Monday, December 15, 2008

Questions :)

I was wondering what kind of info do you write in your daily food journals?? Sometimes i think i'm being a little OCD with it and i need to maybe just simplify it a bit.

Do you journal daily??

Lately i think from all the blogs i read (and love) i just get overwhelmed about whether my calories are too low, should i just be doing points, am i eating too many carbs, should i only be eating what my ancestors did, maybe i need to eat 6 meals a day instead or are 3 meals a day o.k.!! I'm honestly getting a little ovewhelmed with it all.

Health wise i know i need to eat clean, i need to use healthy oils etc.. But my question to you is, are you becoming overwhelmed with all the information out there (and there's new stuff daily) or do you just stick to what you always did??


  1. I so hear you! All the latest research, findings, diets… enough to make one’s head spin!

    I use You enter food and a lot of it has nutritional values already programmed in. If there is something I’m eating that isn’t programmed in, and I’m expecting to eat it again in the future, I’ll program it in so I have the most accurate nutritional data. If it’s something I have once in a blue moon I’ll find an item close to it and use that.

    THEN sparkpeople can break down your daily/weekly/monthly nutrition and show it to you with charts, pie graphs ect. Almost any nutritional figure you want can be computed. It’s very, very cool.

    As for right now though, I’m just trying to eat sanely over the holiday season and get moving again now that my food is healed!

  2. Spark People for me as well. I have done it daily since Jan 1 and it isn't hard or time consuming. If you know the basics of nutrition, you can stay with in your values and lose weight consistently. Exercise is also trackable and sets your daily calorie range accordingly. Good luck no matter what you do. This is a life style change so you need to do what is most comfortable for you.

  3. I too use SparkPeople to track my calories - along with the regular carbs, fat, fiber, folate, sodium and various vitamin intakes. Track my workouts as well.

  4. Right there with you. In the beginning this time followed You on a Diet strictly but as things slowed looked for ways to get it going again. Still look while keeping the bits that worked (going on blood work up #s as well as weigh ins and measurements). Over this time I still portion and measure but just journal basics. Use to work things up in calorie king, Sparks people and more. It can become crazy.

  5. I hear ya! Just this weekened I tried a different eating plan.. there is so much info out there and who knows what to follow now!!

    I know that doing Weight Watchers has worked for me before (30lbs).. so I'm just going to stick with counting points and making sure I eat a fruit or veggie at every meal.. and just eat when I'm hungry.. I think we all make it too difficult for outselves. We know what we need to do but keep looking around to see what else is there..looking to see if there is something that will work better and faster.

    Just do what works for you.. and stick with it! : )

  6. I hear you....this journey can be totally overwhelming and complicated. My advice to you, if it's working...don't worry about making changes! Each person is different. I could sit here and tell you about how I do this this and that...but that is tailored to MY body and my needs. Read the information, think about it...continue doing what is best for you. The information may come in handy when your body adjusts and you find yourself in need of making some small changes!

  7. Thanks for all your great comments, it definitely makes me feel like i'm not the only one who occasionally gets overwhelmed!!

  8. I am currently overwhelmed at the moment. lol Looks like you've got some great advice from some smart people. Thank you for your comment on my blog, I really appreciated it. :-)

  9. It is overwhelming.

    I tracked more carefully at the beginning - I track calories and food groups [dairy, protein, veggie, etc ...]. However, I don't track at all any more.

    I've been at this going on 3 years though. So, I have a routine and range by the foods I choose down.

    Whatever works for you is what I say. I do read what others are doing. But have not changed for sometime. I eat between 1500-1800 calories a day right now. I used to eat 1400-1600. But, I've wanted to slow my losing to a *norm*.

    I find eating more often keeps me from getting too hungry which keeps me from a trainwreck. But, that's me. :)

  10. Hi, just thought I'd add my two cents...although it will probably be more like 30 cents cuz I get long winded.

    The most important thing regarding your calories is that your not going into starvation mode. I always told myself I had to eat more then 1200 calories. Even though it's still low, as long as I got over this #, I was ok. And now, I know that I have balanced out around 1500-1800 but for me, that is maintaining. You have to find what works for you.

    You are awesome and inspirational! Keep it up!

    Jen, a priorfatgirl

  11. Being a diet fanatic, I have had times when I am very ocd about what I'm eating. I have found that I do better when I a)write things down, b)eat by portion size, c)eat low carb. I think this works for me but like antgirl says, you have to do what works for you.

    I also think to much information is not always a good thing!

  12. Oh boy was I ever becoming overwhelmed with all the info! Finally I had to stop and breathe and realize that points is what works for me right now. Just write it down and make the best choices I can make. Over the last three months I've been overwhelmed with different plans, should I count calories, eat clean (yes to that one), points, core. Sooo much time and energy I spent worrying over them all. I finally had to go with what I knew I could stick with and right now that's points. Everything else just felt too restrictive to me right now!

    Good luck! Oh, I have started tracking again, I track my points, how much water and keep track of dairy, protein and choose whole grains when possible. Personally I believe you have to find what works for you! Though sometimes it's not always apparent!

    Good luck!!! Try not to overwhelm yourself with information overload!!

  13. I do my best to eat in a healthy way, to learn and try new things here and there, but it is very overwhelming.

    Even just reading food labels. Once upon a time I checked for milk ingredients and sodium content. Now I also look for fibre, whole grains, cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, hidden trans fat, MSG, things I cannot pronounce, etc. So I usually go for the whole food option, but even in the produce aisle I'm checking where that head of broccoli came from and wondering whether or not those peppers were sprayed with something.