I’ve been eating like crap lately. Not just too much, though that’s part of it. But too much crap as well.
On the one hand, my post-Weight Watchers mindset is an anchor that keeps me from getting in too far over my head — so far. It’s nearly two years now since I first attained my goal weight, and in that time I’ve never gone over at the monthly weigh-ins required to retain my free lifetime membership.
On the other hand, it’s a system that’s too lax in some ways, that lets me get away with too much. (The ice cream diet, in which I dealt with a 106-degree day by eating ice cream on five separate occasions without blowing my daily points total, comes to mind.)
So I’ve been trying to develop more of a “training diet” approach. And after falling woefully short every time I‘ve decided that for now I‘m only going to try to pull it off 1-2 days a week. And when I do, I‘m going to plug my food choices into calorie count.com, so I can get a better look at the nutrients I’m getting.
So I gave this a whirl on Wednesday. Here‘s what I came up with:
One of my Jurek energy cookies (½ cup of cooked oats mixed with a tablespoon of peanut butter and then baked like a cookie dotted with blueberries.)
½ whole wheat English muffin with apple jelly
1 can tuna mixed with a cup of shredded cabbage and a tablespoon of Miracle Whip
½ plain whole wheat English muffin
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup Progresso lentil soup
Half a slimwich, toasted, with melted American cheese
Cucumber slices with salsa
1 slice crustless pumpkin pie
Which would’ve been really great, if I hadn’t gone back for seconds on the soup, the toasted cheese bread, AND the pie. (Naturally I can’t help thinking that if I’d been tallying Weight Watchers points instead of calorie count data I would’ve done a better job of restraining myself.)
Still, the calorie total wasn’t as bad as I expected: 1,815, if I tabulated everything correctly, which is far from certain. And it was interesting to discover I met every nutrient requirement except two, and went over in only one (sodium). That definitely would not have happened if I hadn’t been plugging this stuff into this data-mining device.
I was low in potassium despite eating two bananas, so that‘s something I need to work on. I wasn’t surprised that I was low in calcium. I dealt with that by taking a couple of Bob’s antacid tablets, but really, I guess that means I should probably be taking a supplement every day.