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Tim Bits Bad--Nutrition Tracker Good...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I'm a good Canadian--I looooove Tim Bits (they are the donut holes, for those who live without the Double/Double, eh?).

I was leafing through the paper yesterday and read a little article about the mighty TimBit--50 to 120 calories, depending on the variety. These things are tiny, the size of a round quarter and I used to buy then in the 20 pack size, then work my way through the box as I sat at my desk.

AND I felt virtuous, because they were "tiny, so they couldn't be that bad for me." (that was my deranged inner pre-Spark calorie guesstimator talking to me, by the way). Turns out I could have eaten 4 Maple or Chocolate glazed (at 210 calories per) and been better off.

My crazy calorie guesstimator also thought that strawberries were high calorie! Because they tasted so sweet. (But even then, I knew that Nutella, despite being promoted as a healthy breakfast spread, was not the friend of my rapidly expanding belly and thighs--in fact, I think that at least two of my chins were directly accountable to the daily half jar of Nutella).

The Spark Nutrition Tracker has been a huge eyeopener on a lot of foods--some that I thought of as 'bad' (like eggs) turn out to be very good when they aren't cooked up in half a cup of butter! Others, (like bagels--plain one with nothing on it is often the calorie equivalent of eating 5 eggs!), not nearly as healthy as I thought.

Now I try and pick the majority of my calories with an eye to getting the best nutritional value. Avocado good/Bacon fat bad, for example. I also allow myself dessert or a piece of chocolate if I'm really craving the taste. But I don't buy the huge bar and fool myself with the notion that I'll just take 3 squares and then put the other 48 squares in the cupboard. It might be pricier by the gram, but now I just buy exactly the amount I'm going to allow myself. If I order dessert, it has to absolutely worth the calories--so high end restaurants with innovative chefs, yes (and my budget means we don't go to too many of those :)), the local Dairy Queen sundae, no.

But, just because I'm human and I"m going to have screw up moments, I've also put Coach Nicole's blog about eating ice cream for dinner in my 'favourites' section so that I can reread it as necessary. I don't want the guilt and shame voices telling me that there is no point to following my Spark journey, merely because I've had a bad hour, day, or even weeks. I plan on living for a long time, so this journey has to be measured in years and treated as a long-haul with room for detours.
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  • SANDSTRA
    Awesome...I love that you're not guesstimating anymore and seeking better nutritional impact from your foods...something I need to work on. I also like to save up my desert splurges for those restaurants that you know will tickle that sweet tooth just right...sometimes it is definately worth it! Keep up the awesome work!
    2542 days ago
  • LOOKY-LOU
    Haven't eaten a Timbit since by friend called them "Fat Pills" just took the joy right out of them!

    I too am Canadian..but I try to stick with just coffee at my Timmys! Although their cream is CRAZY BAD! emoticon
    2556 days ago
  • BOGUSANNIE
    TIM BITS BAD....STRAWBERRIES GOOD!!!!

    glad you are seeing the error of so many of our ways!!!
    tracking food is key...I am sure of it! Keep up the great work!
    2556 days ago
  • EVILKLOWN
    Aye, the occasional detour is a MUST for me. I don't really plan them but I MUST have them. Otherwise the "journey" is too long and monotonous -- UNacceptable.

    And ... I've heard of Tim Horton's but what is the "double double?"
    2557 days ago
  • LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1
    Great blog emoticon
    2559 days ago
  • GRAMMIE1959
    Portion distortion will be the death of me! I am doing better but why in the heck do I think I know what 2 tablespoons of salad dressing looks like?

    Travel on my friend!

