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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Q&A and Giveaway!

I have another fun giveaway for 3 lucky readers, but first I wanted to answer a couple of questions I have been asked recently that I thought would be worthy to answer in a blog post!

The first came from Heather, a little over a week ago regarding my grandmother's Birthday Brunch we had! Her question was:

"Do you ever find it hard to eat healthy foods in healthy amounts at these events? Is it hard maintain your weight loss or are you pretty used to balancing everything out now!"
This question could pertain to ANY family function for me...there is always AMAZING food and LOTS of it. I do have strategies for these events, but they only go so far.

  • I try to eat the healthiest foods in the largest quantities. There's always some sort of salad, or vegetables, and fruit, so I kind of give myself a free-for-all on these hoping they will fill me up and deter me from eating more of the not-so-healthy items. This is definitely key, if nothing else to make sure I get a good amount of fruits and veggies.
  • However, as much as I try, my issue isn't with the amount of any one item, it's the need/desire to try everything, and most of the time there is quite the variety.
  • I'll eat my plate of food and all is well, but the other problem is that the food is still out...sitting on the counter...in the kitchen...where everyone ends up "hanging out". This inevitably leads to nibbling.
  • Oh the nibbling...little bite there, little piece here...why am I still eating, I am full! but it's sooo good and it's right there.
So in conclusion I usually eat too much...*sigh*. However, this usually takes care of my hunger needs for the entire day haha.

THANKFULLY, I've never "gained weight" from any one of these family gatherings. I usually have an overwhelming desire to workout a lot the next day and eat really healthfully so it all balances out.

Maybe next time I should take a cue from the little kids and go play outside instead of lingering and chatting by cheese platter.

I think the biggest problem is when there are multiple "food friendly" events near each other...which I feel has been the case lately...but I tend to automatically go into "must workout more/harder mode" which isn't fun sometimes when I get panicky, but in the end there's nothing wrong with a little more exercise in my life.

In the end, I don't own a scale so I only weigh myself like once a month and my weight hasn't changed in a couple years...so I think I'm okay. Although, losing 5lbs before the wedding wouldn't be the worst thing in the world ;)

Wow, I can really ramble on sometimes!! In lieu of my ramblings...I will save question #2 for tomorrow :)

On to the Giveaway!!

This one involves CHOCOLATE and RELAXATION...yes please!That would be a super fun gift basket filled with chocolate/spa themed goodies!!

In celebration of Fiber One's new flavor of their Chewy Bars, Chocolate Mocha, THREE lucky winners will receive one of these fabulous gift baskets filled with:
  • A coupon for 1 FREE Box of the Fiber One Chocolate Mocha Chewy Bars
  • A Bath Pillow
  • Chocolate Scented Soap
  • Coffee Scented Candle
  • Lotion
  • Bath Salts
I finally broke into my box of bars this week...So if you love chocolate and coffee (which I KNOW 99.9% of you do!) you will LOVE these...when I first opened the wrapper it smelt like a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans...mmmmm! Plus I LOVE the chewy chewy texture.

I tried these Fiber One bars for the first time last year...the Peanut Butter and Oat flavor and LOVED them. These bars may have more than 3 ingredients, but they were a great snack and obviously provided me with lots 'o fiber...so I feel like as long as your not downing these 3 times a day they would be a great treat.

Plus:
  • Fiber can help you satisfy your appetite and manage your weight

    • Research suggests that people who have high fiber intakes tend to have healthier body weights

  • Fiber can help keep your digestive system on track

  • 9 out of 10 Americans aren’t getting the recommended amount of fiber
And if you're not one of the lucky winners...you can still print out a coupon HERE for $1.35 off!!

You Know the Drill:

1. Leave a Comment...preferably your favorite chocolate item
2. Mention this contest on your blog if you have one!

I'll Choose a winner Tuesday, March 24, at 10:00PM EST

Good Night Bloggies!!

80 comments:

  1. Hi Bridget,

    My favorite chocolate item would have to be hot fudge. I LOVE hot fudge sundaes!! Thank you so much for the opportunity;-)

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  2. oo great give-a-way, i've seen that mocha flavor all ova!! I love your foodie event tips- I think your idea at the brunch was great too...just pack up the leftovers to eat later in the week!! That can help prevent the..must-eat-all-now mentality :D

    Fave chocolate item...gotta go with reese's!

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  3. wow, what a great giveaway!

    My favorite chocolate item? Oh my gosh--it is too hard to choose just one! I guess I would have to say chocolate covered pretzels---I just love the salty/sweet combo!

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  4. I love a good piece of dark chocolate. Right now I've craving a gooey brownie though!

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  5. MMM my favorite chocolate item would deff be a flavor of ice cream. I love Chocolate ice cream with Chocolate chips or chunks :D YUMMM

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  6. Thanks for answering my question. I think our family celebrations are pretty similar and I also find it hard to stop nibbling on the things that are just lying out. Following the kiddies outside would be a good idea I guess!

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  7. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! My favorite chocolate item... hmm, that's hard! I think I'll have to go with chocolate fudge. yum!

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  8. What a fun giveaway :) I'll link back in my next post!

