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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/21/2013 11:10:31 AM
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Re: Don't let grocers off the hook
Well, as a rule, lots of high-calorie, low-nutrition foods are white, as it happens -- sugar, flour, salt, heavy cream, milk, mashed potatoes. So it kind of became a fun thing to observe while dieting. Sort of an old wives tale that kind of holds up.

richheap
richheap  
11/21/2013 6:47:40 AM
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Re: Don't let grocers off the hook
@Mary: Why shouldn't you eat anything white, Mary? Because it tends to lack nutritional value? I had some popcorn earlier.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/20/2013 4:35:37 PM
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Re: App for working out
That's great, @Daved. She's making this a priority and it's paying off big time, it seems. I've found better success with videos and walks at home. I joined a gym awhile back but just wasn't able to make it often enough to justify the expense. I would have loved to do  more there, but it just wasn't feasible.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
11/20/2013 3:26:26 PM
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Re: App for working out
Mary,

she does work a full time job, but from home and has flexable hours on the days she goes to the gym during the working hours. She mostly goes for two hours at night from 5-7 or so and during the day from 8-9 ish.

I dont have time for a gym workout, i have a 3 year old to chase around, but when we can work out its to work out videos or walking

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/20/2013 10:39:07 AM
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Re: App for working out
@Daved: I applaud your sister in law. Well done! One question I do have is how she fits in three workouts a day. Is she employed full time at home or on the job? Just curious.

For many of us, that staircase may be the only workout we have time for in the run of a day.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/20/2013 10:37:37 AM
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Re: Don't let grocers off the hook
Calorie counting is important, but balancing out the kinds of foods one eats is also important. You can't go wrong by adding a green vegetable at every meal; and reducing grains and upping fat-reduced protein can help, too.

Oh-- and don't eat anything white.

richheap
richheap  
11/20/2013 12:46:32 AM
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Re: Don't let grocers off the hook
@Terry: Weight Watchers used to put points values on fruit and veg, but the upshot was that people on Weight Watchers ate less fruit and veg than they should to save points. Now fruit and veg are "points free" so you can eat as much as you like.

The reason for this thrilling fact? Well, I suspect some people would reduce the amount of fruit and veg they eat if it they knew how many calories they contained, regardless of the other benefits. Do we want to give people even more reason to eat unhealthily? Calorie statistics on their own don't mean much as they don't take into account the nutritional value of what you're eating or how much exercise you're doing.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
11/19/2013 8:16:11 PM
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Don't let grocers off the hook
Why aren't grocery stores and supermarkets required to post calorie counts on all foods? Yeash, I know processed foods have nutritional information with estimated calories, bit what  about fruit and vegetable produce or foods that are prepared to go?

Speaking of processed foods (which is the nature of most food in major restaurant chains), check out this list of the 10 highest calorie dishes served in US restaurants... so much for that healthy salad alternative!

I know I don't feel full unless my burger has at least seven patties.

Toby
Toby  
11/18/2013 4:03:12 PM
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Re: Calorie Counting
I think it is helps people who are poorly educated in matters of nutrition to at least know where they stand. Before there were health warnings on Tobacco it was easy to dismiss the loonies who thought it was a health hazard to smoke.

richheap
richheap  
11/18/2013 2:48:55 PM
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My Dad's work gym
My Dad is now retired but used to be a facilities manager in a brewery. He once told me that his work gym said that the time he spent walking or running around the brewery didn't count as exercise because "his body was used to it". I only mention it here because I remember how incredulous he was about getting this info: "So I run up and down stairs all day and it doesn't count as exercise? Huh?!"

If he reads this then I hope he'll fill in any details I missed out.

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