Food Log Ten

30 Apr

So…..I ate meat on Friday. My friends and I went to Applebee’s for our friend Jaime’s birthday dinner, and literally everything (and when I say everything, I mean everything) on the menu had some type of meat product in it. I could have ordered pasta or a salad without the meat, but I was craving some chicken and a fajita, so I ordered it…I deeply regretted it later. After not eating chicken or any meat for more than seven weeks, my stomach was not too pleased with me putting something “foreign” back in my body. Once we got back to the dorms, I had the worst stomach pains and felt sick the entire night. Deeply, deeply regretted my decision. But at the time the fajita was SO DELICIOUS! However, since Friday, I have had nothing but apples, fruits, and oatmeal…simple foods that wouldn’t upset my stomach. I told my parents on Sunday when I spoke to them that I am officially becoming a pescatarian…even though I don’t really like fish. I just don’t feel as bad about eating a fish rather than an adorable cow or some other farm animal. Anyways, I am really excited for the summer, because it means fresh fruits and vegetables, and eating less junk foods, and more fresh foods! I am going to try and not eat meat all summer and see how it goes. Instead I will get my protein from tofu, black bean and veggie burgers, and tofu. My mom even considered trying this challenge! We shall see how it goes; I am really excited for the fresh foods though. That is what I am looking forward to the most.

Food Log Nine

21 Apr

After talking about all of the changes we want to see in the cafeteria, I am really hoping that this “movement” will actually happen! I would love to see different, more healthier options offered in the cafeteria. Especially for those who are vegetarian and vegan (aka Sarah Jantsch). I would definitely consider eating in the cafeteria more often if the school offered better meals and foods…I am getting sick of eating Benny’s salads all of the time, along with cereal and luna bars! I haven’t really noticed a different in my eating habits, just considering vegetarianism more and more now. Also, I am trying to cut back on carbs, because too much of them can be bad for you. Guess I will just have to stick with my apples and mandarin oranges! Speaking of apples, I thought I was getting sick of them…BUT I’M NOT ANYMORE! I realized how good apples are for you, and they are just flipping Delicious!

Food Log Eight

21 Apr

I haven’t noticed too much change in my eating habits…same old, same old. Although I am EXTREMELY excited that they added hummus as an option for sandwiches at Benny’s! That was a nice little surprise to make my week better. I can’t really tell if I am a vegetarian now or not, because I haven’t had meat in like…forever. However, I still think about making a chicken wrap or sometime of meat wrap when I eat at Benny’s or elsewhere, but I decide against it and make a salad instead. So does this mean I am turning vegetarian? Also, I have been looking at alternative recipes to get protein in my system. Easter weekend I made a peanut butter and chocolate chip hummus that was TO DIE FOR. It was so delicious. Instead of using sugar, I used nectarine stuff? I don’t know that actual name of it, it was too fancy for me to remember. But, I just feel like I am starting to travel down the path of vegetarianism. I don’t know if I am ready to follow that path or not, let alone tell my parents that I am potentially going vegetarian!

Calories..A Mortal Enemy?

23 Mar

http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/03/the-new-york-times-on-why-calories-count/

 

Nestle discusses the word calorie, and questions if calories are what we should really be worried about when consuming foods. Earlier in class this week, we learned that the calorie count on food is more important than the saturated/ unsaturated fat contents, as well as sugars and sodium. Calories were seen as the cause of obesity, but Nestle states that this may not be the case. There are numerous enzymes, hormones and chemicals that regulate appetite and to ensure that people eat enough to maintain brain function. However, these very systems go into overdrive and make it difficult for people to lose weight.

So here is the question: Are calories actually considered bad, or are there other factors that play into the problems with obesity?

Personally, I always make sure that I am eating the correct amount of calories for my height and weight, but it difficult to understand the caloric values sometimes, because fruits and veggies aren’t always marked with that information. I think that calories aren’t the most important thing to pay attention to though, because fats, sodium, and sugars all play parts in obesity as well. So how can we overcome a disease when the public is not educated enough on it?

Food Log Seven

23 Mar

So I lost my ID card this past weekend…not saying that I am an “irresponsible college student,” but it happened. Well, the ID cards didn’t come in until Wednesday of this week, so for three days I was without a meal plan and lived off of fiber one bars, nutrigrain organic bars, apples, mandarin oranges, and grapes. Not that I am complaining about those foods, I just really missed having other options like eating salads and steamed/cooked veggies from the caf, or getting pasta. I now know what it is like to be restricted when it comes to food, and it was not fun at all. I learned my lesson though; don’t lose your ID card because you are SOL.

