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Good versus Bad


October 19, 2010

So, do you ever bite the bullet and let yourself indulge in whatever you want to eat?? Rarely, I give myself the OK to say to hell with my “healthy diet” and gorge on a few of my favorite things… granted, this doesn’t happen often enough and only when I dont have an important event coming up, but still nonetheless, we have to treat ourselves every now and then right??
With that in mind, I went searching on the world wide web for things you assume would be terrible, but in all reality, truly aren’t THAT bad to satisfy that salty/sweet craving you’re having—here are some of the winners:

(as an FYI, I chose these based on calorie count, as that is what I use as my rule-of-thumb… not what everyone does, but this works for me)

1. Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut—200 calories
(just don’t eat a dozen like my fiancé has been known to do)
2. Baskin Robbins Very Strawberry Ice Cream—220 calories for a 4 oz scoop
3. California Pizza Kitchen – BBQ Chicken Pizza (1/3 of pizza) – 290 calories
{you can also eat the frozen kind too!}
4. Cracker Barrel Chicken n’ Dumplings – 14 oz. equals 390 calories
 5. Krystal Regular Cheese Krystal – 180 calories {late night craving, right??}
6. McDonald’s Southern Chicken Sandwich – 400 calories (similar to Chick-Fil-A)
7. Panera’s Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – 200 calories
8. Classic Italian Sub from Quizno’s (small) – 370 calories {my fav!}
9. Pineapple Pleasure Smoothie from Smoothie King (20 oz) – 313 calories
10. Junior Burger from Sonic (no cheese) – 320 calories
11. Starbucks Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte (the tall AKA my vice) – 90 calories
12. Steak n Shake Onion Rings (small) – 334 calories

13. Whitt’s BBQ sandwich – 305 calories

On the other hand, I stumbled across a few establishments that are the places you should just stay clear of including: Captain D’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin, Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, KFC {unless you get it grilled!}, and PF Changs… I’m sure the list goes on to include others, but these were the few that caught my attention.
Sorry if this has brought a little bit of sadness–as it did to me–but this really made me think about how a balanced diet keeps you on track, but still we can treat ourselves!!
And, I assure you that this helpful tip REALLY works: “everything in moderation” =)

  1. Caroline says:

    This is so sad. Why does all of the bad stuff have to taste so good? CPK is my favorite! I need to get back on track with my eating. Do you count calories? Or just use common sense?

  2. sugar says:

    Girl! You made me hungry. And I'm stuck at work. Great post. I need to be more concious of what I am eating. My problem is, I have a high metabolism and can eat anything without gaining wait, so it makes it really hard to choose healthy foods. Plus I always eat really tiny portions which helps me give myself permission. I gotta start thinking healthy rather than just about weight. Thankfully, I have great health, I'd like to keep it that way.

  3. Jeeze – I am hungry now! haha. This was a great post though! I like seeing that some of my favorite indulgences aren't too terrible.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Oh Krispy Kreme! Sometimes I don't even let myself have 1 because if I do, I know I will want another. My hubby has been known to eat more then a few too! Not fair! ha ha!

  5. Ive never seen anyone take such great pictures of food!! Great looking Blog.

  6. Always good information to have…thanks, Natasha!

    Liesl 🙂

  7. Chiara says:

    this is a great post!!!
    Who would have thought a Krispy Kream is healthier than a Jumbo Juice!!!

  8. jacquelyn says:

    i heart the cheesecake factory, that makes me sad…. but i know deep down its true.

  9. you're self-control amazes and motivates me! 🙂

  10. about once a month..the "monster" hits and i have a day where i eat everything in sight. terrible, but thats the deal. 🙂

  11. Brown Girl says:

    I ate like a fat kid on our honeymoon…and I didn't even feel bad about it! ;0

  12. Great Post! Just wondering if you have any tips on how you stay focused on eating well. I seem to let myself "slip" more often than not. Let me know if you have any good advice that works for you.


  13. So hungry now lol…and it's 12:45 at night.

    You're right though, everything in moderation. Now if I could just grasp that concept…hehe

  14. Always always in moderation.

  15. Christy says:

    Haha, I'm sitting here eating a peanut butter brownie as I read this…I don't want to even know how many calories. I will pretend that it healthy…protein!

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