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dragonwoman64
10-25-2005, 01:09 PM
Holy cannolis,

For the past couple of Fridays I've been getting a "treat" of a blueberry muffin (with the thought in mind that it had to be much fewer calories and better for me than a doughnut!) as part of my day off (not binge day).

Well, I happend to come across this link that lists calories for all fast food. Look under the link for "fast food guide" here:
http://www.bddiabetes.com/us/download/download.asp

the muffin is over twice as many calories as a freakin' doughnut!
blueberry muffin: 490
bavarian kreme doughtnut: 210

just goes to show, it's good to check if you don't know!!


lessofsarahtolove
10-25-2005, 01:21 PM
It's so easy to misstep when you don't have enough information. I'm not alone in recommending that everybody should at some point at least try out journalling/logging their foods in order to see what they're really consuming. Not only is it illuminating from the standpoint of understanding the calories and other nutritional components (like fat, sugar, sodium, et al....) but it's been regularly documented that journalling is a key step in losing weight when you have a lot to lose. (Most of us didn't get into this pickle by eating appropriately!)

I use Diet Power (http://dietpower.com) and swear by it (like some other folks) but I know that a LOT of people really appreciate the reliable -- and free -- FitDay (http://fitday.com). I think Diet Power offers a lot more, but if you're just starting out and are not committed to logging your eats and exercise over the long term, FitDay might be the best way to start.

Even just logging your eats for a week can be an eye-opener for a lot of people. :eek:

lessofsarahtolove
10-25-2005, 01:23 PM
Hey and thanks a whole **** of a lot, Marge, for making me crave a donut! :lol:

;)


funniegrrl
10-25-2005, 01:34 PM
Ain't it the truth! As long as I've been at this, I still get tripped up sometimes when I haven't looked into the calories beforehand, and my assumptions turn out to be all wrong! Of course you don't always have the chance to look up content, but the more you know in general, the better choices you can make.

DishyFishy
10-25-2005, 01:43 PM
I'm with Sarah on the subject of logging foods. Is she ever wrong? :lol:

I try not to put anything in my mouth when I don't know the nutritional information. That's not always possible, of course, and on the occasions I have to, I find my estimation of the number of kcals starts out quite generous and then reduces throughout the day until it's a massive underestimation! :rofl:

boiaby
10-25-2005, 01:50 PM
I try not to put anything in my mouth when I don't know the nutritional information.

I agree, you really never know with some stuff. I'm sorry you got such a shock, but at least now you know the truth, and will most likely be more aware in the future. Still sucks to have to learn the hard way though, ugh?

Beverly

dragonwoman64
10-25-2005, 01:55 PM
Hey and thanks a whole **** of a lot, Marge, for making me crave a donut! :lol: ;)

:lol: sorry! I know, even just hearing or seeing the word can do me in!

I do fitday off and on, and get cocky that I "know it all." Heh heh. then I get bored and change my diet then RUDE AWAKENING (sometimes!). I think I can't afford to lose my dieting humility!

lessofsarahtolove
10-25-2005, 01:59 PM
dieting humility!
Isn't that redundant? :dizzy:

And Fishy, you're too nice to me! :goodvibes

dragonwoman64
10-25-2005, 02:04 PM
I find my estimation of the number of kcals starts out quite generous and then reduces throughout the day until it's a massive underestimation! :rofl:

:lol: reminds me of a high school essay assignment I had once: Ignorance is bliss, discuss. ;)

Sheila53
10-25-2005, 02:13 PM
Ouch!

So, inquiring minds want to know--are you going to go for the doughnut or pick a new treat?

christineu
10-25-2005, 02:25 PM
I hate when that happens...the worst thing is that they can make healthy & good tasting muffins & such, but it cost more so they use the cheaper ingrediants that are calorie dense. I need to get back to baking up some low cal goodies to have on hand for myself- I came up with some really good recipes for muffins & breakfast cookies a few years ago when I was doing WW. I had lost my copies of the recipes, so it was a good thing that I had posted them her at 3FC....the breakfast cookies are actually more like a muffin top- but very high in fiber & protien...just checked & its 210 calories, 1 gram fat, 13 gram fiber, & 7 gram protein. When it comes to donuts, I can't help but remember how much grease I had to add to the fryer when I worked in bakeries while going to college. It was something like 25 pounds for every 2 upright bakery racks of donuts...and since oil can't evaporate and not much ends up on the floor or draining off the donuts, we all know were it ends up unfortunetely. I still enjoy an occasional donut from time to time, but I definantly wouldn't want to eat them on a regular basis.

Does anyone else use a PDA for journally their food? I'm doing WW on my own and have loaded a journally & points program on mine. It makes it so much easier so I don't have to look up everything & recalculate all the time- plus I can have the entire USDA nutritional data base at my finger tips anywhere. I try to journal before I eat, so I know were I am at 'budget wise' for the day. Another thing I did was to get out my digital food scale since I am restarting WW- at first I really need to make sure I am using the correct serving size. As time goes by, I can start to trust myself, though I will still occasionally check if I'm correct in judging serving sizes...its just to easy for serving sizes to get out of hand if we aren't careful.

rabidstoat
10-25-2005, 02:34 PM
Does anyone ever avoid certain food choices specifically because they're not sure how many calories are in them, and go for something that's prepackaged with a calorie count? I know last month on a business trip I skipped the random cookies (they were big, like the type you get at Subway or something) and went for a bag of M&Ms for a chocolate fix. They probably had about the same calories but... you never know, and I wanted the certainty of M&Ms as opposed to the randomness of cookies. Sometimes I'm convinced restaurants just inject calories randomly into the food they cook.

