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Justwill
10-19-2006, 07:31 PM
Instead of just depriving myself completely from butter and cheese, (My former favorites) has anyone found a good healthy substitute?
Also, has anyone ever heard of eating cukes in vinegar to break through a plateau? (I am thinking its really the vinegar):?:


missaprylj
10-19-2006, 08:23 PM
Honestly, I would try to moderate the butter and cheese, because there is really nothing that comes close to them if you truly love them.

As far as butter goes, a lot of things (mac&cheese, other 'boxed' meals) you can just not put it in. Everything tastes fine without it.

Cheese, I know there are some things (cream cheese, cottage cheese, shredded mozz/cheddar) that I have no problem with reduced fat (never fat free!) but other things just reduce.

The cucumber/vinegar thing... I'm thinking all it would cause you to do is drastically cut calories to get through the plateau--- not a good idea.

Good luck!

Get n healthy
10-19-2006, 08:47 PM
And dont forget the heavy cream...ha ha. You named 2 of my top 3. Cheese, butter, and heavy cream...who can you cook anything worth while without those three things? ;) I was just telling my dh tonight...i dont think i have ever tasted ANYTHING and said, "it has too much cheese or butter"...ha ha ha. :lol3:

Well, cheese, i have learned to tolerate low fat or 2%. With cream cheese, the regular whipped has less cals than the light...works for me.

Butter...well, i have learned to again, tolerate low fat margerine. But if it is something where margerine just will not do...well i splurge and have it only in moderation...just a pat here or there.

Sorry, i wish i had better solutions. I will watch this thread closely though to see if anyone else does.


BerkshireGrl
10-19-2006, 08:54 PM
I don't mean to be a doof, but have you tried Atkins? You can eat the "real stuff" on it :) But I know for some (me some days!) giving up ze bread/staff of life is hard! :lol:

fiddler
10-19-2006, 10:29 PM
Justwill,

I can't help you with substitutes for the butter and cheese because I don't use substitutes for anything. But read this thread for the cucumber info: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1443533#post1443533

boiaby
10-20-2006, 09:18 AM
For butter I use Promise (http://www.promisespread.com/about_1-3.asp) fat free butter spread. Of course it can't compare to the real thing, but it serves it's purpose. Especially on baked potatoes, toast, pancakes, etc. My DD loves it, but she really doesn't know any better.:devil: Same goes with the sugar free syrup (http://www.smuckers.com/fg/pds/default.asp?groupid=5&catid=52&prodid=6) we use for pancakes and waffles. If it's something you can live with, then I say substitute. Helps to keep me a little more sane when it comes to this healthy eating stuff.:dizzy:

Beverly

nelie
10-20-2006, 10:38 AM
I was never a big butter fan but I rarely eat it. Once in a while, I'll add a little (very little) to a piece of bread at a restaurant.

As for cheese, I used to eat lots of cheese. I loved cheese. I switched to 2% cheese and used it sparingly. These days, I don't even buy cheese. I think my tastebuds have just changed.

JerseyGyrl
10-20-2006, 11:20 AM
I've been on Atkins for 2 years & have eaten butter and cheese from day 1. The key, as with any weight loss plan, is moderation. Contrary to what people may have heard or may believe about Atkins....No, you are NOT allowed to eat unlimited butter & cheese.

All the best to you!!

Kim

barbygirl43
10-20-2006, 02:44 PM
I like the I can't believe it's not butter spray. It even will work for my baked potatoes.

Not sure on the cukes and vinegar (isn't that basically pickles? It's been a really long time since I helped in canning but I know you use vinegar to make them.)

jtammy
10-20-2006, 09:18 PM
Well, I still eat cheese, I just have to measure it and record how much I eat. I sometimes buy 2%, but never fat-free because I feel like it has too many additives. I still ocassionally use butter, but more frequently use olive oil or smart balance light.

For me, the thing about cheese, butter, and even cream (yum!) is that it is so rich that a little goes a long way. I can't see myself ever giving them up.

oldwriter
10-25-2006, 10:29 PM
I buy extra sharp cheese-it satifies better than coby. Shave it thin and put it on your tounge. Smash the cheese up on the roof of your mouth and savor the taste. It will be easier to stay within you limits if you eat it slowly.
I put a skim of butter on stuff. You'll be surprised how easy it will be to get used to small amounts and still enjoy what you want. You might find you can even taste the food you used to slather with the toppings. I love the natural taste of things. A slight sprinkle of salt is better than none.
Take your time and taste what's in front of you and you'll find it easier to eat less.

ValRock
10-25-2006, 10:55 PM
Spray butter and FF cheese! I eat a lot of Feta too... I thought it would be nasty but I tried it and it's really good for things like Salad.. and a little goes a long way!

watch_it_break
10-26-2006, 12:00 PM
I like the I can't believe it's not butter spray. It even will work for my baked potatoes.

i use this a lot... and Smart Balance spread, and they taste just fine, to me. not really sure about the cheese, since i'm not a big cheese fanatic.

Jasmine31
10-26-2006, 12:37 PM
I definately recommend the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray. No FAT!! I use it on popcorn and my family uses it on veggies. I love it on corn on the cob! I have never tried it on toast or potatoes yet. I limit my intake of it now adays. I probably have it like once a week on Sundays when we have mashed potatoes or the occasional roll or two. I just make sure to measure it and add it to my fitday.

