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The 720 pound couple
How we're losing 327lbs in 1 year
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28th-Mar-2008 12:46 am

What it is that you guys eat? I'd love to know how you eat being (probably) busy parents. Eating on the go or when you have a baby to worry about is sometimes a challenge!

28th-Mar-2008 05:18 am (UTC)
good question!

we eat all sorts of stuff... we're big fans of Mexican food so burritos, quesadillas, fajitas... all high on our list of things to eat.
We use fat free ingredients when available, or alter our recipes... such as with burritos- I really like refried beans but they're oh-so-bad for you, so I gave black beans a try and really liked them. Now when we make burritos, I use rice, black beans, tomatoes, chicken, corn, and a little (2% Milk) cheese.

i've always been really big on pasta, so we eat that often as well... we make everything from scratch usually, or if we're in a bind, which happens when you have a kiddo running around, we grab some Newman's Own Organic Marinara and throw it over some whole wheat noodles.

Lunchtime is usually the same thing, just because we're big on sandwiches. We don't eat bread, really... so we'll have wraps or bagel sandwiches. 97% fat free turkey, 2% (natural) cheese, and baked chips. Its easy to throw together and doesn't normally get boring!

I'm big on bagels for breakfast... I usually put a small bit of fat free cream cheese spread, and I try to have a glass of milk and some fruit with it to keep me from getting crazy hungry halfway through the day.

Eating on the go is difficult, but its definitely worth it to go the healthy route... we'll check out different places, but normally we stick to spots where we know we can get a healthy meal. (Subway vs. McDonalds, Olive Garden vs. TGI Friday's, etc.) Also, scoping out the menu for healthy dishes is important... a good example is Chili's and Applebee's- they both have special menus for people who are dieting... while its nice, its usually not as good as the fatty thing that you're used to from the normal menu... you know?

Eating with kids is a work of art. We've gotten pretty good at watching how we eat, since we're trying to teach our daughter good habits. One of our biggest changes was going organic... we buy about 80% organic at this point, and the rest is all natural, we try to get foods with minimal preservatives. Not only does it make you healthier, it breaks down faster, which means it can be used instead of just sitting in your body for a long period of time (eww.) As we've switched over, its been easier... now what I fix for my daughter I eat, and vise versa.

That's all I can think of at the moment... let me know if you want to know more!! :)
28th-Mar-2008 05:29 am (UTC)
omg! what a cute baby in the icon!

great advice! I have heard that bagel (and oh how i love them!) have like 4 servings of your bread/grain for the day. Do you just go minimal on carbs for the rest of the day or do you eat the mini bagels?

also, what kind of, if any, sweets do you indulge in smartly?
28th-Mar-2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
You're right about the bagels. We're fairly careful about how many carbs we take in, but honestly, its not our main focus. We work on making sure every meal is balanced... such as "if i eat this much bread i need to eat this much meat, and it'd be nice if i could eat the same amount of a veggie and fruit as well" and its worked really well for us!

We make our own sweets, which is really the key. Splenda is our friend, and we use it often. We've converted all of our favorites... banana pudding, cake, chocolate chip cookies... all over to sugar free. It means less calories in our sweets, but you still have to watch your portion size. I've been known to put down WAY too many cookies in a night just because they're sugar free... can't do that. :)
Also, ice cream is easy... lots of options there, I prefer blue bunny (carb conscious) and breyers sugar free. We also keep sugar free pudding in the house for a little sweet fix. Its a perfect serving!

My husband's dietitian gave us a rule of thumb to stick to: 5 grams of sugar or less to lose weight, 10 if you're just trying to maintain your weight.
28th-Mar-2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
oh, and thank you! she's fantastic.
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