Nutrition Tip January 15 2011


Restaurant Foods

At home you can probably make a medium-fat burger, with toppings (mustard, ketchup, pickles, etc) and small bun for about 500 calories without being too strict.  So, when you go out, you may think you’re getting this amount of maybe a couple hundred more.  Think again.  Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger, for example, packs 1820 calories (more than a day’s worth for some people!).  Chili’s Big Mouth Bites, four bacon cheeseburgers with sides of fries, onion strings and jalapeno ranch dipping sauce totals 2,350 calories.  And the desserts: Uno Chicago Grill’s Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae, has 2,800 calories – even if you share it, it’s still 9 times the calories of the treats on your meal plan.

Eating out is an awesome thing to do and definitely worthwhile….just be mindful when your choosing what you eat.

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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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