Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I'm letting my penultimate draft of my dietary analysis paper cool for a bit and thought I'd blog about the changes I'm considering as a result of this project.
Issue 1: Too much saturated fat, not enough mono/polyunsaturated fats
I'm going to start looking for 1% or .5% milk. I don't know if I'm ready to go for skim milk. I guess it depends on what I'm eating it with. Another option is plain yogurt. It doesn't even have to be greek, since I get plenty of protein, and greek is more expensive. I can bring more plant oils back into my diet that way. Another thing to look at is chicken breast instead of chicken thighs. They are more expensive, but I can usually find them on sale somewhere.
Issue 2: Vitamin A, D and potassium
Yeah, I could take a pill, but I I was surprised that the analysis showed that most of my other micronutrients get met through a varied and balanced diet, but Vitamin A, D, and potassium were lacking. So basically this means more produce, especially orange colored ones. It's wild, it could be pumpkin or mangos, as long as the color is orange. My mom used to like liver and onions when I was a kid, which would technically work. I don't know, maybe if I got organic.
It doesn't really rate its own issue, but fish would also help the fat balance, the vitamin D, and my concerns about iodine. I figured out I could eat it during the day (I have a kid who objects strenuously to fish) and wrap some up for my husband to eat later.
Vitamin D also comes from being outside, so I will try and do my circuit training at the park while the weather holds.