Feb 15 2016

The Hidden Costs In the Food You Buy

Today I forgot to set my alarm, which has led to a somewhat unfortunate chain of events 1. I did not have time to put make-up on 2. I did not have time to pack my food or eat breakfast 3. I was (just a touch) grumpy with my clients!…

Today I forgot to set my alarm, which has led to a somewhat unfortunate chain of events
1. I did not have time to put make-up on
2. I did not have time to pack my food or eat breakfast
3. I was (just a touch) grumpy with my clients!

So here’s what I had for breakfast – a classic Pod scrambled egg….looks ok right? Paleo bread and all that balls 😉

Here’s the problem – Myfitnesspal tells me that’s 367 calories, I’m not so sure. A quick rack up in my head (bread 200g, 2 eggs 140g, cheese 100g, oil 50g, seeds 50g) suggests it could be easily 550 calories. My point is – it’s easy for it to be wrong and quite frankly, it’s no skin off Pod’s nose if you end up overeating because of them!

Remember this….even a simple packet of chicken from M&S could be 20% out in terms of calories recorded versus actual because they are under no legal obligation to get this right. By the time you’ve bought breakfast and lunch out and maybe added a couple of cappuccinos (175 calories a go) you could have racked up an extra 5-600 calories a day you haven’t even realised you’ve eaten. That’s more than enough to wave your fat loss good bye for the week!

On top of all of this – you may feel very virtuous going into Pod and getting your scrambled eggs for breakfast – or your Tossed salad for lunch. But a calorie is still a calorie, whatever form it comes in! Is paleo protein bread really any better for you than a regular slice of wholegrain toast? Honestly, not really – it just happens to be a marketing ploy that funnily enough works wonders with us busy city folks. Likewise if you carefully choose a salad that then has olive oil dressing drizzled all over it you might be surprised just how quickly the numbers start to rack up.

The solution? Get in your own kitchen and make your own food wherever possible  so that you know exactly what is going into your body. Pushed for time? Just make an extra portion of your evening meal, stick it in a tupperware and in your bag for the next day – no extra effort, just a tiny bit more forethought and planning.

When You’re Ready To Get Serious

Becs

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Becs Cronshaw