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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Coming to my senses.

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A few days ago, I made myself the BEST egg sandwich ever. I was starving after an intense workout sesh and needed to refuel immediately. Unfortunately for me, I tend to eat way too much after a workout. I really need to work on that. The last thing I want to do while training is GAIN weight.

So I grabbed 2 eggs, 2 slices of whole wheat high-fiber bread (Nature's Pride is my favorite.), and a dollop of onion marmalade. I scrambled the eggs with a dash of skim milk and several dashes of hot sauce. It was so good!

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And the sandwich had a slice of smoked gouda and an orange. Don't you love how nicely I peeled that orange? LOL! I am insane. I couldn't peel it so I just got frustrated and these are the results.

I tallied up the calories and freaked out. 140 calories for the eggs, 200 for the bread, 100 for the cheese. I had to stop myself and remember that I am eating wholesome food without HFCS or other unnessary additives that I can't pronounce.

The sandwich was delicious and kept me full for at least 4 hours.

I had the same experience last night. We have juice at school and I was thristy so I got one. The ingredients were: blueberry puree, banana puree, blackberry juice, apple juice and spinach. No added sugar. The drink was 170 calories (small portion). And I freaked out again.

So I've decided to stop counting calories. It really doesn't work for me. I end up getting stressed out over little things and then start to cut things out of my diet. I really want to work on eating wholesome food and not getting low-calorie things that will make my body feel like crap. My body does not react well to artifical sweetners and I've been feeling so much better lately with all of the wholesome food Andy and I have been eating.

I'm not counting when we went to San Diego and I ate a sandwich the size of my head. Come on now.

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I made Chicken Chile Verde in the crockpot. It was incredibly easy. I took 2 lbs of chicken breast, 1 tbsp chicken broth, half a sweet onion, 1 jar of salsa verde and a can of corn, black beans and pimentos (1 can of all 3) and threw them in the crockpot for 5 hours on high. Then I shredded the chicken with 2 forks and voila!

Now I have tons of leftovers. YUM!

I want to hear your stories. Do you calorie count? Why or why not? I'm a little nervous about not counting anymore but honestly I think it's in my best interest. I'll be working on cutting back my portion sizes since that is more of an issue for me. I tend to be a volume-eater. I also want to look into intuitive eating.

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23 Comments:

At February 25, 2010 at 8:38 AM , Anonymous brandi said...

that's a pretty normal calorie count for a meal! especially one that keeps you full for so long.

I don't count, but I've done it in the past. Sometimes I do to check-in with myself, but I don't want to be consumed with it again.

If you're eating healthy and balanced and REAL foods, I think it'll all balance out :)

and that's awesome you have juice like that at school!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Sarah @ See Sarah Eat said...

I've calorie counted off and on, right now on because it does help me stay aware of how much I'm eating since I am trying to lose a few pounds.

But I don't let any of the numbers bother me...for instance, I had 390 calories worth of bread last night, but I'm not freaking out at all ;-)

However, I would agree that if it is causing you stress, it is not worth it. I have reached points like that and I definitely stop then. I also totally concur about fake foods and artificially sweeteners, yuck!

I think it sounds like you are doing the right thing for you and that is totally awesome! Best wishes :)

 
At February 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM , OpenID destination262 said...

I can relate to how you feel as I have had similar experiences with calorie counting. What I found that works for me is to just write down what I am eating for a week straight. This has helped me to see the kinds of things I am eating, how often..etc. The biggest realization I had recently was that I was mindlessly eating sweets at work. And I realized that it was getting out of control. When I was conciously writing down the things I ate, I noticed I would make better choices.

Maybe you can just try doing that to get a feel for what you are eating and then re-assess the calorie counting or whatever works the best for you after that point.

And I agree with everyone that there is no use in freaking out. Just take it one meal at a time. Goodluck!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Mom on the Run said...

I actually do not like to calorie count because it makes me so crazy. I am trying to eat within food categories instead. I really need to get it back under control. I am researching some new ways of eating and thinking. I will let you know what I come up with!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 11:12 AM , OpenID ktbwood said...

WOW your sandwich looks amazing!! that cheeese! i thought it was a slice of potato!! haha!!

dont calorie count anymore-it can get obssesve!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM , Blogger *Naomi* said...

omg that egg sandwich looks fantasticcccc I love the addition of all the goodies in there!!

I am so happy htat you are no longer calorie counting! i tried doing it once and it drove me INSANEE!! everythign I ate I disected, and now I just eat intuatively and how I feel, it acutally works SO much better and I have lost weight (not even tryng to!) this way then being insane!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 12:16 PM , Blogger Mo Diva said...

