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PATTIKY71 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/27/12 1:21 P

Tried it, found some ideas from different recipes. I think I'll mash it all together and see what happens.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
9/27/12 11:51 A

I think a McDonald's breakfast burrito is pure heaven. It's my favorite breakfast, tied with a diner breakfast of eggs, sausage and hashbrowns. McDonald's coffee is my favorite coffee, too!

The only thing I can suggest - and it is a pain - is to try to make a lower-fat, less-caloric McD's burrito at home, freeze it (tightly wrapped in freezer type wrapper) and heat it up in the microwave. Try to google a recipe that matches McD's burrito. The alternative will be quick, hot, and tasty - all the things that I love so much about McD's products.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
9/27/12 10:44 A

Just like I can't have ice cream in the house or I will over-indulge, I don't eat out at fast food. I only eat out on rare occasions with friends, about 2-3 times per year.

I simply avoid that to which I cannot (yet) say "no".

Having healthy food options at home help people eat healthy. Making food at home is healthier than eating out, and significantly cheaper.

PATTIKY71 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/27/12 9:11 A

Thanks for the healthier suggestions! I will definitely try them!

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9/27/12 9:10 A

Haven't thought of it that way. That makes good sense!

PATTIKY71 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/27/12 9:10 A

Thanks! I'm not giving up!

NIRERIN Posts: 14,333
9/27/12 7:55 A

start small. instead of planning on skipping mcdonald's, head to their website and find an option [actually a list of options is fine] that is better than the burrito you usually get. it doesn't have to be a pristine, perfect option, it simply has to have better nutrition information than the burrito. also consider looking at subway or another breakfast place that's nearby. then, swap the burrito for something better on the list. if you like it, make a mark. if you don't, cross it off. once you've gotten used to a new option, do it again. find something better than what you were having and start eating that instead.

if you're grabbing and snacking too much at home, i'd say it's time to rearrange your kitchen. put canned goods where your grab and go stuff usually is and so forth. basically, swap everything around so that instead of grabbing something that you can just open and wolf down you have an ingredient that you have to do something with before you eat it.

also, look for easy recipes or under 30 minute recipes. heck, if you don't know your way around a kitchen, check out the starving students cookbook, which assumes you know nothing about a kitchen and don't have a fully working one in the first place. they are great started cookbooks and from there, try checking out what your local library has until you get an idea of what you like and what will fit into your schedule.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
9/27/12 5:56 A

That Burrito has a whopping amount of sodium over 800MG, lots of saturated fat too!

Saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels and contribute to the buildup of plaque along the blood vessels walls. The most of your fat consumption should come from unsaturated fats to keep yu heart healthy.

Boil up some hard boiled eggs and grab two for breakfast...Make your own burrito get some Veggie refried beans and a low calorie tortilla, stuff with some shredded chicken, some salsa and microwave or whatever you easy

Try 1/2 avocado with some crabmeat for breakfast too.

2 Soft Boiled eggs with crumbled bacon inside

4 Ounces Cottage Cheese with 4 walnuts or matchstick carrots & Flaxseeds

Kashi 7 whole grain Puffs (organic Section $2.89 a box, no sugar, no sodium) with blueberries (70 calories a serving)

Van's 97% Fat Free WAFFLES 2 @ 120 CALORIES FOR BOTH AND JIMMY DEANS TURKEY SAUSAGE (3 LINKS) each link 33 calories

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,230)
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9/27/12 2:42 A

I have to agree with the previous posters... You can't keep eating out because even though it is delicious you have no idea what kind of nutrition and calories you are getting most of the time. Often you get too much of a macronutrient, be it the fat or the carbs, and the calories you get are way too much. You should do just the opposite - most of the time you should know exactly what nutrition and calories you are consuming, i.e. eat at home the food you cook all the time and sometimes you may indulge in your cravings and overeat or miss a little on your nutrition, i.e. eat out only sometimes, not all the time. People often complain about lack of time but consider the following: We always have time for what we care about, regardless of how childish or meaningless it may be.So, if it is important for you, you will have the time for that.

Also, it helps a lot if you replace all junk and unhealthy food in your house with healthy whole foods. This cannot stop you from overeating, because you can get too many calories even with healthy whole foods, but your nutrition will be way better this way. Next, you should start working on your portion control so that you reduce your caloric intake to acceptable levels.

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/27/12 1:27 A

In the end, eating out every day and losing weight (including keeping the weight off long term) are simply incompatible. If you aren't prepared to prepare the vast majority of your meals, then you are going to be in a constant, very frustrating battle.

Eating healthy and losing weight need not be so frustrating. Cooking is not difficult at all...there are so many tasty, completely idiot-proof healthy recipes...and your taste buds will adapt (just be patient) to less sugar, salt, refined carbs and bad fats.

You have a weight loss comes down to: how BAD do you want it? I know for myself that if I'm willing to shoot myself in the foot every day, that's a sign I don't want something bad enough yet to find a new normal.

Priorities get make healthy eating a priority, put yourself FIRST, and make your own breakfast.

Edited by: STEPHEN_NANNY at: 9/27/2012 (01:28)
SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
9/26/12 10:35 P

Eating out less helps because then you Can track the food you're eating because you're getting it from home. One thing that helps me a lot is that I don't buy food I don't like, healthy or not. Quinoa, for example, is supposed to be great for you & I know lots of people that like it, but I don't care for it, so I don't buy it, I don't eat it. Stop buying/eating foods you don't like and try to buy treats in smaller portions that when you need a chocolate fix, you don't buy an entire lb bag of M&Ms, for example.

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
9/26/12 9:47 P

If you haven't read emoticon I can't recommend it strongly enough. After decades of yo-yo dieting, even after 1st two years in SP, I caved, bought the book & SWORE I would follow it to the letter, which I did. I read it through first without doing anything; then I followed the suggestions & made slow, gradual changes. My biggest accomplish--besides losing the weight--is going over two years with a fitness streak (until my recent surgery anyway). emoticon and don't be so hard on yourself! We developed these bad habits over many years; don't expect them to reverse themselves overnight.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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9/26/12 9:22 P

I think it is important to stock up on healthy foods that you do like.

You can make your own breakfast burritto at home for a lot less calories and it will be a lot more tasty!

PATTIKY71 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/26/12 6:09 P

I'm so used to going to McDonald's for breakfast and grabbing a burrito. Then I automatically grab something at home that I know I don't even like - just because it's there. Before I know it, I've gone through most of my calories and don't have anything good to show for it. I mean to eat better, I really do. I try to track all that I eat, which is challenging because I don't often know the exact nutritional info for the food products - unless I'm at home. Help!

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