Saturday, February 16, 2013
I was just thinking about people who are short. And thinking about people who are physically unable to do much exercise. And thinking about people with thyroid and similar issues. All of these people are still suppose to eat 1200 calories a day? I bet if they take one bite not on their program they are either going to go over their calorie range or not meet their nutritional needs. That has to be hard-hard-hard. I am blessed to be 5'6" (or a hair under) and very blessed to have the health to run and workout hard!! I get to eat 1510-1860 calories. And I lose just a little bit-- suppose to lose half a pound a month per SP -- when I stick to that amount.
And then I think about tall people. And people with fast metabolisms. And athletes who need big muscles. And I wonder how the heck they can eat enough and not get too much sodium. I struggle to keep my sodium down to 2300 mg per day, and I know 1500 mg would be better at my age. I find I can't eat much bread or butter/margaine and have to watch the cheese and cottage cheese and delicious convenient low calorie deli meats and, of course, restaurant meals and processed foods. Boca burgers and peanut butter are good, but sources of sodium. My 3 servings of milk per day uses up a significant portion of my sodium allotment. I use olive oil and vinegar to keep from getting the sodium in the salad dressings. And trying to make soup or spaghetti sauce or vegetables taste good without much salt is dificult. It is one reason I tend to eat too much fruit (more than 4 servings per day) because it is so low in sodium, not to mention delicious. So I feel for those who need to eat a lot of calories, especially if they already have high blood pressure.
So today I am being thankful that I am me; thankful that I don't have to be hungry when I eat healthy; thankful that when I am careful I can meet all my nutritional goals.