Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lunch Nutritional Report

Fat 73% Carbs 14% Protein 13% Calories 1,083
For Example Purposes and to satisfy my own curiosity, I decided to do a nutritional analysis of my lunch.  I went to the Giant Eagle salad bar at which I do occasionally gather my lunch.  It actually has a nice variety of fresh vegetables but is kinda pricey.  Today I got some mixed greens, spinach, red cabbage, small pickled beets, carrots, red onions, multi colored bell peppers, bacon, cheese, and vinegar and oil dressing.  I always like to have a very colorful salad because the more colorful it is the more variety and quantity of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you will get.  My wife does a great job of this too when she cooks at home.  I also bought a whole avocado which I ate with a spoon right out of the shell.  When they are ripe they are smooth and creamy like butter....yummy.

I ate at about 12:15 and I still feel full over 3 hours later.  I probably will not want to eat again till well after 6.  I haven't felt tired at all this afternoon.  I have never done a nutritional food analysis before and I can tell you I am a bit surprised at how much fat I really eat.  I would guess based on this that my daily calorie intake is probably in the average range of 50-60% fat.  Don't get me wrong though, I am happy about this fat consumption because that is what I use for energy.  I typically eat more protein than this for lunch but I do like to pretend I had a bad hunt and only was able to eat the foods that were gathered in the morning.  You know, like a caveman might experience.  

This is how I've eaten for the last 45 months or so (started January 2007).  I feel great and am leaner than I have been since college when I trained 5-6 days a week.  I now exercise at a much lower intensity only about 4-8 times a month on average.  I will have blood work done in a month or so but I am very confident it will be much better than if I were eating a low fat diet for the last 3 years.  I actually hope my total cholesterol goes up a bit as it is typically real low.  Stay tuned for that report. 
*****UPDATE*****  I ran the numbers for my whole day yesterday to include a morning smoothie with whey protein, half an apple, and 2 TBs of fish oil (I know, not real food).  For dinner I had a bowl of homemade chili with ground pork in it.  I also had several handfuls of mixed nuts throughout the evening.  My portion estimates may be off a bit but here is the final tally for the day:
3,494 Calories, 71% from fat, 15% from protein, and 14% from carbs.  This is how I typically eat.  I feel great and have to eat this much to maintain my weight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The fat % is very eye opening. I bet the main stream media would run away from ratios like this and say you're steps away from a heart attack!