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Fiber Bread Shenanigans

Sunday, September 04, 2011

In my attempt to get more fiber into my diet, ala Sparkpeople, I bought 2 different fiber breads, but did not read the label ahead of time. One is called Double Fiber by Orowheat I think, and it is 70 calories. The other is called something something fiber bread by Trader Joes and it is 120 calories!!! For one slice. How can this be? The slices look the same size. I wonder if it is a misprint. I will see if I can find the weight of a slice somewhere. At any rate, now I have a big loaf of this high calorie bread (if it truly is this high?) in the freezer and I am irritated to have to use it.

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SHARJOPAUL 9/5/2011 7:52AM

    The slices maybe be differt in size or thickness or one could have more air in it.
I agree that if you don't want to eat it donate it.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 9/4/2011 10:16PM

    Could it be that one bread serving size is one slice and the other is two slices?

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VINGRAM 9/4/2011 6:24PM

    Donate it to somebody!

I have taken all my white rice and pasta to the church pantry.

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Muesli Digressions

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Calories are very interesting. I had fun playing around with my muesli recipe. I tried to measure everything, the measure the total, then divide by half cup servings. The Spark Recipe Manager is getting easier for me to use, and really it is pretty fantastic. Spark continues to amaze me.

But I digress. I discovered that my recipe made 200 calories for a half cup of muesli, whereas the generic Spark calorie count was 150 for half a cup. If many things we eat are as much as 50 calories off, well, we could easily be having 2500 instead of 2000 in one day. I mean, if there were ten items. (is the math correct?)

I really like the idea of making my own muesli. If you go to a gourmet store, the stuff costs $4 for a very small amount. My goodness an entire bag of oats is $4. Especially if you go to Costco. (rounded numbers, not sure)

Muesli makes a really easy breakfast, and it is full of fiber. I like it because it reminds me of my trip to Europe 30 years ago. Isn't that true of foods we like? We have associations with them. That is why it is criminal for parents to feed their children junk food. I see I have digressed again.

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MEME102 9/4/2011 1:47PM

    But digressing is FUN and we get to blame it on our senior moments!!! But I do think you bring up an interesting point about that associations with happier times and eating. I think I do agree with that. I know a few weeks ago I had some sweet corn -- which was EXCELLENT - the last few years it had been so-so and so I didn't eat alot. But that sweet corn was so sweet and juicy that over 3 days I had 7 ears!!! (b/f I got back on SP) Well guess what -- that 'joy of my childhood' made me sicker than a dog for 2 days!!! Too much fiber too quick I think so now I have been thinking about moderation and that I can have anything I want -- just not all of it or not as much of it at one time (or over 3 days!!) Thanks for the blog!

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2523 Calories

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Okay, I am shocked at yesterday's calories. I was hungry, really hungry at 11pm. But why was I hungry when I already had so many calories? I don't get it.

I am going to analyze yesterday as a typical day.

At breakfast I thought it was okay to just finish up the melon, it is healthy, right, but gee, the calories added up.

The lunch was not excessive. It was a picnic lunch and I am surprised the two slices of high fiber bread came to 240 calories. I felt virtuous, drinking only water, no dessert even though it was a special picnic in the redwoods.

The dinner was eaten out, so it is just an estimate.

When I did the feedback this morning, I finally had enough fiber for the day, The cookie actually had lots of fiber because it had dried cherries in it. ha ha ---

I see that eliminating the wine, the cookie, and the ice cream I would have been under 2000. On analysis, I had a great day out, and that cookie was very special, I could only buy it at the bakery at Pt Reyes. The wine was moderate, only one glass, and it was a special dinner out. So, that is okay. What disturbs me is why I was hungry at 11pm? Well, we did have dinner really early, 5pm. Plan for today has to be to try to "make up" the calories" --- Let's see if I can do it.


Coffeemate Creamer, Hazelnut, 1 tbsp 35
Regular Coffee, 1.5 cup (8 fl oz) 4
Honeydew Melon, 3 cup, balls 191
Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 1.25 cup (not packed) 200


Chicken salad, 1 serving (view recipe) 116
bread, TJ whole grain fiber, 2 serving 240
Potato Salad, 0.5 cup 179

White Wine, 5 fl oz 100
Bread, french , 3 slice, small (2" x 2-1/2" x 1-3/4") 263
Beets, boiled, 1 cup slices 75
Walnuts, 0.5 oz (14 halves) 95
Pasta, cooked, 1 oz 100
Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh, 1 Tomato, 5 serving 15
Chocolate Chip Cookies, 3 oz 418
Italian Sausage, pork, 0.5 link, 4/lb 195
Vanilla Ice Cream (icecream), 1 individual (3.5 fl oz) 117

Trader Joe Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, 1 serving 180

Grand Total 2523

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MEME102 9/3/2011 6:45PM

    I agree with the others -- tracking -- good OR bad keeps you honest and keeps you ahead of the game. I may be wrong but I think we should plan 1 day -- every so often -- to do just exactly as you did --yes you went over but if you know you can stay within bounds the rest of the time then you can look forward to those special times where you can go over....even over, if planned, equals success (in my book -- wanna read it?? LOL) But seriously - don't be too hard on yourself - tomorrow is a new day (as was today!)

