My Current Nutrition

Day One – 6 January

Today is my first day of tracking what I eat. I don’t intend to change my diet for this week, just eat as I normally would, so I can track how I’m doing based off of my intuitive eating processes. Normally, I eat what I crave, supplemented by what I have, sometimes restricted by time/laziness. I don’t tend to eat more than 3 meals a day, though when I am in the thick of working out a lot, I increase the amount of calories I take in a day to supplement how much energy I am using. I decided to use the app Lifesum to track what I’m eating and how I’m doing, and to do so at the end of my day.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • 2 eggo waffles with syrup
  • 1 cup of moringa tea
  • Leftover pasta (butter, salt, and pepper) and veggie bake
  • 2 hashbrown, egg, and avocado breakfast tacos
  • Popcorn
  • Ice cream
  • 2 slices of toast with butter

Day Two – 7 January

I suppose I should talk about why I am tracking what I eat and sharing it all with you for this week. One of my goals during 2019 was to track my diet/macronutrients in order to see where exactly I’m lacking in my everyday eating. I don’t want to go on a strict diet or meal plan, I want to feel as though I’m in control of what I eat and that I can have a treat when I crave it. I do want to be conscious though, and make adjustments where I can, like adding spinach in with my eggs for breakfast, or maybe not having an entire box of spaghetti by myself. I wanted to share this because I want you all to see my progress, see that I am a real person who doesn’t always eat healthily, and see me get better. Perhaps you can learn from what I’m doing right and wrong, and I hope I can too.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • 2 slices of toast with butter
  • 1 vanilla hulk smoothie w green tea from Smoothie King
  • 1 slice of avocado toast, scrambled eggs with cheese, and 2 strawberries

Day Three – 8 January

So on day three, I’m feeling a bit sick. Not going to lie, my appetite gets a bit all over the place when I get sick, so expect some weird things from here on throughout the rest of the week.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast tacos (egg, avocado, beef)
  • Bread, macaroni and cheese
  • Teriyaki noodles
  • Popcorn
  • Ice cream

Day Four – 9 January

Sadly, I’m still sick. Today was a bit grosser, and so I ate a bit easier in the beginning half of my day

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Bagel + cream cheese
  • Honey and vanilla tea
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Homemade stir fry

Day Five – 10 January

Feeling a bit better today, but still strangely very low on energy. I started the day off with a dentist appointment, and tried to take it easy in general.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Skipped breakfast
  • Chai tea latte
  • Tomato soup, mac and cheese, and toast
  • Risotto

Day Six – 11 January

So I’m not exactly feeling like a 10/10, but I have a fancy dinner planned for tonight, so I’ll have to get over it.

Here’s what I ate:

  • Waffles
  • Beef tacos
  • Chicken fried milanese, side of crab, bread

Day Seven – 12 January

So, I’m just going to go ahead and tell you that I ate like crap today, and not list exactly what I ate (frankly, I can’t remember the bulk of it anyways), especially due to the fact that I had to go into urgent care and also was having personal issues.

Review:

What I’ve learned in terms of my current nutrition and tracking what I ate throughout this week was not a ton of new information – I love carbs, I don’t intake enough protein, and I do pretty well in terms of managing my daily fat (some days are better than others, but I’m not claiming to be perfect). Considering how much bread is a part of my daily diet (I’m writing this review on the 15th, and my breakfast was toast + cream cheese), I’m not at all shocked that my carb intake is higher than it probably should be. Also, considering how unlikely it is for me to buy and cook meat at home, I understand why my protein is low.

Going Forward + Takeaways:

Going forward, I believe I can take this information into how I can alter my diet to go ahead and create a more nutritious lifestyle for myself, and what you can take away from this strange food diary is perhaps an idea for yourself – track what you eat, and don’t worry about making any changes while you’re tracking. In my case, I had a general idea of where my diet was lacking, but for you, you may learn something completely new! I recommend the app Lifesum, it was very helpful throughout this week to track my food intake and take a look at how I can improve going into the future. My ideas for people like me (too many carbs, not enough protein) is to limit the amount of bread I intake, and properly portion my carbs in my meals, as well as to make sure I have a bit of protein with every meal – whether that be eggs, chicken, quinoa, beans, etc. Just because you may be on a certain diet (vegetarian, paleo, etc.) does not mean you should neglect alternative sources of protein! It’s not all in the meat, so make sure to check out how to make your way of eating more nutritious for you.

Krys Kestrel (@kryskestrel on ig)

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