I don’t count calories anymore…..

 I stopped counting calories a few years ago. I used to be compulsive about counting, and very careful about checking the calorie or kilijoule content of things.  I was a big believer in the energy in-energy out equation (as if health is so simple!!). 

 

This equation still rings very true for the obese weight loss community, obviously they need to learn to understand that eating chips, chocolate, tubs of ice cream and pizzas each day meanwhile sitting on the couch, is going to lead to your body storing energy is doesn’t use.  So reducing the energy intake, and increasing energy output will reduce body weight.  But I am not one of these people.

 

I am a 50kg, 5ft 2in healthy person, so looking at this simple equation as the be all and end all to my health philosophy was a bit limiting.  Nutritional panels are illuminating, and you do start to learn a lot about food by studying those little columns, but as important as the panels are the INGREDIENTS. 

 

I have attached the nutritional panels for two different foods:

 

FOOD ONE:

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (357.0 g)

 

Amount Per Serving

Calories 121

Calories from Fat 0

 

Total Fat 0.0g

Saturated Fat 0.1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g

Cholesterol 0mg

 

Sodium 0mg

Total Carbohydrates 26.7g

Dietary Fiber 4.9g

Sugars 19.4g

Protein 2.4g

 

Vitamin A 0%

Vitamin C 389%

 

Calcium 5%

Iron 5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOD TWO

 

 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 (24 g)

 

Amount Per Serving

Calories 97

Calories from Fat 27

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Total Fat 3.0g

Saturated Fat 2.7g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g

Cholesterol 0mg

 

Sodium 59mg

Total Carbohydrates 17.3g

Dietary Fiber 0.4g

Sugars 17g

Protein 0.9g

 

Vitamin A 0%

Vitamin C 0%

 

Calcium 0%

Iron 1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So by the reasoning of CALORIE counting, we would probably chose Food Two as our snack, rather than food one.  It is lower in calories, so therefore will be your choice morning tea today.  BUT guess what Food One and Food Two are???

 

Food one is a punnet of fresh whole strawberries, and Food Two is 2 coconut macaroons.  So the argument for eating well becomes a bit more than just calories.

 

So now my philosophy is based more around the level of processing, vegan, rawness, wholeness, I know there are still unhealthy options out there that I chose (a girl’s gotta live!!) but if I am making a choice about what to eat, it is more than just a number.


Catherine Craig
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