Too many oranges!!!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I was watching Discovery Health on the morbidly obese and one of the counselor's commented that one of the patients complained that he was not losing weight like he thought he should. The counselor pointed out how many oranges this patient ate (I think it was more than 10). So even if it is a lo-calorie food you still have to have some control. I am guilty of that. I say to myself this is lo-calorie and I can eat all I want. NOT!!! One evening I ate 3 oranges with that same mentality.

I brought home some beautiful asparagus and I know it is lo- calorie but I am going to watch my portions. I did the same thing with salsa. Well I am not going to eat all the salsa I want. I am going to watch the portion that I eat. Is anybody else guilty of the 'stinkin thinkin'???
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    The only reason I wouldn't eat so much asparagus is because of building an allergy response; otherwise, I'd say EAT IT and lots of it (it's green). Oranges, on the other hand have way more sugars. And oranges are better than orange JUICE which has no pulp or fiber.

    1000grams of oranges - 470 cals, 118 carbs, 1 fat!, 9 protein
    1000grams of asparag - 230 cals, 45 carbs, 2 fat, 23 protein
    both have great nutrition, but asparagus has TONS of potassium (good for the heart) :)

    Eat your greens if and when you can.
    4007 days ago
    I had to train myself to eat lots of veggies,but now I can eat lots with only pepper or some other seasoning to make them more interesting - I favor spinach,bocccoli and cauliflower(which I hated as a child) emoticon
    4010 days ago
  • IWILLBE145
    I'm reading these posts and wondering if any of you use the Sparkpeople Nutrition Tracker? It is such a great help in learning what you can eat in moderation and what has way too much sugar (like oranges) or fats, (like avacado or banannas) and must be eaten in moderation. Doesn't matter if it is a fruit, vegetable or grain, you need to learn what is going into your body and what size portions you can eat and loose the weight. I have found it to be so much help, and a real education in what I need to know.

    4013 days ago
    Yes, I do this too. I have to monitor the calorie count of healthy things and my portion sizes. Thanks for posting.
    4021 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2948406
    you so i really love this blog and loved what you did to your page. hmmmm - why do I feel like i want to go to a farmers market right now!!! yes, my girlfriend who eats very healthy basically gained wieght eating very healthy food. yes, it can happen. it seemed hard to conceptualize but veggies can be high in cards and some fruits can be high in sugars. it guess is all about the balance!
    4023 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6934543
    portions are so important to how you handle any type of food. When I started Atkins I was so skeptical because my dad swore by it but I never saw him loose any weight. Then one day I saw why. My husband was making omletes and my dad ate 3 3egg ham and cheese omletes loaded with veggies. He said that since it was an all you can eat diet he was doing just that and Atkins said it was okay. I read the book 3x before I started the diet and over and over again he said yes you can eat all you want but remember this is to loose weight so watch yourself. Same kind of thinking about low cal foods. I know that my mind plays tricks on me too and I think that way.

    Good for you figuring it out for yourself.

    4024 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    When you switch over to an all whole foods program, like I have, you go by different rules. You do portion control religiously and you dont' focus on the flippin caloric contact, though you do keep track and keep it within range for what your body and your activity level needs.

    I subscribed to the lo-cal eat it myth and suffered the consequences.
    4025 days ago
    Portion sizes are important especially if you plan to lose weight.
    Veggies are great however. I usually eat at least 2 to 3 cups of veggies with my lunch and dinner meals.
    4025 days ago
  • -PAULA
    Yes, I am. I am really working on my portion control, even with healthy foods. Time I get to love fruit salad, I find I'm overdoing it big time.
    4025 days ago
  • KATE_70
    sure.. I bought a 10 pound bag of oranges at the Cal Poly farm store.. for two bucks. I figure.. fruit is good. And I need to eat a couple at a time so they won't go bad. So, there are two irrational thoughts there. Just because it's inexpensive doesn't mean I can or need to eat them all and just because they are low in calories the same is true. Although, oranges are really not a high or low calorie food, the bottom line is always portion control and moderation. About asparagus, yum. but I tend to want to sauté them in butter and garlic. Choices choices choices
    4025 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3248497
    Yes I have and every so often I have to remind myself to not eat the whole watermelon during the summer months.

    Take Care
    4025 days ago
  • LADYBUG2012
    Yes - I have that issue with melon and popcorn. I also have had to try and stay away from the fat free or low fat baked things!
    4026 days ago
  • ROX2013
    I have to be careful of different fruits because of my sweet tooth (actually it is teeth all of them) Bananas are my favorite and it is sooooo easy to say it is better for me than chocolate or sweets. I can eat 3 bananas in a evening. My other guilty pleasure is warmed up plain bagels, I found some that are half the calories etc as the regular size ones. But then I have more of them than I should. It is all about portion control but also about keeping in mind that it is everything in moderation, even stuff that is suppose to low calorie. Have a Great Easter weekend!! emoticon
    4026 days ago
  • 2008LYNN
    Yeah, I'm in the club. If I call it "salad" that makes it healthy, no matter what's in it.
    4026 days ago
    It is all about portion control, calories in and calories out. Thats it. Glad you are getting to know what a portion is.
    4026 days ago
    i have been known to bing on diet foods
    4026 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1508102
    Good blog. Thanks for sharing.
    4026 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5047507
    Very common, justification, like cherry pie is a fruit and a bread!! emoticon
    4026 days ago
    Yes, portion control is very important.

    4026 days ago
    Everything in moderation. emoticon
    4026 days ago
    When I'm eating like that, I start asking myself 'What am I really feeding here?". It's not my body, it's usually something emotional: boredom, loneliness, disappointment, assuaging anger... it goes on. I try to follow the feeling back, it usually has something to tell me if I don't numb it with food or distractions.
    4026 days ago
    And here I thought you had an over abundance of oranges, and I was going to tell you what I did with mine, I have so many this year, that I found a recipe on line to make candied oranges, peel and all, and it is kind of a pain, but well worth the effort, but, nope I can only manage to eat one at a time, but I do try to eat one every day. emoticon
    4026 days ago
  • no profile photo DMORRISON2
    I havent ran into that as of yet, i feel satisfied and full time I finish my meal
    4026 days ago
    Oh my yes! I have eaten many of a night way too many calories because it was "healthy" food. I now try to keep in mind that moderation is the key. Even water can be bad for you if you drink too much (gallons and gallons but still).

    Thanks for calling attention to this!
    4026 days ago
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    4026 days ago
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