If you saw my Facebook post the other day, you know about my current assignment in nutrition class. If not, no worries…you’re about to get all the details. Just so you understand the assignment in its entirety, here it is, exactly as given:
Food Log Assignment
You need to keep a food & beverage log/diary for 3 days. Log EVERY item you eat/drink.
- Include at least 1 day that you would consider to be your “typical” diet/daily consumption
- Include at least 1 day that you would consider to be “atypical” or maybe your “weekend” diet/consumption
- The 3rd day is your choice
Enter your entire 3 day food log/diary in an ANY electronic tracking system of your choice – www.fitday.com, NutriCalc Software (from HPE 295), www.livestrong.com, www.choosemyplate.gov or any other system…Explore!
By the way… start to play with various apps – free & paid – to see what’s out there. Your clients & athletes will use these and you need to know which ones are available and good.
Print out your Log & bring it with you to class on 2/28 – you will be trading with another student.
Included in your log should be at least the following:
- Quantity/Serving per item to best of your ability (this will give you an idea of how hard this is for your clients J)
- Total Calories consumed each day
- Macronutrient Information – daily, not per meal/food
- Grams of Carbohydrate
- Grams of Protein
- Grams of Fat
- Micronutrient Information – daily, not per meal/food
- Vitamin A, D, E, K
- Vitamin C, Thiamin B1, Riboflavin B2, Niacin B3, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12
- Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium (or NaCl), Potassium
- Iron, Zinc, Chromium, Fluoride, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium
- Omega 6 & 3 (if possible)
There it is folks. What do you think? For one, I’ll just say that those electronic food logging systems are annoying and more stressful than writing down what I’m eating. Not only that, but it doesn’t allow me to emphasize the quality of the foods I’m eating, although I was able to find grass-fed ground beef. I tried to find the least bad food logging system possible and was fortunate to find a paleo one called, PaleoTrack. It’s way better than the other options out there and isn’t focused around the SAD. It’s still annoying though, and I hate estimating how much I’m eating. I never worry about calories and quantities, and always just eat until I feel satisfied. Thankfully, it’s only for three days. Food logging short-term isn’t that big of a deal, but it’s long-term food logging that I really don’t like. I believe it creates an unhealthy relationship with food, causes a lot of stress and makes eating seem unnatural. Short-term for analyzing someone’s diet, whatever, fine. But, I still don’t like the electronic logging systems.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how a fellow classmate consults me on my diet. I can see the issue of too much fat and not enough carbs coming up, but it partly depends who I get paired with. I think the majority of students in my class would go that route though. Regardless, it’ll give me a chance to do a little educating and even if they don’t buy what I say, hopefully it will at least make him or her curious enough to some research of their own. It’ll be entertaining to say the least, and what’s really fun is that I get to consult them too. Dun dun dun!