Since making the switch to Points Plus, I've struggled with feeling that I was having to eat much less and was hungry. The healthy foods I used to eat are now worth so many more points that I've had to find substitutes so I don't exceed my points every bloomin' day. I used to eat Total breakfast cereal with skim milk and fruit, but the points increased because of the cereal's carbs. Now I have a low-carb yogurt and banana, but lost the benefit of the cereal's fiber and 100% RDA of vitamins. I used to make a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch using very high fiber whole wheat bread and 2% cheese. Now that same sandwich is an extra 2 points plus, a whopping 8 when it used to be 6. I only get two more PP than I did points on the old program, so these two meals were now too many PP. Harrumph.
Last night we had a change in plans that caused us to have to eat out, so I figured Red Robin would be safe. We'd explored the web site months ago, tweaked our favourites so they were healthier and knew the points. I guess we didn't do that since the new PP program. The chicken burger I enjoy has a slice of pineapple, now free. I figured with everything going up a couple of points but the fruit becoming free, I could count on adding about 2 PP for the same chicken burger. Wrong! It's a whopping 4 additional PP.
Live and learn. "Whopping" has become the word of the day. Guessing is a bad habit. At least I'd made good choices all day and could afford the 12 point sandwich. I did enjoy my one french fry with my melon, my treat to myself. Mmmm!