Healthy eating, and keeping proof

Until recently I knew nothing about healthy eating. Seems like a silly thing to say, but I really didn’t understand how to keep it all straight. I mentioned this to my mom one day, and she told me about a website that you can track your meals through. I tried it out and loved it! I won’t mention that website, though, because about a year after I started doing it they took off their meal-tracking portion …

At any rate, now I use fitday.com. It’s certainly lacking in the bells and whistles department (actually they just redid their site so it is better now!), but I have tried a few and this one is my favorite because you can customize your goals for the day.  Here are the goals I have customized: 

 

Unit

Min. Intake

Max. Intake

Calories

kcals

1,600.0

1,800.0

Fat

g

33.0

58.0

Saturated Fat

g

0.0

22.0

Polyunsaturated Fat

g

0.0

22.0

Monounsaturated Fat

g

25.0

33.0

Cholesterol

mg

0.0

200.0

Sodium

mg

1,500.0

2,300.0

Potassium

mg

3,500.0

3,500.0

Carbohydrate

g

169.0

244.0

Dietary Fiber

g

25.0

35.0

Protein

g

60.0

131.0

 

 Let me note I am not a nutritionist, nor do I have an expert knowledge of health and fitness. I try to eat around 1,700 calories a day. To set my goals, I did searches online for the amounts of things like sodium, fat, etc. that a person should have in a day. For some of the items, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, I could never find a min. intake – only a maximum. So I don’t actually intend to eat 0g of these fats –as they are “good” fats – I just want to make sure I don’t go over the maximum amount, so that’s what I’m tracking there.

If you are thinking about tracking your meals, I highly recommend it, but here’s a warning: For the first month or so, this will be a huge pain. You have to enter in manually everything you eat. You also have to measure everything you eat. I promise you, if you stick with it for one month, it will get easier. We tend to eat the same things over and over – and you will build up a base for what you are eating regularly and you won’t have to enter it more than once.

This will make you not want to eat out as much though! I had a reality check early into the process one night when I ordered fajitas at Chilis. I ate half of them, got a box for the rest, went home and looked up the nutrition info online. I was appalled – those fajitas had twice the amount of sodium that a person needs in one day!! It was terrible. I threw the rest away.

By no means do I make healthy choices all the time. But I will say it’s been helpful being aware of what I am putting in my mouth – if I’m going to go out to eat, I want to make sure I’m eating healthy the rest of the week!