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Why is it so hard to make good choices eating out!

Friday, May 29, 2009

My sister blogged today about fast food places using the sex angle to sell food. I am also ranting about fast food but for a different reason. Why do fast food places make it so difficult to make the right choice!!! Did you know that at McD's a 4 piece Chicken McNugget is a better food choice than the basic Hamburger? That is without dip of course. But still...Hamburgers have more calories, less fat-BUT some of the fat in the hamburgers is TRANS FAT and saturated fat-none of the fat in the nuggets is Trans and only 2 gram Sat., more sodium, and more sugar (alot more sugar-31 carbs (6 sugar) vs. 11 carbs (0 sugar). Even Subway, with their low fat sandwiches, serves those sandwiches on LOAVES of bread that up the carb and calorie count WAY higher than it needs to be. I am learning to eat at home and make my own food a lot more than I used to and it is fun and rewarding, but every once in a while I want to eat out and I want more than a salad when I do it. Don't even get me started on fast food salads (nutrient free iceberg lettuce, one low cal dressing choice with no flavor to go with the no calories, and on and on). Why is it so impossible to serve sandwiches on healthy bread (Arby's uses whole grain bread, but the slices are the size of life rafts!), serve imaginative salads using a variety of fresh vegetables and where on earth are these trans fats still coming from??? Come on people it is not that hard to serve nutritious food! And can we please make it easier to find out what the nutrients are? Looking at the paper on the tray after you ordered is not very helpful. I thought I was making a good choice with a grilled chicken sandwich, nope-I forgot about the 1/4 cup of mayo they throw on that baby instead of cooking the chicken with herbs or spices for flavor. Did you know that Applebee's won't even disclose their nutritional information? I checked their website and there is no way (for our area at least) to determine what a good choice at Applebee's would be! What is up with that!!! You can order Weight Watcher's items, but all they tell you is the point value. You cannot confirm independently what is in your food! I really want to be able to eat out occasionally and be able to make informed choices and be able to find a nutritious choice that still has plenty of flavor. Wish it wasn't so hard.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/3/2009 8:51AM

    This is one of my favorite rants myself! So many times I have ordered something that I *thought* was a good choice only to add it up and realize I was completely screwed! LOL It is way too difficult and if America truly wants to slim us down (I wonder if the Pharms would ever REALLY let that happen though...???) then they need to REQUIRE nutritional values on everything we buy. E~V~E~R~Y~T~H~I~N~G

makes me think that there needs to be some group to do some heavy lobbying for new legislation???

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TEXQUILTMAMA 5/30/2009 10:02AM

    Boy, you hit it right out of the ball park! I know what you mean..Here are two that I found do state some of their items..Taco Bell and Chili's has a guiltless part of the menu that they tell you the calories and fat content..When, and I said when we go out, I usually blow that good ole diet to Heck! I just have to get back on the next day, but it makes me mad at myself all over again! So hang in there and hopefully you have at least one of these places to check out..Good luck on your healthy eating..Joyce

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ILIMIKE 5/30/2009 9:48AM

    I wondered the same thing. I love eating out. What I think is a healthy meal ends up busting my calorie intake for the day. I have committed to exercising more so I can counter this but it is still hard. Thanks for the blog.

Comment edited on: 5/30/2009 9:49:08 AM

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KELLIEJOS 5/29/2009 11:42PM

  I guess I am lucky that I dont even eat out that much at all! I have IBS and one of my triggers is fast food/restaurant food. So it doesnt happen very often. But I do agree with you. The US on the whole is an overweight country. Wouldnt you think that the fast food companies would figure this out, and make the food healthier! In my perfect world it would! emoticon(the way I feel after eating out!)

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SDUBON8 5/29/2009 10:17PM

    As far as Applebee's is concerned, you can go to and type in the menu item's name and they'll tell you the info. However, for some of Applebee's newer dishes they don't have that info yet.

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MARCI4TONY 5/29/2009 9:30PM

    You know, it's difficult in our situation - but if you cannot confirm whats in the food, you need to do on damage control. Grilled over fried; veggies over fries; easy on the breads; dressing on the side; portion control. There is no reason NOT to go out - if you did it every day, that would be one thing. But enjoy yourself the best you can.

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DAISY6871 5/29/2009 9:17PM

    Hi there! I just stubbled across your blog this evening and thought I would say HI! I know one thing that has worked REALLY well for me in the past is to decide ahead of time what restaurant I will be going to and then look up some of the menu info online. I then try to have 2 or 3 options in mind when I get there. I know what you mean about Applebees.... I absolutely LOVE(D) the Tequila Lime Chicken until my eyes almost popped out of my head when I found out that there are something like 1,400 calories in the entree!!!! So yeah, it is great to be informed. Plus after a while, you learn what things are good choices at your fav. spots. Well Good Luck with your journey!

