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Old 05-29-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how bad not eating all of your daily points is? I feel like I'm eating all day long but I'm still between 8 and 10 points short most days (unless I eat out or something). Will this mess with my weight loss?
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I would try to get those points in. I'd probably do that by adding some high-quality dense foods like a bit of avocado, nuts/seeds, extra protein etc to what you're normally eating rather than an extra separate meal. what's a normal daily menu look like?
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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Another great way to add points is the eat regular fat things like yogurt, milk, cheese instead of the low fat/no fat items. These points add up quickly and you will be eating about the same. When I had lots of points to start I stuck with the regular fat things and that way when I lost points, I switched to the low/no fat without really cutting back how much I was eating (it hurt less to loss points).
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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How many points do you get a day? Are you getting in all of your good health guidelines? Are you counting your 2 p+ for your 2 tsp. of healthy oils? Are you overloading up on 0p+ fruits and veggies? Any chance you can post a few days worth of your tracking so we can get a little more info?
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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I get 33 points (it just went down for the first time) and I eat basically the same thing every day. Here's yesterday:

1 medium banana(s)
0
1 serving(s) Flatout
2
1 item(s) egg white(s)
0
2 slice(s) cooked crisp turkey bacon
1
2 slices Sargento Cheese
2
2 Tbsp Chi-Chis Salsa
0
Subtotal 5
Midday
1 medium fresh tomato(es)
0
1 medium fresh apple(s)
0
2 slices Sargento Cheese
2
7 slices Hillshire Farm Pastrami
1
1 roll Arnold Rolls
3
1 lettuce leaves Garden Cuts Green Leaf Lettuce
0
Subtotal 6
Evening
1/2 cup(s) cooked broccoli
0
1 package Smart Ones Lasagna Bake with Meat Sauce
7
1 bars Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars
2
Subtotal 9
Anytime
1 medium uncooked baby carrots
0
1 cup(s) strawberries
0
1 serving(s) Quaker Popped Snacks
3
1 container Campbells Soup
3
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:59 PM   #6
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Whoa sorry, that looks terrible.

I think I probably need to figure out a way to get my healthy oils in...and I don't really get a lot of dairy unless I have yogurt. Hmm.
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THIS is my issue! This week, I plan on eating every single point and see!
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:51 PM   #8
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I don't think chia seeds are 0 Points. By my calculations, 2 T = 3 points.
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Your menu doesn't look bad... Any beverages with points that you drink? (For example, a coffee with a small amount of creamer may be 0 points, but if you are having several cups a day that small amount adds up to point!)
You can add the oil to your pan before you cook your eggs, even 1 tsp. will give you a point.
How do you feel about smoothies? Take those anytime strawberries and mix them with a cup of yogurt for a low point snack that gets in your dairy and 2 fruit servings. You can also add another tsp. of oil to it without changing the taste. (It actually makes it creamier!)

Edit to add: You can assume you are pretty safe if you can keep it within 3 points of your DPT, so long as you do not go below 26. (You can't manage to get in your GHG's and have a healthy balanced food plan any lower than that.)
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Your menu looks yummy! Couple questions... what kind of Sargento cheese are you eating (at 2 slices for 2 points)? Do you use any other condiments? Can you eat your apple with a nut butter to add in PP? Maybe add in the whole egg, not just the egg white? Sounds like you have a much better problem than me, who has to fight not to go over points!

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I don't think chia seeds are 0 Points. By my calculations, 2 T = 3 points.
She said chi chi's salsa, not chia seeds.
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I used to have about 8-10 points left over too. I lost some points and started eating a bit differently, and now I usually use all of my points, although rarely any of my weekly or activity. I do find however that I lose more, the more regularly I use most of my points.

Unfortunately I don't like yogurt and am allergic to tree nuts, so I found that if I added just a tablespoon of peanut butter to my banana or apple in the morning, and some low fat cottage cheese in the afternoon I easily added 5-6 points, got some dairy and my peanut butter fatty fix and I was good.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:29 AM   #12
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Thank you all for your answers - definitely going to add nut butters and more dairy - I kind of forgot cottage cheese exists.
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I was sure I saw a mistake in your points, but then I looked it up and was very surprised. 7 slices of pastrami for only one point! My Butterball turkey is one point per slice! Perhaps that is another area where you can up the points if you need to (and perhaps I need to start buying that pastrami for myself!).
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:13 AM   #14
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I know - it's crazy. I kept thinking it was wrong too, and to be honest I don't even always eat that many slices because it feels like way too much. But I guess it's right!
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Your menu looks yummy! Couple questions... what kind of Sargento cheese are you eating (at 2 slices for 2 points)? Do you use any other condiments? Can you eat your apple with a nut butter to add in PP? Maybe add in the whole egg, not just the egg white? Sounds like you have a much better problem than me, who has to fight not to go over points!



She said chi chi's salsa, not chia seeds.


Oh, thank goodness. I cold not figure out how chia seeds would fit with that. Chia seeds in eggs - I just shudder to think about it.

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