Thursday, April 26, 2007
D’oh -- Nuts! Start from the top and take a look at the most important meal of the day – breakfast. If you’ve been starting your day the doughnut way, you’re basically handicapping your nutrition for the rest of the day.
A Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut weighs in at 200 calories with half of those calories coming from fat while being rich in the most dangerous trans and saturated fats. Additionally, donuts carry nearly no nutritional value and are almost exclusively white flower and sugar.
A breakfast at your local doughnut shop will not only add unwanted calories, but it will throw off your blood sugar and won't stay with you so you'll be hungry again soon.
“You are better off eating no breakfast at all,” according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of the Total Health Program.
If you’re supplementing your sugary breakfast bun with your favorite specialty coffee, like a 20-ounce Starbucks Venti Caffè Mocha with whipped cream, then you’re getting an additional 490 calories and 16 grams of bad fat. Rethink your breakfast, because these fatty franchises are serving more calories by 9 a.m. than most places serve all day.
My notes: I freakin LOVE donuts! It stinks...I won't eat one every again after reading this information. But I could live at Dunkin Donuts. LoL.
No soup for you! That college staple, the food that sustained your existence for the 4 to 7 years you spent getting your degree in communications, ramen noodles, should be banished from your diet now that you can afford to buy real food.
It’s just noodles and broth, right? You should’ve paid more attention in health class. If you eat a full pack of ramen (and who doesn’t?), you’re looking at 14 grams of fat (7 of which are saturated), two-thirds of your daily recommended sodium intake and very little nutritional value. Ramen is cheap, but your body pays the price in the long run.
My notes: Soup has never been one of my favorite things. I definitley can't wait for winter this year, because I have SO many low cal and low fat soup recipes. Can't wait to try those out! No ooodles of nooodles for me. Bluh!
McFatty McFood – Chicken nuggets are a good choice if you have to eat fast food, right? Anything breaded and deep-fried is going to be loaded with fat, so nuggets are the solid gold choice you might think.
Here are the facts on the 6-piece nuggets at Micky-D’s: 250 calories (more than half from fat), 15 grams of fat (including dangerous trans and saturated) and one-third of your daily sodium. But let’s be honest, you’re going to eat more than a sixer of chicken mc-mystery meat for lunch, so how’s it going to add up?
My notes: I rarely ever eat fast food anymore. This is crazy considering I used to eat it 3 times a day on most days! Crazy how life changes huh? Imagine how much money I'm saving! $$$$$
Fry Guy – Unfortunately, the most popular “vegetable” side in the US is the French fry -- and it’s hardly a vegetable at all after its trip to the fry-alator. When your fries come out of their dip in the grease Jacuzzi, they’re weighing in at 380 calories (for a medium) and 20 grams of fat with an unhealthy dose of trans and saturated fats.
Dr. Mercola is fond of telling his patients that, “one French fry is worse for your health than one cigarette.” The only things you’re super-sizing are your waistline and risk of heart disease.
My notes: My least favorite way to have a potato, so no worries here either. Now mashed potatoes are a whole nother story. :P
Hot Diggity Disaster – Standard hot dogs are high in fat (13 or more grams per serving), loaded with sodium, and don't provide much protein or nutrients for the calories. Plus, the starchy, white flour bun and condiments.
Adding a cheese and chili coronary clog is optional. And have you ever seen how a hot dog is made? Well, it would switch you to peanuts at the ballpark before you could yell, “Hey batter!”
These foods will crash your diet, but healthy living is all about the small things, so as an added bonus, let’s look at my favorite condiment and the drinks that destroy all the hard work in the gym.
My notes: Very rarely would I eat hot dogs...Once in awhile if we were on the go I'd stop and get a nasty 7-11 hot dog loaded with either ketchup and onions, or cheese and chili. But something I could definitley live without.
Moral: I don't eat much of the terrible horrible foods! Woohoo!
Mayo-noways --Mayonnaise is good on your turkey sandwich, but just one tablespoon of mayo has 12 grams of fat and 110 calories, so your healthy sandwich just flew out the window. Try mustard.
Drinking Yourself to Death
The soda with your value meal may not seem that dangerous, but consider this: Soda can contribute to obesity and tooth decay with one can containing about 150 calories and about 10 teaspoons of sugar.
According to one study, drinking one can per day without changing anything else in your diet, and you could gain 15 pounds by year's end. The average fast food soda is much larger than a can of soda. Switch to water. Your waist, heart and teeth will thank you.