If This Were Easy…

2008-09-12

Other things I’ve learned from tracking my calories…

Filed under: metapost — Easy @ 5:15 pm

…besides which calorie tracker I’d prefer to use.

I eat a lot of carbs, a fair bit of fat, and not nearly enough protein. This is my conclusion from a little over a week of pretty heave tracking of what I eat. And the tracking itself has an observation effect on what I eat, so I shudder to imagine what the proportions probably looked like before I started tracking.

I think if I work on getting the protein up and the fat down, the carbs will take care of themselves somewhere in the process. I bought some very lean kolbassa, and a skinless chicken, as thing with more protein than fat, but what other food suggestions do people have with a good fat/protein mix? I like things that don’t require a lot of thought on my part, especially for working lunches.

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8 Comments »

  1. I would actually not rely on that strategy. Your thoughts about protein and fat are good, but carbs sneak up on you no matter what. Especially if you try to get the fat down, many foods will try to make that taste up with extra carbs. Plus the little things that you might pick up as occasional treats, whether they’re fruits or candies, would likely be full of carbs, and fat-free calories are still calories.

    I’m not saying that you can’t eat one thing or another, but it’s the kind of thing you can’t just leave to chance.

    Comment by Mads — 2008-09-12 @ 6:04 pm

  2. Well, it would be with an eye to overall calories. I just mean I’m not particularly looking for low-carb foods.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-09-12 @ 6:31 pm

  3. I don’t worry too much about reducing carbs yet, I figure if I get my eating under control then it sort of balances out. One thing I’ve found is that if I cook with whole natural foods then I get to eat a lot more (quantity) than if I buy packaged foods.

    I’m mainly a veggie head, but tuna is easy, quick and loads of protein. Also beans are your friend, I’ve got some great and surprisingly tasty refried beans and lentil recipes that are quick to make and I just leave them portioned in tupperware in the fridge. Peanut butter, tonnes of fat and protein in peanut butter, easy to over do it though. Nuts, nuts, more nuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds (surprisingly tasty with porridge, better in winter).

    Comment by beaglesmuggler — 2008-09-12 @ 8:25 pm

  4. I live on 90 percent chicken and turkey for protein, with a little pork now and again, and beef once every six weeks or so, if that. I try to eat more vegetables and get some fruits in as well, especially with dinner; breakfast and lunch I usually have meal bars with fibre bars and fruit (and too much Starbucks, which I must cut out very soon)…

    Comment by Rusvul — 2008-09-13 @ 12:10 am

  5. Are beans and lentils an option?

    Comment by TeapotBowler — 2008-09-15 @ 1:36 pm

  6. I have been eating a lot of beans (just canned in tomato sauce, which might not be the best way, but it’s easy…) so that’s definitely a good choice. I did have a lentil salad the other day, and I’m just not sure I like lentils. I’m gonna have to try some different preparations of lentils.

    I do like lentil soup, though, so that’ll be something to keep in mind when the weather turns. Which, at this point, I’m expecting to be, oh, tomorrow.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-09-15 @ 1:46 pm

  7. I have a nice lentil recipe off the food network, if you were to sub the bacon in it with something less fatty like ham, it would suit your requirements. It’s served with pork chops and this apple-calva compote, but I never make the compote, and sometimes not even the pork.
    http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=8431

    We eat a lot of lentils and beans because Sof likes them and she needs the iron and protein.

    Comment by TeapotBowler — 2008-09-16 @ 8:34 am

  8. Thanks, I bookmarked that recipe for later.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-09-16 @ 10:39 am


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