Thursday, December 22, 2011

WTF Have I Been Eating

I didn't realize how much I had wandered off of my diet, until I started using my food log again.  I don't even know why I decided to start using it again but I'm glad I did.  I found that the amount of carbohydrates in my diet has crept up since the last time I used a log. Looking at everything I eat in a day also made me realize that I was no longer eating enough vegetables.  I thought that I had my routine down to the point that I didn't need to log anymore.  I guess I was wrong.

I think a food log is a useful tool when trying to eat a healthy diet.  An on-line log like the one I use makes it easy to calculate a daily total intake of fat, protein, carbohydrate, fiber, sugars and vitamins.  If you don't have easy access to a computer or smart phone during the day, keeping a paper log can be useful.  It's important to log food as you eat, it's too easy to forget about a snack or two when trying to log later in the day.  That last point is critical because entering everything you eat in a day can point out problems that you might otherwise overlook. 

My normal process for keeping a log involves logging with my phone or computer right before I eat.  I tend to keep a log for a week straight and then not log for 2-3 weeks.  This last gap in logging was more like a couple of months.  In an attempt to keep myself on track, I have added a link to my food log from my blogs.  Feel free to have a look and send me an email if want to critique my diet. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Become an Independent BeachBody Coach

Why would I do such a thing, don't they just push the same old high carbohydrate, low fat diets?  Yup, but they have a great line of fitness programs that I love.  They also produce a line of supplements and they have an on-line community that keeps people motivated and engaged.  Getting people to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle is not easy.  BeachBody's at home programs help ease the barrier to entry, you don't have to workout at a gym in front of others, you don't have to pay a trainer to teach you moves and, in most cases, all the equipment you need comes with the program.  The biggest benefit for some can be the community, having a personal coach and a message board full of people waiting to answer any questions you have no matter what time of day it is.

As far as the BeachBody diet recommendations, at least they push a whole foods based diet.  I don't agree with some parts of it, but it's still a diet that's healthier that most Americans eat.  My user name and bio on BeachBody's websites reflect my beliefs and if people want to follow a low-carb, paleo or primal diet I will enthusiastically support them.  I will not, however, try to force my ideas on anyone. My job is to support them in their fitness journey and encourage them to continue improving.