Calorie Disclosure, Drinkable Veggies, and Cigarettes Suck

Restaurants reveal the numbers, drinking veggies for a slimmer physique, and kicking the bad smoking habit.

Seriously, How Many Calories?

Credit: jenny downing

Credit: jenny downing

Here at FBG headquarters, we’re big fans of restaurants that let diners in on the calorie counts on menus. Sure, there’s a margin of error depending on the person making the meal, and sure, we sometimes find that a salad has as many cals as a burger, but we love having this information in front of us to help us make difficult dining decisions easier.

Now, under proposed nutrition-labeling legislation, restaurants with 20 or more locations would have to disclose calorie counts on the menu or menu board and have information available upon request, including details such as cholesterol, fat, sodium content and fiber. While this information probably won’t stop folks from ordering a high-cal dish, with this nationwide law at least they’d know where their calorie count stands for the meal.

Mo’ info, mo’ better.

Viva Vegetables!

Credit: yomi955

Credit: yomi955

Although right now I have an unexplainable addiction to grapefruit juice, I go on kicks when V8 juice is my best friend. Looks like that addiction may be good for my waistline. In a new study, it appears that drinking at least one glass of low-sodium vegetable juice daily may help overweight dieters lose more weight. Participants in the study who drank at least 8 ounces of vegetable juice as part of a calorie-controlled heart-healthy diet lost 4 pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the veggie juice lost only 1 pound. But even if you’re not trying to lose weight, vegetable juice is a great way to make sure you’re hitting your recommended daily veggie intake. Just watch that sodium!

Keep your diet straight.

Naughty Nicotine

Credit: Mykl Roventine

Credit: Mykl Roventine

Hard to believe and weird to admit, but this Fit Bottomed Girl used to be a smoker. Cough, cough. Although it’s now been yeeeaars—and it was only a year when I was still a teenager—I still remember how tough it was to quit cold turkey.

I apparently beat incredible odds because reportedly only 2 to 5 percent of those who quit on their own are successful after 12 months. Of that small percentage, it takes an average of three to six attempts to kick the habit. I don’t want to get preachy here or anything, but I’m sure there are some FBGs out there who just need a little push to drop-kick the habit for good. Well, PUSH! Check out some of these quitting tips from the pros for help on your journey to smoke-free lungs. And non-smokers: These tips work very well for any bad habit you’re looking to kick to the curb!

Kick butt to be a Fit Bottomed Girl.


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  1. carla says:

    swinging by to see if your two fitbottoms will be at BlogHer?

  2. RickyRae says:

    I think the calorie disclosure is great, but doubt it will have little impact on the majority. People know things like fried foods are bad, but unless they are willing to take the plunge into a lifestyle change a few numbers are not going to change anything. I'm hoping the numbers will get some people to think before they eat, only time will tell…

  3. Jody - Fit at 51 says:

    I like calorie disclosure not only to help a few that will read it but less time I have to spend looking it up on the web myself.. although I am not always believing their stats!

    Veggies, rather eat them!

    Congrats on quitting smoking & maintaining that!

  4. Sagan says:

    So, tomato juice is used in Bloody Marys, right? Excellent.


  5. lorrwill says:

    Calorie disclosure would be some motivation to eat out more for me.

    I also would rather eat my veggies cos I don't like the taste of cooked tomato juice. But I have a juicer that I make all sorts of unholy fruit and vegetable concoctions with (I also haz a sporadic carrot juice addiction).

    Hey! I'm a statistical anomaly – I also successfully quit cold turkey, while living in a smoking household, over 20 years ago. And I have been smoking for about 10 years at the time (hangs head in shame). Now even the faintest whiff of ciggie smoke make me gaggy.

  6. lorrwill says:

    That's supposed to read "had been" not "have been". Okay, I am going back to work now.

  7. Heather says:

    I smoked years ago too and quit cold turkey. I had my wisdom teeth pulled and was told I would get horrendously painful air pockets if I smoked. I was so traumatized by the extractions that I never picked up a cigarette again. Thank goodness!!!

  8. Diet Consultant India says:

    Nice piece of information.Keep Writing. After going through the blog , am committed to quit smoking.

  9. nitewalk6 says:

    Mr Gilchrist is a supporter of hypnosis as a quitting smoking aid and mentions some statistics about it while touching on just a few other available methods.
    One not mentioned is laser therapy, it is proven more effective than hypnosis, has no side effects, is painless and drug free and is quick and easy.
    Most smokers will do a lot of research into stop smoking methods and products before making the decision to quit.
    I suggest laser therapy, I was a pack and a half a day for 35 years and was completely quit in just 48 hours.