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Some days I really miss the fog...

Saturday, August 07, 2010

For a long while, I was living in a fog--thinking I wasn't eating that much but somehow puzzled as to why I was gaining weight (D'uh! I was eating too much!) I also thought that I knew the calorie and fat content of almost every food from years of dieting. It was like it was permanently embedded in my brain or something.

Now that I'm using the SP nutrition tracker, I'm really aware of everything I eat. And I'm counting and measuring it all--so I can no longer sit down with a bag of cookies and just eat a bunch and not pay attention to how many. If I have 6 cookies--I need to write down 6 cookies, and then I look at the nutritional content and am surprised to find that the next time I don't want to eat that many. I'm also looking up food on the web and finding that indeed, there are many foods that have more calories and/or fat than I thought. For example, I recently wrote to a favorite candy company and found out the calorie content of their candy--which of course, I had wrong.

Some days I really miss that fog--being able to eat whatever and fooling myself about how much or what the calorie content of a food really was. but then I remember my goals of feeling lighter and healthier and am so glad that I'm using the nutrition tracker.

Even when I found out the calorie count of that favorite brand of candy --After I got over the initial shock, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that once I knew that, I didn't want as many as I thought I did. I *wanted* to stay within my calorie range for the day. Of course, I still have those 'wishing for the fog' days...
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    I know what you mean! I added sodium and fiber to my nutrition tracker breakdown because I am really trying to lower my sodium (and my blood pressure) and increase my fiber. A lot of days I think I ate healthy because my calories are within range, but I realize that my sodium is through the roof or that other nutrients are nowhere close to where they should be! That darn tracker, LOL!!!
    3706 days ago
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