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Hungry Girl Today: 6.24.09


Hungry G.,

Other than actual BUTTER, what are your go-to products for buttery flavor?

Butter-Lovin' Babe

Dear Butter-Lovin' Babe,

I love the flavor of butter as well, so I am pretty picky with substitutes. And
as much as I love "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!" Spray, I think it's only
great on some stuff as opposed to being an all-around butter swap. I
recommend using it to get a little butter flavor on steamed veggies, on
popcorn, and in select recipes. Bottom line? It's best in small doses. And I
don't recommend taking the top off and pouring it either. (Click here to find
out why!) When you are looking for an actual spreadable swap for butter, go
for light whipped butter or light buttery spread with about 45 calories and 5g
fat per tablespoon. There are a few good ones out there. Land O'Lakes
Whipped Light Butter will satisfy even the pickiest butter-lovers because it
pretty much IS butter -- just a tiny bit lighter. But my absolute favorite is
Brummel & Brown. It's made with yogurt and it tastes INSANELY
FANTASTIC!!!! BTW, there are some fat-free spreads out there with about 5
calories per tablespoon, but I'm not a fan of those. I think it's SO worth it to
use the light spreads, instead. Have a guilt-free buttery day!

Hi, HG!

How do you get back on track after having a meal with too many calories?
How do you NOT blow the whole day?

Calorie-Counting in California

Dear Calorie-Counting,

You ask some excellent and very important questions. There are many
things that can help you bounce back after splurging on a meal, and the
more you do these things, the easier they get. I'll break it down for you...

1. Don't turn a bad meal into a bad MONTH. It's all about being aware and
able to move forward, and being willing to make conscious, smart decisions.
If you eat too much or have a high-calorie meal (and it happens to all of us),
there's no reason to give up and blow the rest of the day. Truly. That kind of
attitude is not productive and could even lead you to blow the week or even
the MONTH, right? Telling yourself you'll get back on track on Monday or on
the first of the month? Please! That attitude is so 1985. You'll feel a LOT
better if it's just one out-of-control meal, and you'll save yourself thousands
of calories, as well.

2. If you overeat or indulge in something high in calories, don't beat yourself
up over it. Just deal with it -- and make better choices the rest of the day.
There's nothing wrong with splurging every now and then. It doesn't make
you "bad" -- it makes you HUMAN. So get over it and move on!

3. Something that ALWAYS helps me get back on track right away is
exercise. If I eat too much during a meal, I feel a lot better if I work out that
night or the next morning. Even a nice half-hour or hour-long walk really

4. Don't starve or restrict yourself to make up for a high-calorie meal. That'll
only make things worse, since your body will be thrown off by the two
extremes. The best way to get back on track is to resume eating normally.

The more you actually master this -- the art of being able to balance your
meals, both the good and bad --, the easier it will ultimately be to maintain
your weight, because you'll know you're able to handle challenges. Again, it's
about getting RIGHT back on track (don't put it off!), not beating yourself up,
adding some extra exercise, and not trying to cut crazy amounts of calories.
Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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