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Doughnut Dilemma

Posted June 5, 2009

Great! It's National Doughnut Day and I've been told I need to eat more vegetables! That's the update on my diet as I try to shed 10 pounds and get back to my best and healthiest weight. 

Each Wednesday for 10 consecutive weeks I am weighing in and divulging my diet and exercise log as I try to reach a goal of 174 pounds within 10 weeks. I was down to 181 this week but I am struggling to move much lower. Maybe those veggies will help in this Ten Pounds Down weight loss challenge.

Registered dietitians and trainers Tara Wind and Avril Young of Life Time Fitness in Cary are helping me craft a diet and exercise plan that will work. They’ve offered some excellent advice. Plus, I appreciate their encouraging words.

Here's what Avril said about my latest log:

"Congrats on the weight loss! You are very dedicated.

Your food record is looking good. Great job on adding in the morning snacks.

So, how do you feel about vegetables? You seem to do pretty good with fruit intake, but aside from dinner, I don't see a lot of veggies. Could you fit some in with lunch, maybe either steamed veggies, a salad or some raw veggies (try chopped broccoli, cauliflower, sliced zucchini, sugar snap peas or carrots) and dressing? Instead of cream cheese on your bagel, try all-natural peanut butter or almond butter to get in some good fat protein.

You do a pretty good job of this most of the time but just a reminder to always balance your meals with carbs, protein and fat. If you have a salad, add some lean protein (like chicken, tuna, egg whites, salmon) and a small serving of complex carbs (like some brown rice, a small sweet potato, beans - beans are a good source of protein and carbs!). Keep up the great work! You are making great strides in changing your eating habits, which is not an easy task."

Hey, I think I’m in luck. I just found a recipe for Sweet Potato Doughnuts from the Food Network!  What is your favorite doughnut?


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  • Wheelman Jun 5, 2009

    When I was growing up in Wilson, there was a place downtown called appropriately...The Donut Shop. They had the most wonderful morsels called Creme Puffs. They were a glazed dropping of manna from heaven that were filled with the lightest, sweetest creme filling that was ever made. I can still remember asking my dad about the hole in one end of them and what it was for. Being a deacon and truthful man he explained that the hole was there to allow the calories to run out. God rest his soul, a more honest word has never been spoken. My sister, who lives in the great bbq foresaken North, was visiting me in Cary resently and posed the question of whether I knew if The Donut Shop might still exist. I told her that considering the current state of fear concerning all things tasty to eat and drink, I doubted it. If it did, they were probably making them from soy flour or tofu by now. While not against healty eating, we will all die from something...I would just like some say in the matter!

  • CalvinCat Jun 5, 2009

    "Donuts - is there anything they can't do?" - Homer Simpson

  • carolina buckeye Jun 5, 2009

    My favorite have to be the good old hot glazed Krispy Kreme. And when I say hot I mean right off the rack not more than a minute after they are glazed. I have put very narrow paramaters on when I can have them. I only eat them in Wilmington on the way to Ft. Fisher and I can only stop if the sign is on that says they are hot. It has limited my donut intake which is a good thing. Now they are really a rare treat.

  • mommymatters Jun 5, 2009

    You probably don't want to know this but Krispy Kreme is giving away free donuts today! Chocolate Creme filled, my favorite!

  • uncfan89 Jun 5, 2009

    Chocolate cream filled from Sandra's bakery in Sanford are the best, they even make chocolate cream filled doughnut holes. They are my favorite but haven't had a doughnut there that wasn't good though.

  • chunky23 Jun 5, 2009

    Britt's Doughnuts at Carolina Beach are like Heaven.

  • MarineMom Jun 5, 2009

    I've NEVER met a doughnut that I did'nt like.

  • thefensk Jun 5, 2009

    Bill, you would do better to just forget about any kind of doughnuts ... but I know you were kidding. I hope.

    There is a bakery in Mebane that has wonderful doughnuts too. T.Distefano's. Their apple fritters are to die for (I guess in the context of dieting that might be more literal than I intended).

    Bill, you're killing us out here!!!

  • luvbailey Jun 5, 2009

    Aliwil, no it was not a Lakewood. It was heading out of downtown - I want to say maybe Roxboro or Mangum St - before you got to I-85. Maybe somebody else will remember something about it. I haven't driven around in that area in a long time.

  • SnakeLady Jun 5, 2009

    I have 3 favorites:
    My all time favorite: Krispy Kreme's chocolate covered creme filled! Probably the highest calorie highest fat.... and tastes SOOOO good!
    2nd would be Krispy Kreme's Lemon filled glazed
    3rd would be Krispy Kreme's HOT glazed doughnuts... just melts in your mouth!
    Lucky for me, There's not a KK in Durham (If there is, DON'T TELL ME).... and I'm "so-so" on Dunkin Donuts (just down the road).

    I'm not supposed to have ANY of them, though, because I'm allergic to wheat.... but being bad tastes so good. (I'll tell myself later... over and over again... "It was worth it")




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