SwimGirl
10-25-2005, 10:18 PM
Awww Marge.. Muffin's are EVIL! Even low fat ones are NOT low fat... When I had to pick something for breakfast at work, muffin's were the worst choice in terms of points. In conclusion? MUFFINS = :devil: :lol:

I definitely try to watch what I eat when I'm away from home.. infact when I go to work I always ALWAYS pack an apple.. I can't remember the logic, but an apple is VERY filling! If I still have room for it after my salad and apple, I'll allow it.. but mostly I spend my lunch break chewing.. heh.

-Aimee

ScarlettDrawl
10-25-2005, 10:39 PM
....the breakfast cookies are actually more like a muffin top- but very high in fiber & protien...just checked & its 210 calories, 1 gram fat, 13 gram fiber, & 7 gram protein.
Ohh, where can I find the recipe for these? :hun:

Does anyone else use a PDA for journally their food? I'm doing WW on my own and have loaded a journally & points program on mine.
I journal mine on my Sidekick II (PDAish but also a phone, web browser etc). I have a program on it where I can enter my foods (I'm not on WW). I find it helps immensely. It makes it easy to log the things I eat when I'm not home and then I can add to Fitday when I get home.

lessofsarahtolove
10-25-2005, 10:44 PM
Shannon, that little puppy of yours is so CUTE!! He (she?) reminds me of my Louie when he's going after ..... um..... like, anything that he thinks he could fit into his mouth, swallow, and digest! (Ok, so he might not be thinking of the digesting part.) :dizzy:

What a cutie your little guy is!

dragonwoman64
10-26-2005, 10:37 AM
Ouch!
So, inquiring minds want to know--are you going to go for the doughnut or pick a new treat?

I think I'll skip it altogether for a while. I think stress was making me head for the doughnut shop (conveniently located a few doors down from my gym, btw). And I thought I was being good by getting the muffin instead of a doughnut! If I absolutely have to have something with my cereal on Friday for a treat, maybe I'll go for the piece of low calorie bread toasted, with a little honey or jam.

ScarlettDrawl
10-26-2005, 01:58 PM
Shannon, that little puppy of yours is so CUTE!! He (she?) reminds me of my Louie when he's going after ..... um..... like, anything that he thinks he could fit into his mouth, swallow, and digest! (Ok, so he might not be thinking of the digesting part.) :dizzy:

What a cutie your little guy is!
Thank Sarah. My boy (Rico) is like my baby. He was going after something...my face to lick (eww!). That's my little boy though. :love:

christineu
10-26-2005, 06:13 PM
Ohh, where can I find the recipe for these? :hun:




Here's a link to the recipes...hard to believe I made it 5 years ago - My Breakfast Cookies (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=445&page=1&pp=40). There are lots of different varrieties so you don't get bored. I haven't made them in a while, but I use to bake up several batches and keep them in baggies in the fridge- a few seconds in the microwave & its like fresh baked.

ScarlettDrawl
10-26-2005, 09:54 PM
Thanks! I'll have to try these soon!

wip
10-26-2005, 11:28 PM
Thanks to this thread I just checked out fit day. Very neat, kind of a challenge to find what I ate. I assume that gets easier as your personal list gets bigger. Very cool and and eye opener to see the charts, etc. For those of you who haven't - check it out. I'm going to try to journal on it for awhile. DOn't spend a whole lot of time at the PC though and don't want to lose 3FC time! I learn so much here.

lessofsarahtolove
10-27-2005, 12:25 PM
Thank Sarah. My boy (Rico) is like my baby. He was going after something...my face to lick (eww!). That's my little boy though. :love:
He's adorable! Man, I would make out with my little Louie if I could, I find him so irresistable! :lol: Woopsie, was that TMI? :o I just love that dog..... :love:

Gardenwife
10-27-2005, 01:16 PM
*Snort!*

Far as the calories go, Marge, you know about our little Caribou Coffee (http://www.cariboucoffee.com) revelation, but I'll share it here, too. They started serving baked goods produced in-house by Caribou HQ a couple months ago.

A couple weeks ago, I awoke to Howie loudly lamenting from our office, "I had to look! Oh, man, ignorance is bliss!". What? :?: He'd gone to their website to look at the nutritional info (http://www.cariboucoffee.com/menu/food_nutritioninfo.asp). It listed our popovers as having 580 calories and a whopping 30g fat!

We've been enjoying their cinnamon bun popovers for the last month or two, going under the assumption that they're 190 calories and 10g fat -- That's what their 3-ring binder of laminated product pages told us. Guess the pages they'd sent out with the new line of baked goods was wrong, eh?

We should have known...I mean, their low-fat cranberry orange scones are 380 calories and 6g fat. I just told myself they were higher because they added so much sugar to replace the missing fat. *sigh*

No WONDER we'd not been losing very well when eating one or two of them a week!

newfiedarling
10-28-2005, 10:27 AM
I know exactly what you mean about being suprised with the calorie content of certain foods. I've been tending to stay away from anything I don't know the caloric value of and been eating much more fruits, veggies, grains and lean meats. Can't go wrong there.

~Dee

dragonwoman64
10-28-2005, 11:20 AM
Kimberley, it's shocking, isn't it? even when you do know the truth in your heart :lol:

I sounded so angelic saying I'd have the low cal bread with a little jam, well Rob got me a glazed doughnut today and I ate it :^: At least I know how many calories were in that baby and I'm willing to take responsibility.

My cat, for some reason, absolutely loves the crumbs from those blueberry muffins, she got a hold of the wrapper the last two times I had one and was going to town. Today she was frantic trying to find it, I felt a little guilty! Not guilty enough to eat a 500 calorie muffin though!