37 responses

  1. Laura
    December 19, 2011

    Was that your entire dinner?

    Ugh, I’m trying to work out how to word this the right way. It’s really difficult to question anything on blogs these days without people attacking you for being critical, but I’m genuinely curious. Do you still feel hungry after meals? Because you seem to eat very small portions and you’re very active, which I would have thought would should make you even hungrier.

    • Meghann
      December 19, 2011

      I think the portions always look smaller in photos. It was actually a very filling meal. I’m also a constant food picker who nibbles on green beans and turkey as I cook/plate my food.

      • Laura
        December 19, 2011

        Thanks for the gracious response! I was really trying to avoid sounding critical.

      • J
        December 20, 2011

        No, it doesn’t look smaller in photos. That plate of food is just pathetic.

  2. Cara
    December 19, 2011

    That dinner looks wonderful! Love this time of year when it is all on sale πŸ™‚

    I totally understand about Maddy throwing up on the carpet, my cats will only throw up on the white carpet, not the brown carpet, not the hardwood or the tile. Baffles my mind as well!

  3. Mallory @ Have Your Cake and Eat It
    December 19, 2011

    your dinner looks beautiful! definitely a great way to get your stomach warmed up for the holidays πŸ™‚
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  4. Heather @ Run Eat Play
    December 19, 2011

    Your dinner is making me excited for Christmas dinner! Hope your doggy feels better.
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  5. Sarah @Blonde Bostonian
    December 19, 2011

    I also have been taking advantage of the the sweet potatoes on sale this week. yuummmm!
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  6. michelle
    December 19, 2011

    Mmmm I can’t wait to chow do on Christmas dinner
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  7. Lj
    December 19, 2011

    A roux is flour plus a fat. Just an FYI.

    • Meredith
      December 20, 2011

      Exactly why I came on here to comment. If you’re going to cook and put it on your blog, you need to get the words right. You added a “slurry” (you mixed the water into the flour before adding it to the gravy so it wouldn’t get clumped up, that is NOT a roux).

      • Meghann
        December 20, 2011

        You’re right. I fixed it! πŸ™‚

  8. Bee Goes Bananas
    December 19, 2011

    That looks delicious! I love it when things are on sale.
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  9. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 19, 2011

    I swear all dogs do that. We have wood floors throughout our house with a few area rugs here and there. I don’t think the dog has EVER thrown up on the wood. It’s always the rugs…
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  10. Kay
    December 19, 2011

    What size are your plates?

  11. Army Amy*
    December 19, 2011

    My dog is the same way about where he tosses his cookies. He also waits until the middle of the night to get sick. I really think he does it on purpose.*
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  12. theswanin.me
    December 19, 2011

    YUMMY! I predict a turkey boob in my cart tomorrow on the way home from Publix. πŸ™‚ Looks yummy! I have never purchased a turkey part so I cannot wait to try it.
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  13. Dani
    December 20, 2011

    Meghann,
    I really do like your blog, a lot. I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now but if you say you pick at your food and that the portions that are displayed are not the actual amount then don’t show your plate. The food looks gorgeous, but I’ve seen small children eat more then this. It is a bit disturbing because you work out hard and your body should be able to recover properly. People look to you because you are a healthy living blog, and I just don’t think you display the healthy portions as of lately. I’m assuming you don’t blog all your food, but please try to limit the pictures of small portions or saying how full you are eating an apple and some cashews as a dinner.

    Please don’t take this as a negative comment but as a constructive one. I really do love your blog, butI am just concerned. You look gorgeous weight wise πŸ™‚

    • Casey
      December 20, 2011

      You know, I have to agree. I too love your blog Meghann, and don’t want to be mean/critical. But I often think your portions look so tiny, and I think a lot of readers thought this when reading this particular post.

      I think the nature of healthy living blogs is really tricky, b/c so many of you have struggled with weight in the past, or struggle now. So I feel like showing small portions and calling it dinner without clarifying big afternoon snacks or other parts of dinner is dangerous for readers who could be influenced by the way you eat.

      It’s definitely your blog and up to you the way you present your food, but since your blog is mostly about food, food as fuel, and working out, I fear that sometimes it isn’t presented exactly the way you think it is. Just trying to help, honestly. :/
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      • Shae
        December 20, 2011

        Yeah, unless those green beans are 9 inches long, that isn’t even a full-sized dinner plate. I am about 25% as active as you and I eat a lot more than that for pretty much every meal. That is honestly one tablespoon of potato, and you can’t say the photo makes it look smaller because that is even a baby-sized plate.

