Are you on the go and too busy to cook? Before you pull in to that chain restaurant for a quick meal, consider the calorie count of some of the meals. You might be a little sticker shocked when it comes to the high count.
One group hands out awards for those meals that go over the top in terms of calorie count. The Center for Science in the Public Interest gives out the Extreme Eating Awards for meals at chain restaurants with the highest calories, fat, sugar and salt.
This is one award you probably do not want to win. Still, we have a winner!
And the winner is…..
Red Robin’s Monster Burger Meal- This meal is a double burger with bottomless fries and a large milkshake. The meal boasts a whopping 3540 calories! Just to give you an idea of how hard you would have to work to burn off those calories, try walking for 12 hours ! Or rethink your order!
In the past, winners have weighed in around 1500 calories, so the Monster Burger Meal really takes the cake. Well, not the cake. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake at the Cheesecake Factory is about 1500 calories!
Other notables were Famous Dave’s spare ribs plate, Joe Crab Shack’s seafood platter and Maggiano’ s Little Italy’s steak dish.
Keep in mind that you could order skinny versions of these meals. Simple substitutions like a lettuce wrapped turkey burger with steamed broccoli would make a big difference. And most of these chains have skinny menu options that won’t use up your entire calorie count for the day. So be aware of the monster within, or in this case, the monster without, and make a good choice towards your health.
So we pulled up our fast food app and looked at the drink calories in our choices.
Iced Caramel Macchiato — Grande Whole Milk–233 calories, 30 carbs
Make it nonfat and it reduces to 173 calories.
And I made my Grande Caramel Latte Skinny with no whip–130 calories, 0 g, 9 carbs
Compare this to the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino that weighs in at 480 calories.
Maybe this doesn’t sound like much, but reducing the fat and sugar in drinks takes the calories and carb count down, leaving you more room to eat a little something extra.
And liquid calories just don’t give us that feeling of fullness that we need to prevent overeating. Purdue University research supports the idea that people who drink their calories tend to overeat later in the day. Apparently, our bodies don’t register liquid calories the same as solid ones.
Here is what a study reported in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition found:
- Cutting 100 calories a day from liquids resulted in weight loss of about 0.5 pound (0.3 kilogram) at 6 and 18 months.
- Cutting 100 calories a day from solid foods resulted in a loss of about 0.1 pound (0.06 kilogram) at 6 and 18 months.
- Eliminating 1 serving, or 12 ounces (335 mL), of sugar-sweetened beverages a day resulted in the greatest weight loss — 1 pound (0.5 kilogram) at 6 months and 1.5 pound (0.7 kilogram) at 18 months.
So if you are trying to lose those 5 extra pounds, what you drink may be more important than what you eat. For example, I love the peach milkshakes at Chick-fil-A, but considering the whopping 850 calories and 21 grams of fat, I am passing! I’ll use those 850 calories on some solid food!
Maybe change out that morning protein shake for eggs and turkey bacon. Eat an apple versus drinking apple juice. Also, know the liquid calories in many of the popular drinks.
Consider your liquid calorie intake, reduce it and see if you start losing weight.
I’ve got a simple way you can start feeling positive emotions like trust, love and acceptance.
It involves a hormone made in your brain that travels to the base of the brain by being secreted by the pituitary gland. Most of us have heard of it because of child birth and breast feeding.
This hormone called Oxytocin, does more than aid reproduction. When it comes to social bonding, it performs! Oxytocin has an impact on our feelings of relaxation, trust and psychological stability. It can even reduce stress responses. And it is involved in the first stages of romantic love.
So here is an easy way to release it and start feeling better about your fellow man!
Join your church choir or a singing group. When you sing in a group, oxytocin pulses through the brain and those feelings of trust, love and acceptance starts to flow. This is why you hear choir members talk so lovingly about each other and feel bonded to their group. Oxytocin is leading the way. The brain is increasing its production of oxytocin when you are belting out those choir numbers together. And the benefit to you in the positive feelings of trust and love, not to mention the beauty of worship.
So if you want to feel bonded and accepted, join a choir or singing group. Or think about playing music with others–it does the same thing.
Merrill Lynch CEO, John Thain (The picture is not John Thain!) was upset when he didn’t receive a year-end bonus for losing billions of dollars. His reason–yes, the company lost billions, but his leadership probably prevented even more hemorrhaging. HE thought the board should have awarded him a lucrative compensation package! Really? This is just one of many examples of leaders who fail to see their blind spots.
Whether you are leading a Bible study or the CEO of a company, think about these 10 leadership traps you should avoid:
1) Believing the rules don’t apply to you. When you begin to believe your own press or think your lack of integrity won’t impact those you lead, think again. Leaders who lead by example do best.
2) You don’t delegate. No one likes to work for a micromanager, especially when this is based on the belief that you can only trust yourself to get things done. A micromanager burns out and is usually resented by his/her followers.
3) You define loyalty by having no vision, but your vision. This usually results in surrounding yourself with YES men and women. Dissension is not allowed and complaints mean possible rebellion. In religious settings, phrases like “Don’t touch God’s anointed ” are used to squash any dissent.
4) You isolate. When leaders have few meaningful relationships, drop out of culture, or work 24-7, they are out of balance. Isolation leads to poor thinking and judgment.
5) You are success or power driven. Self-ambition replaces true servanthood and a desire to do something meaningful for God’s kingdom. It’s all about your accomplishments.
6) You dabble in things that can get you in trouble. Leaders who think they can handle addictions or don’t set boundaries with the opposite sex are asking for trouble You are playing with fire.
7) You deny real issues and problems. Keeping your head in the sand results in a build-up of problems. Problems don’t go away just because you refuse to face them.
8) You have no real accountability. Leaders who don’t listen to their spouses or operate with a lone ranger mentality find themselves in trouble because there are no checks and balances. A lack of accountability makes it easy to not play by the rules, compromise and move off vision.
9) Your emotional health is negative. People who refuse treatment for depression, anxiety or live with unresolved conflicts, don’t do well over the long haul. Problems escalate and emotional well-being falls to a dangerous low.
10) You hang on to offense or wounds of the past. The problem is that you can be triggered by even the smallest things because the wounding results in insecurity. Hanging on to unresolved anger and unforgiveness grows bitterness and resentment which can lead to explosive or distancing behavior. Let go of offense or you won’t be spiritually or emotionally well.