For Starters

Before we begin let me explain a couple of things.
  • I measure most foods using my digital food scale.
  • I usually measure everything using grams and ounces as these two are the most accurate.
  • I measure because I log food daily on Sparkpeople so I know exactly where all of my nutrients are coming from, where I go over and what I am lacking.
  • The most important nutrients that I track are the three macro-nutrients which are:
    • proteins
    • carbohydrates
    • fats
  • I also keep track of:
    • Sodium intake 
      • Which is not too exceed 2,300mg per day as set by the USDA. This is only one teaspoon per day and we don't have to use any table salt EVER to easily exceed that amount. Our food is so processed and restaurant food is so saturated with sodium that the vast majority of us consume way more sodium than needed without ever picking up the salt shaker.
    • Fiber
      • Everyone needs 25-35mg of fiber EVERY day. Once again, because of the over-processing of foods most people do not get enough fiber in their diets.
    • Calcium
      • As a woman I don't want to get osteoporosis as I age, so this is an important one for me.
  • By measuring all of my food, I can get a breakdown of where my nutrients are coming from and have an overall picture of my diet for any given day. I urge you to measure and log your food too, you'll be surprised at the end of the day where you actually stand as opposed to how you think you did. 
  • It has been said that people will overestimate how much or how hard they worked out or exercised and often underestimate and/or forget what they actually ate during the day. This creates quite an imbalance leaving many to wonder why they can't lose weight or are gaining weight. It's all about what you put into your body and what you work off during the day!

3 comments:

  1. I was measuring for quite a while, but became very overwhelmed by it. It was taking so long and my time is at a premium as it is. I really would like to log again though to really find out what my body needs...for me! not just what the general "good" is. If you have any ideas for me to make it faster, that would be awesome!

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  2. Although measuring can take awhile it is so beneficial in the long run. I keep the food scale next to the sink so it's always out. I've also gotten better about eyeballing portion sizes.

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  3. I need to be better at measuring ! I do have a great food scale though - and bought some ladels/serving spoons that are actually sized according to 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup etc. So if you're serving up some brown rice pasta - you know how much you're serving with the serving utensil. I love it.

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