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.
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
BREAKFAST TOTALS: 430
Chicken salad, 1 serving (view recipe) 116
bread, TJ whole grain fiber, 2 serving 240
Potato Salad, 0.5 cup 179
LUNCH TOTALS: 535
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
DINNER TOTALS: 1,378
Trader Joe Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt, 1 serving 180
Grand Total 2523
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!!
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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