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    2559 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    I am so sad about those timbits. they seem like tiny little things.
    2559 days ago
  • THINWITHIN18
    Great post! Thanks for the reminders.
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    2559 days ago
  • CATIATM
    Those Tim bits sounds evil! emoticon You're right; the nutrition tracker is awesome!
    2560 days ago
  • MIMOTOGO
    Good attitude. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    2560 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Your blog today hints at some of the changes you've incorporated to achieve your current level of success. Congratulations!
    2560 days ago
  • LORIENWILSON
    Great Post. Absolutely it is eye opening when we start to really look at what we are eating. I is amazing all the bad things we were putting in to our body and what good things we were looking over. As a fellow Canadian Tim Hortons is definately my vice. My coffee that I use to get there like three times a day is 280cals EACH no wonder I was gaining weight! Oh yes the Dairy Queen Blizzard run once a week at 1300cals yup remember those too. I do have to admit though I still have a bad vice of eating peanut butter right out of the jar. It spikes my fat intake but at 180Cals It is the smaller out of all my evils. It's awesome to see how far we have come!
    2560 days ago
  • FORMYDARLINGS
    Thanks for clear and down to earth suggestions. Sometimes when I read an article, I get lost in the jargon. I had NO IDEA about the Tim Bits!!!!! I guess 1 will have to do from now on or maybe just a coffee with a flavour shot. There ids no sugar in their flavour shots. SOmetimes I find myself in the midst of a food war, usually junk food. I cave sometimes but I am getting better at choosing my health. You are making amazing progress and I find I model myself after many of your ideas. Thanks for all the help, intentional and otherwise,

    Gini emoticon
    2560 days ago
  • FOREVER4ME
    I worked at TimHorton's for over 20 years. Those timbits are dangerous. Hence is why I need sparks now.
    Thanks for sharing!
    I is true once we start tracking and reading label and such that it can be very shocking the amount we over ate in calories by our choices.
    I eat strawberries and blueberries almost daily. Timbits almost seldom now ..that is.
    2560 days ago
  • SI1V3RBACK

    I'd have to agree with you that the nutrition tracker has been a real eye opener. Even more so because you can track a whole host of foods and know what is good and bad for what ever you are trying to get less of or more of. Love that tool !!
    2560 days ago
  • JEANNETTE59
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    2560 days ago
  • SPIDERLOCKHART
    The proper way to eat eggs is not with two cups of butter,Ottawaboud. One cup of dairy butter per 1.5 eggs is sufficient. We must practice some constraint! , even in Canada don't ya know.
    2560 days ago
  • MIZCATHI
    Great post! I have "dieted" so many times in my life I am the resident expert on calories, but it's amazing how perception works! The spark people tracker really works, and definitely provides me with instant reinforcement. My hubby and I refer to Donuts as "Fat pills" - pure sugar and fat, but more than that, majorly addictive!

    Glad you are learning where the mine fields are and what to avoid and target. Now it's just a matter of being aware of the many choices out there and find ways to not slip into the "I don't care" mindset I've found myself struggling with many times in my life!

    Cat
    2561 days ago
  • PRENDERGASTM
    I really enjoyed this blog. I am the same way when I pass Krispy Kreme and the HOT LIGHT is on. I try NOT to pass them on nights after a certain time. The light is how they trick you. Krispy Kreme is at a MAJOR intersection and the light is HUGE! IT's a must some times but I try to avoid it. They truly know how to get you. We just have to maintain and stay focused.

    Be Bless and thanks for sharing,
    Mary~ emoticon
    2561 days ago
  • SANDRART
    You are so very right. It is very tempting to let those over indulgence moments, snacks, meals, days, etc become the excuse to give it all up. We've come too far for that.
    2561 days ago
  • DIANE2868
    LOL 20 pack? What a rookie! I was into the family pack of timbits! I also remember times that I asked for them all to be chocolate. Don't know if they are the higher calorie ones or not. Luckilly I don 't miss them. Out of sight out of mind.

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    2561 days ago
  • HEALTHYASHLEY
    I used to eat a 25 count box of munchkins (donut holes) in my car on my way to work or school and also convinced myself that it wasn't as bad as donuts. Small= less or no calories right?? The nutrition tracker is awesome, I looked up all my favorite foods when I started and scared myself with how awful I was eating. Made me not want to eat any of them anymore. Great blog!
    2561 days ago
  • STRONGFOCUS
    The drive through people at Tim's always ask me if I am sure I only want 2 Timbits. Um, yes, only 2, thanks! I enjoy them but don't plow through an entire box.

