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VTRICIA Posts: 2,324
12/5/12 10:46 A

In addition to what others have said, I've learned that the more different things you add to a dish the easier it is to have the calories spiral out of control. I no longer put mayo and ketchup on the same sandwich (or butter and mayo like my in laws do :P )

I've also learned over time that 400 calories of junk is not as sustaining as 400 calories of real food. Now and then I forget and have to learn it again.


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RASIRE Posts: 284
12/5/12 10:33 A

The thing that I've learned the most is portion size. I was sometimes eating double the portion that I should have eaten. emoticon

ARDINGLO Posts: 518
12/4/12 12:26 P

How I eat and when I eat, is it for hunger or boredom emoticon

12/4/12 7:42 A

that the number of calories in any given food is, quite often, higher than I had anticipated.

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12/3/12 3:28 P

Tracking really helps me figure out how much a serving is. I weight most things, so I'll get a better idea of how much a reasonable serving is. Growing up, we ate family style, so no one ever really modeled reasonable portions to me.

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12/3/12 3:15 P

I learned that I was always low in protein! No wonder I was always tired. I have been conscious of adding protein to my diet, with protein powder, cottage cheese, and meat, fish and poultry, as well as beans and peanut butter.

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CHASESMOM15 Posts: 56
12/3/12 2:35 P

I learned that it's NO WONDER I was never losing weight. I was eating healthy foods, just WAY too much. Now that I measure and weigh everything I see just how much I was eating before. Wish I knew all this info about 3 years ago!

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12/3/12 2:30 P

Portion sizes really threw me for a loop when I first started logging my food. Then it was how *non-nutritious* packaged foods are - so now I read the labels on just about everything.

I also didn't realize how much of a problem I have with binging. Before I would just eat when I felt like I'm paying attention to why and when I eat.

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12/3/12 2:11 P

That I had no idea about proper portion sizes.

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IVYLASS SparkPoints: (153,249)
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12/3/12 1:59 P

That although I was eating healthy I was eating way too much. I never use the dinner plate anymore...I use the lunch plates for all my meals, and I measure out my portions.

One stumble does not a failure make.

Everything in moderation.
MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/3/12 11:09 A

That my portion controlled versions were way out of proportion, hahaha! That was enlightening. I was eating mainly healthy foods, but my intake was much greater than I was burning.

Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 12/3/2012 (18:34)

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SONICB Posts: 4,327
12/3/12 10:54 A

It is sooo hard to meet your daily recommended value of potassium (4700 mg) while staying under sodium recommendations (2300 mg).

AMYLNORRIS SparkPoints: (10,715)
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12/2/12 7:51 P

That the reason I was gaining weight was because I was only eating an avg of 700 calories a day. I wasn't taking time for myself to eat because I kept busy with the kids. I've also had to learn that I have track as I go because I've gotten to the end of many a day and had 250 calories, plus lots of carbs and protein that I need to eat to meet my minimum, but not only am I not hungry, it's too late to eat!

MEANREDS92 Posts: 818
12/2/12 7:21 P

I *have* to keep track of what I eat. If I don't I think I can get away with eating junk food and nothing will happen. Gone are the days I could eat anything and not worry about it.

12/2/12 5:45 P

Well, I thought I was a professional dieter,lol, but I guess if I was I wouldn't have a weight problem. I just had my " aha" moment, when I had supper and thought I have so many calories to still eat, I think I will have another helping. That kept me at my range for calories but it threw me for a loop with protein. And I guess I never really paid attention till I saw it in black and white. Thany you SP I now see a light at the end of the tunnel.

"Nothing tastes as good, as being thin feels."
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12/2/12 5:22 P

I've learned that I consume more fats than I thought...and not as much protein as I need. The tracking feature has been very handy for me.

"If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, no light will guide him."

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12/2/12 12:21 P

I cook a lot, and I learned my little "tastes" here and there really did add up. I still taste to make sure I'm not ruining the meal as I go, but it's in much smaller amounts and I don't take multiple tastes in each stage, nor do I munch on the ingredients before I add them LOL I count the tastes as part of my portion, so when I serve my meal up, I actually do a little bit less than I tracked to account for the tasting.

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JIBBIE49 Posts: 62,276
12/2/12 11:36 A

When I first started Sparks, five years ago, I found that I DRANK 1500 calories a day and I put a stop to that FIRST. No cola, juices or milk for me. Smart move. emoticon

CASEYSAUER Posts: 1,046
12/2/12 11:24 A

I have learned just how many calories I actually eat. I have discovered how many times I find myself standing, mindlessly, in front of the opened refrigerator or pantry. Amazing!

I'm here to get healthier just one day at a time!
12/2/12 11:19 A

How much I snack and how much that adds to my overall calories and fat for the day.

FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 1,207
12/2/12 10:31 A

That the amount of food I consume varies greatly by day, but it seems to average out. (I think because of the holiday season) I've started using a moving average, and by that calculation I've been staying within my goals of around 1400 calories per day.

Tracking my food really helps me stick to my goals.

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12/2/12 10:25 A

It's amazing to learn what a serving really is. Wow I was eating like 3 or 4 servings of potatoe meat whatever at each meal. Now I can be satisfid or sometimes even over full on the right amounht of food.

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