tristia (tristia) wrote in dailymenu,

random tips;

i posted this as a comment in a friend's lj; i thought some of you would appreciate it.

munching is.. bad. i tend to smoke too much or eat too much when i'm front of the computer myself.

here are some things i learned with regard to snacking (i love munching):

- instead of buying cookies, buy granola bars. a low-fat granola bar is 100 cals, and two small cookies is 150. but you're more likely to eat 5 cookies instead of 5 granola bars.

- popcorn is great. 3 cups of popcorn is 90 calories! 3 cups!

- veggies are great as well. if you find them too bland on their own, buy a low-fat salad dressing and dip it in them.

- be weary of nuts! they look healthy but they're high in calories. (problem solved with me though - i don't eat nuts because i can't afford them..)

- cut juices and soda. empty calories. i hate aspartame though.. so thicker juices (like oasis) i will mix with water to drink less but still retain taste. i also found some snapple "lighten up" ice tea that is just divine and low in calories and free of aspartame. lemon perrier also makes me happy, so does green tea.

- grapes, cherries & strawberries are wonderful to snack on. small fruits are more expensive these days, but i would rather snack on cherries than on cheetos.

random observations:

- vegetarian meat or chicken patties are low in fat and as tasty as the real thing & they make great hamburgers. about hamburgers: use only one slice of bread instead of two and top it with a low-fat slice of cheeze, sort of like a croque-monsieur.

- buy whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta.

- buy low-fat everything. compare calorie content.

- dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

- ask for salad instead of fries in restaurants.

when i write it down i can't help but to think that i sound like a crazy person, but these things worked for me.. i didn't magically become thinner and contrary to popular belief, i did not starve myself to become as such. ;)

ps: when you reduce your portions, it's normal to be hungry at the beginning, but afterwards your metabolism adapts and your stomach "shrinks". also, once i got over my fear of starving (i feared i would die if i didn't eat all the time), it made the process easier to deal with.

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apparemment que les produits faibles en gras c'est pas nécéssairement meilleur, puisqu'ils ajoutent souvent du sucre pour remplacer les calories des protéines. D'ailleurs, le produit est considéré faible en gras comparé au même produit standard. Parfois, ce n'est pas vraiment meilleur pour la santé. Enfin, perdre du poids et être en santé sont deux choses différentes :)
You advice sounds pretty good. Regarding the salad, a lot of salad dressing are rather high in fat and calories. So I would probably ask them if have low fat or even fat free version. If not, I would probably skip the salad.