My brief respite in August from the long commute to school is officially over. I find myself once again printing out PowerPoint lectures, making flash cards in my spare time, and hauling myself three towns over to join in with that odd mixture of people one only finds at a community college night class. The good news is that I only need to attend a live class once a week. The bad news is that this class is Nutrition.
Like many of you, I am deeply interested in the field of nutrition. Furthermore, there are some important aspects of a primal diet that converge nicely with mainstream nutritional advice (such as eating lots of fruits and vegetables. But I must say that it does get frustrating after a while to find that a substantial amount of research and evidence that suggests an alternate perspective on grains, saturated fat, processed foods, cholesterol, insulin, etc. is ignored or dismissed without any explanation. It is not my personality to be ‘that person’ who likes to argue with the teacher. So I just sit back and try to tell myself that all knowledge is useful.
My instructor is a perky marathoner who may or may not be getting all of her lecture notes from the health articles in Cosmo. “Today we’re going to talk about eating disorders, guys! This lecture is soooo much fun. Do you want me to tell you about the skinniest woman I ever saw” I don’t mean to be unkind. She’s probably a really nice person. One point in her favor is an interesting assignment she gave to track our food intake for 4 days and turn in a nutritional analysis. This provided a convenient opportunity to take some pictures and compile yet another “what I ate” post. So without further ado, here’s what I ate. Today I will be posting my daily menu followed by some of my favorite quotes from my nutrition textbook.
1/2 cup cottage cheese with almonds, blueberries, and raspberries
Coffee with whole milk and erythritol
Shrimp stir-fry with eggplant, onions, kale in coconut curry sauce.
Mini Baybel (I love these things!
Braised beef with chili flavors over sauteed, grated cauliflower, cabbage and carrots. Topped with avocado and heirloom tomato.
“Remember, your goal is to limit total fats as well as saturated and trans fatty acids. Using less butter or margarine will do that. Choosing a margarine or spread with liquid vegetable oil as the first ingredient (meaning the amount of hydrogenated oil is less will reduce not only saturated fat but trans fat as well.” (as a general rule, my text does not distinguish between saturated and trans fats
“The nutritional benefits of plant protein sources such as soy foods and other legumes, grains, and vegetables deserve a closer look. Most Americans would benefit from emphasizing plant protein foods in their diet. The next time you plan to make a meat loaf, make lentil loaf instead.”
“Many people believe that sugar is fattening and causes obesity. Sugar is a carbohydrate, and all carbohydrates provide 4 kilocalories per gram. High fat-not sugar-intakes are associated with greater risk of obesity.”
“many studies suggest that rising soft drink consumption is a factor in overweight and obesity, even among very young children” (must be all that fat in those soft drinks
Finally, don’t forget your best friend in your struggle to ward off heart disease……
“Whole grains contain not only fiber but also antioxidants, which may protect against cellular damage that promotes heart disease. It is likely that the combination of compounds found in grains, rather than any one component, explains the protective effects against heart disease.”