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Staying within Calorie Range

Friday, August 14, 2009



Hubby and I have a long habit of going out to dinner Friday nights. I rarely stay within calorie range on Friday because of it ... and that's OK with me. I think everyone deserves a treat now and then.

Today we had some unexpected company and are running late and skipping dinner out. We're having some low fat hot dogs and veggies for dinner, and looks like I might be within calorie range on a Friday for a change - emoticon

Hope you have a great weekend !!

  
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SLJWATTS 8/22/2009 8:39AM

    Happy Friday in Range- LOL my problem is that we go out on Friday, then someone calls to go out on Sat, then after church we go out on Sunday- well you see the problem- and others don't cook healthy foods all the time- whether it's a home or restaurant... I spend a lot of time planning my meals on the internet before I go.. and even then you are not sure what they put in your food. hmmmm, Sharon

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ELIZ181 8/15/2009 6:38AM

    I stopped the going out every Friday night with my husband (but we did go out last night). It is easy to go out of your calorie range when you do that.

I didn't know that they made low-fat hot dogs will have to look for them

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DEBSZOO74 8/15/2009 1:16AM

    We had low fat hot dogs for dinner one night this past week, and they were pretty yummy! I agree with you on allowing for a treat once in a while.
What are your plans as far as eating while you're on vacation? It's almost here!
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SALDRU 8/14/2009 9:37PM

    Hmmmm...how does a low fat hot dog taste? I didn't know they had those. What veggies did you make to go with? Just curious. I'm always trying to find a new vege that I like. I'm not a real big vege girl but I'm sure you've already noticed that.

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CARRIE1948 8/14/2009 6:09PM

    I think it's good to go over once in a while. It keeps your body from getting too used to what you're eating.;

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How to Choose Foods for a Flatter Tummy

Thursday, August 13, 2009



By Cherie Brunetti, eHow Contributing Writer
When trying to lose belly fat, calories aren't the only factor to consider. Some foods seem to contribute to belly fat. You also have to eat a healthy diet and choose foods that help to decrease body fat. The following article will discuss how to choose foods to help you get a flatter tummy.

Step 1
Be sure to eat vegetables and fruit. Replace grains and carbohydrates with fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which helps you to feel full. The also contain antioxidants, which help to prevent belly fat.

Step 2
Incorporate more selenium into your diet. This mineral is linked to lower rates of obesity, particularly belly fat.

Step 3
Incorporate protein into your diet. Protein keeps you feeling full and will boost your energy. This will lead to overall weight loss.

Step 4
Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. Some studies claim that a glass of wine a day helps to fight against belly fat. One 4-ounce glass of wine seems to be optimal. Be sure not to overindulge, however. An extra glass of wine or beer will add calories and inches to your waist.

Step 5
Choose the appropriate fats. Eat monosaturated fats. Olive oil is a good example. The fats in fish, walnuts and tofu are also considered to be good fats. However, the fats in cereals, corn oil, eggs and bakery goods should be limited.

Tips & Warnings

Eat vegetables such as bell peppers before fruits. Limit your consumption of fruit juices. Getting enough selenium through your diet alone can be difficult. Consider trying a supplement in order to attain the recommended 55 mcg a day. Try to get 25 percent of your daily calories from protein. Make smart choices like fish, poultry, and yogurt. Cantaloupe, peaches and carrots are good sources of beta-carotene. Oranges, kiwi and berries are good sources of vitamin C.

Be sure not to over do the protein. Too much can put stress on the kidneys. Eliminate trans fats from your diet completely

  
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TANYAHDG 8/30/2009 5:04PM

    Good info; thanks for sharing.

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HOUSE4TWO 8/17/2009 10:25AM

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Very helpful!!

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RAINBOWACTIVIST 8/14/2009 11:59AM

    Thanks for posting this! I especially like the "glass of wine a day" tip. ;-)

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CAROLANN70 8/13/2009 9:50PM

    I like this...I know fruits and vegetables is the key...overall good health...I like your pics on here ....i hope that will be me :)

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Veggie and Fruit Serving Sizes

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hearing you need to get nine or more servings of fruits and vegetables can be daunting. But consider the definition of a serving, below (from the National Cancer Institute). All varieties of fruits and vegetables -- fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100 percent juice -- count.

Measure out some of these in your kitchen so you can see how reasonable a serving size is!


One medium-size fruit (such as apple, orange, banana, pear)


1/2 cup raw, cooked, canned, or frozen fruits or vegetables


3/4 cup (6 ounces) 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice


1/2 cup cut-up fruit


1/2 cup cooked or canned legumes (beans and peas)


1 cup raw, leafy vegetables (such as lettuce and spinach)


1/4 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, and mangoes)

Notes from Reader's Digest
Picture from my garden

  
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ELIZ181 8/12/2009 8:56PM

    Wish I could grow a veggie garden. I have either shade or deep shade. My deck is the only place that gets any sun and veggies just don't seem to do good on it :o(. Your garden looks great.

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GERIKRAGH 8/12/2009 6:45PM

    Thank you. Every little bit helps the rest of us.
Geri

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Vegetable and Fruit Serving Sizes

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hearing you need to get nine or more servings of fruits and vegetables can be daunting. But consider the definition of a serving, below (from the National Cancer Institute). All varieties of fruits and vegetables -- fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100 percent juice -- count.

Measure out some of these in your kitchen so you can see how reasonable a serving size is!


One medium-size fruit (such as apple, orange, banana, pear)


1/2 cup raw, cooked, canned, or frozen fruits or vegetables


3/4 cup (6 ounces) 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice


1/2 cup cut-up fruit


1/2 cup cooked or canned legumes (beans and peas)


1 cup raw, leafy vegetables (such as lettuce and spinach)


1/4 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, and mangoes)

Notes from Reader's Digest
Picture from our Garden

  
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TIME4SINA 8/12/2009 11:12PM

    I still get the servings amounts wrong... thanks for the reminder. :) But nine servings? I thought it was FIVE!? I have some catching up to do.

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KRZYKAT3 8/12/2009 9:47PM

    an awesome garden! thanks for the serving information!

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SALDRU 8/12/2009 6:42PM

    What a great looking garden!

It's still real daunting when you don't like many fruits or vegetables. Oh, if only my parents had raised me eating fruits/veges. We were a meat, cheese and bread family, is it any wonder we're all overweight.

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Yummy Treat recipe

Thursday, August 06, 2009

www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.aspx/ch
eerios-frozen-bananas?WT.mc_id=taf_rec
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Here's a yummy lo-cal treat I just tried this week :-)
Surprisingly even the neighbors' kids enjoyed making and eating.

  
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CA2OR76 8/11/2009 10:08PM

    Sounds yummy and I think I have everything for it, except I have Honey Nut Cheerios, might try it with those. :-)

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SALDRU 8/6/2009 10:58AM

    Thanks for the recipe!

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