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1,888 3/20/14 11:42 P
OMG LMC! I do the same thing! I haste shopping with anyone because I want to figure out tothe nth degree what item has the better price! My DD will look and go...oh they are about the same and I've got the calculator out ..nuhuh this ones 0.00003 cents cheaper per serving! So glad I'm not the only one.
One of my favorite snacks is 4 Keebler crackers with a half ounce of cheese which is why I used crackers as my example. I don't buy a lot of packaged foods but I think I have compared every brand, type and flavor of yogurt for calories per serving vs protein lol.
I'm not sure yet what my limits are but I do agree that having those limits probably helps me to stay within my calorie range.
We peeps are funny sometimes!
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5,818 3/20/14 3:55 P
I notice calories in servings, but don't set the rules in cement, because, this is supposed to be for life, and life isn't the same every day, you go out to eat, or something, etc. It all comes out in the wash...........by the end. Don't be messed up playing the statistics game.
I have not read labels at store, yet. I make list of what to buy, make it and check label before I eat it. I cook with lots of fresh veggies/fruits and ground turkey/chicken, so I figure a few things may not be good for me, so I don't eat them, but have them for the kids. :)
in a way yes, i do 'look' at calories per serving .. i want to get the most nutrition and be able to have more variety / food that if i ate a 500 calorie 'something' and then i am done .. so ya, i guess i do ..
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4,675 3/20/14 9:11 A
I count my calories for the ENTIRE DAY, not each item. This is what works best for me. When I was heavier, my body required about 1,800 calories (per my Dr). However, I've lost about 30 pounds, so my caloric intake has also dropped to about 1,500.
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3,116 3/20/14 8:00 A
No, but an approximate calories per meal
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107 3/20/14 12:39 A
What your doing still makes since, it's your way of controlling your calories and getting the most food for your total daily limit. And I understand it I do this with some foods especially if I'm eating out or it comes from a box, if it's fresh item such as fruit it's something I don't do but I'm conscious of the calories anyway. Keep up the good work.
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3,293 3/20/14 12:31 A
I kind of do what Bunnykicks is describing--I ask myself if a food is worth it in term of satiety and nutrition. I don't worry about calories all that much, but because of my metabolism I have to be very strict about carbs.
However, I don't spend a lot of time reading/debating labels because at this point I don't eat many things that come with a label.
Crackers would never be worth it to me. I can have a whole day's worth of tasty, nutritious foods for what a couple of handfuls of crackers would cost me in terms of carbs.
Around 80 calories for 2 slices of a brand of low-cal whole wheat bread that tastes like pressed sawdust? Nope. I'll take the 150 calories in 2 slices of a tastier brand of whole wheat bread. And eat an open-faced sandwich, if that's what's necessary to stay within my range.
It depends on the nutrition and the taste; it's not *just* about the calorie count for me. The calorie thing comes in, when I'm deciding exactly how much of something that I'm going to eat. I don't care if puffed wheat is the lowest calorie cereal on the market. I'm not going to eat it.
I have more of a calorie:satisfaction ratio in mind when i buy or plan my meals and snacks.
100 calories of peanut butter? Pretty small serving buuuut nutritious, tasty, satiating.. ok!
100 calories of goldfish crackers? I could burn through that tiny handful in 1.8 seconds and not realized I'd eaten anything. Bad deal!
100 calories of avocado? A little high for the amount of avocado I get buuuuut if i slice it up and mix it in my salad, it adds all this flavour and creamy texture, plus healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and i love avocado. Yay! I will eat this!
100 calories of pretzel stix? Blech. I don't even really like them. Sure you get a decent size handful but - blech. Dry, salty, dry dry dry. PASS!
100 calories of homemade chocolate chip cookie made by my son, fresh from the oven with the chips still all melty? YOUUUU BETCHA! In fact, make it 150 calories. Some treats are just "worth it."
100 calories of packaged cookies? Meh, oh so meh. Not really worth it.
i think my limit is more along the lines of if most of the food is broccoli it shouldn't have more than 75 cals per serving. so it's a what and how much you're getting and the cals per. so if you were talking 5 wasa sized crackers for 150 cals, that would be okay. but if you're talking 5 oyster crackers for 150 cals that would not be okay. i don't think you can make a straight 100 cal or higher and it's a no go rule. nuts should have about 200 cals per serving. if a serving of nuts only has 100 cals, i want to know why. is it that the package is not actually a full serving/portion of nuts? if not, what did they do to the nuts to take away half the calories they should have? but if it's broccoli and 100 cals i want to know what on earth you did to it to make it 100 cals in a serving. is it dehydrated and then powdered? coated in oil? what? i also pay attention to ingredient lists. the 100 cal packs of some items have entirely different recipes and they're the sort of of recipes where you need a degree in chemistry to pronounce what's in them. and they're more volume but less things that i would actually consider food. so in that case i'd rather have the 150 cal regular version that has ten ingredients rather than the higher volume, lower food, what's-really-in-this 100 cal pack.
