I like looking at things.
Ew, that sounds a bit lecherous. How about this:
I'm a visual learner.
Better, yes? I absorb information by seeing it. Could be text, could be a graph or even a photo (oh, what a stretch you might be saying) but this is the way I learn. For the past few weeks on my Primal journey I've been struggling to figure out more precisely how much I should be eating of each of the major macronutrient groups (fat, protein and carbs). I was browsing through some Paleo/Primal blogs and saw a reference to something called PaleoTrack.
At first glance PaleoTrack seems deceptively simple: track your food intake. I had been doing that in my daily food/exercise journal but so far they had really just been words on a virtual page. On a lark I decided to put in my previous day's food intake and suddenly I could "see" how my food choices were adding up.
|Breakfast and lunch entered into PaleoTrack|
|Individual recipes listed for easy selection|
Now it is soooooo easy for my to see (and thus, understand) where my food requirements are either lacking or in a state of overage.
And on the subject of food requirements I had recently posted one of my day's food logs and how I arrived at those numbers over on my Facebook page for The Reluctant Primalist which I'll post here as well.
How do I get "those numbers" as targets for macronutrients? Here's my breakdown:
255 pounds today (down from 272!)
37.1% body fat = 94 pounds of fat, subtract from total weight =
160 pounds lean body mass (bone, muscles, stuff not fat) times
0.7g protein/pound of lean body mass (moderately active) =
112g of protein per day, only about 450 cal.
less than 75g carbs/day to stay in the fat-burning zone = 300 cal.
My numbers from today:
1692 calories total
3 slices bacon (baked earlier but warmed in pan to get a little fat)
2 fried eggs
coffee w/ whole milk
big-ass salad of spinach greens, green onion, carrot, peppers, sunflower seeds, Italian infused macadamia nut oil & Balsalmic vinegar dressing and topped with a garlic stuffed olive
7.5 ounce can of canned red salmon (Alaska wild caught)
green tea w/ lemon
handful of trail mix: almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, raisins, 65% dark chocolate chips
brisket (OMG it was awesome) with mushrooms
broccoli w/ lemon dill butter
8 oz. glass of Merlot
Never hungry. And THAT is an awesome feeling.