I’ve never been big on calorie counting. I know it works for some people, but it’s just not my thing. I either completely lose track, or I start selecting food based on its calories, not its nutritional value.
When I was losing weight three years ago, I followed this set of nutrition guidelines from the trainer I was working with. While those guidelines cut out a lot, they did emphasize eating lots of real food–plenty of vegetables, healthy fat and protein. This was so much easier for me than trying to count calories or points.
So, I don’t often look at calorie counts for food. I generally know what’s good for me and what’s not, and I try to eat more of the what’s good for me, and less of what’s not, and make sure that when I do eat stuff that’s not as good for me, it’s something I really want, and I don’t go overboard on it.
But for some reason, I decided to look at the calorie count for one of my favorite (random) lunches, chicken tacos with guacamole from Chipotle.
Since I am not really sure of the amount of calories I consume daily (although maybe I’ll do an experiment and record a few days to see?), I’m not positive how many calories I should be having at lunch, but it’s not the 630 calories that gave me pause.
Do you see the amount of sodium? No wonder I feel so bloated. I probably have these sweet taco babies at least twice a week.
The fat levels are also pretty high, and it’s not just from the guac. The guac actually only accounted for 13 of those grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat.
So, just a note to beware of the health halo and how things are prepared, and that cooking for yourself is (almost) always more healthy. (That last one is a huge reminder to myself, as well.)
How do you do healthy eating? Calorie counting? Weight Watchers? Eating real foods? Also, what did you think was healthy and find out was actually not that great for you?