Learning to eat …

February 11, 2009

Quick Food Diary Stats: Tuesday 2.11.09 and Wednesday 2.14.09

Filed under: Food/Fitness Journal — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:28 pm

Tuesday

What I ate:

  • Smoothie: juice of two small oranges, one whole orange, 1/2 bulb and stalk fennel, lots of chard! (yum!)
  • Raw juice made from: large bunch kale, juice of one lemon, 2 asian pears (YUM) (also no way to accurately put this in nutridiary so I tried but I know it’s not exactly accurate)
  • Entire avocado w/ bit of sea salt
  • pomello (entered as grapefruit in nutridiary)
  • 2 oranges
  • ugli fruit (entered in nutridiary as grapefruit)
  • soup made from a teaspoon of garlic infused coconut oil, and LOTS of sweet onions (too many). This tasted really good and satisfied the hunger craving I was having and I stayed full a LONG time … but too full feeling later when running 😦 this was even though it was less coconut oil than the previous day.
  • cucumber, lime, romaine green juice

Nutritional analysis for the day (nutridiary):

  • 73% carbs, 7% protein, 20% fat
  • 1416 calories
  • short on my goal for protein of 10% as well as slightly short on my iron goal, but everything else was exceeded as far as what it tracks for

Fitness was a 2.5 mile hard run — hard as in I kept wanting to stop — until I was done and then I felt great! I wonder if it was eating the coconut oil within 2 hours of the run that made it harder? Hmmm… will have to experiement on that one.

Wednesday

What I ate:

  • Smoothie: 4 Bananas, 2 cups spinach, 4 celery stalks
  • Cup raw carrots
  • 2 small zucchini, 400g mixed lettuce and spinach greens, bit raw onion all w/ a creamy dressing of blended cashews, nutritional yeast and mustard seeds , and some sunflower seeds on top
  • 1 tomato, 1 orange, 1/2 cucumber, 2 stalks celery smoothie (was supposed to be dressing but when I used the  nut sauce instead, I sipped on the dressing just as I would a green smoothie)
  • orange
  • supper salad: orange pepper, 1/2 large cucumber, handful greens, half avocado, juice of one lime and bit sea salt
  • 1/2 orange
  • Also few bottles of water throughout the day

I did only about 5 minutes of rebounding so I didn’t log it; for running I did 25 minutes of speed work — up to 6mph for 2 minutes at a time 3 x and 5.5 a couple of other times while alternating slow jub and fast walk at other times. 🙂

Nutritional analysis as done by nutridiary:

  • For the day: 54% Carbs, 11% protein, and 35% fat (nuts, seeds, and avocado — no OIL today)
  • 1432 total calories
  • 54% of my calories were consumed at lunch (and I could tell — I felt HEAVY afterward – don’t know if it was plain overeating or too much fat/nuts)
  • all of the nutrients it tracks (sadly not all I would like to track) showed me exceeding daily limits, including Iron and calcium.

I felt great all day except for the heavy feeling after lunch. I think it helped that I at lunch a bit earlier than the day before and may have been part of why running was easier today (no oil/fat late in afternoon). Otherwise my eyes were itchy in the evnening and I had to blow my nose a few times (including while eating supper) but that’s it. I do wonder soemtimes if I need to cut back on peppers / night shade plants and if they could be bothering me some. I have been eating A LOT of colored peppers so after the ones I have are gone, I’m going to try to cut back for awhile. It can be challennging to keep things simple and easy and yet rotate my food choices.

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February 10, 2009

Food Journal: Monday February 9th

Filed under: FOOD!, Food/Fitness Journal, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:52 am

OK, this will be quicker than usual because I’m up WAY later than I would like to be, and I just spent over an hour (!) entering my meals into Nutridiary (!), but to be fair it was setting up the account that took some time too. Now if I could just port that info from there to here — or at least give you all a link to see it! Until I figure that out, I’ll just let you know what info I find out there.

Breakfast today was a green smoothie of 1/2 a cantaloupe, a cup of blueberries, and 4 large chard leaves.

Lunch today was 2 large mushrooms w/ avocado (an entire one) spread on top and some sweet onion.

2nd lunch / snack: blood orange, ugli fruit, naval orange

afternoon snack: Quick soup (I’ll write this up later) of 1 T. garlic infused coconut oil, and some chopped sweet onion in hot water.

Supper was a LARGE salad (4 oz of mixed baby greens and spinach), red pepper, grape tomatoes, mixed sprouts (and they didn’t have this in the nutridiary database!), sun-dried tomatoes, 1 T. olive oil, sprinkles of balsamic vinegar (need to stop having so much of that!),  and a few pea pods (also not in that database).

Dessert was “banana ice cream” — 2 bananas and 1/2 cup walnuts (was going to leave out nuts this time as just the bananas were SO good … but daughter wanted nuts and then she didn’t even eat hers!)

So the stats on today — a day of eating w/out a whole lot of thought was:

  • calories: 1551
  • calories from fat: 747 (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts were primary source)
  • total fat — 91 grams
  • saturated fat 21 grams (coconut oil — labled as saturated but still very healthy fat and I eat it on purpose)
  • sodium — 677 mg
  • carbs — 189 g
  • dietary fiber 43 g
  • sugars 117 g (all fruit sugars)
  • protein 30 g

Calorie distribution was 48% Fat:  7% Protein: 45%  Carbs: (note these were all complex carbs)

I would say that is slightly higher fat than I usually eat due to having both nuts and the olive oil (I do try, but don’t always succeed in having coconut oil). I *think* (remember this is all evolving as I listen to my body and continue to research and experiment what raw foods I perform best on) that I would like to be closer to 30% or less fat, 10% protein, and the rest carbs (complex carbs in fruits, veggies, and greens). It will be interesting to see what plays out as I continue to track this. I think it will be a useful tool so I can look back and see what looked best. I’ll share reports when I have a chance, and hopefully this will satisify those that have been asking me for caloric breakdowns. I had a good guess that I eat close to 1500 calories a day, and I guess I do … or at least today. 🙂

I will be writing more soon about various goals I mine, but one immediate one brought to light by this food analysis is that I want to try to eat my fats earlier in the day, and I think I’ll save olive oil (even high quality cold pressed) for more rare occasions than a fast supper — so it’s time to really start getting familiar with blending fruits and veggies to make dressings (already love cucumber, celery and chive … didn’t have any cucumber tonight). Also, if I keep my total fat low enough, I think cutting my internal coconut oil to 1-2 tsp instead of tablespoons shoudl be sufficient for health (will continue to experiement though). I think from a training standpoint, I’m going to try to make the 2 days before my longest run each week to be even lower fat days and see what difference that makes in my performance — so no avocados on Friday!

On the fitness front — today was my rest day after two great runs in a row over the weekend … tomorrow it will be back to the gym! I meant to do my Praise moves DVD today though, but didnt’ get to it — must do it tomorrow so likely won’t be posting tomorrow. I did of course do my 20 minutes on the rebounder this morning … entered that into the nutridiary as 20 minutes of general arobics because I didnt see anything for rebounding.

Felt great all day … too much energy tonight — must get decent sleep tonight!

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