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Calorie cutting without sacrifice

We've been changing our eating habits in recent weeks, with great enthusiasm and joy. Amanda's seeing results. The scale shows none for me, but my pants keep falling down, so maybe there's a rearranging of bodily materials going on.

I haven't done the explicit math on how many calories I've saved with the daily changes... so, let's see what I can come up with on the spot.

  • Morning chocolate milk: switched from 500ml 2% to 375ml 1% with added calcium: 360 calories vs. 240 = 120 saved.
  • Kaiser-bun sandwich switched to wrap (spinach, or garlic pesto, or flaxseed): dunno how many calories. Switch from big bun to thin wrap, so that's gotta be something. Switched from Kraft skim-milk processed cheese to Montarey Jack Jalapeno cheese in wrap. Romaine lettuce stedda iceberg. Added onions and red peppers. That's gotta be good for something.
  • Muffin: switched from banana/chocolate chip to Liz Pearson's super-healthy banana/chocolate chip colon-blow muffin, including wheat bran, flaxseed meal, whole wheat flour, yogurt instead of butter.
  • Sugar Free Red Bull instead of Full Ass-Kicking Red Bull: 10 calories vs. 110. Saving: 100 calories.
  • Kellogg's William Shatner All-Bran Bar (130cal) vs. cookies (probably about 200). Saving: around 70 calories.
  • Yoplait zero-fat Source yogurt (50cal) vs. Hunts Fat Free Chocolate pudding (about 100cal, I think): 50 cal savings.
  • Gatorade (~150-200 cal) vs. 500ml bottled water with Crystal Light Singles (uh, three or four calories, I think): savings: let's call it a full 200.
  • Switched at dinnertime from 1% chocolate milk to 0.5% "chocolate milk beverage" (which I call "malk"). Has added calcium, and possibly fewer calories.
  • Dinnertime meals switched from, for example, pizza or spaghetti or lasagna, to a small steak and BBQ-roasted peppers, potatoes, onions, mushrooms and grape tomatoes. That's gotta be something.
Well, that's 500 calories cut, based only on the stuff I was able to find numbers for. Wicked. Now that the weather's nice and I'm able to walk home from work (or bike soon!), things ought to be picking up steam.

Comments

  1. So tell us, do you load up commercials in case of unexpected colonic blow out. Love that flax seed!
    Stick to the new plan.

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  2. Strangely enough, the high-fibre deal is really evening out my shits. The only time I had an explosive day was the morning after we broke down and had a pizza. After at least 15 years of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, I'm satisfied with what I see in the toilet afterward. Yes, TMI, but not as bad as ratemypoo.com.

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  3. good for you guys! during bun's absence I've been eating simply but goodly. grilled chikkin with grilled veggies and the like. I hope you're finding you've got more energy as a result of all the little changes! keep at it, even if you never *see* a change but you feel better it'll be worth it. Go, you guys! :)

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