Monday, June 11, 2007

Swollen Feet

My sweet tooth is well taken care of with all of the fruit I'm eating and smoothies I drink. I even indulge in an occasional diet pop. But I find that I crave salt sometimes. I made salmon last night and maybe put too much salt on it because I noticed my feet were swollen today. Oops. My sandals were pretty tight this afternoon. I don't usually have concerns about swelling, so that was a little odd.

Today I signed up again on SparkPeople, the website that has you track your food, exercise, and other things. The Weight Watchers site doesn't allow you to track nutrients or even calories, so I figured if I'm gonna comply with my trainer's nutritional request (or at least try), I'd better find an easy way to analyze my meals. It is 5:30 pm as I type this and I have had:


Mangos, 1 cup, sliced 107 28 0 1
Strawberries, fresh, 1 cup, halves 46 11 1 1
Banana, fresh, 1 large 125 32 1 1
Cherry Juice, 4 oz 90 22 0 1
Whey Protein Powder 110 2 1 23
Sweet Cherries, 2 cups 147 37 0 2

Campbell's Savory Lentil, 2 cup 260 48 1 16
Amy's Kitchen, Breakfast Burrito
230 38 6 9

Atlantic Salmon (fish), 3 oz 155 0 7 22
Spinach, fresh, 1 cup 7 1 0 1
Salsa, 0.5 cup 36 8 0 2
Feta Cheese, 0.5 oz 37 1 3 2
Newman's Own Italian, 1 tbsp 60 1 7 1

Sweet Cherries, 1 cup, with pits 74 19 0 1


1,484 247 27 83

In case the above cut-and-paste doesn't come out on some browsers, the end result is 1,484 calories, 247 carbs, 27 grams of fat, and 83 grams of protein. I should state, in all honesty, I didn't do the visual portion control thing at all- I made a smoothie for breakfast and had two packaged foods for lunch. In retrospect, I trust that half a salmon fillet is the size of my palm and that the 1 1/2 cups of cherries I had were not too far off from the size of my fist.

So, it's not looking good for 2400 calories, and I am not hungry enough to eat another 900 + calories tonight. I'll be working out this evening and won't want to eat afterwards. According to WW I've consumed 33.5 points. I guess this would be the time to eat a protein bar, wouldn't it? But I don't want to, regardless of what my personal trainer recommends. I don't like those things. They are expensive and don't taste good and aren't real food, as far as I'm concerned. The fact that they resemble candy bars make them a trigger food for me, as well. Best to stay away.

Today she texted me to ask how I was and if I had any questions. I told her I couldn't figure out how to get 2400 calories in. She told me "you're an athlete! Cardio tonight!" Hmmm- that didn't help. I then told her I didn't think I could eat 2400 calories today. She said to "be honest and put it in my journal." Sigh... I need more guidance than that. I called a nutritionist today just to see what it would cost me. I could use the personal trainer just for the physical training and use the nutritionist for my nutritional concerns. The nutritionist charges $95 for a two-hour consultation, and an additional $100 to see her for a month. That's a lot. I hate it that preventative treatment costs so much! I'm trying to keep myself from getting diabetes, high blood pressure, a stroke, etc. but medical insurance kicks in after you've already been diagnosed. We need to be treating people who are in danger of getting those illnesses.

And on that note, I'm taking a nap!

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TheWriterStuff said...

Hi Allison,

I just want to tell you to be careful of sodium when eating any prepared foods. I have high blood pressure and I know I've had too much sodium when my ankles swell. My nutrionist told me to avoid eating anything with over about 250 mg sodium. This is very difficult especially when you start to read food labels and realize just how much sodium lurks in most prepared foods. For instance I love soup and find it very filling but even the healthiest soups have at least 400 mg sodium (try Healthy Choice or Tabachnick). The Campbell's Select Savory Lentil soup has 860 mg. sodium per 1 cup serving which is more than 1/3 the daily requirement of sodium in just one food. All this to say, check the label.

Valerie Winters said...

I agree with you that insurance should pay for preventative care. I’m sure it’s cost effective, but it might be hard to demonstrate the cost benefits in a convincing manner.



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