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OMG I cannot BELIEVE how much fat we eat!!!!

post #1 of 14
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The one thing Gary does want to do is cut down as much as possible on the fat in our diets.

BUT - I cannot believe how much fat we eat! We put mayo on all our sandwiches - and that alone is killing us!

This site is GREAT for looking up nutrition values - they have so much info on already prepared foods. And you can track your meals and daily values and such for free: http://www.my-calorie-counter.com/Nutrition_Facts.asp

But I've been looking up stuff we eat - and I am staggered at how awful our normal diet is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laurie
post #2 of 14
try www.calorieking.com too. Also www.sparkpeople.com has a calories tracking place too! Good luck with the less fat thing!!
post #3 of 14
This is super the way you can individually customize it. Thanks, Laurie!
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This is super the way you can individually customize it. Thanks, Laurie!
I know! And I love that they have the "water tracker" and the exercise tracker too - and both of those are part of the free service!

(But my goodness - I keep looking up stuff we eat regularly. Forget about Mac and Cheese! )
post #5 of 14
I don't know if I want to know....
post #6 of 14
Aparently i am healthy weight!!
post #7 of 14
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Gary's a little overweight, and technically I'm a healthy weight - it's just the components of our diet were frighteningly high in fat! I couldn't believe the high amounts of fat in just about everything we (normally) eat.

We haven't been to a fast food place for a long time. But a McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese has 513 calories and 28 grams of fat!

But the thing I really love about the site is the calorie calculator - you can calculate how many calories you should have to maintain your ideal weight.

Laurie
post #8 of 14
When I started tracking on fitday, I couldn't believe some of the things I ate were that bad (like the granola bars Matt loves)

I love that it tracks everything, water, cals, fat, protein fiber etc and the added bonus of gaining points for it is cool (as we can tell with the vbux here too)

If you are a mayo freak like me, try Hellmans Ultra, it isn't as good as real mayo but is better than none!
post #9 of 14
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When I started tracking on fitday, I couldn't believe some of the things I ate were that bad (like the granola bars Matt loves)

I love that it tracks everything, water, cals, fat, protein fiber etc and the added bonus of gaining points for it is cool (as we can tell with the vbux here too)

If you are a mayo freak like me, try Hellmans Ultra, it isn't as good as real mayo but is better than none!
Yeah - that was the next step. Finding alternatives we can "live" with. (Really bad pun, but I didn't mean it!) Gary is a serious gourmet chef (not pro, but he could be). So he's used to be such a purist about the ingredients - and no fat or low fat were just never even part of our vocabulary before. We used 4% milkfat cottage cheese, cream for cooking, not just milk - you know - the kind of thing that means we're just going to have to totally retrain our tastebuds.

Well - we're going to have to give that corned beef we purchased away! I don't know what their definition of one piece is - but it is 803 calories with 61 grams of fat! Even just one ounce is 5 grams and 71 calories. If I remember from my dad's diabetes - an actual serving should be about four onces. Oh - never mind. It's not as bad as the 8 g of fat in beef....

Laurie
post #10 of 14
I am going to join this now! I am so tired of being overweight and here in NZ, they don't put the calories on the food, just the kJ and I have no idea how that works because the numbers are higher, and it makes the food sound higher in calories.

Corned beef - 803 calories? Far out - that is high. I LOVE corned beef! I guess it is because of the high salt content? I guess no more corned beef.

Thanks for this Laurie!
post #11 of 14
according to sparkpeople, a serving (100g) of corned beef brisket has 251 cals, 19g fat (6.3 saturated), 98g cholesterol and 1134mg (about 50% daily limit) sodium.
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I am going to join this now! I am so tired of being overweight and here in NZ, they don't put the calories on the food, just the kJ and I have no idea how that works because the numbers are higher, and it makes the food sound higher in calories.

Corned beef - 803 calories? Far out - that is high. I LOVE corned beef! I guess it is because of the high salt content? I guess no more corned beef.

Thanks for this Laurie!
The one thing I don't like is sometimes the definition of a portion are a little unclear - like with the corned beef! But I am so grooving on tracking our diet and exercise, and being really informed about what we're eating!

Laurie
post #13 of 14
One thing we did to help my Dad was to simmer meats in water with herbs and spices, and drain the fat that floated to the top. We'd also "brown" our ground beef by simmering it in water and rinsing it before using in dishes.

But ya gotta have something deep fat fried every now and then...
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I don't know if I want to know....
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