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  9. I'm a big truffle fan, but really I love anything with chocolate

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  10. GREAT TIPS and GIVEAWAY!!!

    I'm a milk chocolate girl, FO' SHO. Crunch Bars? Butterfingers? (Pref in a DQ BLIZZ.)

    *Wipes drool off of keyboard*

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  11. favorite chocolate item: chocolate mousse, especially those with dark chocolate, the bitter kind! :D

    really nice strategy on eating in family gatherings. thanks for sharing!

    And amazing package for the giveaway!

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  12. Josh LOVES these bars- I already bought them for him! Right now my favorite chocolate item is protein powder...is that weird? haha.

    Hope you have a great weekend :) Is the weather warming up in MA?

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  13. Fun Q&A!!

    Even though I don't eat chocolate, I LOVE baking with chocolate; so I love fudge and chocolate chips :-)

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  14. Yum! I'd love to be entered :)

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  15. This give away looks awesome! My favorite chocolate item is dark chocolate chips added to anything! oatmeal, yogurt, a small handful on my way through the kitchen.. :)

    Thanks!

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  16. Hello hello! I love this give away and am looking forward to trying the bars even if it's only through the coupon! I have started trying chocolate bath wash (Philosophy) and chocolate calcium (Viactiv) to help subside my chocolate dreams:) Finishing a meal with my viactiv really helps because it's kind of like dessert.

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  17. Great giveaway! I love anything with dark chocolate especially almonds :)

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  18. Yay for giveaways!

    My favorite chocolate item? Stright up Dark Chocolate straight off the bar. I mean would oculd be better? Ok maybe if you shave that dark chocolate bar of Ice Cream then we might be stepping it up a notch. :)

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  19. Fabulous giveaway!

    My favorite chocolate item is just a good piece of quality, dark chocolate.

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  20. Wow chocolate and spa items what more can a girl ask for! Favorite chocolate item man that is hard but it would be chocolate chip cookies, mmmmm!

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  21. My favorite chocolate item is chocolate ice cream.

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  22. Yay, chocolate! I've never met one I didn't like, haha. But my favorite right now is probably the Ghiradelli 60% cacao dark chocolate squares. :)

    Your contest is also mentioned on my blog: http://seesaraheat.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/a-very-chocolatey-contest/

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  23. Fun giveaway! My favorite chocolate treat is brownies!!! Love em! :)
    I'm having a giveaway too. Stop by when you have a chance :D

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  24. Hi-
    Great contest! My favorite chocolate item would have to be... NUTELLA!
    - a fellow boston girl

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  25. Great giveaway!! I love semi-sweet chocolate chips sprinkled over ice cream!! Yum!! I am linking back to your contest now!!

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  26. Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream is my vice; it's the thing I crave when I've had a bad day. I love throwing some Hershey's Syrup over the top and whipped cream.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  27. Chocolate? Mocha almond fudge ice cream!!!

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  28. My fave chocolate item: Lindt Dark Chocolat in 70%. Mmm

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  29. Ohhh, yum! I haven't even seen that flavor yet, but I love Fiber One Bars!

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  30. Coconut chocolate larabars are awesome! Although hot fudge is my fav, so much that we're having a hot fudge sundae bar at my wedding in June!

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  31. Hi!
    I love all that is chocolate, but I would have to say my most favorite is Scharfenberger (spelling?) dark chocolate bars ! MMMmmmMMMmm

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  32. what an awesome giveaway Bridget!! Nothing better than chocolate, right?! =)

    my favorite chocolate item is BUTTERFINGERS haha - such a child hood favorite.

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  33. I looove chocolate! What a great giveaway! I live in Seattle, near Theo's Chocolate--the best! They have yummy flavors and they do all the processing there--it's fair trade and organic and they have a great tour that teaches you all about chocolate! Yum!!
    -Mallory
    http://pink.jemts.com

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  34. p.s. i posted a link to this giveaway here... http://peanutbutterandjennys.blogspot.com/2009/03/bermuda-bahama-come-on-pretty-momma.html

    can't wait to hear the results =)!

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  35. My favorite chocolate item has to be Lunds/Byerly's chocolate gelato (local grocery chain in MN!) It has actual hazelnuts on top.yum!

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  36. I am pretty much the same as you at social events. I make one plate with over 1/2 filled of the super good stuff, then take a little sampling of a couple of the fun foods (although I never feel like trying all of them unlike you). and then, just like you, we end up in the kitchen and i nibble.. and nibble.. and nibble!

    RE: favorite chocolate? Teuscher's champagne truffles. in the dark chocolate kind. you MUST try them!

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  37. Hey! I am brand new to your blog and am excited to explore it! I love that you are from the Boston area because I am too! Yay!

    My favorite chocolate item would have to be a good BROWNIE with chocolate chips in it! YUM!! :)

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  38. How fun!

    I love anything chocolate - but the combo of mint and chocolate is absoultely DIVINE!

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  39. I love anything chocolate! But chocolate and peanut butter combo is my fave!

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  40. mmmm...I would love to win. My favorite chocolate item is a flourless chocolate cake...yum!

