Here I am, trying to be all healthy and stuff, but I keep going over my sugar allotment. Now I am not getting obsessed and counting each calorie, gram of sugar and ounce of protein, but thanks to the aforementioned app, My Fitness Pal, I don’t have to. It is easy to realize that I am going over my recommended 28 grams a day because the app tells me so at the bottom of each daily report. Now if I were just in the red once or twice a week, it would be one thing, but I see those bright red numbers every day! So much so that it has me concerned. Part of me is even questioning if the app is wrong. Where does My Fitness Pal get their numbers from? Is it even accurate? More so, is it even possible to stay within the 25-30 gram range and still get all nutrients I need to make up a balanced diet today?
This is what my food log looks like so far today:
As you can see, I have not gone over the top…no jelly toast, frosted doughnuts or caramel frappe for breakfast or anything. But I am already over my sugar by 9 grams and I still have the majority of my day left to go. In hindsight, I would have saved the grapefruit juice for my husband, but it was even no sugar added, 100% grapefruit juice.
What inspired this post was me sitting here at work trying to decide what my afternoon pre-workout snack should be. I narrowed it down to a banana or Greek yogurt. Then I looked at my food log. I was planning to have the Greek yogurt (23 grams of sugar) because it has the protein I am lacking (14 grams of protein). (I missed Meatless Monday yesterday thanks to my pesto chicken, so I am making up for it today.) Now I am conflicted. I know #firstworldproblems … but I really am trying to make good life choices here…and at the same time…I don’t want to be debating with myself over a small cup of yogurt. Now that I’ve vented to the internet, I will probably still eat the yogurt, but try again tomorrow and stay under my limit (maybe).
If you have any ideas or have struggled similarly with sugar, I’d love to hear about it! Where’s a good nutritionist when you need one?!
What the sugar?!
Another week down in the challenge to myself, and I feel like I am making progress! Although I have gained weight (1.5lbs) in the past week, I am eating more balanced meals and have increased my dairy intake.
I am still not quite at the three cups recommended per day, but thanks to cereal (high in whole grains and fiber, of course) with milk, Greek yogurt and intentionally adding cheese to salads and sandwiches, I am getting there. The problem is I do LOVE cheese…all kinds of cheese…blue cheese, goat cheese, gouda…we even tried a hunk of this delicious Bellavitano Merlot (like a parmesan) this weekend. BUT cheese is regrettably high in calories and fat and I have gotten into the habit of excluding it when possible. I realized that the condiments and extra cheese I typically added to my meals were often unnecessary and I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, without them. I’d like to speak to a professional (dietician / nutritionist) at some point about this topic, but for now I’ll keep on keeping on. BTW – Over the weekend we celebrated National Ice Cream Day and I found this delectable sea salt caramel gelato at Whole Foods, Talenti, not so great for the diet, but a great cheat treat!
Speaking of cheating, let’s talk about why…I’ve been trying to get back on the exercising horse. I can be pretty disciplined and motivated when I want to be…back in the spring, I had it going on…not sure what happened. I’ve still been attending the occasional yoga class and dragging my husband out for a jog periodically, but I know I need (and want) more. I’m going to try to be more intentional (adj.): Done on purpose; deliberate. Why? Because I enjoy it, I feel better, look better and to be honest, need to selfishly make time for me to deal with stress in a healthy way…lashing out at loved ones…not that much fun or attractive! Exercise and diet are two things in my life I can control amongst the bazillion things that are way out of my hands.
So for the sake of transparency, last week I exercised three times. One hour-long vinyasa yoga class at Bayfront Park…Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Highly recommended for any of you Miami city-dwellers, its free and great for all skill levels. Guarantee you will wake up the next day sore. One great 40-minute swim. Lastly, a thirty-five minute jog around Brickell followed by Ab Riper X…still sore 4 days later. Much room for improvement in this category. I could make a ton of excuses, but truthfully you make time for what is important and now is my time!
So here’s to another week of putting aside excuses and attempting to discover what works for me on my quest to maintain the body God gave me!
As promised, although a day late, below is a recap of my food log from last week specifically concentrating on the variety of vegetables as recommended by the USDA.
After reflecting back on my food log from last week (via My Fitness Pal), I was honestly expecting it to be a lot better. According the My Fitness Pal parameters, I exceeded my sugar amount (by a good bit) every day. I did not have as wide a range of vegetables as I had in the first week of this challenge. Lastly (and possibly most important), there were a few days I didn’t even eat enough, meaning I had a surplus of calories left at the end of the day. It was not like I was intentionally starving myself and the scale did not reflect this deficit, but it could be why there were a few shortcomings reflected on my log. One specifically being in the dairy category.
My goal is to develop a more balanced diet and maintain my weight while eating the appropriate amount of nutrients. I also would selfishly want this new diet of mine to reflect a fun-energetic lifestyle because I really do enjoy food! It is what motivates a lot of my daily decisions, impacts the way I relate to others and why I love experimenting in the kitchen. In fact, one of the new stars in my repertoire includes a new recipe I found last week on Pinterest here: http://bit.ly/12Iui8t and pictured here:
VEGGIE Report: This is how I fared against the vegetable requirements for the week:
Dark Green Vegetables (1.5 cups recommended, ate 3 cups): Spinach Salad, Arugula (in featured salad above), Broccoli
Red & Orange Vegetables (5.5 cups recommended, but only ate 2.5): Sweet Potato Fries, Tomatoes in various dishes, Carrots
Beans & Peas (1.5 cups recommended, ate 3.5 cups): Black Bean Burger, Hummus, burrito bowls with more Black Beans
Starchy Vegetables (5 cups recommended, but only ate 2.5 cups): Summer Sweet Corn, green peas
Other Vegetables (4 cups recommended, ate approx. 6 cups): Beets, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, lettuce
*Avocado – unsure what category this falls under, maybe other?
So enough veggies, but not enough variety this week…according to those standards that is! I’m trying to stay closer to target this week though!
As a young married woman who is in PR/Marketing by trade, finding the time to consistently maintain a healthy lifestyle has proved challenging. We’ve tried to simply eat more locally grown veggies and less red meat, but exercise has been sporadic unless I’m in a regimented program. This lazy effort is no longer cutting it for my aging body…So due to another fabulous Living Social deal, for the next 45 days (at least) I am participating in another one of Richmond’s bootcamps at Glatter Fitness with a few faithful pals. I will also be keeping a food log to track all I put into my body to monitor it and possibly make healthier decisions. Prior to beginning my 45 day experiment, my Body Fat measured 22.6%. I will hopefully see progress in the weeks ahead, but not expecting dramatic body changes.
Disclaimer: This will not become an unhealthy obsession and the only reason I am keeping an online record is because I thought it would be easier to document. If you have stumbled upon this by mistake, I assure you it will not be that great of a read, so if I were you, I’d waste my time elsewhere!