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As a way to boost my diet I'm considering giving up on ALL kinds of bread. Not just muffins and bagels, but also whole wheat and rye bread. That DOES have more nutrients but I feel like the calorie count is too high, as usually a slice packs about 100 calories or so, and of course you have TWO. Add the peanut butter/meat/tuna or whatever, and you have a 4-5 hundred calorie meal for just one sandwich. I bought these whole wheat WRAPS that are only 100 calories, and I could wrap things up in it and still get the nutrients, as well as getting whole wheats from oatmeal ad cereals. Is this a good idea, and is there anything that you specifically need from bread? It's not exactly my favorite comfort food so depriving myself of it isn't going to make me eat an entire loaf in one night or anything....
Also, if I do choose to eat a slice later on is it going to freak my stomach out? I know that after I gave up fried foods every time I'm forced to eat it I feel sick....I know that if a vegetarian eats meat again they get sick too....just wondering!
I don't think you NEED bread...but it is a good source of fiber.. So I would say if you give it up be sure to suppliment the fiber you'll be losing with something else. :)
Where do you find 30 calorie bread?!
I did find these rice wraps that were 70 cals too :) but yeah definitely what brand are they?
Are you willing to give up bread for your entire life? Because that's what this means. If you are figuring that you'll give it up for your "diet" then go back to it, you will gain back every single pound, plus more. I'm speaking from long years of bitter experience.
Much better to learn how to control your portions. How about half a sandwich with only one slice of bread? Or just a piece of a bagel? You can fit these foods into your meal plan!
I do like the idea of using wraps and other kinds of grain products though. It makes perfect sense. I like Flatout light Italian herb wraps at 90 cal each. Nice a big and very tasty.
Sarah Lee makes a bread that is only 45 calories per slice. It's very light but it works for me and I can still make a pretty good sandwich with it. You have to read the labels though to make sure it's the one with 45 calories per slice.
I stopped regularly eating bread, pasta, rice etc. when I started calorie counting. I just fill up on the meats and fruits/veggies and dairy. I haven't missed it and I am still getting enough fiber in my diet. My analysis shows I am getting the right proportion of calories and all my nutrients. I have had bites here and there but rarely a full serving for 12 weeks now and I've lost 22 pounds. However...
I don't know if this is related but twice now after having a full serving of bread, I have gotten migraines. It doesn't seem like that could be the cause but it's odd. Makes me not want to eat bread even more! I have had more full servings of pasta without the same effect.
Again, not sure if this is related - has anyone else heard of this? I can't figure out where else they could be coming from.
I don't think you have to give up bread alltogether. Perhaps just switching to a more nutritional bread is the answer.
I try to stay away from any breads made with "enriched flour". I stick with 100% Whole Grain (not whole wheat). I'm not very brand loyal, but I've liked the Sara Lee brands. Just check the nutrition lables and if it says "enriched" anywhere or you see HFCS (High Frutcose Corn Syrup) put it back on the shelf.
It's certainly your prerogative, but I've lost 70+ lbs eating bread almost every day. I avoid white bread, and instead have french bread or rye whole wheat bread, in about 180 cal servings at lunch, and have found it to be quite filling.
Anyway, why do you have to "give it up"? Why not have bread sometimes, and wraps other times, brown rice other times, a little pasta other times, depending on your calorie needs? Variety is the spice of life!
Quitting pop is probably a good idea. You can switch to a diet brand every once in a while though for a treat. I used to only drink diet but then I realized that it gives you headaches and working out is always harder because it dehydrates you. So I think if you don't want to have to give it up drink it AFTER exercising and go diet :)
I regularly eat three things in the bread category ... and my diet is doing just fine.
Thomas' Light multigrain english muffins ... just 100 calories (and 8g fiber!) They are awesome in the morning for breakfast, they make great sammies, and they are great by themselves.
Alvarado Street organic, sprouted flax seed bread ... just 100 calories for TWO slices. It freezes well, and we store it in the fridge. I can buy it locally at two stores (including trader joe's) or you can buy it online from their website. Plus, flax seed has healthy Omega 3s!
Kellogg's All Bran Garlic Herb Crackers ... just 120 calories for 18 crackers (plus 5g of fiber). A nice crunch, a nice taste, and a nice serving size. Great with soup, salads, cheese, or even hummus!
I use the muffins for breakfast ALL the time, and often for lunch/dinner, too. I switch off with the flax seed bread just for variety and taste. And I've made some KILLER FRENCH TOAST using eggbeaters, the flax seed bread and sugarfree syrup that is VERY diet-friendly.
My advice? Don't give up anything on your "diet" that you aren't willing to give up for the rest of your life.
I get fiber from oatmeal, brown rice, beans, veggies, nuts...