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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?

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  • v AMYD726
    It's so interesting what you learn when you're really paying attention to the detail!
    1185 days ago
  • v CC3833
    I am with you! I track my food but to a certain degree. I don't measure in the conventional sense. I use my palm as my measuring tool. Though I do count berries, olives, etc things that are easy to count. I find that tracking is good for me because I don't realize the actual nutrition of things and I tend to be suprised when things are carb rich or protein rich that I never expected.
    1185 days ago
    It really is shocking sometimes to see the calories add up, especially when you feel that you're eating a healthy diet and a healthy amount of everything. It's frustrating for me,so I don't do it anymore. I stopped because I was too ashamed to see how much I was eating, but then I also get frustrated because when I'm being good and eating what I know I need to eat to get me through a day it turns out to be over my range.

    I do like to track though to see how much fiber/calcium/protein/etc I'm getting. But it's hard to be accurate. Do you find that when you track you make an effort to balance out a splurge with a lighter meal later? Or vice versa?

    Poop kit, huh? I think I'm probably one of the select few people on the planet that gets excited at those words. Ahh, the sad life of the micro nerd. :)
    1185 days ago
  • v STODD251
    Tracking can really help you to have a better idea of what you're doing. I know when I don't track, that's when those extra calories sneak in
    1185 days ago
    1185 days ago
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