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TRICIA08
Posts: 870
9/4/12 8:42 P

I have started to embrace the idea of portions better then I used to. I don't want to give up any food so I don't....I just eat carefully and portion well.



LIFTWTLOSEWT
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9/3/12 1:29 A

So right about portion sizes and don't cut it out completely, particularly if you have a pasta addiction, which a lot of us have.
You won't crave it if you know you can have some every other day, just one cup cooked or less.

Pasta does have a lot of calories, so use it as an energy source. Sometimes we need to bump up the calories in a day, cus as you eat cleaner and cleaner (meaning fruits, veggies + meat mainly) and pump up your workouts, you will find it hard to meet calorie requirements for your body.

Lee



VEGGIEDIVA
Posts: 22
9/1/12 7:46 A

When having pasta, I have half the amount on the box (1 oz). This is a nice portion-I have indeed changed my ways! And, I load it with fresh veggies-not so much with red sauce.
At one time, I'd eat lots of pasta but now have it (try to do the healthy kind!) only a few times a year. And really enjoy it when I do!



SH9719
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8/30/12 8:38 P

The problem is not with the pasta, especially if it is whole wheat kind, it is with the portions. Measure your postion accurately. Over indulgence is pasta will throw you numbers out of wack and it is easy to do. The other issue with pasta is what you put on it. A lot of jarred sauces have extra sugar. Then there is the cheese. Two nights ago I made one of my pasta favorites. Eggplant parmasian lasagna. I used low fat mozzarella as my only compromise. When I was done with the recipe caluclator that damage was in excess of 700 calories for a reasonable serving. At least for a guy. The biggest problem was the 49g of fat. Next time I am going to try baking the eggplan and using a little less parmasian. In this case the pasta was not the problem, it was the other stuff.



JCTILSON
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8/30/12 3:45 P

I could eat pasta for every meal



BARBWMS
Posts: 1,238
8/29/12 9:35 P

We don't eat a lot of pasta.. but when we do, it's whole wheat, with small portions and lots of veggies, tomatoes, good ingredients. My thought is that I'm not giving up anything for the rest of my life (except being fat)... but balance and portions matter!



SARAHF1988
Posts: 603
8/29/12 12:16 P

If I eat pasta I only eat it once or maybe twice a week, and when I do eat it, I try to make sure I have a small serving and fill up on a side salad with it. I think different people can cope with different amounts. If you eat it, keep an eye on your weight to make sure it doesn't throw you off course

Edited by: SARAHF1988 at: 8/29/2012 (12:16)


SUNRISE14
Posts: 5,216
8/24/12 7:24 A

I measure out 1 cup and have tomato's in it and other veggies !



STLCARDSFANS05
Posts: 916
8/23/12 9:25 A

moderation



CANADA-DISCO19
Posts: 163
8/22/12 11:19 P

I would say regular white pasta is ok once in a while. Whole wheat pasta, however, is a healthy complex carb. Just make sure with any pasta that you don't put a lot of oil, cheese, or fatty sauces on it. Whole wheat pasta is also great if you bulk it up with vegetables or add it to a soup or stew. Throw in some protein-beans, tofu, meat- and you have a great one dish meal. :)



AUDREYUK
Posts: 607
8/20/12 1:03 P

If you eat pasta like an Italian then you'll be just fine!

Typically pasta, is just one course in a dinner. For Americans, that translates into being more like a side than a main dish.



SNOOPY1960
Posts: 1,680
8/15/12 10:59 A

Like everything else, moderation is the key.

One cup serving of pasta will not ruin you diet.

Pay attention to portion size and you will be fine.



KAPELAKIN
Posts: 1,971
8/14/12 11:09 P

Pasta is fine as long as you control the portion size, and eat it with some fat and protein, not just as a carbo bomb. Of course whole wheat is better since it has fiber and won't spike blood sugar as quickly as regular white pasta. However, I try to stick to unprocessed starches like potatoes, beans and quinoa and just have bread, pasta and tortillas about 3-4 servings per week total.



DRAGONCHILDE
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8/14/12 8:49 P

I LOVE pasta, and you can have it when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands. :)

Regular pasta isn't the most healthy thing you can eat, but it's fine in moderation, as with most anything. I've found that mixing it half-and-half with whole wheat pasta makes a more colorful meal that's more filling and better for me!

You don't have to cut it out completely if you don't want to. Just MEASURE YOUR PORTIONS! Calories can add up, fast.



HAZYSKIES
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8/12/12 9:25 A

I don't eat very much pasta because it is so high in calories. But some pasta in moderation, paying careful attention to portion sizes is okay.





MIAMI_LILLY
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8/10/12 8:52 P

Yes, it can be part of a healthy diet. I eat whole wheat, and then I tend to bulk it up with lots of vegetables. For instance, add zucchini ribbons to your fettuccine, or I add bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, so I can feel satisfied just eating 1 cup.

Also, if pasta is cooked al dente, it is harder for the body to break down, making low on the glycemic index scale. It can even be safe for diabetics. Some useful info I learned watching Dr. Oz.



DROPCONE
Posts: 1,518
8/10/12 1:56 P

I think like a lot of things, "it depends". I think for most people, pasta is A-OK. I mean, as long as you're not gluten-intolerant or allergic, or maybe also diabetic, pasta can absolutely fit into healthy eating.

I will say that for me, I really ate too much of it before learning more about good nutrition. My portions of pasta and other grains were way out of control. I needed to eat many more veggies than I was doing, and pasta, although generally plant-based, is regrettably not a veggie!

I still eat pasta, generally wheat pasta, just a lot less at a time than I used to do.



SJMONROE2
Posts: 4
8/10/12 12:59 P

I hear so many different things about eating pasta as part of a healthy diet. Sometimes I hear to eliminate it entirely - too many carbs and starch. I sometimes hear its ok to eat if made from whole grains like wheat. What is the real deal with pasta?



 
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