Notes from a Year of Food Logging
I mentioned I got my Lose It! badge for daily logging for a year the other day. Food logging has been incredibly important tool for me – I was overweight because I spent 39 years not knowing how many calories I needed in the first place (vast over-estimate) and not really knowing too much about what I was eating (I’m talking to you fast food places!). It has been critical to me learning how to eat better and learn what a portion is, be mindful of my food and find better ways to spend my calories.
I also have no real intention of stopping anytime soon. I still don’t trust my sense of judgement. I am beginning to trust my informed judgement, but only when informed by the running total for the day.
Most frequently eaten food? Large coffee with skim milk – 513 for the year, 25714 calories (sounds like a lot but that’s about 9-10 days of calories for the year). Of course medium and small coffee with skim milk were also high on the list. Whole wheat breads – pretty high. 200 apples of various sizes (not part of recipes). 100+ pears. A lot of yogurt.
So (non-scientifically) how did I do? I think I was pretty good about logging everything or some equivalent that went into my mouth. I’d like to say 95% or better score on this. The one big repeated failure is my lack of recording of pasta sauce. In a recipe – sure. As just included as part of a meal, nope. And we eat pasta roughly once a week. It was the one place I drew a line in the sand about asking my wife to record how much she put into my portion (so she didn’t draw a line in the sand ;) ). I don’t eat a lot of sauce (I prefer it to be just enough to coat but not much extra especially since I’m not having bread to mop it up with). So I felt okay about this one item.
Then their is the question of quantities – my wife was incredibly helpful tracking what she gave me and what she put into it for dinner. I tend to like mass consumer food anyway and work in NYC where calorie listings are mandatory so I was able to get a lot pre-computed info. But..still plenty of opportunity to guess. I think this brings me down to the 85% or so score. And that it appears was good enough! :)