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.
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    It never ceases to amaze me how many illusions I have about my nutrition and how quickly actually collecting and analyzing data about it can evaporate them. Science, people. It works. :)

    I'm fortunate enough to work for a company that really cares about the health of its employees. They keep fresh fruit and nuts on hand in addition to the usual snacks and sodas. I think my snacks are going to involve more bananas and less string cheese going forward.
    3691 days ago
  • NANAMOM652009
    Looks like you are figuring out what you need to do and are working on correcting the deficiencies. emoticon
    3691 days ago
    My husband has mentioned the same thing since he joined my on SparkPeople. He has made some changes also with his meals and food choices to focus on some of the nutrients he was missing.
    3691 days ago
    Sounds like a Plan! Now I need to look up Magnesium lol Good Luck! emoticon
    3691 days ago
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