      • Meghann
        December 20, 2011

        You’re right – it’s not a full dinner plate, but it’s also not a baby plate either. I’d say it’s a medium plate somewhere between a salad plate and a dinner plate. Also, that’s about 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatoes on my plate. The portion does look smaller in photos, but I don’t know what to do about that. Maybe nest time I’ll put something next to it so people can gauge the sizes? Also, I HATE our dinner sizd plates – Derek does too. They’re big, they’re clunky and they’re boring. That’s why I don’t eat off of them . πŸ™‚

      • Meghann
        December 20, 2011

        Thank you for the comment Casey. I have mentioned on the blog a few times in the past how I’m a constant nibbler when I cook. When I talked to the RD about this back in November she told me that if that’s my problem then I should nibble on the vegetable components, so I nibbled on the green beans last night and when the turkey came out I had a bite or two to make sure it tasted right before I plated it. However, I don’t mean to steer people wrong with my plates. It looks small in photos, but I promise it’s a generously sized balance meal. On the plate is (roughly) 5 oz of turkey, 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatoes, and a cup of green beans with about 10 walnut halves buried underneath (I picked quite a few from the pan because they’re my favorite). Oh, and everything had a drizzle of the gravy on top. That puts the plate at roughly 500 calories. Including the ice cream, my evening meal comes to (roughly) 700 calories with 60g protein, 22 g fiber, and 24 g sugar (thanks to the ice cream πŸ˜‰ )

    • Laura
      December 20, 2011

      I rarely comment on here, but I thought the same exact thing when I read this post! The dinner looked extremely small, it would have barely qualified as a snack for me!

      • Meghann
        December 20, 2011

        Hi Laura! I just left a very dran out explanation on Casey’s comment as well, but the meal came to roughly 475 calories. I promise it was a full, balanced meal. πŸ™‚

  14. Hope
    December 20, 2011

    Roasted turkey is delicious as well as mashed sweet potatoes! Your dinner looks so comforting. πŸ™‚
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  15. Emily
    December 20, 2011

    Dinner looks yummy, as usual! I hope I can find some on sale turkey at the grocery! Yum-o!
    Sorry Maddie isn’t feeling well though, that sucks.
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  16. Katy Widrick
    December 20, 2011

    My dogs love to eat grass, so they love to get sick. I don’t love it. And I really don’t love that no matter how hard I try and redirect them to the easy-to-clean tile, they find the freshly washed dog bed or rug. Sigh.
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  17. Corey @ Learning Patience
    December 20, 2011

    Nothing is more enjoyed in our house than a turkey dinner with potatoes, corn, gravy, rolls and cranberry sauce…..oh and stuffing! Hey – that’s why we run right? πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays!

    xoxo from Trinidad

    p.s. hope Maddie feels better soon
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  18. Amy
    December 20, 2011

    I know, it was already addressed, but that is a tiny meal…regardless of how it was photographed. My 4 year old niece eats more than that. Maybe you should photograph Derek’s plates for the blog…people will worry less. πŸ˜‰

  19. Liz @ Southern Charm
    December 20, 2011

    Oh wow!! What a great little meal! I love this.
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  20. Heather
    December 20, 2011

    Meghann, I gotta say… you’re being REALLY gracious with all the people who are freaking out about your plate/meal size.

  21. Meghan R
    December 20, 2011

    My dog does the SAME thing when she gets sick. Its a dog thing!

  22. Jena
    December 20, 2011

    When my dogs have upset stomachs I cook them white rice and pour a little sodium free turkey/chicken broth in it. I also make them scrambled eggs with rice. My big dog had diarrhea for a few days and this was the only thing he would eat. Hope Maddie feels better soon.
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  23. CindyD.
    December 20, 2011

    Criticism is not necessarily concern. If you have followed Meghann for any length of time, you would know that lengths she has gone through to try and maintain a healthy balance in her life with food and activity. One plate “looking small” should not give you the right to claim that she is doing anything wrong.

    I’ve seen plenty of pumpkin beers, dessert plates from family gatherings and those little dishes of ice cream on here to satisfy my “concern” that she is eating like a small child. She posts three very well rounded meals on here daily, plus snacks.

    Back off people. Geesh.

  24. CindyD.
    December 20, 2011

    Also, feel better soon Maddie! White rice works wonders for dogs’ tummies!

  25. Alaina
    December 20, 2011

    My parents cats do the same thing. The majority of the house is hardwood, yet they find the random rugs or rooms with carpets to get sick on.

    I hope Maddie feels better!
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  26. theswanin.me
    December 20, 2011

    WOW Critical much people? I know the exact size you have because I have some corelle in that size. You had two veggies and a protein- works for me.

    Maybe you an honey can buy each other some new dinner plates for Xmas?

    πŸ™‚
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