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Salads WORSE than a Whopper

30 Mar

I got this email today and I had to share it. I’ve always heard that you need to be careful when you order a salad from a restaurant since small add-ons can pile on the calories. Here is the complete list of 20 salads that are sadly worse than eating a Whopper.

FYI – a Whopper is 670 calories!

Here are a few that are on the list:

  1. BLT Cobb Salad at Wendy’s with Ranch and croutons = 760 calories
  2. Fully loaded Steak Salad from Taco Bell = 900 calories
  3. Chicken Ceasar Flat Bread Salad from Quiznos = 920 calories
  4. Grilled Shrimp and Spinach Salad from Applebees = 1,050 calories
  5. Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad from Friday’s = 1,360 calories
 
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Spring Forward without Setbacks

07 Mar

The warmer weather is coming!  Hooray!  Who doesn’t love the hearing the birds chirp and the seeing the sun shinning for days in a row?  I love spring – a time for growth and renewal.  The trees and flowers are blooming, the snow is melting, the air smells crisp and clean!  Sadly, some of the greatest things about spring are also some of the worst.  With the weather getting warmer, people start shedding their wintry layers for shorts and tees and start to feel the early spring guilt and self doubt.  It happens every year and we can’t seem to always escape it.  Luckily, changing a few restaurant eating habits can help.  See what David Zinczenko has to say about swapping a few things out of your diet, which could help you lose that last 5-10 lbs.

 
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Money Woes

21 Feb

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you loan a friend some money and then they never pay you back?  It’s always, “Oh, I’ll pay you back next paycheck” or “Don’t worry, I’ll pay next time.”  Sound familiar?  I have found myself stuck in this situation plenty of times.  I was never one to want someone to miss out on a good time, so I would always offer to pay if I had the means to.  While I was always doing (what I thought was) a good deed, I probably lost more money over the years than I’d like to admit.  It’s hard being in these kinds of situations because they normally end up pretty awkward.

I recently found a quiz that explains these types of situations and what is recommended by experts to do.   Money is never a fun topic to bring up, but it’s a topic everyone wants to bring up.  Let’s face it, we are all curious how other people make money and spend it, but unfortunately it’s not always out place to ask.  How do you normally handle these types of situations?

 
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L is for the Lbs you gain today

14 Feb

So today is Valentine’s Day – the day that some love to love or love to hate.  Either way, I heard an interesting statistic today that American’s spend upwards of $17 million on Valentine’s Day presents.  I thought this was a lot, but when you compare it to Christmas, which is about $300 million, then it’s not so bad I guess.

Watching the news this morning was pretty interesting though.  Stories ranging from where to buy the best flowers to love letter writing, but it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some chocolate, right?  Of course some of the worst Valentine’s chocolates are the best tasting, but do you really want to waste 100+ calories per tiny piece of chocolate you eat?  If you ate an entire heart shaped box of chocolate it would be putting you back at least 600 calories – depending on the size of the heart.  Something else that might ruin your V-Day is that Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Wondering Around

09 Feb

Have you ever wondered why people have strange quirks like sneezing multiple times in a row or why somebody’s jaw makes noise when they chew?  Maybe you have wondered a few things about yourself, like why do you sometimes randomly get the shivers?  I stumbled across a fun little article that answers all of these questions and more.  Check it out!

 
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Salad Cravings Cured!

31 Jan

All last week I was craving salad.  I usually don’t crave things like salad, but I really wanted a Quesadilla Explosion salad from Chili’s.  Have you had this?  It’s one of my favorite things there!  Sadly if you eat the entire salad, which I normally do, it is 1400 calories.  I wanted to try to make my own version of this salad and see if I could save some calories.

Ingredient List

  • 1 can of black beans – 200 calories
  • 1 can of corn – 171 calories
  • 1 bag of just lettuce – 75 calories
  • 1 medium sized tomato – 38 calories
  • 1 lb of lean and trim chicken – 86 calories
  • 2 tbsp light ranch dressing – 154 calories
  • 2 tbsp western dressing – 100 calories Read the rest of this entry »
 
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A Grocery Store No No

24 Jan

I love reading my Eat this, not that emails and I love watching morning news shows.  Sometimes those two come together to give me disgustingly helpful tips that you are going to want to see for yourself!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z6iBoRvxbE&feature=fvw

 
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Bad Bagels

17 Jan

I’ve recently heard a lot about bagels being one of the worst breakfast foods.  I like bagels, so I wanted to dive into this and find out more.

Did you know…

  • Eating 1 bagel is like eating 4 slices of bread, which is like 500 calories…
  • Bagels (with no toppings) are extremely high in calories and carbs
  • Adding toppings to bagels is like layering unhealthy on top of unhealthy – who eats bagels plain though?

    I don’t know if knowing this will stop me from eating my beloved bagels because they are just so convenient and delicious!  I’ve tried to eat those skinny bagels – the ones that look like you cut half of a half of a bagel in half – but that just makes me want to eat 2 and that defeats the point.  I guess it all comes down to label reading and calorie counting.  Are there any good bagel replacements?

     
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    Chicago Style Pizza Makeover

    10 Jan

    Last week I was watching a health segment on the news and they were talking about Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza.  Yum, right?  Did you know that some of these pizzas can cost you (on average) 380 calories a slice?  That seems like a bit too much, especially since I have to eat at least 2 pieces!  I found a pretty tempting recipe for a deep dish swap that saves on the calories.  Looks pretty delicious to me!

     
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    Foods to Fight Stress

    03 Jan

    I was going through my emails after the long weekend and I spotted one that revealed the 7 best stress fighting foods.   I was about to delete the email, thinking it was going to be full with weird healthy foods, but after being distracted for a while and forgetting it was there, I decided to take a gander.

    I was really surprised when I started reading the email because it wasn’t filled with crazy health foods.  Instead it was suggesting Starbucks and Peanut M&Ms.  After reading the entire email I almost wished I was stressed more often to have the excuse to eat more chocolate (because stressed is desserts spelled backwards).

    You can read the entire article from Men’s Health here, but I listed the 7 step short version (made into a story) for those who are too stressed to click another link.

    1. Let’s say you are stuck in traffic or in a highly annoying situation that you cannot control.  For this type of scenario, it is suggested that a skim-milk chai latte and half a bagel with cream cheese will provide some energy and make you less cranky.
    2. Now that you have made it to work after the long hour wait in traffic, you need to prepare for your BIG presentation to your boss.  Feeling a little nervous?  Having the glass of milk will help calm your body, so you can proceed like a pro!
    3. After your awesome presentation, your boss invites you to lunch.  Palms sweating, you flip though the menu trying to decide on what to eat.  It is suggested that eating a salad with chicken or fish will actually help feel better and less nervous. Read the rest of this entry »
     
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