A Perfect Slice

Mmm…just had a dessert of half of one of those mini apple pies I made today with 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream...with a cup of chamomile tea. It was the perfect little sweet although I could have easily eaten the whole pie and many more!!

Tomorrow we are making pear almond tart, poached fruit, apple crisp and fruit cobbler…..dangerous!


About 226 calories…high, but worth it!

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  • Paula
    January 10, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Looks AMAZING!!!!!! I would love to have you mail me the other half!!! Hahaha!

    Have a great night,

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I should have! I threw the other half away so I wouldn’t be temped to pick at it…. 🙁

  • Danielle
    January 10, 2008 at 1:34 am

    This whole baking and bringing home fresh homemade goods sounds so dangerous! I wouldn’t be able to trust myself to do it! Good luck 😉

  • arimcg
    January 10, 2008 at 1:48 am

    That looks so good. Apple pie and vanilla ice cream has to be the best dessert ever. And I’m a chocolate freak.

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 2:05 am

    I haven’t gained a pound yet during my 4 months in culinary school but if anything is going to break me, it’s baking class. I just can’t say no!!! I think my plan of action is going to be ONLY eat 1/2 to 1/4 of what I make…and sadly throw away the rest so I won’t be tempted to “nibble”, which i seem to do a lot! That way instead of inhaling a 400 calorie dessert, I’ll only be eating a 200 calorie one..which is fine with me and fits in my daily calorie need (i make it fit!!!) This is a really good approach for you all also that have a hard time saying no to sweets……be a snob and only eat the very best. Go to your local bakery (if cute little bakeries even still exist anymore) and buy a truly spectacular dessert. Then…the ultimate test…have the willpower to only eat half and save the half for the next day. Your body, your jeans and your tummy will thank you!!!!

  • Christie
    January 10, 2008 at 3:28 am

    You should look into shelters or churches that feed the hungry and vow to bring the stuff there that way you are getting rid of the food and doing a good thing!

  • Ala
    January 10, 2008 at 5:22 am

    That dessert looks amazing and good job just eating half!

  • Sara F.
    January 10, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Here was today’s intake. I don’t think I got to about 1800 calories.
    1/4 cup steel cut oats with 1 cup skim milk, one medium banana sliced, and about 100 calories worth of walnuts mixed in.
    Grilled turkey and cheese sandwich made with two very thin slices of sourdough, about two ounces of turkey, and 1 1/2 slices of lowfat/2% cheddar cheese. On the side I had a spinach salad with 2 tbsp black olives, one small tomato sliced, red onion, and mushrooms (all tossed in plain balsamic vinegar)
    A large fuji apple sliced and paired with a handful of Stacy’s baked pita chips and a tbsp of low fat cheese spread (about 100cal for the apple, 100 for the pita chips, and 50 for the spread)
    Dinner- (grabbed a quick meal at whole foods)
    1/2 a small cheddar roll, 1/2 whole grain roll, about a 1/2 ounce really really tasty cheese for on the bread (parmesan I think), and a cup of seafood minestrone ( tomato broth with beans, veggies, and fish) (also amazing!)
    Dessert- three or four bites of my boyfriends MONSTER orange glazed sugar cookie (seriously as big as my face!)

  • Sara F.
    January 10, 2008 at 6:46 am

    if you get a chance please make any suggestions as to how the above food intake could be better/should be modified. hk asked me to post what I eat in a day as an aproximation of what 1800 looks like. I don’t mind doing it at all…but I’m certainly no expert and not always the best example. Anything you want to add would be great…I don’t want anyone to think the way I eat is correct or necessarily right for them. Thanks!

  • Sara F.
    January 10, 2008 at 6:47 am

    hk * meant to say I think i DID get to 1800 calories…sorry about that…shouldn’t be on the computer so late!

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Sara F.,

    It’s so hard for me to give you a complete evaluation without actually meeting you, but going by what you have told me I’ll make a few remarks. First of all, do you feel tired at all during the day….have any headaches or fatigue? If you do then we will go from there. If not, I really don’t see anything wrong with this diet. Please tell me you aren’t trying to lose weight though because you seem very thin….but, coming from someone who also is naturally thin, I think you seem like you eat enough and you are getting enough nutrients. I might suggest another piece of fruit during the day or snack between breakfast and lunch (such as some almonds, a pear or 1/2 a cliff bar) if you want it. Have you always been thin? Maybe people will tell you many different things but only that person knows their body well enough to be the judge. I, too, work out about 6 days a week, live an active lifestyle and only eat about 1800-1900 calories a day. That’s what works for me. I could try to eat more but if I’m not hungry and just eating because “I’m supposed to” then that is stupid. I am not a fan at all of giving people a “set number of calories” they must eat everyday because, again, every body is different!!! What’s right for another girl with your same measurements might not be right for you. Only YOU know what’s right for you. So…that being said…if you are hungry, EAT. If you are full. STOP. don’t ever ever EVER deprive yourself….you are eating a balanced diet but don’t hold back if you are a little hungry and need an extra snack. I eat 3 snacks a day (including dessert). You just have to find the right balance that works for you and your body will let you know if its right. Does that help at all?

