Day 5: When Hunger Hits – from cupcakes to tzatziki – an 85 calorie snack

I’ve been fine all week, but for some reason today I was really hungry. Tonight there was an internal battle going on inside of me. I was sitting around thinking, “tomorrow’s my day off, and midnight is only a few hours away. Does it really matter?” Then the other side of me would say, “Hey, you can eat whatever you want tomorrow. Don’t blow it – you’ve had 5 strong days of eating healthy and working out.”

It didn’t help that my wife, Allison was busy making cupcake ice cream cones for my son’s birthday party tomorrow. Man, they sure looked good and were ridiculously tempting.
Man, these sure look good.

I mustered up enough strenght to resist and instead fought my hunger off with an excellent snack that is low in calories and very satisfying: carrots and tzatziki dip. Carrots are an excellent snack. One 3 oz. serving is only 35 calories.
not slimy like some of the others
When buying pre-cut carrots, I prefer the Bolthouse Farms carrots. Sometimes when you buy pre-cut carrots, especially the baby-cut carrots, they come out of the bag they are slimy. yuck. Who wants to eat slimy carrots? Bolthouse Farms has always had high quality carrots that are not slimy and taste good.

Now, for the dip – tzatziki dip.
Yes, this is the same dip that goes on the famous greek “Gyro” sandwiches. Pronuciation still a confusing topic at our house (Year-oh? Gee-roh?) Technically it has a soft g at the beginning, but most American’s can’t say it right. I digress…so Gyro meat – generally not so healthy. The tzatziki (cucumber) sauce they put on it? Very healthy and extremely tasty. It makes an excellent dip for vegetables. I love the combination of cucumbers and dill in the dip. Instead of using ranch to dip veggies in, which completely counteracts the idea of being healthy and eating vegetables, use tatziki dip. Here is a shot of the label from the dip that I picked up at Costco:
and low calorie too...
2 Tablespoons was plenty to go along with my one serving of carrots. After finishing the snack, I was totally satisfied and only 85 calories had been consumed! A much healthier alternative to cupcake cones. I’ll have one of those tomorrow on my day off 😉

Food Calories
3 oz. carrots 35
2 Tbsp Tzatziki Dip 50
Total Calories: 85

Day 3: My Big FatSecret

One of the most important things that you can do when trying to lose weight is to track everything that you eat. It’s amazing how differently your decision making goes when you know you’re going to have to write down what you eat. At a minimum you should record the number of calories taken into your body in some sort of log or notebook.

With technology making our lives easier these days, you can record everything on the computer or using your phone. I recommend using a website that tracks what you eat. Not only will it show you how many calories you are eating each day, but how much fat, sugar, carbs, etc. There a many different websites out there that will allow you to do this. Many of them even come with mobile phone apps to make it even easier to record what you eat. Here are a few that you can try:’s MyPlate:'s MyPlate
I haven’t used MyPlate myself, but have heard that it is pretty good.’s Calorie Count:'s Calorie Count
I used Calorie Count for a while and liked it a lot…until I found:
FatSecret - All Things Food and Diet

I work in the software industry and am a big fan of open source software. The idea of open source software in a nutshell is to share the awesomeness of software that you wrote with others to enjoy for free. The original source of the code is freely available for you to change if you want to make it better. Many open source projects are done in collaboration with multiple people across the globe working together to write great software. A few examples of open source software that many of you may have have already used or heard of are:

Firefox Web BrowserRobust Email ClientFree Office SoftwareAwesome Free Open Source Image Tool

When I came across FatSecret, I loved the idea that the entire database of foods is editable by all members. Calorie Count had an approval process and seemed kind of slow and clunky – especially once I switched to FatSecret. Food Makers will change their labels from time to time. If you see an entry for a food that has a problem – just edit it. Bought a store brand that is not listed in the database? Add it yourself right then and there to the FatSecret database. The idea of an open source community type of nutrition tracking website had me from first sight.

I will be documenting all of the food that I eat while I’m on Body For Life over at My Fatsecret ID is:


If you are already on FatSecret, send me a Buddy Request! If not, what are you waiting for? Go give it a try!