Welcome to another Saturday Swapit. Last week’s theme was about having the nibbles and not being aware of how much we were eating whilst occupied with watching TV or reading. Some great comments were left and you can check them out on the original post here
I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician, nutritionist or diet programme consultant.
I rejoined SW in May 2019 and have managed to stay within my target parameters since August 2019.
Saturday Swapit is not intended as a diet programme, and anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or their GP.
This week’s theme is not so much as having the nibbles, but how we deal with days when trying to keep to plan is futile.
To join in, you can either write a post and pingback to this one, or leave a comment below for others to read and hopefully get some pointers.
For whatever reason, there are days when the intentions are good, but something happens and suddenly we find ourselves away from our kitchens, scales and fridges and at the mercy of take outs, fast food, or cafes.
Although some outlets may cater for vegetarians and lately, those on calorie watch, we, as consumers, only have a rough idea of what actually goes into the dish we are enjoying because the hidden ingredients of salt, fats and sugar in particular are not immediately visible. Is the mayonnaise in your sandwich low calorie or fat free? Is the bacon in your bap lean with all fat removed, how are those chips cooked, in fat or oil? Little things perhaps, but when you are seriously trying to improve your eating habits, choose healthier options and lose those unwanted pounds, such things can sabotage your efforts. Once in a while the damage is not so apparent compared to holidays, traveling on business, or having to suddenly care for someone who is unwell.
When you have been watching your weight, by however means, you can normally make allowances, even if it is simply a case of only putting spread on one slice of bread for your sandwich, or better no spread at all and just a smidgen of sauce or mayo instead. You can inspect your bacon bap before you start munching on it, and if necessary remove the visible excess fat (Maya would say thank you).
I cannot remember the last time Hubby and I had chips (fries to my American friends), but even then we used to have a small portion between us. This was then reduced to a child’s portion, then reduced again to a cone which was smaller still. Prices down the road have increased and for said small cone, you are now looking at £2. Cost is also a good deterrent for eating the wrong things and keeping the right pounds in place.
I have to admit some take outs, like Subway, show the calorific value of their sandwiches, but as with most things, it is the sauces we put on them that could be our downfall.
Other take away establishments list the ingredients in their rolls, but it is still a guessing game, especially with a spread which may or may not be butter, and the sauce unlikely to be low calorie. Salad rolls may look a safe bet, but nearly all have butter and mayo/salad cream. Where it is possible for someone to make your sandwich or roll to order, you have a fighting chance of just having the ‘good stuff’ and asking them to omit the bad.
The ready to eat pasta dishes in supermarkets are quite popular, but again the sauce therein could not be as healthy as one would like. At least most of these have the traffic light colour charts on them now, so you can see the red, amber and green to help you.
Pastry is my downfall. Be it sweet for a cake or bun, or savoury for a sausage roll or chicken slice. The syns for all are in double figures, but once in a while I consider it OK. It’s when I get a craving for them that the trouble starts, and that’s when I wish I had never treated myself in the first place.
Fruit salad, if I’m out that’s what I get, and a bottle of water. Failing that I just have the water
I usually drink water when I’m out anyway.
Eating out is a minefield. Sometimes you just can’t avoid it. Just never eat out on an empty tummy, don’t drink too much. Then really behave and eat well the next day. 💜
It’s all you can do really. A girl in our slimming group was stunned that she had put on 17lbs (yep. 1 stone 3 lbs) over Christmas when she said she had been really good with what she was eating. That wasn’t the problem. She had been enjoying more than the occasional glass of wine or cocktail over the fortnight between classes.
Oh! That’s a real nightmare she must of been so upset 💜
She was not very happy as it was more than she’d lost in the eight months she’d been going. Sadly she dropped out soon after having told us that her boyfriend didn’t like her slim anyway.
That’s so sad isn’t it 💜
I never met her boyfriend, but it appears he was ‘a feeder’ and thwarted her efforts by meals out, which of course, included drinks.
It’s really just a nasty form of controlling. 💜
Yes, and more common than we might think.
Yes indeed this is very true 💜
Yes eating out is a problem. Here most of the restaurants have the calorie count listed. I always go for baked over fried, lean over fat, and avoid the condiments is at all possible. A baked potato is very tasty with just salt and pepper. And if I am going to splurge I’ll ask for a pat of butter (37 calories granted all fat). There is one place that has broccoli as a side but the calories are over 200! That’s because it is drowned in butter!! I will not be fooled by just the food – I always check the calories.
It’s good that so many places are now taking weight issues seriously enough to list the calorie count.
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Here’s my contribution: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/06/11/saturday-swap-it-6-11-2022-23/
I have a suggestion for a topic you might like to use in the future (no pressure): Embracing Life Without Sugar. There’s an author over here (and possibly published in the UK too) who has written a sort of cook book around using more healthy substitutes for sugar. She has done a ton of research on the various “fake” sugars and has categorized them from green (good or better), yellow (not as healthy) to red (bad ones that have been proven to have carcinogenic effects or the like such as saccharine. I don’t know if the topic is suitable, but it might be interesting?
I think it’s a great suggestion Melanie. Thank you!
I think it is good to talk about the good and the bad that we do. Keeping it “secret” makes it occur more often in my experience. If I admit I had a binge-day it is less likely to occur again for some time.
I remember days of eating in secret, partly because of depression and partly guilt because people would nag me about whatever I ate. These days the only person cheating is me, so I’m honest with myself and if I have a bad day, so what? I’m only human.
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My father used to tell me that you can’t eat sensibly when you are on the road. I remember finding myself on the road. It was late after a long day. I was too tired to go find food and it was probably too late to find anything except fast food. I realized it was either eat dessert and coffee which was the only thing the hotel I was staying in served, or starve. I ate cake. With Café Latte. It was a lot better than nothing, but I felt really BAD about it. I had just lost a lot of weight and I knew I was already on my way to putting it back on.
I can understand that. Holidays and later house hunting in a tent saw us having cornettos for breakfast when we had an early viewing and the estate agents didn’t realise how far we had to travel!!
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