You want me to eat how much?
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I have said before that although I am a big guy, I am not a big eater, and haven't been one for years. As a result the calorie targets in a lot of diet plans have always looked pointlessly high to me. Since I've started tracking my food with SP, however, I've identified a few significant imbalances in my nutrition and as i've worked on correcting those (still not perfect, but improving) those calorie numbers are looking more and more rational. The biggest thing I found was that I was consuming almost no magnesium. Now, I remember enough biology to know that magnesium is important to almost everything, but when I started looking at what some of the effects of a deficiency of magnesium and phosphorous (which I've also not been getting enough of) were they read like a textbook of "Areas in Which Gary's Health Has Been Imperfect."
So, since I think that the best place to get vitamins and minerals is in food, I'm going to be working hard on adjusting some of my eating to restore these vital nutrients to my system. I'll not worry about the calorie numbers. I'm going to trust that they reflect a reasonable assessment of what my body will burn when getting the right fuel. It's going to be a long haul to my goal, but I can get there and I can make myself healthier and happier along the way.