Hello everyone. I am ready to admit I was a little harsh last week. Nutrition is in fact very much like rocket science. The body is a lot like a rocket. It goes places we only once dreamed of. Now, the question is, “what do we want to do moving forward?” I think it is first very important to recognize where I am at. I once was given an exercise by a dear lady friend of mine that has been ever so important to growth in my life since. I was to look in the mirror, directly into the eyes of the image in the mirror – yep – into my own eyes – and I was to say nice things. It was remarkable to me how difficult that was at first and how long it was difficult. So now, when I find myself upset about what I ate or how I look today, I revert to that exercise. It helps to shower myself with kindness in order to do the next right thing.
The next right thing when considering what food to eat is to start recognizing what food is being eaten. The U. Department of Agriculture provides a number of excellent resources for us. You can start at
To determine how much food and what the contents of that food should be, remember that our car needs a number of different fuels, I recommend using https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/interactiveDRI/
Armed with this information, set up an account for recording what is going on at
A couple things about Supertracker. It is not as easy as some other food logs because it does not have a bar code reader. I am inclined to think that is a good thing though as I have found I am more aware of the contents when I have to check to see if I am selecting the correct item from the list. I can save favorties and make combos of things I regularly eat such as my morning oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon and walnuts.
The really great part is that Supertracker provides a wealth of information for free. The food you consumed is evaluated against the values you established in your profile. The reports note whether you are OK, Under or Over in all areas of nutrition from the macronutrients of carbohydrates, fats and protein to the micronutrients and vitamins as well. All or part of these food details can be downloaded to a pdf, excel or word document.
I highly encourage anyone who wants to go on a diet to rethink their food intake by recording at least three days in Supertracker. A week provides an even better story but three days is a worthy picture.