keel.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:25 PM   #3
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I don't mind going overboard if I know I'm gonna get some good grubb. I know it is not the most healthiest thing to do. Since I stay up really late, I will more than likely end up having a snack of some sort later. We usually go for lunch/dinner around 3 or 4pm.

As a matter of fact... I'm gettin really hungry now!!!!
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:33 PM   #4
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I don't mind going overboard if I know I'm gonna get some good grubb. I know it is not the most healthiest thing to do. Since I stay up really late, I will more than likely end up having a snack of some sort later. We usually go for lunch/dinner around 3 or 4pm.

As a matter of fact... I'm gettin really hungry now!!!!
Then go have something lite and easy, some yogurt, a few cheese slices and a couple of crackers and a slice or two of apple.. Celery with a little peanut butter..I love a hard cooked egg and a sweet pickle
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:39 PM   #5
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No matter if I'm going to eat a big meal or not I make sure that I eat a light breakfast (bowl of cereal and fruit) and lunch (cottage cheese and tomatoes) otherwise my body is so starved that it thinks its going into starvation mode and will suck up all the fat consumed and hold it in reserve...thats how pounds pack on.
Plus, if I didn't I'd be so hungry when it was time to eat the big meal I'd eat so fast I wouldn't be able to fully enjoy it and get fuller quicker.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:39 PM   #6
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Oooooo... great idea kadesma... I do happen to have some hard cooked eggs handy!!! Thanks toots!!!
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:40 PM   #7
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No matter if I'm going to eat a big meal or not I make sure that I eat a light breakfast (bowl of cereal and fruit) and lunch (cottage cheese and tomatoes) otherwise my body is so starved that it thinks its going into starvation mode and will suck up all the fat consumed and hold it in reserve...thats how pounds pack on.
Plus, if I didn't I'd be so hungry when it was time to eat the big meal I'd eat so fast I wouldn't be able to fully enjoy it and get fuller quicker.
That is a very good point!
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:47 PM   #8
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I might eat lightly the day of or the day after, but I really can't skip meals at all - I get *really* irritable.

btw, you don't have to worry so much about the number of calories you get in a given day, as long as it's not too much every day; evening it out over a few days gets you the same result without the feeling of starvation
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:01 PM   #9
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i usually eat fruit & bagels & stuff during my day, cause we eat pretty heartily fer dinner. i'm trying to not adjust to jake's fastfood & restaurant regime. unlesss it's a great restaurant.
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Anticipating a big meal at night on a date night with DH (now a once a month event instead of weekly...) I do not change my usual meal. I usually have a slice of fruit in the morning with all my vitamins and a glass of juice, just little snacks during the day, then off to our favourite Chinese buffet restaurant that has 6 different areas from Japanese, Italian, American and the usual Chinese chefs cooking on the spot. I know I will feel full all week so some leafy salad with very little meat for that rest of the week (or two). It is so easy to indulge when good food is cooked right in front of you...
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