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Honesty day 16: Stressing over the numbers a little

Thursday, January 22, 2015

So as you can tell from the title of my entry it is day 16 on this journey of mine and I am a little frustrated with the calorie numbers. Now do not get me wrong I am very good at steadying in my healthy calorie range but what's frustrating me is how many calories you can eat in a small package of something.

I am human I do not want to cook every single meal and snack that I consume. Sometimes it is just simply easier or relevant to grab a prepackaged granola bar, trail mix or what ever. Today I had to actually skip one of my 5 meals because I consumed way to much in a tiny little prepackaged snack of trail mix.

It will be really frustrating if I actually had to cook every single meal and snack just to stay in the healthy zone. Please if anyone can give me some tips and tricks that would be awesome.
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    It can certainly get frustrating seeing the calories for certain items - especially items that we naturally want to go to because we feel they are healthy. However when we're restricted in calorie intake, it does become a balancing act. I agree with the comments provided. I find preparing a menu and prepping/cooking on Sundays very helpful. Making large batches at a time is very useful too for when the time comes. My weekly menu doesn't always have a full traditional meals for dinner - sometimes it's simply a tuna wrap and soup, eggs and veggies, tuna with brown rice mixed with it, etc. The turkey slices and bell peppers with hummus idea sounds amazing too!

    You don't want to burn yourself out, because that's when you will lose motivation. For snacks/lunches at work, I love cutting up tomatoes and adding a few pieces of boccoccini cheese in a tupperware container - it takes so little time to prepare and is delicious alongside some cut up cucumber and hummus. There are definitely ways to have quick healthy and calorie wise meals! Google search ideas as well - that's where I tend to get a lot of my ideas for snacking and meals!! I wish you the best of luck and am glad you reached out via your blog!! You can do this as long as you find something that works for YOU!! :) emoticon
    1698 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2015 8:17:49 PM
    You've received some great tips here. This is why I love SparkPeople! We're all in this together! Keep Sparking!
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    1699 days ago
    This is absolutely something I can relate to, and I don't -- unfortunately -- have a perfect answer for you. My biggest tip is to find a good balance between meals that you can put together really quickly and meals that you cook & prepare (and always make leftovers!).

    In my refrigerator, I always keep things like deli turkey, string cheese, carrots, bell peppers, hummus, yogurt, and eggs. I can choose any combination of these things to make a very quick meal that I know I will enjoy. Tonight, for example, my dinner will most likely contain (but not simply be limited to) sliced bell peppers dipped in hummus and turkey. It isn't flashy. It isn't typically what someone might think of when they think of a meal -- much less dinner -- but it is food I enjoy, is filling, and fits within my calorie goals.

    I don't buy a lot of pre-packaged things purely for the reason you describe -- they tend to have too many calories for the amount of food you are getting. With my diet, I am restricting my calories. That doesn't mean I'm okay (or will be satisfied OR successful) with eating a tiny amount of food. I do keep some things in my pantry -- like granola bars and sometimes trail mix -- but I always know that with everything I eat, it is a choice. If I choose to eat the granola bar that contains 240 calories, that means I have to reduced 240 calories from another part of my meal plan. Sometimes, that is the right & easy choice...like if I am having a crazy day and didn't have time to pack breakfast before work, so the alternative is buying a bagel loaded with cream cheese. Sometimes, it isn't the right choice.

    I guess, to sum up this long comment, my advice is to maybe reframe your thought process around what constitute "cooking" when it comes to preparing meals and snacks. It doesn't always have to be a big production that takes lots of time and results in lots of dishes. :)

    Best of luck!
    1699 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    I write out my menu, purchase food and cook on Sunday. Place items in freezer / fridge and grab as I go through out the week.
    1699 days ago
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