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Food on the brain again - revisiting 19 months of food tracking

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I sampled my nutrition tracker over the last 1.5 years to find some new (from old) meals. I didn't find many new from old ideas but it was interesting.

1. TRACKING - I'm very pleased with how well I've tracked since starting SP May, 2011. I've tracked everything I've eaten as good as possible with an exception of 2-3 days that aren't accurate. Because I've tracked so well, I need to USE this information. I will go back my periods when I was losing to see what I was eating at that time. I think this information will be particularly helpful when I have to cut my exercise down with my foot surgery.

2. NUTRITION - I eat a lot more healthy than unhealthy. I don't know why this surprises me, but it's typical for me to only remember the bad.

3. SEASONAL - We eat seasonal more than I realized. It's nice to know that making seasonal choices is just something I do without thinking about it. Lately I've been enjoying some awesome grapefruit!

4. BORING - We go in phases of eating the same things for long period. We cook the same big batch soup 2-3 times in a row. We go on salad kicks for a few weeks. We go on sandwich kicks. And there are kicks that we've had for longer than I've been sparking.

5. MORE BORING? - We eat LOTS of our green smoothies (spinach, apples, cucumber, berries, etc.), fresh and canned salmon, eggs and egg whites, steel cut oats, almonds, chicken breast, Greek yogurt, molasses, and coconut water.

6. SPAGHETTI - I'm adding spaghetti Thursdays back to our diet. I don't know how we got off that kick.

7. POTATOES - We eat potatoes regularly. I love potatoes and before starting SP, I thought I was going to have to give them up. Instead we just cut back on frequency and quantity. I LOVE potatoes!

8. NEW - Some foods we've added to our diet in the last 18 months and have stuck around include molasses (for minerals), kefir, almonds, Greek yogurt, quinoa, matcha, psyllium husks and air-popped popcorn.

9. FRUITS/VEGETABLES - We easily average 8 or more (conservative sized) servings of fr/veg per day. When we started, getting 5 servings wasn't always easy. Now it's natural and common to have 10-12 freggie servings.

10. FIBER - As a result of the increase fr/veg we rarely come up short on fiber. And when that happens, usually when eating out or having an indulgent day, we go to plain psyllium husks stirred in to coconut water to help.

12. BEEF - We've cut back our consumption of red meat to less than once per week. I set a goal to eat red meat no more than once per week in Aug 2011 and it took a long time to get from 2 servings to one or less per week. The current streak is 29 weeks and we probably only eat red meat 1-2 times per month. Currently we are on the trail of some good grass-feed beef and we're aiming to have it once per week without fail.

13. SALMON - We eat salmon a lot. I set a goal to eat it 4 times per week but looking through my tracker, I don't think I need this goal - it probably occurs most weeks. But I'll track it for a while to see how it looks over time.

13. WHOLE - We eat mostly all whole and unprocessed foods. I have room for improvement, but I don't want to become extremely restrictive.

14. WATER - While not a food, Spark says I'm at 96% at reaching my 12 cups of water per day goal since May 2011. I think I'm actually a little better than that - there was some tracking snafu this fall. My current streak is 60 days and my longest streak is 252 days. I also drink at least two cups of green tea most days.

Overall, I'm very happy with my food choices. Now I need to focus on cutting my calories back a little more to see the numbers on the scale head down.

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    How cool to have all that information - you are eating very well. I don't think boring is all that's predictable which can be a good thing when you're not confident of your own choices. I eat boring too - same thing for breakfast everyday, same thing for lunch, everyday. Then I don't have to think...and many days that's a GOOD thing!! :)
    1901 days ago
    I admire your consistency with tracking, and I think that to use the past as a tool is a genius way of adding to the trackers usefulness. I'm good at tracking when I'm on, but when I fall off, I fall hard-- but seeing all of the information you've learned about yourself from this really adds a new dimension to tracking for me. Thanks.
    1902 days ago
    Tracking is awesome! You're able to look back and see the fabulous changes you've made in your diet. And now you know what you need to tweak! Not many Sparkers are as consistent as you. I know I'm not.
    1902 days ago
    See? This is what I love, your analysis of what you've done and how it's helped you.
    I'm curious about the kefir, if you're willing to share your experience with it.
    I'm also beginning the hunt for grass-fed beef. Some of what I've found at the grocery has been outrageously priced. Not that we're not worth it, we are, but I'm not ready to believe it's our only option.

    I don't think you're food choices are boring! We like what we like, and it doesn't have to be wildly vastly different week to week. Obviously, your choices worked well for you and still are. Keep it up!
    1902 days ago
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    WoW, all that tracking is really impressive!!

    That is some really great data, and it sounds like you are doing excellent in all areas! And for me, there is nothing wrong with what you call boring. You find something you like, and it works, you stick with it. In that regard, we are also very boring ~ but quite happy that way!

    I'm with you on #7 ~ definitely my favorite foods involve potatoes. Especially potato soup this time of year.

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    1902 days ago
    A tracker to be proud od for sure!
    1902 days ago
    You've got some great information there, good for you for looking back to go forward!
    1902 days ago
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