It's okay Roz, I sometimes track things just to get a snapshot of how well I'm staying on plan. Right now I'm redoing Ph1 and want to be strict, so I've got a little chart where I'm checking off Fats, and nut allowance, and sweet treats to make sure I don't go over, and also Dairy, Beans, water, and veggies to make sure I am getting enough.
When I do something like roasted veggies that have olive oil on them, or add some oil to a recipe, I do count it towards my fat allowance. It's hard to know exactly how much to count, since a lot of it stays on the pan, so I guesstimate.
As far as the bars, I'm not sure, I've only gotten them once, but I seem to remember that there wasn't enough peanut butter in them to make it count much towards your nut allowance, and I also don't think there is any starchy grain-y stuff in them. Mostly I think it's protein, but check the ingredients and see what's in there.
For meal replacement, I think that's your choice as to how to structure your meals. I have times (of the month) when I am hungrier and want to be eating all the time, so I don't really have "meals" and "snacks" during that time, I just divide everything up into six groups of things to eat at some point during the day. That way, I know I have something to look forward to within the next hour or two. As long as you are getting in enough protein and veggies overall, along with the other stuff, how and when you do meals and snacks is up to you.
Life's a journey, not a destination.
It's easier to stay on plan than to get back on plan.
Last edited by Schmoodle; 03-29-2008 at 01:21 PM.