Rate my Meals - 2010-02-07

February 7, 2010 · 5 comments

I’m really liking the discipline that taking pictures of my meals is giving me. More than that, I’ve actually journaled two days in a row on The Daily Plate which I think is a record for me. There is no question in my mind that I would be eating more, and not as balanced, if I wasn’t doing this. Most interestingly I almost feel compelled to compose a nice plate full of food but in reality it would normally be grab a bite of this and a bunch of that, adding up to who knows how many calories. So this gives me some structure which is helping.

Of course the last two days where also a weekend, and I was home both days. Let’s see if I can keep it going during a work week.

Let’s take a look at my meals for today - 1,947 calories worth:

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Daily Meals

Breakfast is the same picture you would have seen yesterday if I hadn’t had that technical problem - oatmeal, a banana, a couple of clementines and a yogurt. Mid morning snack was fresh pineapple which I chopped up just for the occasion (of course there is much more left, not only in the fridge now but still on the countertop. Pineapples were on sale at Sam’s Club for $2.98 each so I bought a couple.

Lunch was a bowl of Campbell’s Select Harvest Savory Sausage and Vegetables soup, some tortilla chips, a few radishes, some celery and an apple. Had a protein bar and a kohlrabi for later afternoon snack.

Dinner was a 2 egg omelet with shallots and provolone cheese, a few slices of fried polenta with cayenne pepper, celery and more of that fresh pineapple. I also had a couple of beers while I watched the Super Bowl.

Had 2 pieces of gum throughout the day, drank 5-6 glasses of water.

So how do you think I did?

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AndrewENZ February 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Overall not too bad but where are the vegetables?

See, this is why I’m doing this, because it’s great to see another opinion. I feel as though I ate a ton of veg, short of having a salad. 4 celery stalks, 3 large radishes and a kholrabi - more than I normally would eat. But not enough?

Greg February 8, 2010 at 6:34 am

Does Stella count as a meal? Grain, right? :-)

Just kidding. Overall, looks pretty healthy, and calorie content is low. About the only comment I’d make is related to fiber. Looks like you’ve probably consumed about 12-grams of fiber there. Usually, I shoot for 25-30.

I don’t typically drink many caloric drinks so when I do I plan to include it. But I’d say hops classifies as a grain, sure! According to The Daily Plate I consumed 39 grams of fiber this day, but who knows how accurate that is.

Seth February 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I agree with the other two — if you get some green veggies in there that will give you more nutrients than say celery and load you up on your fiber, which 25-30 is a good number.

Also - more water. What I do is have a water bottle (24 oz) that I take with me everywhere… Once I empty that so many times I know I hit my goal. Just an idea. Keep it going!

Thanks Seth - yeah the water thing is something I really have to focus on to make work and having a good water bottle would help, not sure why I have never done that.

Marek February 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Looks pretty good, I’d probably only add some more “slow” saccharides to the breakfast (cereals) to stop the night catabolism. But all in all, well done - an ideal body fat loosing diet programm..

Kelly February 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I love the idea of taking pictures of your food! I think that’s a fantastic way to keep yourself accurate. I know I have problems underestimating the ‘little’ things I’ve had throughout the day if I’m trying to write it all down at night. I think for Super Bowl Sunday you did a great job getting in a variety of fruits, veggies, and healthy proteins.

Thanks Kelly - so far so good, I think this approach can work for me but I’ll know better farther into the week.

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