The butter I use now is either Imperial 1/3 low fat wheich taste fine to me or I will get the Icant believe its not butter, actual butter. BUT that does have fat in it unlike the spray. But I have heard it has no trans fats. :D

For cheese, I still do that maybe twice a week. I switch to mozarella when I can. When I do use it or cheddar I use it much more sparingly. Good luck! Moderation is key!!

jillybean720
10-26-2006, 01:33 PM
I still have major issues with cheese since I LOVE cheese. I hate the fat-free kind because when it melts, it gets very plastic-like in texture, and tha's not only not tasty, but quite creepy, IMO :p I do use a lot of reduced-fat cheese, though, and I buy thin-sliced Swiss cheese for sandwiches because it's only 55 calories a slice and still ALL the flavor :)

As for butter, I tend to not trust the spray butters that claim to be fat-free only because Pam claims the same thing, but it's not. By being in a spray, they can legally measure the nutritional info in one or two "pumps" and put that on the label, and as long as there's less than .5g fat, they can call it 0, and I KNOW I would be using more than just 1-2 pumps of the spray, so I'm sure the fat would add up to just as much as using a healthier spread sparingly.

I do use fat-free Promise, and I definitely think it still has a great buttery taste and only 5 calories and less than .5g fat per tablespoon (and IMO, a tablespoon is a LOT of butter!).

Kevin100
10-26-2006, 01:42 PM
I'd rather eat real cheese or a small amount of butter (parkay, my favorite) once in a while than eat the fake stuff. Same goes for mayonnaise - I can only eat the real thing!

phantastica
10-26-2006, 02:00 PM
I use olive oil as a butter substitution whenever possible.
I don't use any fake-butter products, but I try alternative flavorings instead (lemon or lime juice on vegetables instead of butter spray). I still use real butter, but cut back significantly.

Cheese - I have an unhealthy relationship with it, so don't take my advice on this one. :)

I would eat cukes/vinegar anyway, just because I love refrigerator pickles.

MoragMunch
10-28-2006, 11:12 AM
Hi, I am new here.

Well, I found that when shredding the cheese, if I use the finer end of the shredder less cheese will spread better on my food without feeling as if I am going without. When I order pizza, if it is possible, I order no cheese or half the cheese. Sandwiches ... I don't use butter. I just use a low fat salad dressing. Same with baked potatoes.

Charles78
10-28-2006, 02:16 PM
I made the switch to Smart Squeeze instead of butter 5 calories verses 100 and I have gotten to where it tastes great to me on corn, and veggies.

Charles78
10-28-2006, 11:50 PM
I definately recommend the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray. No FAT!! I use it on popcorn and my family uses it on veggies. I love it on corn on the cob! I have never tried it on toast or potatoes yet. I limit my intake of it now adays. I probably have it like once a week on Sundays when we have mashed potatoes or the occasional roll or two. I just make sure to measure it and add it to my fitday.

The butter I use now is either Imperial 1/3 low fat wheich taste fine to me or I will get the Icant believe its not butter, actual butter. BUT that does have fat in it unlike the spray. But I have heard it has no trans fats. :D

For cheese, I still do that maybe twice a week. I switch to mozarella when I can. When I do use it or cheddar I use it much more sparingly. Good luck! Moderation is key!!

Just an FYI - ICBNB spray is 100% fat. That little bottle has 900 calories in it. Now, I use ICBNB spray - it is a good portion control. If you use 5 squirts it has about 4.5 calories which is why they can put 0 on the lable... anything under 5 can be considered nutritionally insignificant. But it has calories and they are all fat.

howie6267
10-30-2006, 11:35 AM
I don't use butter a whole lot but see nothing wrong with using the real stuff just in moderation. Cheese I do eat but there again, I use real cheese and just count the calories. Sometimes in a recipe I will use the low fat stuff depending on what it is. But if I'm just eating it plain it needs to be real.

SuchAPrettyFace
10-30-2006, 03:00 PM
I use real butter (unsalted!) in small amounts. My friend who is a nurse asked me to buy it, because sometimes it's not the butter we are craving, so much as the salt. I haven't used it nearly as much.

For everyday use, like on toast, I like Smart Balance Light spread.

For frying eggs, potatoes, and some other things, I use olive oil, the good stuff, but just a smaller amount.

Cheese, I am in Wisconsin, so...yeah. I just eat a smaller amount.

Cheryl14
11-13-2006, 08:37 AM
I used to think that I loved bread. After eliminating butter from my life I discovered that it really was the butter that I loved! I also absolutely love cheese, too! After reading about "triggers" I noticed that cheese, chips, and chocolate and of course BUTTER were mine. I also was surprised that all those foods were in the FATS catagory and chocolate was not in the SWEET catagory! Plain and simple was...I LOVED FATS! No wonder I plumped up to 275 at my highest weight!

Because these foods are ALL triggers for me and I cannot eat just a small bit or any substitute for them and be happy, I just eliminate them altogether. I am learning how to enjoy a baked potato with salt and pepper and just pass up the bread unless it is a grainy bread with plenty of taste all by itself. I stay clear of chips and chocolate because I can't just have a small amount of either. Over time I think tastebuds DO change. I DO know that I can't tolerate as sweet of foods as I once could. I'm trying to limit portions yet try to eat enough good foods that I'm satisfy me. It's a tough road.

Good luck everyone!

Cheryl