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2/12/13 7:05 P

Living on the edge sounds fabulous. I do try to track everything i eat sometimes i do occasionally take a day off and not track.

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2/12/13 6:07 P

hey, got to keep things exciting!! emoticon

Posts: 2,299
2/12/13 5:05 P

"sometimes I will eat a dried strawberry (just one, though) and not track it - just for the thrill of it LOL"

Oh, that got me laughing! Living on the edge, you rebel you! emoticon emoticon

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2/12/13 4:20 P

I log everything I eat even if it's only 5 calories. Every calorie counts and they add up quickly. As for tracking eating out, i check online for their nutritional information. Many places have that now. If I can't find it, I try and find something comprable and use that.

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2/12/13 3:05 P

These are the things I don't track:

- sweet n' low tablets (the packets have to be tracked)
- sometimes I will eat a dried strawberry (just one, though) and not track it - just for the thrill of it LOL

I don't eat at restaurants very often as we are on a budget, but when I do, I order a plain grilled chicken breast and get steamed broccoli on the side. If a restaurant can't do that, then they don't have a very good cook.

Posts: 2,299
2/12/13 2:42 P

Perhaps once i have moved on towards Lifetime Maintenance I will lose the habit of "tracking every morsel" but for now?? I TRACK IT ALL.

It's very enlightening.

And it's shocking how many calories can add up over the day from "tiny/inconsequential/just a mouthful/just a nibble" items. I went shopping at Costco over the weekend, I succumbed to JUST TWO of their food samples - I thought i had basically eaten NOTHING... when i got home and logged, it was over 100 calories, from eating "nothing, just a tiny sample of dried fruit/nuts, just a half dozen chocolate covered acai berries." I could easily have grazed through piles more, each individual item being "nothing" but at the end of the day, being 500 calories or more.

As far as tracking foods eaten out - many major chains post nutritional information on the web. Smaller independent restaurants often do not - so you have to use your best guess.

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2/12/13 2:37 P

I log everything in. It helps me plan what i can and cant eat. I always add more snacks than Ill really have that way if I do eat them all I know I'm still within my range. I tend to slack off on the weekends though. As for eating out, I just google the food and if its a popular restaurant its easy to find. But I don't like to eat out often. Max once a week or once every two weeks. I don't know what additives and preservatives they use.

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2/12/13 2:37 P

Usually everything. Those little snacks (especially dried fruit) can and do add up quickly, so you might want to consider tracking them. Eating at chain restaurants are can just go online and look at the nutrition info and enter it manually into your tracker (and look at it ahead of time to help you choose something healthier). Local restaurants are tricky but I tend not to worry about it because I eat out once or twice a month at the most, and I want to enjoy my meal and not worry so much about calories.

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2/12/13 2:03 P

Almost everything. Those "smaller snacks" could easily add up to a few hundred calories a day! Especially dried fruits... 1/4 cup of raisins or 5 prunes are just over 100 calories EACH. So 200 total.

As for eating out, if they have the nutrition available online I'll log, but otherwise, I don't bother. I don't eat out that often though... once a week tops unless we're at hockey games, and I don't log what I eat there either. When I was in active weight loss mode I tried to log as much as possible though, even if I was just guessing.

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2/12/13 1:58 P

Do you log everything you eat? I know I don't log my smaller snacks like jello, pudding, prunes, raisins and fruit snacks. Also, how do you log food when you eat out...ex: longhorn steakhouse...etc? Thanks

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