My SparkCoach community activity today is to come to the boards and talk about what I have learned about tracking my food.
This is my second go round on SparkPeople and I am not sure if I have learned anything new, but an important concept for me has been reinforced:
"Honor your unique balance."
SparkPeople recommends a dietary balance of 50% carbohydrates, 30% fast, and a 20% proteins.
I have learned through tracking my meals and paying attention to my mood and energy levels, that I need a slightly different balance and that when I honor that balance through each meal when I can, and for the day overall, I feel better and am far less likely to overeat.
When stressed, my weakness are definitely sugar-related and once I start, it's difficult to stop. I find that the cravings disappear when I lower my carbohydrate intake to about 45% and I up the lean protein consumption to 30% with fats coming in at about 25%.
It seems like a small tweak, but I have learned that it can make a difference for me in experiencing a "successful" day emotionally and physically. I also know from the last time that I was here is that you need to keep paying attention with the tracking. When the outdoor pools open up here for summer, I'll tweak again and up the carbs slightly to provide the extra energy I need for swimming.
Has anyone else discovered that playing with those nutrition percentages can have an effect on your plan? Do you have your own unique balance that you need to honor?
| current weight: 216.0