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?!