Monday, June 15, 2009

2438 Eating Healthy

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ghandi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

Me: Amen. He's got a point.


I am so proud of myself! I not only located the forms for the estimated tax payments, and asked for a check from Piper with enough lead time, I got the tax checks into the mail in time.


I've been exploring the "healthy eating" guidelines again. Every so often I'd do that, and get discouraged, and give it up.

In 1967, when I was pregnant with the baby I lost, when I quit teaching and eating only one meal a day, in the school cafeteria, I decided I wanted to eat healthy through the pregnancy. Three small meals a day, scattered over the pyramid. I really counted calories and avoided fats and sugar, and did a good job of it - until my doctor had a fit because I gained 35 pounds in 6 weeks (and at the time I was 4'10", and started out at a trim 104 pounds).

She put me on four cans of liquid meals a day, and I still gained weight. We had to cut to two cans.

At my current activity level, I gain weight if I eat more than 1200 calories a day. I guess I'm just efficient.

So every once in a while since, I'd look again at what is supposed to be the recommended daily intake of various nutrients, look at what I'd have to eat to get it, and give up in disgust.

Here I am again. To regulate blood sugar, fiber is recommended (among other things, of course. One cannot live on fiber alone.) Let's look at just fiber.

...the body needs 30 to 40 grams to achieve optimum health. The average American gets 10. The foods that can get you that extra 25 grams of fiber are also foods that don't come with nutritional labels.
  • An apple with the skin has 5 grams of fiber.
  • 5 pieces of dried apricots have 3 grams of fiber.
  • A half of a grapefruit has 6 grams of fiber.
  • A medium pear has 5 grams of fiber.
  • A cup of strawberries or blueberries have 4 grams of fiber.
  • A cup of plain oatmeal has 12 grams of fiber.

If I ate everything on that list, that's still only 35 grams. It's also a heck of a lot of food! Seven apples, every day? Well, maybe I could instead eat three cups of oatmeal per day? Are you kidding me? There's no room left in the tummy for dairy, veggies, or meat, and not much room left in the calorie count, either.

Luckily, seeds and nuts have fiber, and I have a habit of nibbling on them.

It's my theory that it's not really the amounts, anyway. It's the relationships and proportions and the source. The body needs a certain amount of fat per day, too, to process the fat-soluble vitamins, but that doesn't mean lard.


Donna in AL said...

Not enough fiber, no wonder we are all full of sh*t!

the Gypsy said...

Unsolicited advice:

From my "personal trainer" training, it is recommended that we eat 5-6 small meals a day, obviously more frequently than breakfast/lunch/dinner. A handful of nuts could be one of them. And apple could be another. Perhaps a banana and a cup of yogurt (don't know about the sugar content in yogurt). Etc...

I know you're a sporadic eater. Ed doesn't eat until he's hungry, which is sometime a bad thing. But he thinks that's the way to stay healthy. Once he's hungry, though, he can't think clearly.