Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Just discovered SparkSavings.com. Because the computer format uses the same processes of Sparkpeople, it is fairly easy to use.
I have been trying to track my money expenditures, which is very similar to tracking calorie expenditures!!!
The psychology of both is similar. When I am upset, I go hog wild and eat things. When I am upset, I throw caution to the winds and I buy things. Later there are regrets.
But at least with buying things, you can always return them. But with eating things, it is a journey of no return.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I am taking a break from Spark today, but I still want to do the blog. I am going for a long walk with a friend at Crissy Field, a beautiful place on the bay, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, birds, clouds, and blue sea.
Monday, September 05, 2011
I looked at the weight of one slice. The Orowheat is 38 grams and the Trader Joe is 42 grams. How could a 4 gram difference compute to a 50 calorie difference? As far as effect goes, both have the same degree of filling power. And visually, they look the same size. They both have the exact same amount of fiber.
Well, this little foray into nutrition labels has taught me to seriously read the labels BEFORE I buy something. Where would we be if the government had not forced these companies to put this information on the labels? People are so anti-government, and yes, I think it has gone overboard on that light bulb issue, but good government is necessary. The rich need to pay their taxes and they aren't!!! Sorry to get political, but in the end, everything really is.
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.
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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