Wednesday, October 14, 2009
One of the biggest motivaters for me to stay on track is the Nutrition page.
I am not a big eater, in fact, sometimes I don't eat enough calories or carbs. Often my multiple food allergies are the root of my not eating enough. I am allergic to most grains, nearly all of the legume family and the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers). So, after a few days of being sick from eating the wrong food, I will endeavor to stay on track with non-allergic foods only, but then it is hard to eat enough. Of course this deficiency boomerangs (as it did last night when I OD'd on pizza) in overeating the next day to catch up. It is a vicious cycle.
Anyway, since I've been putting foods into the nutrition page, I have been thinking a little more about what I put into my mouth. For instance, after eating the pizza last night I had to record the nasty total. I know pizza is high calorie, but seeing it on the log is different. Today when I came home hungry from school there were two pieces left over. I warmed one up and ate it, then I came and logged it in...340 calories. I really really wanted that last piece, but I started thinking about those 340 calories. My workout this morning burned about 380 calories. Did I really want to undo that calorie burn? No. I walked away from the pizza.
Then, later, my hubby made some molasses sprint cookies. The recipe wasn't too unhealthy. They were very tiny. I ate some. I logged them in before eating any more and discovered that those tiny cookies were 40 calories each. It was much easier to say no to eating any more.
I think it will always be hard for me to maintain an even diet. I will always have to weigh the need for a food versus the reaction it will cause for me. I probably will always have times when I stay on track and then nose dive. But in the last 3 weeks that I've been on sparkpeople I've seen an improvement in the extremes. Because I can see the numbers and know when they are too low or heading to far up, I can try to adjust before it's too late.
Hopefully this recording will lead to healthier eating overall.