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Yipes! Another lesson in reading labels

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Occasionally, I get these burritoes at the store, when I'm in a hurry to get home..Today was one of those days..I hadn't had one in ages, so I had never really looked at the label; it's around the same size as the ones Tim and I make, so I figured the calories and all that would be around the same..NOT!!!! I realized I had never had one since I started tracking, so I got the wrapper out, and proceeded to about have a heart attack! I read "480 calories" I thought "Not bad for a lunch item" Then I looked again.. a serving was HALF of the burrito..I had just eaten 960 calories for lunch!!!!! I couldn't believe it..What in the world could be in this thing that made it so high in calories?? The Mexican dishes Tim and I make has the calories of the 1/2 burrito, but for a full serving, and we have most of the same stuff in it..I think that's why it threw me..

Just another lesson of "pre-made" versus "home-made", and reading the WHOLE label.. Good thing I already planned dinner, which is a chef's salad, and already have it in my tracker..Also good thing tomorrow is gym day lol Planned on going for a walk, later, too, after the humidity goes down some (I hope).

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HUGGERS1 8/5/2008 5:57PM

    I am always surprised when I log online to find calories on restaurant or fast food chains. I am always like, wow, shouldn't eat that again. how do they get all that extra fat in there???? I am glad you read the labels and definitely home cookin is the way to go. I hardly ever eat out and like to cook.

I know that you are going to stay on track and I love that you are not looking at this in the wrong light. You hadn't had one in a while, you were hungry, now you have a goal to take care of the calories. You are doing awesome


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    Tell me about it! I never realized how many calories I was actually eating until I started using this site and training myself to look at those labels. Especially the serving SIZE part. That is the trick. Pretty shocking. I think the calories in store bought frozen stuffs might come from the stacks of sodium they pump into it to "preserve" it. Not sure though.

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DONANNE 8/5/2008 5:30PM

    Oh golly...that is such a pain...I had the same experience with a chicken place we frequent...or should I say...used to frequent...just can't afford the calories...when I first figured them out...I flipped...scary.

You are doing really well...tracking really works...good on ya!! You go girl..think you have it beat!! Hugs

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DARE2CHANGE 8/5/2008 5:06PM

    Ouch that was a painful lesson. Yes its amazing how the premade stuff racks up the calories. Good save with the salad. I too have had that lesson taught to me and now I just cook from scratch

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/5/2008 4:55PM

  Yeah... those labels can get you every time! But... at least you looked, right? Onward and forward....... you'll make up for it... it is okay!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/5/2008 4:53PM

    It sure is amazing how those pre-made things are SOOOO much higher in calories. I think they add extra fats and sugars to up the calorie count!

Hugs! Beverly

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