Tracking your eating

by Jenny Sharkey 2016

Use ‘myfitnesspal”

I’ve been using “myfitnesspal” recently to track my diet. I’ve been astonished at what I’m falling short in nutrition wise. I thought I ate really well. I avoid all white sugar and white flour. I eat green vegetables and fruit every day.  And I don’t eat big meals. But I discovered that I was still inadequate in terms of my mineral and vitamin intake as well as protein.

Check your vitamin and mineral intake

The biggest realization I had was how low my calcium intake is. For a woman of my age low calcium is not a good thing! I don’t want to end up with osteoporosis like my grandmother did.   I’d been getting muscle cramps and tingling, a common indicator of calcium deprivation, along with memory loss. I’d also found it impossible to lose stomach fat so I was interested to note that calcium is involved in the process of helping your body eliminate fat! As a consequence, I am now taking calcium and vitamin D supplements (vit D works with calcium).

Eat more…

Myfitnesspal has over 4.2 million users giving it an incredible database for research. Recently they tracked their users to see what the ones who lost the most weight are eating. It’s pretty simple. They ate more raw fruit and vegetables, more yoghurt and raw nuts, more cereals, and more olive oil. Also, they ate less meat. I’m trying to do the same, especially adding in a small handful of nuts each day (this helps out with giving me almost my daily recommended dose of magnesium and selenium – minerals most of us are low in).

It’s well worth taking a week to track what you are eating – it can change your life!