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JKURJACK1944 9/3/2011 2:33PM

    You may have gone over, but you tracked everything and that will show you where you went wrong. emoticon

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VINGRAM 9/3/2011 11:07AM

    At least you are keeping yourself honest by tracking it! I haven't tracked ANYTHING since my grandgirls left - and have gained about 5 lbs! YUCK!!

Good for you for tracking and seeing where u went over!


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Disaster Day

Thursday, September 01, 2011

It is 2pm and I have already eaten more calories than I had planned for the entire day. I checked last week's records and I never get enough fiber, except on the day when I really went over my calories. How can a person get enough fiber on only 1600 calories? Or even 1800 calories?

What went wrong:
For breakfast I started with half a cup of my high fiber muesli and 2 cups of nonfat milk (for calcium) Then I thought I would play around with different high fiber ingredients, oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sliced almonds to change the flavor of the muesli. By doing this, I ended up having another 1/2 cup, and muesli is high in calories. So I ended up with a 600 calorie breakfast instead of 300.

Then I took my mother for an outing. All went well until we went into Walgreen's. Then she had me both tearing my hair out and tearing up in my eyes. I wanted to get away as fast as I could. However, when we got to her house, the caregiver announced she had already made a sandwich for me. I had to eat it. It was huge. Then there were cookies, but I ate those too. So, there went my planned 300 calorie lunch. Instead I racked up another 800 calories. I do not know exactly what the sandwich was, so I just used a generic ham and cheese sandwich calorie count from Spark. Here I had been weighing and measuring in my own house, but I could not do that there.

PS The caregiver knows how to make really good sandwiches!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 9/2/2011 6:17AM

    Sometimes you are in places where it's difficult not to eat. The caregiver had gone to some effort to make a meal for you and your mother. Everyone is in those situations at times.

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OCTOBER2842 9/1/2011 7:50PM

    I am struggling too, i FEEL FOR YOU

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JKURJACK1944 9/1/2011 5:46PM

    Apples are low in calories and high in fiber. I eat a lot of them for snacks. Good luck.

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MARYLEE56 9/1/2011 5:18PM

    I am not sure about the fiber amounts but I think adding fruits and vegetables may help. I usually eat all I want in this area and seem to be ok. The high fiber cereals and breads add a lot of calories and carbs (I think)? Anyway I hope this helps. Keep going and dont get discouraged!

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Check in

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Checking my Spark journal, I eat about 2400 calories a day. It is very hard to get under 2000. I do not understand how anyone can eat only 1000 a day, like some people do.

It is 4:30, and I managed the 300/300 thing, but I did eat almonds for a snack, and could not stop at one ounce. Think I had another half ounce of them. Not hungry now, so that is good. Ate brown rice, cottage cheese and peaches for lunch.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 9/4/2011 10:08PM

    I agree that 1000 cals is not enough I would gradually back down on the calories. Your body has to adjust to fewer cals.

I found that avoiding the high carb food helps me keep the cals down. I do better if I try to eat more low carb veggies and fruit.

Keep up the good work! You're inspiring me!

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KAYYVAUGHN 9/1/2011 3:47PM

    Carolee, you are doing fine. I don't think eating under 1000 calories is healthy.

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JEANNE229 8/31/2011 12:41PM

    Lots of salads, no dressing (ugh)

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WARMSTRONG2 8/31/2011 11:39AM

  I am about the same age as you but weigh a lot more. I eat about 1800 calories a day and its not that difficult if I eat the right foods. I find I am satisfied if I get a large quanity of something and it has meant that I eat a lot more vegetables and fruit than in the past. I also have gone to more cottage cheese and nonfat milk for my proteing source rather than beef and pork. Just go through you food records on a daily basis and see where you could have made a better choice and gotten more volume with less calories. Also, sometimes we just eat too much. I learned that cup of a vegetable is about half of what I thought a cup was and since I've learned about measures I find that I don't have to each nearly as much as I used to to get full. Good luck!

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CHARLOTTE1947 8/31/2011 11:05AM

    Maybe they wire their teeth together. I can't do that either. I'm always happy to stay under 1350/day. Doing that, I still wake up in the middle of the night dreaming about food, shopping for, cooking, eating it. Dieting is hard, hard. I do best when I'm distracted by getting involved in something I enjoy.

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VINGRAM 8/31/2011 11:05AM

    1000 is not enough! This formula has always worked for me - maybe it will for you: weight x 12 = whatever number. Then subtract 500 and that is the number of calories needed to lose a pound a week.

Hope this is not scientific, nor from a professional - I got it at TOPS many, many years ago when I was going to their meetings.

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