  • Christie
    January 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Sara F,

    I am going to school to be a Nutritionist and it is a very difficult task to say exactly what someone should eat weithout sitting with them, but I think you can not go wrong if you try to cover all the food groups. I often feel that a lot of the calculators over estimate calories needed, for me I am short (only 5 ft) I run hard 3-4 days a week and weight lift 3 days a week and some calculators would suggest that I eat over 2000 calories but I think that is too much for my body.
    I would suggest you try to cover all the food groups and it looks like you might be lacking on veggies, and protein. This could just be this day but in general try to follow the requirments. I do not think this would add up to 1800 caloriee and I beleive you said you were 5’7” and for that height the recomended weight would be 135 give or take 10%. Again those recomendations do not work for everyone but just to give you a rough idea if the ideal wiehgt for your height.

  • Marie
    January 10, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Sara F.

    I’m concerned because your BMI is under the healthy range – 17.2 (it should not be any lower than 18.5). Some may argue against the validity of BMIs, but the argument is more suited for those who are considered “obese” by it and are still healthy (NFL players, for example).

    I think the fact that you are asking for advice is an indication that you know something is not right about your present diet/daily caloric intake. I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the increase in your energy level by upping your daily intake (even just a bit).

    I know, because I speak from experience. My BMI dipped too low (around your present range), and my health and energy suffered. I thought I was fine (I worked out 6 days a week at a good intensity and ate 1,800-2,000 calories, which did a decent job of filling me up… even though it wasn’t enough…), but truthfully I wasn’t fine and lost my period – a major indication of my body not having enough fuel for energy. (And I should add that if you still get yours, BUT you are on the pill, that does not mean you’re healthy, as those are not real periods and just withdrawal bleeding from stopping the hormones for a week…)

    Anyway, I saw an RD at a local hospital for some guidance on how to return to a healthier weight. I have gained, and feel (and look) so much better. I still workout 6 days a week (though not as intensely), and now eat around 2,500-2,600 calories a day to maintain. Honestly, I really do feel SO MUCH better, and now realize just how energy-zapped and lifeless I felt when I was only consuming 1,800-2,000 calories a day and working out very hard.

    Through my whole ordeal, I learned to listen to my own body… not what health/fitness magazines tell me (they always push 1,600-2,000 caloric-intake goals on women). I was in deep denial that I was under-nourishing myself and thought, “but that is what women are recommended to eat…” I suggest you TRUTHFULLY look at your health, energy levels, food and exercise habits, and go from there. 🙂

  • Sara F.
    January 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks…that was very helpful. I didn’t mean for you to put so much time into my post though, I really appreciate it. To answer a few of your questions…no, I don’t generally have a headache or feel fatigued during the day (unless it’s finals week or something 🙂 ) and I often eat an extra snack in the morning or have a mini breakfast before and after my morning run. Also, no I have never been overweight but I have not always been this thin. I lost fifteen or so pounds throughout highschool as I trained more heavily for cross country and learned to eat more healthfully. With all the extra activity I am constantly learning to better read my body’s signals and give it what it needs. Right now I am working on getting in more milk and yogurt as well as a little extra protien because I want to increase my muscle mass. Anyway, thanks again for all the help… and thanks Christie for the advice…I’m definitely aware that my weight is a little too low, but my focus for now is on learning to listen to my body’s signals…I have tried to gain weight by eating a lot of extra calories in the past and it has always given me an upset stomach and put me in a bad mood. For now the goal is balance and maintenance. 🙂

  • hk
    January 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    thanks for your help, Sarah—seems to resemble my daily intake, too 🙂 have a great day!

  • Sara F.
    January 11, 2008 at 5:46 am

    I agree with a lot of what you said. I know that my bmi/body weight is too low. In the past I have struggled with not eating enough due to lots of running/training for half marathon, etc. I have learned how to better nourish my body. This has involved not only eating more food, but eating better foods. I no longer struggle with feeling fatigued, but I may well need to eat more that 1800-ish calories per day. Right now my goal is just to really learn to listen to my body, and not count calories but just eat what feels right. And right now the amount I am eating feels good and allow me to maintain my weight. While i don’t think my body really needs 2,500 or 2,600 calories on a regular basis, there are certainly days when I could do with a little extra. Thanks for the advice!

  • Marie
    January 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Sara F.-
    No problem! I just hate to see others go through what I did. Sounds like you are moving in the right direction – recognizing that you are at a low weight, trying to eat more, listening to your body, etc. That’s a big, important step in itself! Another tip – peanut butter, reduced fat cheese, nuts and dried fruit can help you get in more healthy calories and not make you feel so uncomfortably full. Here’s to better health! Ha, ha. 🙂

  • Sara F.
    January 11, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I definitely understand your concern. Having been ten pounds lighter than I am now, I know how bad it feels both physically and mentally to be undernourished and underweight. Funny you suggest peanut butter and dried fruit. These are two of my absolute favorites. I LOVE dried apples, raisins, dates…and the list goes on. Almond butter is amazing too!