• 7 simple ways to save 700 calories!

    In my email this morning I found this awesome article from Eat This, Not That – and honestly, it’s great!!!! Check out what I found:

    Major, life-altering changes, brought about not by dieting, but by making simple swaps. There are definitely times when I get pretty tired of spreading the word so vigorously. But when I hear stories like those, I know I must be doing something right. So I’ve collected here seven of the most mind-blowing swaps in America. Each of the simple trades will save you at least 700 calories. Do this once a day, and you’d lose 73 pounds in a year—minimum.”

    Eat This, Not That! Savings: 730 calories While these are both double-patty burgers with cheese, Sonic’s version weighs in nearly twice as heavy. That might sound like a bargain until you realize that it contains far more than twice as many calories. The Big Mac relies on thinner cuts of beef and uses far less sauce, making it a reasonable way to fill your double-burger craving.

    McDonald’s Big Mac 540 calories 29 g fat (10 g saturated) 1,040 mg sodium VS. 

    Sonic SuperSonic Double Cheeseburger (w/mayo) 1,270 calories 87 g fat (34 g saturated) 1,500 mg sodium

    P.F. Chang’s lets the sodium-saturated sauces rain down upon most of its dishes. This is one of the worst. It contains more than two days’ worth of the salty stuff—not to mention eight times the fat of Panda Express’ version.

    Panda Express Broccoli Beef (with a side of mixed veggies) 165 calories 4.5 g fat (1 g saturated) 970 mg sodium VS. 

    P.F. Chang’s Beef with Broccoli 870 calories 36 g fat (12 g saturated) 4,719 mg sodium

    California Pizza Kitchen’s salad menu is, for the most part, a dangerous spot, but the Chinese Chicken option steers clear of trouble with a nutrient-rich blend of cabbage, lettuce, carrots, scallions, and cilantro. Topped with grilled chicken, this veggie-heavy meal is far superior to Applebee’s version. The “Neighborhood Bar & Grill” tosses its lettuce with crispy noodles—read: dipped in fattening oil—that not only add in a deadly level of trans fats, but also deliver an extra 20 grams of carbohydrates. Just watch your sodium intake the rest of the day. CPK has never met a salt shaker it didn’t vigorously shake.

    California Pizza Kitchen Chinese Chicken Salad 617 calories 1 g saturated fat 2,532 mg sodium 

    Applebee’s Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad 1,290 calories 79 g fat (12g saturated, 2.5 g trans) 2,290 mg sodium

    It’s tough to tell exactly where The Cheesecake Factory’s extra calories come from. The chain doesn’t provide ingredient lists. But this selection probably suffers from the same problems as the rest of the menu: excessive use of cheap oils and butter. Olive Garden bakes its crusted tilapia and plates the fish with vegetables, shaving nearly two days’ worth of saturated fat off the Factory’s numbers.

    Olive Garden Parmesan Crusted Tilapia 590 calories 10 g saturated fat 910 mg 

    The Cheesecake Factory Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon 1,400 calories 48 g saturated fat 1,240 mg sodium

    Few appetizers work as hard as guacamole. The avocados from which it’s made are packed with hunger-blunting fiber and heart-healthy fats. Chili’s Spinach & Artichoke dip, on the other hand, consists of mostly cream, cheese, and butter. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s healthy.

    On the Border Guacamole with Chips 660 calories 23 g fat (5 g saturated) 680 mg sodium 

    Chili’s Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip 1,610 calories 103 g fat (42 g saturated) 1,610 mg sodium 

    It’s not like Pizza Hut’s Personal Pan Pizzas are to be idolized, but compared to Uno’s deep-dish offerings, they’re paragons of nutrition. The big difference is in the depth of the crust. Pizza Hut’s is reasonable, whereas Uno’s can double as a mattress.

    Pizza Hut Pepperoni Personal Pan Pizza 610 calories 26 g fat (10 g saturated) 1,410 mg sodium 

    Uno Deep Dish Prima Pepperoni Pizza 1,830 calories 126 g fat (36 g saturated) 2,910 mg sodium 

    It’s not hard to see the difference in these two Mexican dishes. Chipotle combines grilled chicken, fresh salsa, and a little cheese inside a corn shell. Simple. Chili’s, on the other hand, fries its chicken, doubles up on cheese, tosses in some bacon, and drizzles thick ranch dressing on top. That doesn’t do your body any favors.

    Chipotle Crunchy Chicken Tacos 490 calories 21 g fat (8.5 g saturated) 1,050 mg 

    Chili’s Crispy Chicken Tacos (w/o the rice and beans side) 1,340 calories 71 g fat (20 g saturated) 3,120 mg sodium



    Wow – 4 weeks gone… just like that – I remember when I started this I was like, there is no WAY in hell that I am going to last 4 weeks without dairy, booze, caffeine, wheat, sugars —- noooo way. The first few days were sooooooo hard – but once I really got into it – I realized, it wasn’t so bad… so what if my daily diet consisted of salads with no dressing, bananas, smoothies, and either chicken or beef for dinner with veggies??? So what if I learned a million ways to cook a chicken and make it actually taste good — so WHAT if I feel a million times better…

    I’m telling you people, if you want to feel better, have your skin look better, drop a few of those unwanted pounds, this is the way to go — all in all i probably dropped a good 15lbs, dropped 2 pant sizes, but my skin looks amazing, I have the MOST energy I’ve had in the longest time – and I just feel amazing… Honestly, thanks to Mia, I feel the best I’ve felt since high school.

    I even feel like I look better – I feel more confident in my awesome facebook photos – I’m just happier… and again, my friends have been amazing and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them!

    For the past 4 weeks my diet has consisted of really nothing but proteins and fruits and veggies, and I thought the minute I got off this I would be back to my old ways… but no way – to be brutally honest, I had my first coffee in 4 weeks and I almost shit myself. my stomach hurt soooo bad. HAHA. It’s so funny that your body just adjusts so fast to what you haven’t been eating that when you do have it again, you feel like shit.

    I made the awesome cupcakes from my blog – (click here for recipe) 

    and they were great. I love that I can have a sweet non-super fattening treat when I want, but I don’t feel the same as I did before – and I don’t know if it’s the wheat or the dairy in the frosting. Buttttttt, I tried with Gluten Free cake mix and I def. didn’t feel as bad eating them – maybe I do have a gluten issue – who knows… 
    Now my new big goals are 1st, looking hot and sexy for snowboarding season, and 2nd, getting into bikini shape so I can look super awesome for next years Jamaica trip! (who’s with me?!?!)
    Looks like I still have a lot of work cut out for me ahead, BUTTTTTTTTTT with the right diet, and working out, I can make it!!!! 
    FAT KID (on her way to being skinny) OUT!