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Things I never knew about my food

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Now that I am 3 days into "watching" what I eat, I have found out a few things that have surprised me.
1) I never realized how much fat there was in cheese.
2) I thought that eating my lunch meat on a wrap would be healthier than eating it on bread. I never noticed that the roasted pepper wraps that I like contained 210 calories per wrap, and the sodium is off the chart! 36 percent of my daily value in one wrap... I guess I need to find some healthier wraps!
3) Tracking what I eat has really helped me (so far) to try and eat healthier food. Just having all of what you've eaten recorded in front of you can really make a difference.
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  • SUE5007
    Trying wraping your lunch in lettuce. It's a great addition to flavor and texture and is barely any calories! emoticon Keep it up and you'll notice more and more things. Like portion sizes and how you're actually eating. Small changes along the way will make a difference.
    1902 days ago
    It is so important that you are tracking and reading those nutritional labels. Most servings of bread are only 150 calories. I have found a great brand called Village Hearth that is only 80 calories for 2 slices! Wraps and tortillas are typically a bad idea but you would never know that until you start tracking.

    I am glad you have found this insight. Stick with it and you will definitely see the results.
    1902 days ago
    1) Reduced fat cheese is REALLY good. I love cheese. I'm pretty much a cheese addict LOL We even have a cheese shop with awesome gourmet cheeses just 3 doors down from us. Talk about temptation. I'm not sure what kind of cheese you like but I like ones with lots of flavour and sharpness to them. Try a extra sharp, sharp cheddar that's reduced fat. A smaller amount of reduced fat cheese is more satisfying and better for you than a larger amount of fat free cheese. I find it melts better too. There are even blends of reduced fat cheeses with fun spices and such in them!

    2) Yeah I found that too. Too much bread makes me feel ill so I prefer the wraps as well. Try the old el paso smart fiesta wraps. 100 less calories than the ones you were eating, only 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of fibre and 2 grams of protein.

    3) I had been off Spark for awhile until recently. My hubby told me a week ago when I was bemoaning my re gain that I had done then best when tracking on Spark. The weight was coming off and I actually LOVED to look at myself in the mirror when I tried on clothes. LOL

    I think the thing I realized the most was portions. Some portions DO seem smaller but sooo many seem LARGER. Many times I was like "Holy crap I can eat THAT much??!!"

    Also too it is difficult sometimes to get the reccomended amount of fibre and that has been REALLY important for me. I think it's one of the most important things honestly. It helps you feel full, helps cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and helps to "keep things moving" emoticon

    Somedays I have felt like I have eaten a TON because it is healthy nutrient rich food. I think OMG I ate so much I must have killed my calories. But nope sometimes I am even UNDER so I have to make myself eat more!

    Congrats on the start of your journey. If you need some support feel free to add me or send me a message :D Good luck!!
    1902 days ago
    congratulations! They say that people who track their food lose twice as much weight. I know when I started I was like "omg! No way!" lol You eventually get the hang of it and remember what foods are better for you and why. :D It took me about 3 months lol

    1902 days ago
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