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How can eating badly result in a perfect pie chart????

Saturday, March 24, 2007

My pie chart has me totally confused. I ate so-so, with too many carbs and sweets. At least that's what I thought. I actually have a near perfect pie chart. I'm now totally confused re what SP thinks is a healthy balanced day of nutrients.

Cals: 1,429
Fat: 47 - 29.1% - recommendation is 30%
Carb: 199 - 54.9% - rec. is 55%
Protein: 58 - 16% - rec. is 15%
Fiber: 21

Are you ready for this? This is what my meals consisted of today:
Bkfst - banana bread, coffee with half and half
Lunch - baby carrots, chicken with black beans and rice, an apple
Snack - pear
Snack - small scoop of Cherry Garcia ice cream
Dinner - 2 eggs, scrambled, and 2 oatmeal applesauce muffins

Friday is the one day I'll go by the espresso cart on the way to work, and splurge cals on great coffee with half and half, and banana bread (which is lower in cals than the muffins or scones they have). And, when I was out doing my afternoon walk, I succumbed to the temptation of the brand new Ben & Jerry's store, figuring I'll just have a lighter dinner. And thinking, well, I'll focus on fruit today, and have a big salad for vegs tomorrow. Just one of those days we all have sometimes.

But this is not a healthy way to eat!!!!!!!!!! HTF did I get near perfect proportions??????????????????? Why are my proportions way off on the days when I have a whole wheat English muffin with plain yogurt for bkfst; a turkey sandwich (dry) on w.w. bread, carrots, fruit for lunch; snack only on fruit; and have a chicken and grain and veg dinner? Why do I end up with too little fat and too much protein and too many carbs? Or when I have a huge salad with chicken and romaine and fruit for dinner, with real salad dressing - why am I still low on fat? Or the night I had a Caesar salad with beef on top - why was I LOW on fat then?????????

I truly do not get it.

I am committed to eating nutritious, healthful foods. If that results in pie charts that don't meet the recommendations, so be it.

Hmm - unless this means I should eat ice cream every day?
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    Phebe, Spark recommends a higher percentage of carbs and fat and less of protein than we were taught is healthy to lose weight. Especially with the low-carb craze, people do think of carbs as bad foods. I usually have more protein than they recommend, sometimes almost twice as much, and much less fat. Like what you said, I often find that the days I feel I didn't eat as well are the days my chart most closely resembles their model. But I prefer more protein and less fat, so that's what usually I eat. I wouldn't sweat it too much.
    4016 days ago
    I think I've just spent so many years eating low fat meals, it's second nature at this point. It's normal for me to not eat butter, mayo, cheese, etc. And to have eggs two days a week. Low fat yogurt. Things like that.

    So expecting 30% or so of my calories to come from fat just seems way high.
    4017 days ago
    In regards to the question about fat, I think it's because you need more fat than you think you do to lose weight.
    there's also the possibility that you are miscalculating the serving sizes.
    4017 days ago
    Yes! That's exactly what it means: banana bread and ice cream every day! LOL
    4017 days ago
    From what I understood its about making healthy choices but allowing yourself to have treats and enjoying food and your life!
    I do my best most days but I am aware I will slip up sometimes.

    I focus mainly on my calorie intake and treat the others as secondary goals.
    4017 days ago
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