Nutrition Experiment

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I eat a mostly whole food vegetarian diet (sometimes some fish or a bar make it into my food tracker), and I try to follow a vegetarian food pyramid. (http://www.vegetariannutritio

One of my 2010 goals was to move away from calorie counting, something that helped me lose weight, but is now becoming a mental roadblock. As a stepping stone to eating intuitively and not tracking I have decided to try a nutritional experiment.

For the past couple weeks I have been tracking food as normal, but also paying attention to the food-pyramid I mentioned above and tracking my food group servings. For the nutritional experiment I am going to switch my focus from the normal tracking to the food pyramid tracking. Calories counts have been ingrained in my head, so I know that those numbers are still going to affect what/how much I am eating, but they will not be the main focus.

Today I have written down everything I have eaten including portion amount (So I can keep portions in check and in case I did want to put it in my food tracker), and marked in my notebook whether it was a full or partial serving of a food group. I have the food groups listed in a column that I go through and mark off my servings, and at the end of the day I total it up to see if I am below, met, or higher than the suggestions. During the day I try to meet the serving suggestions for a 1600 calorie a day diet. See Monday�s Food Tracker Note for an example of the below, met, or higher notes.

Any tips?? Comments?? Advice?? Etc??


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