Hi Mrs. Bee,
I belong to calorieking.com, but after mastering the art of knowing how many calories are in a food or how much I should eat in a day, I don’t log too much anymore. I also took pictures of everything I ate for a while for my food blog, but now I focus more on developing and testing recipes.
Re: ethnic foods: with a program like calorieking or something similar, you can make custom foods where you input all the ingredients to make a recipe. When I make the food myself I do that to see the calories, when it is something from a restaurant (for example: stuffed grape leaves) I would enter all the items as how I think they MIGHT be, for example… 2 grape leaves, 2 tbs oil, 3 tbs rice, 1/4 plum tomato. And then estimate.
If you check out the before and after pics on my blog (www.rhodeygirltests.com) you will see that I have lost all my college weight and more with my lifestyle. I think that is where the tricks are found… it has to be your LIFESTYLE. I now eat about 5 times a day, about 80% healthy stuff, with the occasional major splurge.
To give you an idea of a typical day of my food (since you were interested in seeing other people’s diaries)… today’s food:
Breakfast: 1/2 serving oatmeal (75 calories) made with water with 1/2 banana, 1 tbs peanut butter, 6 grams slivered almonds and 6 grams shredded coconut (try the combo it’s awesome)
Lunch: 2 eggs on a whole wheat 90 calorie wrap with fresh basil, 1/4 avocado, and 1 oz shredded mozzarella cheese.
Snack: on the go, one of those new Quaker granola bars (150 calories) and a small iced coffee from starbucks with a splash of milk
Dinner: super healthy eggplant rollatini (a huge plate was only 287 cals- mostly SPINACH in the filling and not cheese) + 1 oz of angel hair with homemade pesto.
Dessert, because it’s Thursday and Grey’s is on: 1/2 cup fresh strawberries.
Total calories for the day: App. 1500.
*I am 5′ 7" and weigh about 137 lbs right now, size 4/6 in normal stores, with a decent metabolism.
When you eat really healthy foods you can eat more VOLUME which keeps me satisfied. Also, I make sure that if I really CRAVE something junky I always give into it for a small portion. Over time those daily cravings go away. After a meal if I think I want a sweet or something else I always wait 5 minutes. Most of the time the feeling passes.
If you have any questions or want more advice, please feel free to ask!!!
Oh! And I almost forgot… EXERCISE! Everyone has time for at least a 20 minute SOMETHING each day. We all probably stare mindlessly out our windows for that long each day. Exercise helps us to maintain (or lose) weight- surely you can sneak a quick powerwalk or video into your day! Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep! When I am tired I eat a lot more, so to avoid that I go to bed earlier.