Here is another part of my series regarding systems. This one is for monitoring the poison we inadvertently put into our bodies. I don’t plan on being a foodie or health nut blogger, just introduce a system you can use to monitor the food you eat. It’s what I am using to reach my goal of finding more energy this year.
Ever wonder what the food you are eating is doing to your body?
Big Mac, Large Fries, and a Medium Coke
1300 mg of Sodium, 66 grams of Sugar. Your body can safely process 2600mg of sodium a day and 90 grams of sugar. But don’t take my word for it. I’m just regurgitating information from the McDonald’s website. They have a “Nutritional Calculator” posted here.
Chik-Fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Waffle Fries, and a Sweet Tea
2000mg of sodium, 37 grams of sugar. It’s REALLY good but it will kill you. I actually ate this… a lot! You can download a Nutritional Menu here.
I know, you’re a vegetarian. This article is not for you. Move along.
Amy’s Veggie Combo Pizza
1 serving, 680mg of sodium, no potassium, 10mg of protein (you need 120mg for the day). That pizza is actually 3 servings, you just ate 2040mg of sodium. I told you, vegetarians, move along.
MyFitnessPal is a Food Diary, a system you can use to track everything you eat. With this, you can tell if you are getting too much sodium and sugar which can be toxic to the body in large doses. You can also track if you are getting enough of your daily vitamins, potassium, fiber, protein, and carbs. Most people will need a multivitamin.
Here are some screenshots:
Get yourself a smart scale. And an Apple watch. With these tools, you can track your activity and weight. All the info will port to your MyFitnessPal dashboard. You now have a simple dashboard for your health. Baby steps people, Baby steps.