My love for apples lately has decreased, and this is a problem, because I still have about six pounds left in my fridge…APPLE PROBLEMS! However, I came to the realization that an apple (or four) a day does not keep the doctor away, nor does it keep you from getting sick. That saying is a bunch of bologna, and I am really upset that I found this out. I sadly had to visit the health center on Tuesday, and had a fever. Darn apples.

I haven’t noticed a significant change in my eating habits, still the same sh*t just a different day. I enjoy trying new foods, but I am freaked out about what is in the food here at SU that I am almost too scared to try anything. Especially after our “laxative” discussion…I just can’t bring myself to eating some of the food in the caf. Mmmmm NOPE.!

Food Log Six

14 Mar

Okay so my dad took me grocery shopping last week before coming back to SU, and I tried buying organic produce when it came to buying fruits. Not only did I buy grapes, teensy tiny mandarin oranges, but I also bought 16 pounds worth of apples…that comes to about 39 apples…and I am almost finished my first bag. I have eaten 8 pounds of apples in the course of four days. I have an obsession/ problem!! I found myself focusing more on the amount of fiber, calories, and fat content in my shopping cart. Instead of getting the normal peanut butter, why not go for the reduced fat…the amount of fat is still ridiculous, but it’s peanut butter! I can’t just give up peanut butter, it’s way too delicious. And I need it for my apples. But I bought some fiber one bars, and whole wheat bagels along with some almonds. I am really trying to eat healthier, and get the most nutrition out of the meals I eat. I am eating about 6-8 fruits a day, which is awesome, and I feel a lot healthier after eating them! Since lent has started, I gave up sweets and meat…the meat part was easier, because I haven’t had any meat, poultry, or fish products in about oh six weeks (thanks to this class). But it is more difficult turning away sweets; sometimes I want to indulge on that DAMN cookie in the caf..but I tell myself no and look towards the fruits or vegetables.

 

Since my dad was the one who took me grocery shopping, he had to pick up stuff for home as well. We are walking down the dairy isle, and he remembers that he has to pick up some eggs. Well, did you know that there are a million different types of eggs nowadays? There isn’t the usual white eggs..oh no! We have to be complicated now, and make choices between organic, organic and brown colored eggs, organic and the chickens were cage free, the standard white, the medium size, large size, extra large size, etc. There are one too many options in my opinion. But my dad first reaches for the plain organic eggs that are brown which cost $5.49. He puts them back once he sees the ridiculous price on them. Then he goes for the organic, brown, and cage free eggs that are at a whopping $6.39. He then starts to complain about organic eggs being so pricey, so he settles for the original white eggs that are the cheapest choice. I told him why the organic eggs were so expensive, and that he should buy the organic, brown, cage free ones because that means the chickens are able to eat and roam wherever they want. It also mentioned that the chickens were vegetarian fed. But he said that he wouldn’t pay such a ridiculous price for an animal. I got so mad, but then again, I don’t have to eat those eggs (thankfully)!

Weekly Response Five

25 Feb

http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/02/nutritionists-notebook-portion-control/

Marion Nestle, creator and author of foodpolitics.com, published, “Nutritionist’s Notebook: Portion Control,” which interested me right away considering that this is my potential paper topic. The questions asked this week was, “What is the importance of size in our portions? What is the best way to judge portions when going out to dinner.” Nestle responds by stating that the larger the portion is, the more people are going to eat. The saying, “the eyes are the window to the stomach,” really plays a roll in her response, because we tend to consume a mass amount of food in just one sitting…and that is due to the increase in portion sizes. Nestle also mentions that the larger the portion sizes, the more calories people consume, people are encouraged to eat more, and people tend to underestimate the actual amount of food they are consuming. Portion sizes are one of the leading causes to the increase of obesity in the United States.

How can people learn to control there portion sizes? By using smaller cups and plates, and measuring the amount of each foods. If people are out to dinner, order appetizers instead of entrees, and order the smaller portions instead of the larger ones…or if you order the larger portions, share them with friends.

There is no easy way to change the portion sizes now, because society has become accustomed to larger portions, but individuals have the ability to choose smaller portions, and be conscious of the amount of calories, and food they are consuming during meal times.