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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The one where I talk about nutrition part 1

The word nutrition freaks me out, I don’t know about any of you. It’s something that I have never been great at and quite honestly it confuses me. I have taken nutrition classes, and they were brutal, to say the least; Too much chemistry for me. It’s frustrating that something as simple as fueling your body can be so complicated, but society has made it that way.
“Diet” is a word I detest; no one should have to be on a diet, no one. Yet, again, society has played a major role in the everyday usage of that word. I’m not going to complain about diets and get on my soapbox about lifestyles and eating habits, those things, in my opinion are personal choices everyone has to make, I just find it sad that it has come to making choices in that regard.
So anyways, my purpose for this post is truly this – I’M CONFUSED!!!  I have hit a plateau with where I am at physically and feel frustrated with this. My dilemma is this: I want to lose a little more weight (or inches in my case) yet I still need to be able to maintain a healthy enough diet to keep up with the large amounts of training I am doing. So what do I do?
In a perfect world the answer to that question would be this:

But unfortunately, my mom said that Curtis Stone could not come live with us. So I must figure this out on my own.
This much I do know:
 I need 60-65% of my daily intake to be in carbohydrates (preferably complex carbs like whole grains, fruits and vegetables)
I need fats to be about 20% of my daily intake (preferably small portions of saturated fats, which are red meats and dairy and more mono-unsaturated fats, which are nuts and oils)
I need 10-20% of my daily intake to be protein, OR .5 grams per pound of body weight.
I need to eat frequently and in smaller portions.
Now what do I do with that?
I already do most of this, with the exception of knowing exact percentages. I eat frequently. I eat smaller meals. I try to stick with whole grains and wheat. I eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables. I limit sweets and fast food. So what’s the problem? Why do I constantly feel like I’m HUGE?
I seriously do not want to count calories. I don’t mind learning portions, but calories are way too overwhelming and I know I will not do it! I don’t mind being strict for a portion of time to achieve my goal, I can do that. But again, I don’t know how.
I don’t know how to create a meal plan that I can live with and work with and workout with that meets my daily needs and still allows me to lose inches and drop some body fat. I am trying to learn but I need your help. I am recruiting any and all advice you can give me in this area. And if you feel the urging to just go ahead and create a meal plan for me and tell me what to eat and when to eat, please, by all means do not hesitate to do so.
Stay posted as I continue to learn more in the area of nutrition…..

1 comment:

Sean and Rain Gowens said...

I HATE dieting...I am just not good at it so I completely understand. PLUS I agree about society and dieting, and I won't get on my soap box :) I think it's all about portions, which I am also not really good at controlling or limiting! I think you can still eat all the good tasty fattening things, just in moderation!