My specialty was high-fat, high-carb dishes. I could plow through macaroni and cheese, potatoes and gravy, and bagels and cream cheese like nobody's business. Of course, you don't eat potatoes and gravy without the meat, so add that in too, plus a few glasses of wine, a dessert, a tiny token vegetable, and repeat that at every dinner, and you get a way overweight woman.
I still miss the bagels and cream cheese, but this kind of food doesn't call my name anymore like it used to. I managed to get really sick eating that way -- I became anemic and teetered on the edge of diabetes. Yuck. Never going back.
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6/1/14 12:00 A
I have changed my entire lifestyle. I don't eat really anything fried, no soda and limit sweets. I have learned by tracking foods some of my favorite Southern favorites like grits and cornbread are really high in calories so I have said good bye. I miss them some but I don't miss the 120 pounds that I have lost so I would rather miss the food.
5/31/14 6:37 P
I used to go to church on Sunday night. On the way home, I would get a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a milk shake. For my evening snack.
The sad part is that I had already consumed 1200 to 1500 calories, for breakfast lunch and dinner. Before my snack. That calorie count is probably conservative. I had probably gone to a restaurant for lunch and had a high calorie entrée.
And I wondered why the scale kept creeping up and up, I really did.
Now when I drive past McDonalds after church and my old friend calls to me. I turn up the radio.
Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 5/31/2014 (18:39)
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5/31/14 5:46 P
I used to eat Mcdonald's for up to 3 consecutive meals. Fries or McD's every day in high school.
Dinner followed by late night "snack" of pizza and candy at university.
4 donuts in 1 sitting as a pre-dinner snack.
3-5 cans of Coke daily.
Bottle of Gatorade because it was hot sitting around on my butt in my non ac'd apartment.
Large bag of Doritos for dinner.
Oh and in my 1 bedroom apartment I'd roll in my chair to the fridge because I was too lazy to walk the 3 steps.
It is actually surprising that I topped out at "only" 140 pounds because I had the eating habits to weigh 500.
Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 5/31/2014 (17:49)
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572 5/31/14 5:30 P
I've cut back on fried foods, but I still eat them every now and again.
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2 5/31/14 8:16 A
I used to eat noodles nearly everyday! Gradually I started to bulk them up by adding vegetables and then i would only eat half the packet of noodles and the rest was veges until eventually i stopped wanting the noodles and just ate the vegetables :)
5/30/14 11:14 P
I used to eat everything. The food area at work always has bagels, muffins, cookies, leftover catering meals, and always candy. Sometimes I would have breakfast at home and then get my free breakfast!
It was the "job perk".
Now I don't eat "free food".
I'm a healthy cook, I don't eat fast food, but I was drowning myself in these treats I felt I deserved. it's weird but I can easily say no now. If I feel tempted I tell myself if it was meant to be it would be there at the end of the day and I can take it home for dinner. LOL! That never happens. Everyone else eats everything. :D
Edited by: LILSPARKGIRL at: 5/30/2014 (23:15)
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77 5/30/14 10:22 P
I used to eat pizza all the time. It knew abstractly that it was not good for me, but it always seemed like an all American kind of meal that everyone always has. I mean, you hear all the time that everyone loves pizza. What I did not realize was the added sugars and carbs that are added when cooked by others. Now when I want pizza, I make a light version of it with spinach, and very little cheese and fresh tomatoes.
5/30/14 5:06 P
I was surprised by how many things have added sugar - like canned corn. Isn't corn sweet enough already??
I used to have a morning coffee and skip both breakfast and lunch. My first actual food consumption was at dinner. Sometimes we would eat the same things we eat now, and sometimes we would eat heavy-duty take-out. That coffee could barely be called that with all the sugar and cream (my morning drink was 550+ calories). My evening meals typically ranged between 250 calories to 2,000 depending on what we made or bought. Meaning, my calorie intake looked like some kind of weird roller coaster that ranged between 800-2500 calories when tracked over time...and with no food consumption until 6:30 at night. Oh, I also did not drink anything but that one coffee all day until dinner, and at dinner I'd have a sweet tea (i.e., no water consumption at all during the day). When I look back on how I ate for so long, I wonder how I did not create a serious medical issue.
5/30/14 3:10 P
"I like the way that some people on here look at food, which is changing the way I view it. You get so many calories in the 'bank' to begin with at the start of the day. How are you going to 'spend' them? I've never thought about it that way, and I really like it."
For me it's the only thing that has worked for me...tracking.
Some pre-track in the morning, or even the night before. I do better tracking as I go, subtracting from my total.
It's so mindblowing, the things I used to eat and not give a second thought to
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5/30/14 2:45 P
For a long time I skipped "regular" meals. Ate lots of snacks like chips, pretzels, cookies, crackers, and sometimes deli sandwiches. Did not loose or gain weight, but not too nutritious.