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  41. my favorite chocolate item at the moment is THIN MINTS. :)

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  42. I love a good, high quality, super dark chocolate bar. Delish!

    I am linking back to your blog right now. It should be up in a couple minutes!

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  43. Gotta love me some fiber one Chocolate bars! The Ultimate chocolate fix!
    Linking you now!

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  44. ghirardelli evening dream chocolate squares are the best!

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  45. My favorite chocolate "yummy" is my Mom's homemade chocolate cake with thick frosting and pecans on top! Not only is it so delicious anything made by my Mom wins the "sentimental favorite" award!

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  46. what a great giveaway :) ill be posting on my blog tomorrow! now all i can think about it chocolate... my fave item is definitely chocolate pb cups!

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  47. Hey! What a great giveaway! My favorite way to eat chocolate is probably in warm chocolate chip cookies :)

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  48. Hi! Somehow your blog has escaped my knowledge until today...your now in my blog roll!!

    And I mentioned this give away on my blog as well!!

    I'm crossing my fingers!! :D

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  49. My favorite chocolate thing would be hard to pick but anything with coffee flavors or peanut butter is def. at the top!

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  50. Anything with chocolate and PB!! mmm

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  51. What a fun contest! I think my favourite chocoalte is white chocolate. Is that weird? I love the stuff! Or any chocolate with peanut butter is fine by me.

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  52. my favorite chocolate item is definitely dark chocolate + marzipan.

    thank you for the great giveaway, looks like a fun kit!

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  53. fun giveaway! I love anything dark chocolate.

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  54. Favorite chocolate item is a small piece of dark chocolate. Something so pure and delicious about eating it straight-up.

    Just added your blog to my reader and I'm loving it! :)

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  55. Chocolate covered raisins. ^^

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  56. I love all kinds of DARK chocolate way too much, but I guess my very favorite would be chocolate chips and peanut butter on a banana! Yum! I linked back to you on my blog! http://lifeloveviolin.blogspot.com

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  57. Great giveaway! My favorite chocolate item is probably Godiva cheesecake from the cheesecake factory :) Or Cadbury Eggs this time of year!

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  58. Oooo fun giveaway! Do I really need to pick just ONE favorite chocolate item? ;) Hmmm. Chocolate-covered strawberries rank up there... love the chocolate & fruit combo!

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  59. I love tootsie rolls! There is something so addicting about them...Thanks for the chance to win!

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  60. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

    I think my favorite chocolate item is either milk chocolate with almonds and toffee, or my own chocolate cheesecake.

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  61. I think my fav chocolate product is anything that has chocolate and pb!!

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  62. this is a very luxurious giveaway!
    i love dark chocolate candy bars from Vosges. probably the best flavors ever to be created!!

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  63. My favouriet chocolate has to be Cadbury's cream egg.

    I linked back to your post

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  64. Hi Bridget,

    My favorite chocolate item is a chocolate peanut butter cup...mmm. I think I also like them because they are individually wrapped and it feels like a bigger treat than it is.

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  65. Just found your blog, very nice! I added it to my favorites! :)

    My favorite chocolate item is Dove's Dark Chocolate lil squares. I nibble on one every night with a hot cup of herbel tea. So yummy!

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  66. It's a tie between Reese's Peanut Butter cups and chocolate chip cookies.

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  67. I absolutely love brownies! Preferably warm and right out of the oven :)

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  68. I love chocolate shell that hardens when you pour it over your ice cream...I also love the Fiber One bars! They keep me full until lunch which is not an easy task!

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  69. I love chocolate truffles! So decadent!

    Thanks for tips about family gatherings! I always overeat at them too, but usually it's because I'm nibbling veggies!

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  70. My favorite chocolate item would have to be a warm hot fudge sundae...yummy!

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  71. ah, i love chocolate! so, this is a toughie...but i'd go with dark chocolate, preferably 70% cacao. yum. i must say that chocolate covered pretzels and hot cocoa are runner ups though!

    awesome giveaway :) i've linked back to your post on my blog: catchingbananas.blogspot.com

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  72. Favourite chocolate item? That's almost impossible to choose! Maybe a good double chocolate ice cream flavour.. or basically any kind of chocolate bar. Chocolate just rules in general.

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  73. Peanut M&Ms. They NEVER get old!

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  74. Brownies. And hot fudge. Wait - a hot fudge brownie sundae... yes, that's it.:)

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  75. Hello there! I LOVE Chocolate and normally eat it everyday, but I've given it up for Lent! It's been tricky. My favorite kind(s) of chocolate: hot chocolate, ghiradellhi triple chocolate brownies, caramello bars, smores, chocolate cupcakes...the list goes on :)

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  76. I posted this on my blog. http://healthylawyer.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaways-around-blogworld.html

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  77. What a perfect giveaway! :)

    I have a weakness for anything dark chocolate...

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  78. hmm.. dark chocolate covered cranberries...

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  79. I love Milk Chocolate!!!
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. What a great looking basket!
    I honestly don't know if I could pick just one chocolate item. Its one of my favorite foods.

    But I will say that this time of year it is Cadbury Creme Eggs!

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