--Stacey emoticon

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Okay, so I need to eat breakfast.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I am not a breakfast eater, it is true. I need to eat breakfast, this is also true. My sister reminded me of a long, long, long ago event where I didn't eat breakfast, didn't eat lunch, ate a donut for a snack and then went to a party (completely drug and alcohol free to the disbelief of my doctor) and passed out, splat, right on my face, in a bathing suit. Granted these were the days when I looked decent in a bathing suit, but still HOW EMBARASSING!! I wasn't dieting, I was just sooo busy that I didn't have time to eat that day, I was young, foolish and literally running from one event to the next that day. So here I am, about 20 years later, and what have I learned, apparently NOTHING. I still run from one event to the next, I am still soooo busy I often don't have time to eat. I'll miss breakfast and lunch and eat and orange while I am waiting for kindergarten to let out. As a "sparker" I know eating properly is important to being healthy and this means eating properly throughout the day. But, when do I find the time!!! I know that there is always time for what is important. I find the time to exercise, I find the time to do laundry, I find the time to read a book. Usually all these things are done after the kids are in bed. So, here's my plan. Tonight there is no food in the house (at least not for me-I have some kid appropriate meals lying around-sad, but true) so I will make some oatmeal for breakfast for me. Then, tomorrow when I go shopping I am stocking up on things I can have for breakfast and lunch that can be prepared ahead so that the night before, after the kids are in bed, I can put together my breakfast and lunch and eat like I should. I had this idea before and even blogged about it I just "got busy" and never put it into action. One idea I am anxious to try is breakfast smoothies using frozen or fresh fruit and yogurt. I can put the fruit into the blender and then in the fridge or freezer, as appropriate, and then add some low fat or greek yogurt, put it in the base the next morning and push the button-instant healthy breakfast. Lunch isn't quite as easy, but I do love cucumber sandwiches, alot of Americans say "EWWW disgusting", but I like them. I use sprouted wheat bread, a little bit of low fat cream cheese (1/2 oz.) and lots of cucumbers, sprinkled with a little black pepper. If I make that sandwich ahead of time I end up with a gooey, disgusting mash of bread. I could slice and pepper the cucumbers, weigh out the cream cheese and have it in a small container and then just assemble when ready for lunch. Anyways I am going to make a serious effort to do better at eating breakfast, a healthy, filling breakfast, so that cookies, chips, fries, take out sandwiches, et. al, will not tempt me!

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MARCI4TONY 5/29/2009 12:00PM

    Its hard to eat when you are not hungry...but I have issues with breakfast too! I'll work on it if you do? Deal?

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WBOYACK 5/29/2009 11:37AM

  Great plans! Have you ever tried breakfast in a bag? Once a week I chop up mushrooms, fresh spinach, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, zuccinni, etc. and measure out about a cup for veggies into quart size freeser bags. Then in the morning, I pull out a bag, add 3/4 cup of egg beaters and boil the bag in water for 10 minutes. I am able to walk around and do my morning routine and clean up is easy and fast. When it's done I have on omlet. Sometimes I throw in feta cheese. It's good and filling too.

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SDUBON8 5/29/2009 9:23AM

    Oh, I can totally relate! Friday's are my errand never fails, I ALWAYS run out the door and forget to eat breakfast! My sister told me to leave a few cans of Slim Fast in the fridge for these types of days but the only problem is that I forget to grab the shake on the way out!! ~sigh~ I need to make more of an effort too.

Have a great weekend!


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JOANNAMARIE 5/29/2009 12:35AM

    I don't think you're alone in this! I too hate eating breakfast. I am getting better at it, but still I need improvement. Sometimes I eat breakfast ( a snack really) and then don't get a chance to eat lunch. This totally messes with a person's metabolism, however. I've been getting little snacks in baggies the day before, some things that don't take a lot of time to eat: yogurts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, rice cakes, corn cakes, anything that is quick. And I munch when I get the time, a little snack every hour.

In the mornings, too lately, I've been making smoothies with protein powder, too. It's easier for me to drink something in the morning rather than eat. I pour it in a travel mug, and drink it in the car. Try a few different things, but it takes about a month to create a new habit. Once you're in the habit, things will become a lot easier.


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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/28/2009 11:25PM

    A couple other on-the-run breakfast ideas:
Cottage Cheese with Pineapple (don't have to worry about it being mushy!)
Rice Cakes with Yogurt (you can assemble on the run...all you need is a plastic spoon)
Toast with a piece of turkey sausage
Hard boiled egg with a piece of cheese
Yogurt with granola mixed in (or grape nuts)
Whole Wheat tortilla with peanut butter and jelly or honey
Banana or orange and graham crackers
Nutri Grain bars (I don't really like them...but others do! LOL)
Nature Valley Peanut Butter granola bars with fruit

There's so much you can do!! Have fun and I bet you come up with a whole lot more on-the-go breakfast ideas! Enjoy!!!


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KATANA_X 5/28/2009 11:02PM

    Prepping breakfast the night before is a great idea, especially for those of us who are very busy.

I was just whining to my SO this morning about breakfast. Even when I have the time, I rarely want to eat too soon after waking up, but whenever I do I end up feeling and eating better for the rest of the day. Funny how these things work sometimes.