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5/30/14 8:33 A
I like the way that some people on here look at food, which is changing the way I view it. You get so many calories in the 'bank' to begin with at the start of the day. How are you going to 'spend' them? I've never thought about it that way, and I really like it.
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1,704 5/30/14 5:40 A
I worked at a highend catering service. I learned how to cook too many foods using way too much butter and cream. Cutting these out (or at least using just enough to be satisfied) has been struggle. But I'm getting there.
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5/30/14 3:02 A
1200 calorie footlong meatball sub.
Subway...eat fresh. Ha!
Oh, and I thought a "salad" (that's healthy, right?) was iceberg lettuce, carrots, cucumber, kidney beans, bacon bits & croutons....smothered in ranch dressing. *sigh
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15,169 5/30/14 1:46 A
nothing calorie wise, but some of the foods I wouldn't think that contain gluten makes me wonder
I think the one that blew me away the most was my standard "long highway drive" meal --- a Mama burger with cheese and a large strawberry shake from A&W. While it did get me through a 13 hour drive (it was a stop that I made about half way), it never occurred to me that it kept me full for so long because it was 1550 calories (450 for the burger and 1100 for the shake).
While I try to not limit myself or put any kind of restrictions on what I "should" or "shouldn't" eat, I can't honestly say that I liked that enough to ever spend those kind of calories on it again...
5/29/14 6:41 P
I used to eat chicken pot pies, but some of those pies are two servings and over 1000 calories. I would eat the whole thing. And the ones that are little and one serving are still calorie bombs.
5/29/14 3:29 P
Haha more like what DIDN'T I used to eat! I have never been a picky eater and would consume almost anything put before me.
But. My problem became, my "daily food intake" USED to include a LOT of fast food and processed/convenience foods. ALL of those kinds of items are shockers when you really look at the nutrition information. My favorite lunch (3x or more per week) was a pressure-fried chicken and chips lunch (with obligatory cole slaw substance) - it's OVER 1200 calories. Plus I'd eat breakfast, dinner and snacks around that. Wow.
Another surprise was muffins. I knew they were "not as good and healthy as they appear" but, early on when i was trying to be mindful, I got stuck at a breakfast event where they offered donuts and muffins. Being virtuous, i took a half-muffin. Just a half! And later looked it up, and discovered it was MORE fat and calories than a WHOLE honey-dip donut would have been. Growl.
I do not understand how so many calories can be packed into relatively small servings of fast- and convenience/processed-food. When i cook from scratch I can have a mountain of delicious food, and stay within a reasonable calorie range. If i try to stick to my calorie range "eating out" it is almost impossible, as the portion sizes I can take and stay on track are so ridiculously small. How DO they get the calories in there?! Is EVERYTHING made of 100% fat, with various colourings and flavourings added? My mind continually boggles.
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187 5/29/14 1:34 P
those fruit pies they have in the stores. Hostess or whatever brand - they're worse than a Big Mac! And honestly, I'd rather spend those calories on something more substantial - like a Big Mac! lol
Granola bars, too. I always used to think they were "healthy", but now I know how bad they are for you.
I still eat everything I used to. I just eat less of it or I eat it less frequently. But there is nothing I've given up.
Edited by: EMSR2D2 at: 5/29/2014 (13:35)
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3,588 5/29/14 1:09 P
Breakfast: skim milk with most meals, toast and jelly, no butter Lunch: lowfat soup, lowfat ham and cheese on wheat bread sandwich, fruit Dinner: pasta or rice with sauce. sometime with peas, green beans, spinach, potatoes. (big portions of everything) snacks: mostly low fat or fat free: yogurt, crackers, cheese, cereal, muffins, snack cakes, fruit, juice, pretzels restaurant choices: (big portions of everything) salads smothered in ranch, Chinese fried rice, grilled chicken sandwiches, pasta and sauces, breads, nachos, Chinese chicken
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 5/29/2014 (13:25)
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
5/29/14 11:19 A
The first time I checked the nutrition information for a muffin from DD I was also .
5/29/14 11:06 A
Yeah....when I first started tracking I went , lol.
And yikes at the sodium and cals in those. Whew.
Fitness Minutes: (230)
5/29/14 11:00 A
A co-worker offered me an extra sausage, egg & cheese crossiant from BK. Usually, I'd have no hesitation in accepting it and downing it without a second thought. However, I did my research, went online and looked. Glad I did.
Calories 500 Protein 19g Carbohydrates 32g Sugar 5g Fat 33g Saturated Fat 12g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 190mg Sodium 930mg
And I could easily eat two at a time! Yep, I turned it down. Go me! LOL.
Anything surprise you when you looked, REALLY looked, at what you were eating!
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