Tip of the Week

Roll with the punches! Life is gonna smack you right in the face when you don't expect it. If you're head's on straight, you're certainly gonna handle it just fine. Roll with it. Complain a little bit, and let it go.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Truth Tuesday

The website "Eat This, Not That" works on educating the general public about what we are actually putting into their bodies. Knowledge = power, and in this case, better choices.

I know I harp about my belief of non-processed foods and eating fruits, vegetables, and nuts. But if you are going to eat some processed food, let's be smart about it.

First of all, look at your hunger before you look at your portion. How hungry are you, actually? Then look at your food. Can you tell how much you need to eat in order to be full? Figuring this out is hit-and-miss right at first, but once you hit, stick with it. Save some money and take the rest of your meal home for dinner or lunch tomorrow.

Secondly, don't give up. Look at your food. Think about it. Be smart about it, and pay attention to your gut instincts (pun intended.) You can do it! Losing weight and gaining the body you want is all about smart habits. This could be the start of your first habit!

Top Ten Ways to Make Fast Food Healthy

Make a Breakfast Sandwich Healthy

Starbucks Classic Sausage, Egg, and Aged Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich
460 calories
25 g fat

When it comes to meat, bacon tops sausage and ham trumps them both. Replace the sausage with ham and you could save up to 500 calories a week. Starbucks has a ham version of this sandwich that weighs in at just 380 calories. Slash even more calories from you're A.M. meal by opting for an English muffin, which, nutritionally speaking, will always beat out bagels, croissants, and biscuits.

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270 calories
12 g fat

Make a Burger Healthy

Burger King Whopper

680 calories

40 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fasts)

1020 mg sodium

A hamburger smothered in the wrong sauce can instantly sabotage your meal-and your weight loss goals. At 160 calories a schmear, BK's mayo is the worst in the fast food world. Replace it with barbecue sauce to instantly save 17 grams of fat. Ketchup and mustard are also better picks than mayo and secret sauces-no matter how "special" they may be.

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160 calories
17 g fat
Make a Burrito Healthy

Chipotle Steak Burrito
1,033 calories
40 g fat

Chipotle uses fresh ingredients, but until the chain downsizes its football-size burritos, it will still give you a linebacker's gut. If you refuse to give up your favorite lunchtime meal, have a backup plan: Split it with a friend or save half for dinner. Or lose the rice and tortilla and order a Chicken Burrito Bowl (complete with lettuce, black beans, green tomatillo salsa, and sour cream).

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570 calories
94 g carbs

Make a Chicken Dinner Healthy

KFC Original Recipe chicken meal
460 calories
32 g fat

There's no secret recipe at KFC, just a fryer full of bubbling oil and a breaded, grease-infused two-piece combo that adds 160 calories and 15 grams of fat. Improve any chicken meal by simply ordering it skinless. It can save up to 200 calories and 17 grams of fat.

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200 calories
17 g fat
Make a Coffee Drink Healthy

Starbucks 2% Caffe Latte (Grande)with whipped cream
260 calories
14 g fat (4.5 saturated)

In the hierarchy of espresso drinks, lattes sit squarely at the bottom. That"s because they"re more milk than java and possibly huge pumps of sugary syrup thanks to eager-to-please baristas. A macchiato gives the same caffeine kick for a tiny fraction of the caloric cost by swapping out the excess steamed milk for a thick crown of frothed milk. It"s a simple but meaningful switch for caffeine junkies looking for a healthier fix. Other quick ways to improve any morning brew: Ask for sugar-free syrups, nonfat milk, and always refuse the whipped cream-it adds 70 calories and 7 grams of fat!

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70 calories
14 g fat
Make Pizza Healthy

Pizza Hut Two Slices Supreme Pan Pizza (12')
620 calories
32 g fat (12 g saturated fat)
1,440 mg sodium

The caloric-blow of pizza depends on two things: crust and toppings. Want to be thin? Always opt for thin crust. As for what to put on your pie, nix the pepperoni. Heavy on sodium and fat, just four pieces can add 108 calories to your Pizza Hut slice. Pick toppings like spinach, ham, and pineapple to not only cut calories and fat content in half, but also get hefty doses of vitamins and minerals that ward off cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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260 calories
20 g fat
Make a Sandwich Healthy

Panera Sierra Turkey
840 calories
40 g fat

Turkey's supposed to be good for you, but not when it's slathered with a thick layer of chipotle mayo. To top it off, Panera slides the cold cuts between two oily slices of Asiago Cheese Foccacia bread (6 grams of fat per slice). When it comes to sandwiches, meats are rarely the problem: turkey, roast beef, and ham are all lean cuts. But bad breads and sauces can ruin otherwise healthy meals. Nix the mayo and choose whole-grain bread, instead.

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300 calories
30 g fat

Make Tuna Salad Healthy

Quiznos Regular Tuna Melt
1,270 calories
101 g fat (18 g saturated fat)
1,445 mg sodium

Tuna melt with mayo and cheese is a classic deli disaster. But Quiznos has really outdone itself with this one, making it the worst sandwich in America. As a rule of thumb, when you're on the go, avoid all "melts." They almost always involve a Swiss-mozzarella-mayo combo that racks up the fat content outta this world, taking it out of the running for ever entering the realm of healthy.

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805 calories
84.5 g fat
Make a Sweet Drink Healthy

Dunkin' Donuts Large Tropical Fruit Smoothie
720 calories
142 g sugars
Dunkin' makes it clear that even real fruit-especially if it's been mixed with high-fructose corn syrup-can be unhealthy. This sickeningly sweet concoction has an ingredient list straight out of a chemistry lab and more sugar than seven Haagen-Dazs vanilla-and-almond ice-cream bars. Any medium (24 oz) fruit smoothie will pack at least 100 grams of sugar. Opt for flavored iced tea instead, and get your smoothie fix elsewhere.

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585 calories
113.5 g sugars

Make a Salad Healthy

Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
800 calories!
60 g fat (12 g saturated)
1,745 mg sodium

With that much fat, this is officially the worst salad from any fast-food chain. The dressing alone is loaded with a whopping 42.5 grams of the junk that goes straight to your trunk. This is a perfect example how the wrong dressing can turn a pile of fresh produce into a green monster. Ask for "light" or "fat-free" dressing to save this salad. And remember, heavy toppings such as crumbled cheese, greasy bacon, and pan-browned beef make the one-time rabbit food look more like pig slop. Vegetables and lean protein are the easiest way to guarantee your salad lives up to its reputation as a health food.

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425 calories
42.5 g fat

I'm not giving you permission to down these fast-food fat traps instead of sticking to your specific diet. But if you're out with friends (which should be the only time you can be caught unawares), make a strong, healthy choice, then congratulate yourself on what a kick-ass woman you are. Make your food count. Every little bit helps or hinders.

1 comment:

Allyson said...

Dear Readers,

A very smart boy I know just told me that he eats Chipotle burritos in fervor in order to gain weight.

Just FYI, and such. :D