Day 3: Diet and nutrition

6 01 2010

I’m not a nutrition expert, nor do I play one on TV. (If I was, then I wouldn’t need to lose weight, would I?) I’ve stumbled across a few interesting diet and nutrition articles today that I wanted to share. (My apologies if you’ve already seen them.) 

Calorie counts are often wrong on food labels (from Time magazine). In summary, “according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, prepared foods may contain an average of 8% more calories than their package labels own up to and restaurant meals may contain a whopping 18% more.” I shouldn’t have been surprised, but if I’m trying to watch my health by checking food labels, then I expect accurate information. It really doesn’t seem like too much to ask. I mean, it’s not like I assume that I’ll lose weight by eating a Taco Bell diet. Seems a bit misleading to market it as a “diet.” I think it’s good Taco Bell has some healthier options on their menu, but reducing overall calories will help lead to weight loss. Eating Taco Bell does not specifically lead to weight loss. I find it ironic they refer to it as the “Taco Bell Drive-Thru Diet” instead of the “Taco Bell Get Off Your Butt and Get Some Exercise” diet.

What tips/tricks do you use to help stick to your diet? Don’t worry how silly they may sound – chances are, some of mine will sound even sillier (is that a word?) Anyway, back to my point. Here are some of the things that help me once I’m “officially” trying to eat healthier:

— when I’m tempted with junk food (my biggest weakness), I tell myself, “food does not have power over me.” This usually rattles around in my head for a few minutes while I distract myself with something other than edible things.
— write down everything I eat in a food journal (even if I don’t know how many calories). It’s interesting to look back over previous entries to see just how much crap I eat everyday and what my weaknesses are.
— I don’t keep junk food in the house. If it’s there, I’ll eat it. Lots of it.
— Drink more water.
— Increase my fruits and veggies. Ok, actually I hate most veggies. Mostly green ones, although I do like a good spinach salad. I’ve not eaten red meat in several years and haven’t missed it. I just need to be a big girl and eat my veggies.

On that note, here’s today’s food journal:

Breakfast:

— fat free organic yogurt = 140 cal.
— 1 cup granola = 280 cal.

Lunch: today at work we had a retirement party potluck, so I’ve got no idea how to figure calories on that, but here’s what I had:

— BBQ pork sandwich
— a few chips
— small spoonful of onion dip (one of my favorites)
— one deviled egg
— small spoonful of 7-layer dip
— small spoonful of baked beans
— diet coke

It sounds like a lot now that I see it in writing, but for once during a potluck I made a concerted effort to do small portions of each thing I put on my plate. And I passed up the cake, brownies and cookies entirely, so I think I still managed to do pretty well overall.

Dinner (again, at a local restaurant – BAD ALICE!):

— Salad with a small amount of ranch dressing
— One soft pretzel with beer cheese (these are too good to pass up)

What do you do to eat healthier?

Thanks for visiting. I’ll be back again tomorrow.

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