Saturday Swapit #33

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Diet is a four letter word, and I can think of a few more to describe failures and disappointments I’ve experienced over the years.

This week’s topic is Mix and Match.

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.

Syns, points, calorie counting, whatever tool is used to calculate our daily allowance, is a minefield of contradictions, confusion, and misunderstandings.
For example:
I thought eggs were good for me as they were ‘free food’, however, it would appear that more than 2 or 3 a week is not so good.
Salads are also bad for me because there is little substance to lettuce and I retain the water content.
Seedless grapes were a good standby for nibbles, again considered free food, but have a high natural sugar content, and so not so good for the diabetes.

I also have a horrendous sweet tooth and once the cravings start, they are hard to banish.

We have to remember that what works for some people doesn’t work for everyone so what if we swapped our counting tool once in a while and switched syns to points or calorie counting?
Without the literature from WW for points, I can’t say if this works in a similar way to syns on SW, but there are days, too many at the moment, when my daily 15 syns double because I’ve had an ice cream cornet or crumpet in addition to the stuff that is familiar and easy to record from memory. Would it therefore be easier to calorie count? After all, all that kind of information is usually on the box.

I saw an advert for reducing sugar intake by looking for snack foods that were less than 100 calories. I am sure we are all familiar with the great flashy sticker across the box that says ‘Only 75 calories’ per bar. The box looks pretty big, doesn’t it, but when you empty it of said bars, usually five compared to six in days gone by (metric conversion has a lot to answer for), they are not as wide as the box, nor do they fill out the wrapper.
What is nice is that some cereal bars are allowed as B options with SW, or if taken as extras have only 3 syns each. That’s not very many is it, but when you think a gingernut biscuit only has 2½, as does a single jaffa cake, a plain rich tea biscuit only has 2, and a rich tea finger 1, then you can mix and match your extras, but not your listed B options.
It all comes down to being food aware.

Something else I have noticed recently is that confectionery packets are getting lighter.
I am pleased to say that my liquorice rock craving has come to an end and I polished off my last bag last week.  Each ‘roll’ is classed as one syn or 25g equates to 4 syns.
The bags when I originally started to buy them for £1 each were 220g or 225g depending on shop/manufacturer. That has now reduced to 160g for the same money, so my bag now holds about 26 syns compared to 36 for the 225g bag. Good for the dieter, if they go by the bag rather than the allowance.

What are your thoughts?


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Saturday Swapit #33

  1. Lauren says:

    I find it all so very confusing. I’ve tried counting calories, ready made meals, food plans, etc. My sweet tooth is crazy strong. I don’t have a scale at home. I am an emotional eater. Seeing the doc a few weeks ago scared me silly. I weighed more than ever before. I cut out all sweets and happily have lost some weight. I know I can’t have chocolate in the house. I keep trying to make good healthy meals. One day at a time.

  2. Paula Light says:

    I am a fan of counting! Recording food intake (even without exact counts) is helpful most of all, since our brains like to trick us into forgetting we had a treat at lunch when we want another after dinner 😀

    • I’ve been keeping a food diary for years, but as you say, we tend to forget earlier treats, especially if we have been interrupted or had to go out before logging it.

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    I count calories as it’s consistent. I use an app called Fitness Pal and it remembers everything, so it’s easy and quick to use. Being a diabetic for 40 years, I know what foods trigger me, so I avoid them, but I eat less than a 1000 calories a day, so it’s not too much of a problem

  4. David and I love having dessert after dinner. I have tried on most occasions to make something myself just because of the fact that so many store-bought sweets have more garbage in them than the sugar and calories you are trying to avoid! I make this awesome Blueberry Cobbler type thing. I use a can of blueberry topping, which has no corn syrup or anything else except a little sugar and blueberries. The topping is simply butter, flour, and sugar. I was looking at the mix for corn bread and there is so much junk in that! So, although we should probably skip the sweets altogether I feel a little better not eating all the additives. We also like to eat frozen fruit mixes after they thaw.

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