For the sake of losing, i count but when i was sick for a month I didn't count but i made smart choices- well, the smartest possible choices. And i stopped working out but after a month of no activity and no counting i was down a lb. If you are working out and making smart choices then you dont need to count!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 12:48 PM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

That egg sandwich looks awesome!! Love the addition of the onion marmalade and gouda cheese - omg, yum!!

I count calories, but have to take a few days off here and there for my sanity. I don't mind counting them, but I do think we were meant to be intuitive eaters and I hope to one day finally get there. I definitely think you'll do just fine focusing on eating real food without counting. You're doing great!! Oh and that chili looks so good!!!!! :)

 
At February 25, 2010 at 1:25 PM , Anonymous Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said...

I have a love/hate relationship with calories - I like the process of it and think it is fun but I find that I stop listening to my body and will eat when I'm not hungry to reach the calories I "can have" that day...so I don't count, but do once in a while for fun!
I think your bfast sandwich sounds great and I think it is a good amount of calories - it obviously did a great job at keeping you satisfied all morning.

 
At February 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM , OpenID biz319 said...

You had me at hot sauce, but lost me at onion marmalade! :D

I count calories and carbs, just because I am diabetic. I used to obsess over calories though - I'd have a 200 calorie breakfast, a 300 calorie lunch, work out and wonder why I ate my way through the kitchen at night!

Now my meals are all around 500 calories, and other than almonds, I hardly ever snack.

Now if I could just set down my wine glass everything would be perfect!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 2:40 PM , Anonymous FoodCents said...

I do not calorie count. I think it is a good tool for some people, but I am not one of those people.

To me, obsessing about calories in food is not productive. It can often lead one to stress the f&$k out about foods which leads to a really obsessive way of thinking of food. Food is a wonderful and neccesary tool for out existence, but it should not define our life.

 
At February 25, 2010 at 2:47 PM , Blogger THE ACTORS DIET said...

i don't calorie count anymore. i used to. drove me crazy! i figured i didn't want to live feeling crazy, and the weird thing is, i lost more weight once i stopped doing this.

 
At February 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM , Blogger One Healthy Apple said...

I've calorie counted religiously in the past and it worked to help in weight loss. The last time I lost weight (and what I'm trying to maintain) I was too busy to count. I ate when I was hungry, and stopped when I was full.

I still like to tally up my day from time to time and I take in a consistent amount, but of course some days are heavier than others. It balances out and I like to know the calories of what I'm eating- especially if it's a treat and not something nutritious. Good luck!

 
At February 25, 2010 at 3:36 PM , OpenID eatingmachine said...

i don't count calories.
i eat any and everything i want (hi ice cream sandwich and chips that i had for lunch!)
back when i was a skinny bitch i worried about things like that... now, i haven't changed drastically in size in a long time (2ish years?) and i just eat. lots.
for me i've found that if i don't deprive myself i end up eaitng in ways where everything balances. i've added it up and basically i eat dead on the amount of calories that keep me at my current size, and i eat about twice the USDA recommended servings of fruits and veggies, so i don't stress.

 
At February 25, 2010 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous Fattie Fatterton said...

I calorie count, but it's not for everyone. I am overcoming compulsive eating and I find it helps me to see the numbers in black and white.

Plus, when I was just doing WW points, I found that I was still eating too much fat. Now I have a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of a breakdown of my nutrients. I don't obsess over it, though. I don't beat myself up if I go over. I just want to track myself.

 
At February 26, 2010 at 2:56 AM , Blogger Ca88andra said...

I dont count calories, but I do use smaller bowls and plates, thereby reducing portions.

 
At February 26, 2010 at 6:52 AM , Blogger kat said...

I don't think I could possibly count calories. Instead I'm reducing portions sized & continuing our goal to just eat healthier food.

 
At February 26, 2010 at 1:14 PM , Blogger RamblingBabushka said...

I refuse to count calories. I work out, I eat clean and healthy food. NO need to stress myself out about it. ;)

 
At February 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Joie de vivre said...

It's easy to get obsessed counting calories. I am like you and am trying to pack as much NUTRITION into the things I eat.

 
At February 26, 2010 at 3:24 PM , Blogger healthy ashley said...

Nice job on your sandwich! I so often overeat after a workout, too. I'll pick a little of this and a little of that and it adds up!

 
At February 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Mari said...

That egg sammie looks delish!

I am def a calorie counter...I like to know what I am putting in and what I taking out =) but you know this already lol...

 
At February 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Sook said...

Everything looks great!!

 
At February 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous clarissa626 said...

i TRY to count calories but in the end i think its better to just be aware of what your eating. for me, right now i mostly just try to be conscious but not obsessive. you don't have to count but having an understanding of what you're putting in your mouth goes a long way w/o stressing you out.

 

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