So many differing responses...glad to see I'm not the only one with mixed feelings about bread! :P
To clarify, the bread I currently eat is low calorie and high fiber...I probably eat 150 calories a day in bread at most....I just sometimes feel they are mostly empty calories. And then the days I don't have bread for lunch, I often have crackers or something similiar...I'm a carb girl, what can I say?
I enjoy salads, but I get tired of them quickly. I think I will take the advice of seriously cutting down on bread and seeing how i feel.
I will eat it when there is nothing else in the house to eat or sometimes at a restaurant. But I only eat out maybe once or twice a month.
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12/31/12 12:43 P
Cut out the bread for two weeks and see if you notice a difference on the scale or in how you are feeling. You may decide you don't want or need as much bread in your diet and that without it you have more calories to spend on veggies and lean proteins. You may decide that the amount you were eating was perfect for you and resume your old way of eating. We are so individual when it comes to food. I think eliminating and adding back a food is a great way to see how it effects you. Good luck. :)
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12/31/12 12:15 P
I love bread! But ever since I went on a low carb diet, and started reading about how bad sugar (aka carbs) is, I can live without it. I shed so much fat since eating low carb. So I'm on the "bread is evil" bandwagon. However, I have some here and there, I just don't make it a staple in my diet. I don't need it.
Instead of a sandwich, I eat a salad for lunch with 6oz of protein. Much more filling than bread. For breakfast, I eat 2 whole eggs, 1 egg white, 2 peices of turkey bacon and 1 cup of spinach instead of my old PB and banana on whole wheat toast. My breakfast now is so much more filling.
I eat bread and I'm not unhealthy. I eat in moderation. This morning I had a whole grain English muffin. I won't have bread products for lunch and may or may not for dinner. None of my snacks will have bread products today.
Other days I may have a few servings of bread products - all whole grain, fiber rich options.
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13,256 12/31/12 10:54 A
are you really eating four slices of bread a day as a usual thing? i would say the four slices would be the issue, not the bread. yes, some people do have issues with bread. but if you aren't one of them, and you're making a good selection then i don't see any reason to eliminate it. and i wouldn't say that as an occasional thing having four slices a day would be a big deal. just that as an everyday thing that it really adds up. figure that a slice of bread is going to run you around 100 cals, a few grams of fiber and a few more of protein. it's certainly not the worst food in the world and it's a nice vehicle for getting other, wetter things into your mouth. now if you're having two slices with nut butter for breakfast and you're having another two slices in sandwich format, that's four slices a day. even with a single slice of toast in the morning, that's still 3 slices. so you're looking at 300-400 cals for this one food a day. so if you're aiming for 1200 cals a day, that's 1/4 to 1/3 of your calories for the day. and while bread isn't bad for you, it doesn't have quite enough good stuff to be taking up such a huge hunk of your calories. even if your calories are at 1600, that still 19-25% of your calories for the day. if you're eating 2000 cals a day, that's 15-20% of your calories and since you have more wiggle room at that level anyways, it's less of an issue there and above. but if you're in the lower ranges, it's taking up a huge amount of your calories. that's not to say you shouldn't have sandwiches if you like them. but try having them open faced. try having them on days you don't have toast for breakfast. try having your sandwich ingredients on a green salad. try putting your sandwich ingredients into leaves of lettuce to make them lettuce wraps. try mixing your sandwich ingredients with cooked veggies and grains [like kale, broccoli, peppers and quinoa for example]. it's not that the bread is bad for you, it's just that it isn't good enough to be taking up such a hunk of calories, at least on a regular basis.
12/31/12 7:39 A
First of all Bedofroses - congratulations on your success so far. You have done fantastic and getting real close to your goal! Bread is one of my downfalls - I used to bake most do the bread we consumed (and not in a bread maker). Then I read the Wheat Belly by William Davis and have started eating Paleo. I'm not suggesting you switch to Paleo as obviously you are doing well with your plan but I do advise reading the book and making your own decision. I for one have given up bread was out for supper last night and was even able to pass up the bread basket they brought to the table. A real accomplishment for me as we were eating late and I was hungry
I avoid it. I'll eat too much of it because it's actually addictive. You can get your nutrients from healthier sources like vegetables. FYI I don't eat a low-carb diet.
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5,092 12/30/12 10:13 P
I absolutely LOVE bread. You're talking to the girl who used to have a big, fat bagel slathered in butter for breakfast for YEARS. I can't have a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread (the only kind I would eat) in the house because I will eat about 5 slices a day. As long as it's 100% whole wheat (always read ingredients...brown bread isn't always 100% whole wheat) and eaten in moderation, I don't think it's bad at all. Bread baskets at restaurants always get me, I can't stop at one piece.
I've been doing low calorie bread as well, but I'm always wary of low calorie things because I feel like they either have additives I don't want, or they lack the nutrients the natural version would have.
I go back and forth with how I feel about bread, I guess. I love it, but I think it keeps me in a [sometimes empty calorie] diet rut.
12/30/12 9:39 P
Bread or any kind of carbs is my weakness. I don't meat much meat so I've always filled that space with carbs. I eat a lot of sandwiches myself for lunch, but I'm also trying to lower my carbs and increase my protein. I've switched from regular wheat bread to lower calorie (35 per slice) bread which allows me to still have toast & sandwiches without giving me a ton of carbs and calories each day.
There seems to be a lot of hype recently about how bread is kinda evil for those of us trying to get into shape. I eat a lot of bread products (e.g. toast with PB in the morning, sandwich basically every day for lunch), and I'm wondering if I should limit my bread intake as I move into even healthier eating this year...I currently only eat wheat/whole grains...
Do you avoid bread? If so, why? To be clear, I'm not going on a low carb diet or any sort of diet, I just try to eat well and like to research what is "healthy eating" before I start tossing out foods or stocking up on something.
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