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Old 03-13-2008, 10:56 AM   #11
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Old fashioned way - sun or turned off oven.
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:13 AM   #12
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almonds, dry roasted, lite salt, limit portion to 2 oz.

V8 juice by the can (12 oz) 70 calories 2 servings of veg, go for low sodium

hard boiled egg ... protein, 90 calories
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:19 AM   #13
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I buy dried raisins, figs, cranberries, prunes & dates in bulk from my local health food store.
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:27 AM   #14
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If you like nuts, you can pick up some of those "trail mix" bags of mixed nuts and dried fruits. Most corner convienient stors have them for like a dollar a bag.
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:32 AM   #15
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Ants on a log!!
the PB isn't very light but it will fill you up well.
Hummus on rye crackers.
Veggies veggies veggies
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:19 PM   #16
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I will generally take a small bag of chips to work and eat the whole bag during the work day. (well, maybe its a large bag)
There have been some really good ideas on this thread, but I think it all comes down to portion control, self awareness and honesty. KNOW how many calories you need and how many you're eating. I track my consumption on The Daily Plate Calorie Counter, Diet Tracking, Food Journal, Nutrition Facts at The Daily Plate. It's free, and they have a huge data base that allows you to set and track caloric goals as well as what you are eating. I think there are probably other, similar sites, but I find this one particularly useful and helpful... by keeping track and being honest I have lost about 25 pounds and am at my target weight... but I still feel like I need to track what I eat to keep myself in check.

Only take to work what you plan to eat. Eat what you want but be mindful of portion. If you can't stay out of the chips, weigh 1 oz and put them in a ziploc baggie. Then you'll know how many calories you ate.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:29 PM   #17
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I use a calorie counting website too Z, it's how I've lost weight as well. Really helped me understand just how many calories are in the foods we eat! And weighing out small quantities has helped me, especially with nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

I am still in denial about how many calories are in alcoholic beverages though!
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Thanks for the link, I will try that. I think it will help to actually see what I am having in a day.

I just looked at the bag of chips, it's a 9-3/4 oz. bag and a total of 1600 calories! eek

Thanks for all the help, I need to do something - not feeling very good about how I look.
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I am still in denial about how many calories are in alcoholic beverages though!
I just looked that up! I cant believe how much that is.
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Thanks for the link, I will try that. I think it will help to actually see what I am having in a day.

I just looked at the bag of chips, it's a 9-3/4 oz. bag and a total of 1600 calories! eek
Good luck. And keep in mind that items are submitted by users, so it may not always be 100% accurate. I believe it can be really helpful in terms of your personal accountability. Make it your goal to be as precise with your estimates as possible. Even if you can't find the exact item or you do not know what it should be exactly... try to find something that you believe would be close. At least account for something similar. (I probably OVER account more often than UNDER account, just in case). Of course, it is easier if everything you eat has a nutritional label, but that is not always practical.

My GF and I frequently go out dancing with another couple. The female swears up and down that she can only eat about 1,000 calories a day or she'll gain weight. My GF and I look at each other and raise one eyebrow (in skepticism) as we have seen her eat that much in one sitting. She THINKS she knows what she's doing, but she obviously doesn't. While not obese, she is very clearly over weight and could really use some help, but we try not to be pushy.
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