Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Those of you (the 4 of you) who read my blog regularly know that I have been BACK and FORTH (and now back again) on the whole idea of food tracking. I tracked my food all of last week for a science project I signed up to participate in called American Gut. (I also blogged about that!) I got my poop kit in the mail awhile back, and before I sent them my gut microbes they required some specific nutrition information, so I had to start tracking again.
On one hand I don't trust that my tracking is accurate. I'm honest, but only to a degree because I'm not willing to measure/weight everything I eat or count the number of blackberries I eat at breakfast. I like to think that it evens itself out (sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong), but I don't know.
I'm not overweight, nor have I ever been. I joined SparkPeople after my clothes stopped fitting comfortably (which I had been noticing for about a year prior). I knew I needed to get back to the gym and stop my dessert-every-night habit. I am getting older and my body acts differently than it did when I was younger. I wanted to find like-minded people who are committed to being healthy and active, and I love that I have found you all!
I never thought I'd start food tracking. I didn't think I needed it. But this past week when I did the tracking for the American Gut project I was surprised that the average calorie intake per day was 2105.That's 100 more calories on average than when I tracked in February. And it's really close to the line! I also listened to a FitSmart podcast about food tracking and the guys were saying how important it is so that you make good decisions -- a splurge here means a savings there. A blog I read today talked about eating only brunch and dinner and eating more to make up for the calories lost from breakfast.
Knowing is half the battle, right?
American Gut: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa