Weight Loss Support - Curious: Foods you'll budget for...

05-25-2011, 04:05 PM
Just curious: Is there one food (or several or many or all) that you won't substitute?

I know that a lot of people (though certainly not everyone) change the types of foods they eat in order to help lose weight. Be it a "light" version of a snack, or fat free dairy or lower carb bread, you get the idea.

Is there a food that you'll budget for that you can -never- do "light" of?

Mine is maple syrup. 100% pure New England maple syrup.

IMHO a small serving of real maple syrup is worth more than a gallon of that fake light "maple syrup stuff" in the stores. :p

So what about you guys?

05-25-2011, 04:22 PM
Hm. Probably bread(the good thing being that I prefer the whole grain sort to the processed, white one, so as long as I eat in moderation, I should be alright).
And anyway, you don't take away bread from a Frenchie if you want to live. ;)

05-25-2011, 04:54 PM
Peanut Butter.
Love it. Wont change it.
Granted the one I love is the Light Smooth by Kraft . . . . so I don't know if that counts or not ha ha

05-25-2011, 05:01 PM
The only one would be ground beef... I have never been on a plan that didn't include ground beef.

SBD Sass
05-25-2011, 05:07 PM
I budget for organic veggies/fruits and cage free/wild meat poultry although the quantities are a lot smaller than those that are not. It's tough, but I try to make it happen at least 85% of the time.

05-25-2011, 05:17 PM
chocolate! If I eat it, it's got to be a high quality one. I rarely indulge in it, but it's always on my mind! ;)

05-25-2011, 05:37 PM
I don't believe in 'light' foods for the most part. The just fill it with other things not good for you. The exception is light caesar dressing on salad.

But one thing I will not cut out of the diet, even though natural is way better for me is Jif Creamy peanut butter. I've tried the naturals and I HATE THEM. The natural with honey is OK, but my peanut butter needs a bit of sweetness to it.

05-25-2011, 05:50 PM
Dark chocolate will always need to fit into my plan.

05-25-2011, 05:52 PM
Creamer for coffee. I cut back to one cup a day for most days, but I just can't drink black coffee or coffee with milk.

05-25-2011, 06:12 PM
Dark chocolate, the darker the better. Also, Avocados. I am never giving them up. They're high cal, but also something I'll accomodate for.

05-25-2011, 06:15 PM
Gosh, I have so many... real sour cream, real cheese (I do low fat occasionally, but never fat free), real butter, real eggs, real peanut butter, real chocolate... I have these things sparingly, but I won't compromise on them. One percent milk is as low as I can go. I wouldn't compromise on maple syrup, either. ;)

05-25-2011, 06:25 PM
I don't like to eat light , fat free or reduced anything! So I just eat less of what I do like or have it less often. Avacados, whole milk, real eggs, jif creamy peanut butter, dark chocolate, cheese and real sour cream please! oh and of course half and half in my coffee! ;)

05-25-2011, 06:28 PM
Steak and garlic toast! Have to give up the garlic toast for now but can still enjoy a nice grilled medium steak...yummy.

05-25-2011, 06:38 PM

Arctic Mama
05-25-2011, 06:46 PM
Well marbled beef, fatty lamb or duck
Sweet potato fries
Peanut butter

If I am actually going to eat these foods, it is worth the extra calories to eat normal versions. I prefer whole foods and full fat anyway, for health AND taste, and these are all worth it :)

05-25-2011, 06:54 PM
I'm on an exchange plan, and with an exchange plan, everything is budgeted. That works best for me. With the exception of a few reduced fat and artificially sweetened products, I try to stay away from most fake foods. Most don't taste like food, and if what I eat doesn't taste like food, it doesn't seem to register as food, and I'm still hungry after eating it. Those are truly wasted calories.

05-25-2011, 06:57 PM
I dislike anything fake. I always eat regular full-fat versions of everything, just much less of everything.

Hello Nurse
05-25-2011, 07:16 PM
I will do light, but not fat free (for salad dressings, cheese and other dairy, etc). I will always make room for real mayo (Hellman's Olive Oil), avocados and pistacios.

For the rare treats, movie theater popcorn and a bit of chocolate now and then.

05-25-2011, 07:30 PM
Everything I eat is unsubstituted. Although, I actually prefer the lower fat versions of cream cheese, sour cream, etc. The full fat and low fat taste exactly the same to me.

05-25-2011, 10:10 PM
I eat very few reduced calorie/fat foods. I do like Parkay spray butter on my veggies, PAM, Splenda in my coffee, and will do light versions of salad dressings, but not fat free. I think that is about it. Oh and Laughing Cow light cheese too, but all other cheese is the regular, delicious full-fat version. I've discovered I'd rather have one spoon of Haagen Daz premium icecream that a Skinny Cow icecream sandwich.

05-26-2011, 05:26 AM
Dark chocolate and the desserts I rarely eat have to be real full on versions lol. I have replaced using sugar with xylitol it's not artificial and oil with spray oil.

05-26-2011, 05:52 AM
Spaghetti bolonese, sometimes I make it with turkey mince but usually I use beef or pork (sometimes both). I stew mine for 3 + hours. I have stopped using wine in it to cut some of the calories but usually when I make it, I'll cut down on the spaghetti or just have a smaller lunch.

Thai Curry is another thing I'm absolutely obsessed with, although I usually always use reduced coconut milk because I prefer the taste, sometimes I'll eat it with rice noodles (lower in cal) instead of rice, but honestly nothing in the world can beat curry and rice, they're a match made in heaven.

I'm skeptical about low calorie/reduced fat anyway. I am constantly monitoring food labels to look at sugar levels and comparing full fat with low fat. I resent anything that has hidden sugar in it because if I can't taste it then it's a complete waste.

05-26-2011, 07:18 AM
I've been eating "light" versions of lots of products,but have changed my mind about one. Hidden Valley ranch regular dressing.I had forgotten how fabulous it tastes! So rich and creamy. I will gladly use a couple extra WW points for it!