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Overall a good day.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I did better yesterday than I thought I would. I started out with the goal to do just one mile of Leslie Sansone, but once I got started I wasn't sore at all and I went on to do 3 miles! The bad news is, my husband baked cookies. He makes really good cookies-everyone thinks so-he is kind of known in his family for his cookies. The cookies were good though because they highlighted a chink in my weight loss armor-famished eating. If I am hungry I will eat anything in front of me. I guess yesterday turned out to be kind of busy. I had an orange for breakfast, cucumber salad for lunch and peaches for a snack. So by the time 4:00 rolled around and my husband pulled cookies fresh from the oven my willpower was non-existant. I ate 5 cookies without even blinking. Well, on the 5th cookie I started to feel guilty. I will have to work better from now on to eat throughout the day and have a real lunch, not sliced cucumbers with dill and vinegar (with sugar). More cardio today and strength-I better get moving!! (I am aiming to hit that mile 4 on Leslie Sansone-haven't gotten there yet, but I think today is the day!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/28/2009 6:55PM

    I'm with really need to eat a good breakfast and then a good early morning snack. It will make all the difference! You never have been good about making sure you eat planned meals ( I need to bring up the donut/fainting incident??? LOL) but now that you see that as being one of your triggers you can start to plan your attack and finally overcome it!! You can do it!!

And congrats on 3 miles when you only planned 1! You ROCK!!!


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WBOYACK 5/27/2009 4:00PM

  You are moving in the right direction! Every little bit counts.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/27/2009 12:35PM

    Hi Heather
I think the 3 miles will cancel out the cookies LOL but you should be having more for breakfast than an orange hun.
You'll find if you fuel your body properly the "wanting to eat what's in front of me" will disappear.
Great workouts!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First a shout out to my sis-HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! The hike yesterday was awesome!! However, I have rediscovered muscles I had forgotten existed. Parts of me are sore that I really would not think would be. That is okay. Sore means I used my body and pushed it further than it has gone in a while. I am ready to take that hike again in three weeks and see how my fitter muscles are going to handle the hike this time. I have to say thanks to my sister too. She was definately our cheerleader yesterday. I called her Jillian (Michaels) a couple of times, but it was definately meant as a compliment. She is my own personal Jillian. When I was not doing Sparkpeople she was the one who kept at me until I got back to doing the right thing. She is an awesome cheerleader!
Today's exercise plan has changed a little, but not too much, the best way to unkink these muscles of mine is gentle exercise. So, Leslie Sansone is up for cardio today. I will go one mile for sure and if my muscles are enjoying the walk I will go further again. That will be followed later today with yoga. Some gentle stretching to relax and lengthen the muscles that have been worked. And LOTS and LOTS of water. Fluids to help refresh the worked muscles. Sore, but happy! Didn't see the line about "Warning:Difficult Trail" until the very end. Glad I didn't it was difficult but worth it!

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WBOYACK 5/26/2009 10:57AM

  What a great accomplishment! You are inspiring!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/26/2009 10:08AM

    Hi Heather,
I'm glad you enjoyed pushing yourself- doesn't it feel great.
Keep going and you'll be at your goal in no time

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MRTHNDAVE 5/26/2009 9:54AM

    Congrats on pushing yourself. Keep it up and you'll reach that goal!

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Talk about a hike!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

I have been looking forward to this hike for weeks and it didn't disapoint. My mother, sister and I took what is called the North Hills Trail at Diamond Valley Lake. We had never taken this hike before and weren't sure what to expect. The trail starts at the base of some hills and it deceptively easy at first. It is not long, though, before the trail starts to go up the hills at quite a steep angle at times. At the summit you have a beautiful view of the lake and then the trail goes down and remains mostly flat for the last 2.7 miles. So, last time we took a hike we got lost and took a detour, we did not get lost this time, but we did still have an adventure. We decided that 6.5 miles was plenty long and instead of hiking back we called my brother-in-law to come meet us at the trail end. Turns out, and what we didn't know was, that the gates at the other end of the trail were closed!!!! There was no notice of this at the trail head! We had noticed that past the lake the trail was not well traveled and figured most hikers stopped at the lake view and went back. We didn't think it was because there was no trail access at the other end. After an additional one mile hike we found a place where we could slip through a fence and meet up with my BIL's truck. It was awefully nice having a ride back to the start of the hike! The pedometers registered between 7.79 miles and 8.5 miles walked, between 19000 and 23000 steps with between 10000 and 15000 of those steps being aerobic steps. WhooHoo we blasted the calories today! It was a terrific hike, my legs and rear are feeling well worked and I am looking forward to doing it again soon! Sister and Mother on what we would come to think of as a mild hill. Overlooking the west end of our valley. Done Girl Sister Done Girl Me

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KING*GET*FIT 5/25/2009 8:16PM

    Sounds awesome! I did some light hiking this weekend around the San Luis Resevoir this weekend.

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