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I've Learned My Lesson

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I am meeting a friend for brunch at Panera Bread and thought I would go to their website to check for calories/fat/carbs, etc. Was I ever surprised! emoticon

Often, when I went out to eat, I would order 'healthy' food, such as a turkey sandwich. I never checked their nutrition info. After all, it was turkey, lettuce and bread. That's healthy. NOT!!! I didn't realize that I was eating enough sodium for the week!

When I checked out Panera Bread's website, the calories, carbs or fat were higher than I guessed.

Don't guess. Check this info out before you order. If you can't check out their website before you go, ask them at the restaurant.

I am happy to say that I found something that will fit right in to my food for the day.


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ZINASP1 1/22/2011 6:14PM

    I'm one of those who has to "clean my plate" no matter what and restaurant fare is definitely not a good place to practice good nutritional habits...unless, of course, you plan ahead and check out the nutritional options on the menus. You've done wisely to look before you leap into that next plate of food. I need to start practicing this as I'm moving along well...but scarily I got two gift cards one to Olive Garden and one to Carrabbas for Christmas.

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SEAWAVE 1/22/2011 5:05PM

    Since using the SparkPeople nutrition tracker, I've learned that most bread products (buns, tortillas, bread, etc.) have a lot more sodium than I would have expected - some as much as 660 mg per slice of bread or per tortilla! It is definitely worth checking before eating!

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IGSBETH 1/22/2011 3:02PM

    Good advice!

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IMAGINE_IT 1/22/2011 2:39PM

    emoticon for the emoticon info.
I have been checking calories and fat..etc for almost 2yrs now. And it is so nice to see that many restaurants and fast food places are finally posting the nutrition values.

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TRIGFROST 1/22/2011 11:23AM

    emoticon emoticon finding the smart-food....

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GATOR12 1/22/2011 11:20AM

    I thought I posted on your blog all ready!! Anyway I understand all menus of main restaurants will have to post calorie counts on their menus and won't that make us aware of poor or better choices. We will be in the know and can't just guess at what we are eating. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/22/2011 10:53AM

    emoticon I rarely eat out but if I am planning on going to a restaurant, I check out what they have available that I can eat. Nothing worse than sitting in a restaurant while others are eating. Of course, many times I just get a tossed croutons, no cheese, none of the crazy extras they put on them...lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes are great with a touch of spinach or romaine. YUMMY!! One of my favorite meals. I am on limited protein, carbs, sodium, etc due to health issues. But I can make healthy choices...just for me because I AM WORTH IT and SO ARE YOU!!!

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MUSYCLAU 1/22/2011 9:51AM

    Isn't fantastic when restaurants provide calorie information? Outback Steakhouse has the calories right on the menu. It changed the way I ordered. THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!

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Life is Uncertain

Thursday, January 20, 2011

This blog is not directly related to healthy living but it is on my heart. One of my friends mother is dying from cancer. It is very sad. The family is very tight knit and Mom is the center...keeping everything going smoothly. She is only 65 and to me that is young.

What my friend is going through is very familiar to me. I lost both of my parents to lung cancer and my brother to a brain disease. These losses were very difficult and still are. I miss them very much and often think I wish I had one more hour with them to say or do the things I regret I didn't.

Not meaning to be melodramatic but life is short and uncertain. We don't know when it will be our time or our loved ones' time. Tell them you love them often. Don't let the last thing said to them be in anger or sarcasm. I don't think anyone wants to be remembered for saying ugly or hurtful things.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/20/2011 9:55PM

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KBARTRAM26 1/20/2011 12:39PM

    Sorry to hear about your loses. One good thing to remember is that they are in a better place. They are up in Heaven looking down on you. They will not suffer anymore and one day you will get to join them again. I have lost several close relatives recently to but i know i will join them one day.

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FREEDOM710 1/20/2011 8:46AM

    I lost two parents within 6 months of each other. The past nine months have been very difficult for our family. I am just happy that I had them and their love. They were the best grandparents that my children could have had and they will always be in our heart.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I am still spending way too much time thinking of and planning my food each day. I either have trouble getting in enough calories or carbs or getting in too much sodium. I'm not even concentrating on fat, potassium, fiber, cholesterol or calcium.

In the past I mostly concentrated on the calories...every once in a while I'd consider the carbs. This time, I accepted that I needed to watch my carbs as well. It wasn't until I saw a program about sodium and how it can hurt your body that I started watching that.

If I stay within my range for sodium, I can not eat enough calories. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies but there is just so much I can eat.

I don't like spending this much time thinking about food. I'm becoming obsessed with it. Not a good feeling.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/20/2011 1:31AM

    I have to spend a bit of time on planning meals as I am on limited carbs, protein and sodium. It means I am most usually sort on calories which I have been fighting for over two years. Still they is only so much I can worry about at one time...just doing the best I can. That is my wish for you too!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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GATOR12 1/19/2011 12:47PM

    Balance has to be the name of the game. And when too much time is spent on planning and counting food it puts all that emphasis on it. I know no answers!!!

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KBARTRAM26 1/19/2011 12:15PM

    I understand what you all are going through. I just watch my calories and my carbs. It will drive you crazy trying to watch everything. I wouldnt stress about the rest. If i see im going over on something every day i will adjust my diet to bring that down. keep up the hard work.

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KARENA-G 1/19/2011 11:06AM

    I have the same problem with not getting enough calories if I concentrate on eating lots of veggies and fruit. Last night I was eating broccoli right b4 I went to bed b/c my calories weren't enough. I watch my cholesterol, fat, etc. That was already too high so broccoli was left in order to bring up my folic acid!

Progress not perfection & balance are so important to me. Being healthy means being healthy in mind, body, and spirit! If I'm obsessing about food--either to cover up my feelings or to be perfect in what I eat, it's unhealthy.

BTW, my daughter & grandkids, & my mother are all UMCers.

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It is Getting Easier

Monday, January 17, 2011

I am not struggling so much with eating healthy. I still have to stay close to the nutrition tracker but I am sure that will get easier in time.

It is also easier in the grocery store. I stay away from the aisles that have things I can't eat.

I pray this continues.

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  Keep up the great job! Just not having it there to tempt you helps. You can do it!!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/17/2011 7:46PM

    Not having it in the house works for me. You are doing a great job!!

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IRISHLASS117 1/17/2011 6:43PM

    Sometimes just not buying that stuff is enough. Taste buds change and start to crave healthier things.

Keep up the good work.

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A Test of My Determination

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Things have been going pretty well since I started my healthy living on Jan 1. I eat healthy and exercise.

Now I am facing a pretty significant change in our lives and it is very stressful. I hope I am able to handle it without resorting to food.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/17/2011 12:43AM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers that you will be able to handle the stress. Do some exercise or turn to God...He will be there for you!!

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KBARTRAM26 1/16/2011 8:59PM

    I understand its east to turn to food sometimes. Maybe you should try exercise for a stress reliever it always worked for me. Hope things get better for you.

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