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I did a Flora Light, Original and Buttery Taste Test!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Yesterday my daughter and I walked the trek to Tesco for our regular grocery top-up shop. Since Waitrose opened up close enough to walk to in ten minutes or less, we have only been going to Tesco every three to four weeks to stock up on things we can't get there, like our favourite fruit juices, Tesco light choices tikka masala curry sauce, and my favourite Weightwatcher cakes - Mini Carrot cakes. nom nom nom

Anyway, since I quit smoking my tastebuds and sense of smell have become ultra sensitive, so changing foods can be a challenge as a dodgy smell can knock me back before I even start. For instance, I used to like baking cakes with Stork margarine, and now the smell of it means I can't get near the pot, and when the cake is baking it stinks to me, so badly that I can't eat it. This doesn't mean Stork is bad, it just means I can't eat it anymore.

Now, I like the taste of butter. I always have and always will. It is one of those sticking points for me with dieting, that I have never been able to find a margarine that even smells ok to me, never mind tastes ok. Then the texture is another problem, because ones I have got near enough to taste have seemed very greasy in the mouth, with sometimes a significant aftertaste that leaves me avoiding it like the plague.

Well, and I do usually get to the point eventually, emoticon while we were at Tesco yesterday, there was a lady set up with samples of Flora Original, Flora Light and Flora Buttery spread on pieces of bread for customers to try. Given the opportunity I had to find out what they were like. I explained my butter fetish to the lady, and she suggested I try the Buttery first, so Tara and I munched in. There was almost no smell at all, and it tasted lovely. It was very like butter. Its only slight letdown was a distinctive greasy feel in the mouth. I wasn't sure I could get past that, so I asked about the others.

Given the diet I am trying to improve, the lady suggested I try the Light next, so, very skeptically, I placed a small bit of the bread in my mouth. Nom nommy! Again virtually no smell at all, the taste was really good, and I didn't notice any significant greasy feel! Winner!

So, to complete the experiment I then tried the Original. It fell somewhere between the Light and the Buttery for smell, taste and texture, and again was pretty good, which totally floored me! I was 3 for 3!

So the final test was to compare stats:

The Light won hands down over Original and Buttery! It was significantly lower in everything that matters: Calories, Fat, Sat Fat etc. When I then compared it to the Countrylife Light, my favourite butter spread, Oh boy! Not only were the nutritional stats no contest, but Flora light is a pound cheaper per 500g tub, and you can buy Flora Light in larger tubs which work out even cheaper, so if you have a larger family, it is even better value for your purse and your bod!

So I am now the proud owner of tubs of Flora Light in my fridge, and would recommend a taste test if you get the chance.


Another first!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Yesterday (Tue 6th July), I actually came in on my nutrition within the parameters set by SP! WOW!!!

I totally struggle with this usually, with carbs being the only section I am pretty consistent in. I struggle to get enough protein, and go over, sometimes a lot over my fat and calories. This time though, everything was in the zone - Calories, Carbs, Fat and Protein!
Whoo Hoo!
Unfortunately my water dropped to six glasses after my triumph the day before of actually getting eight glasses in for the first time.

I have no illusions though. I know things are going to be a bit hit and miss while I gradually adjust my eating and drinking habits. These are good signs that I can do it though. Now I just have to learn how to do it consistently.

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My resistance band came yesterday

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

It is only a basic thing from Avon, and it only cost 3, but it all adds to the variety of equipment I can use, which is good. It has 14 pictures of stretch moves actually printed on the band. Now to check out some videos using these things to see what I can do with it.


The Water thing! I finally did it!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I finally managed to drink eight glasses of water in one day yesterday (Monday 5th July 2010)! I am stunned! I love my mugs of tea so much I never thought I could do this!

I have never much liked drinking water. Never liked the taste, and when I quit smoking my taste buds became so sensitive that most water tasted absolutely horrible to me. The only one I could drink was Evian, which basically is about the blandest tasting water I could find. Even then, I tended to suck a mint to make it taste better! I tried a brita filter and even that didn't help last time I tried (Jan 2009). I thought I was weird (and so did others who knew me I suspect) until I watched a programme about someone else who could tell the difference between waters, and blind-tasted a selection and was able to say where every sample came from. I am not alone in being a fussy water drinker! Yay! LOL

So, with my return to SP, I was determined to try and fix the water problem. To drink the equivalent amount of water in bought bottles of Evian was going to set me back around 10 a week, depending on any special offers at the supermarket. That is a lot of money to spend just on water when you are on a low income, (and not exactly environmentally friendly either, though I do avidly recycle) so I needed to find an alternative.

Fortunately for me, my Littlewoods catalogue had a special offer on Brita jugs and filters. I got a brand new jug and ten maxtra filters for 50, which sounds a lot until you see that they are selling packs of six filters for 30! Basically, the jug was FREE! I was a little concerned because I didn't like the old taste much before, but the maxtra filters are newer (I had the old cylinder shaped ones last time) so I kept my fingers crossed. (Not easy to type with your fingers crossed ;-))

The jug came. The water does not taste as good as the Evian, but I persevered, and have adjusted to the flavour. I did need to throw the first five filtered jug fulls away rather than just the first two, and it tastes a lot nicer chilled than room temp, but it is ok.

So, how to make sure to make the investment worthwhile: Well, I set up two piles of coins next to the kettle. I have a pile of eight 2-pence pieces which I use to count my glasses of water, and a pile of pennies to count my mugs of tea. I had consistently been drinking about ten mugs of tea a day and only managing 4 glasses of water. At the start of this latest stint on SP last week, I managed to up the ante and drink six glasses of water a day, and I thought that was good, but yesterday.... Oh Boy!

It has been so hot recently that I have been really thirsty when I first wake up. A couple of mornings ago I was so thirsty that I couldn't wait for the kettle to boil, so poured myself a glass of water. You have no idea how strange that is for me to do that! Anyway, I enjoyed the water so much that I did it again the next day, and made a total of six glasses for the day. Then yesterday, I deliberately poured a glass of water in between making cuppas, and with the bottle of carbonated water I drank after my evening meal, I shot to EIGHT GLASSES in one day, and only drank seven mugs of tea! It may even have been six, I lost track a little in the evening. I am SOOO pleased with myself!

Then this morning I woke up from a bad dream and was so distracted I forgot my first glass of water! Shoot! Ah, well, I will try and make up for it as the day goes on.

See if I can make it two days in a row!



Nice day

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Well, I have 13 groups, and I have at least said hello in each one. Even posted a couple of replies in some. There is some great humour at SP, as some of my groups attest. That is going to be a big help on those days when I discover my weight loss has stalled, or if I think I'll scream if I see another glass of water!

I hope to get to know a few people well enough to mutually friend them. One of the joys of a set-up like this is getting to know people and making new friends.

I even found a Druid group!



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