I just realized that I seem to have an arbitrary figure of about 150 calories in my head, where I don't really worry about any food that falls below that number. I'm not sure if there is any rationale behind it, other than the fact that I always have enough room in my calorie range to fit in an extra 150 calories if I should want to.
Once it gets above 150 calories, then I start to consciously analyze whether it is "worthwhile" to me in terms of nutrition, or flavour, or satisfaction.
I've found that most starches (pasta, bread, rice) just aren't worth the calories to me - I'd much rather "spend" those calories elsewhere. I have no desire at all for chips or crackers because those aren't worth it to me. With all of these, there simply isn't enough volume for the high calories for me to be satisfied, and the flavour isn't enough of a "treat" to justify it. I can't think of the last time that I bought a packaged food that had a calorie count higher than 100 per serving - apparently I either figure that it's not worth having it at all for that many calories, or that I can make a better version myself.
However, I'll occasionally indulge in a high-calorie "treat" (eggs benedict, or home-made cheesecake, or whatever) because I've decided that it is worth it to me to "spend" the calories for pure pleasure.
I hadn't realized that I had drawn a "calorie line"!
I do set an unconscious limit on calories and fat grams
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721 3/19/14 5:02 P
I sort of do this. It's more of a cost/benefit ratio for me. I might think in my head that getting 10 crackers for the same amount of calories as 5 of another brand would be better 'spent'. Then I would have to take into account the taste of that product. Perhaps the 5 crackers is a brand that I simply love and would rather have the smaller serving size for the superior product. I have to weigh those options. That is basically how I choose all foods I eat.
I do not have a limit for any one product but do know that I have a certain ratio of calories to spend per meal. If I know I will be splurging at dinner that I had better make lighter choices in other areas of my day.
So there are plenty of items out there that are just not worth the calories to me. For example I do not like to drink my calories ever. So I rarely have soda, juice, smoothies, alcohol or any other drink that contains calories. I prefer to chew them!
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2,562 3/19/14 4:54 P
Huh. I don't do this, but I will spend some serious time debating a $0.001 difference in unit price :P. If I buy something off of my usual list, it's generally something specific and the calorie/serving size doesn't really matter between brands.
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21,761 3/19/14 4:37 P
I'll admit it. I probably spend way too much time at the grocery store just reading labels ! LOL
I do have an "unconscious" limit.
Example, I still enjoy a good muffin. BUT I also know a jumbo muffin might clock in at 800+ calories. So, I will think twice when I walk past the pastry section of the market. I might pick out a mid sized muffin and bypass the large ones even if the large ones are on sale.
I try not to be too obsessive about calories, but I am more mindful of how many servings a particular product might have. I will not buy a product if the calorie count is high per serving. Nuts don't count because I can portion control those.
If I was buying crackers, this statement would be my exact thinking: "For example, looking at a box of crackers, 100 cals per serving for 15 crackers was okay but 150 calories for 5 crackers wasn't."
That is how this works, yes?
"Now that I'm thinking about it I will try to research how many calories per serving is considered a good nutritional value and gives me the most bang for my buck."
Again...yes. My snack - eating it right now - is 2 cups steamed cauliflower, with a little butter and dijon mustard. 2 cups. It came to 117 calories, with 10 grams of carbs, and 6 each of fat and protein.
OK - 2 cups of potato chips comes to: 274 calories, 19 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein.
So....yeah - that is how I choose what to eat at any given time.
Edited by: EELPIE at: 3/19/2014 (16:34)
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1,888 3/19/14 4:19 P
Weird question I know!
Yesterday, while grocery shopping, I noticed that I seem to have set arbitrary calorie limits on foods. I'm not sure that they are backed up with any rationale lol! And I'm not even sure that it is a conscious decision process.
I noticed that I will read the label and make my purchase decision based on how many calories per serving and how large the serving is. For example, looking at a box of crackers, 100 cals per serving for 15 crackers was okay but 150 calories for 5 crackers wasn't. It didn't seem to matter how large the crackers were, or even how many ounces were involved.
Now that I'm thinking about it I will try to research how many calories per serving is considered a good nutritional value and gives me the most bang for my buck.
Do you do this? If yes, do you have a rationale? or a set limit like 100 cals per serving or you don't buy?
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