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Okay, so I've lost 40 lbs so far and I'm running into a little bit of a road block.  When I first started counting I was allowed to eat 2000 calories a day, which was way easy!  Now, I'm finding it harder because I'm only supposed to eat 1550 calories.  I can no longer eat the same things I was eating before.  I was wondering if anyone could help me with other options for breakfast, lunch and snacks?  What's good to eat with a little less calories than what I'm eating now?   Has anyone else had this problem?  Help please :)

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Could you tell us what your eating now?? I usually have a bowl of cereal a cup of skim milk and one fruit and two pieces of turkey bacon.  This morning and that adds up to 290 calories.  I am stuffed too!! Fiber is good to fill up on it keeps you full, plus drinking water in between or before meals helps you fill up.  I am on 1450 daily and i remain satisfied. 

 

CLarice

Right now I'm eating a serving (2 pieces) of Special K berry waffles with less than a serving a light syrup which is about 210 calories.  I've been eating this for breakfast for about a year now.  My weakness if my coffee in the morning and I cannot go without it.  With my creamer I think it's about 200 calories.  Does anyone know of any GOOD substitute for dairy creamer?  I usually have a low fat granola bar for a snack around 10:30 - 100 calories.  For lunch I try to keep a variety of things but sometimes my lunch can be around 400 calories - having a hard time thinking of new things to eat.  I'm tired of the Healthy Choice and Smart Ones and I honestly don't think they're that good.  Sometimes I will also have a serving of pretzels with lunch - 100 calories.  For a snack I have a cup of low fat yogurt around 3 pm - 60 calories.  Dinner is always really hard for me because my husband is not dieting.  I usually just make whatever he wants and keep my portions small.  

I can see where my problems are - coffee and maybe snacks, but I don't know what to do to fix the problems.  I'm not real familiar on really good choices for breakfast and lunch. 

Instead of the creamer have you tried adding unsweetened Almond Breeze with some Splenda mixed in?

Really, it would be no big deal for you to lower your calories if you stopped drinking that coffee with creamer! 200 calories for a DRINK?

Your granola bar is probably a terrible choice. Those always make me hungry soon after. For less than 100 calories you could have a cup of low fat yogurt or half a cup of cottage cheese.

For lunch try this if you like tuna:

In a bowl place 2-4 riped lettuce leaves (like in a salad). Take a can of tuna and dump it on top. Slice up a couple of cherry tomatoes on top. Add some mustard and pepper. EAT! SO filling. It will keep me full for about four hours. It comes to less than 200 calories. The entire can of tuna is 120-140 calories if it's canned in water.

Edit: As for your breakfast, do those waffles really fill you up? Have you tried oatmeal or egg white scrambles with a slice of toast?

I love your idea for the Almond Breeze - I wasn't even familiar with the product until I read your email.  When I go to the store tonight I will definitely buy this instead of my coffee mate.  The 200 calories was for my two cups of coffee - so about 100 calories per cup of coffee.  It's crazy and I feel bad drinking it but I have to have my coffee :)

I always kind of wondered about my granola bar.  I've heard they're deceitful - low calories but not much good for you.  I already eat the low fat yogurt but the cottage cheese would probably be a good substitute. 

Unfortunately I hate seafood.  I really wish that I liked it because it's so good for you but I just can't bring myself to eat it.  I love chicken though.  I know they also have canned chicken.  I wonder if that's good for you. 

Thank you again for you help!  I will definitely take some of your advice!

Replace the tuna with the chicken then! I've tried that, too. Tastes awesome. =) A little higher in calories, but still VERY healthy.

Veggies are really filling, granola bars can be good for you i have bought the low sugar ones (quaker i think) they are 90 calories and they have chocolate chip etc....my kids love them.  I don't drink coffee so i can't help you there.  But i am sure there are low calorie options for sweetening your coffee.  I love sugar free jello and fat free redi whip it's so good!! I also love pickles to snack on.  My daughter loves carrots and ranch dip.  It's at least healthier than eating chips!! My mom cuts up cucumbers and puts them in fat free zesty italian dressing they are so good this way!! :)  Tuna fills me up too.  String cheese is good too for a snack and a couple crackers.  Hope this helps you some.

 

Clarice

The Almond Breeze might not give you the richness you like from the creamer, so I might suggest adding mostly Almond Breeze and then just 1 tablespoon of your other creamer to give it some more body.  Coffeemate and International Delight sell sugar-free lines of their creamers, which have fewer calories than even the fat-free options.  I usually use a mixture of fat free non dairy creamer (10 calories per serving) and add just a touch of the sugar-free creamer for a bit more flavor.  Your coffee won't taste as good if you use the Almond Breeze or nondairy creamer adjustments, but you will get used to it.  You just have to be willing to wait for that to happen.

Breakfast for me is usually a Clif bar or a Power Bar and some fruit - apple, banana, grapes, something.  I'm just not hungry in the morning so eating waffles or cereal or whatever is just out.  I'd never get it down. Plus I can eat mine while I'm driving.  Helps to get that 7 hours of sleep.

Coffee and powdered creamer - non-fat and sugar free.  All total about 300-350 calories. 

Snack - more fruit - grapes, cherries, pear, plum, orange - about 100 calories worth of something

Lunch - Salad - Spinach, Low Fat Provolone Cheese, Whole Wheat Penne Pasta, olives, onions, and assorted veggies.  A bit of olive oil and some basalmic vinegar and maybe some cayenne pepper.  Yum!  Another 300-350 calories. 

Snack - Yoplait Light Yogurt - 100 calorie

Dinner - Baked Fish or Grilled Chicken, more veggies. 

I adjust that by skipping my snacks if I'm going out for lunch with my co-workers or if I'm having a big dinner.

 

Yea, I pretty much agree with everyone else... it's that coffee! Lucky me, I have always hated the taste of coffee (even in desserts like coffee ice cream and tiramisu!)

As for lunch ideas, you'd be surprised how low-cal a sandwich can be! I buy Sara Lee Whole Grain bread (it's only 45 calories a slice and really filling) and then I make a sandwich with 2 tablespoons of hummus, sliced tomato, baby spinach, etc. It only comes out to around 150 calories, and it's so tasty!

There are also tons of filling foods you can add to salads, like chickpeas (120 cals for 1/2 cup, but really filling), grilled chicken, avocados, etc.

I tend to enjoy eating huge portions of really healthy and low-cal stuff, so I just make big salads filled with veggies. I use balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar for dressing, because they basically had no calories.

Other healthier snacks that you can substitute for granola bars (those have a lot of sugar) are chopped veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, etc.), cottage cheese, fage 0% yogurt, and fruits.

 

thax
Jul 18 2008 17:38
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From cereal, to pretzels, to yogurt..  um..  all these foods make you more hungry in a shorter time. Try more protein if you like egg whites or tuna, they are a good and keep you fuller longer. I wouldn't stop eating the stuff you eat all-together, but maybe substitute a meal with some protein for dinner.

Lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean protein. You can have 4 cups of salad for under 100 calories depending on what you put in it. fresh spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, all have lower calorie content and make a flavorful salad. VERY filling. check out the "Sonoma diet" for some great ideas.
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