    Nutella has been banned. It is not something I am currently capable of just having a taste of it. Maybe someday it will be, but I too have a few dimples I can directly attribute to the wonders of Nutella.
    2561 days ago
  • ANNE7X7
    One word: Eh-Men! (hehe... I love me some timbits too... so small but so deadly emoticon )
    2561 days ago
  • SMILE4ME05
    I have to say I was completely amazed to see how few calories there are in strawberries. I'm not familiar with Tim Bits but I am very familiar with sitting down to mindlessly eat my way through a box of anything yummy and full of calories.
    2561 days ago
  • AMOHAME2
    I love this! It really is all about whether or not the food is worth the calories. If you really really want that piece of chocolate cake, as long as it's worth the calories and you're aware of what you're eating, go for it! Timbits have been a pitfall of mine in the past as well. As you said, they're tiny so they can't be that bad! Perfect to snack on for a long drive right? Wrong!
    2561 days ago
  • SAMSPARK1
    The title of your blog made me giggle - my hubby works for Tim Hortons!!!!!!!!! LOL Serously though, yes, your tracker can be so valuable and a great source of feedback about what you are eating. Even when we know what we are eating is bad, tracking is such a visual way to reinforce and hopefully change what what we are doing.
    2561 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    I know exactly what you mean. I choose foods that are nutritionally better for me 98% of the time. Yesterday's licorice was an exception but that is what happens when you take your niece to Sugar Mountain for treats. (The girl is allergic to so many basic things - dairy, eggs, nuts - candy is the only treat she gets, and with this auntie it is totally in moderation! And she is really good at listening to this auntie too.)

    I used to think rice was "diet food." emoticon
    Turns out white rice has nothing much in it nutritionally. It's just calories. Brown rice however is my friend, but still very high in calories. Potatoes on the other hand used to be "bad" in my mind. Potatoes have become a very good friend! They give me the much needed potassium to keep my restless leg syndrome at bay, they have tons of other really great nutrients and vitamins.

    Have you tried Canadian back bacon? The sliced fatty stuff is no good for sure, but back bacon is super lean and once or twice a week with an egg, some whole wheat toast and fruit, it's become a favorite lunch of mine.
    2561 days ago
  • CREATINGAMANDA
    Great blog! Unfortunately I too love TimBits and still indulge in them occasionally ... but I try to only have one or too. Can't give it up completely, eh!
    2561 days ago
  • BEFITSPIRITED
    Great Blog! We all have good days and not so good days... but so long as we maintain our SP journey... we will gain health day by day!
    2561 days ago
  • MRDPOLING
    I love that title... sounds like a caveman saying it. You made me chuckle!
    2561 days ago
  • KAKIPOPUP
    LOML claims that the calorie count is directly related to the way food tastes - the better the taste, the more calories. Now if only I could get him to like vegetables (he only eats "high calorie" foods). He's a little twisted.

    But who knew about the TimBits (or Munchkins?)???
    2561 days ago
  • CRIS76
    I really enjoyed this blog - it covers many thoughts I've had in the past. I often equate it this way: an ocean of fast food and dessert is not affected by 1 salad. Conversely, an ocean of healthy choices is not adversely affected by 1 unhealthy food choice. We are here to enjoy life - and sometimes, endulging (not binging!) is a good thing.

    As a side note: I have no idea what a TimBit is nor have I ever eaten nutella - probably a good thing LOL
    2561 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2010 8:20:04 AM
  • SUSIEPH1
    Loved your blog ! you are thinking like a Sparkie already...
    Way to go!!
    Cheers Susie and Bobby
    2561 days ago
  • BAMBAM87
    love that blog hey. i FEEL THE SAME WAY THOUGH im subcontiously learning the good from the bad i thought one small slice of cheesecake pfft cant be too bad
    2561 days ago
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