Just for fun (and YES, this was actually fun for me, I'm a nerd), I decided to compare three tracking methods of what I ate yesterday.
And just in case any of you are as nerdy as I am when it comes to this stuff (and chances are if you follow/read my blog, you are), I thought that I would share my findings on here. :-)
Here's my hunger journal with Intuitive Eating for a day-
time- (hunger level before eating) food (hunger level after eating)
8:00am- (3) 1 Lara bar, 1 banana (5)
10:00am- (3) 1 Lara bar, 1 packet of craisins (5) -YES, I ate 2 Lara Bars in one morning! I was in a hurry and didn't have time to make the oatmeal that I usually eat for breakfast.
12:30pm- (3) refried beans mixed with salsa, with Wasa flatbread crackers (5)
3:30pm- (2) apple (5)
5:30pm- (3) beans, rice, steamed veggies, EVOO (6)
8:00pm- (3) peanut butter with karo (5)
10:00pm- (4) boca burger (6)
Okay, so there you have it- one random day of Intuitive Eating for me. Lots of healthy stuff, some sweetness (If you haven't tried PB & karo, do it! It's creamy deliciousness!), and tons of satisfaction.
I went to plug in all this good food on both Sparkpeople and Weight Watchers.
According to Sparkpeople, here are the stats for the day:
Daily Goals- 1720-2070 calories, no carb goal (I took that away), 44-77 grams of fat, and 60-172 grams of protein.
Daily Totals- 1804 calories, 291 carbs, 52 grams of fat, and 68 grams of protein.
Pretty good stats, if I do say so myself!
According to Weight Watchers, here are the stats for the day:
Daily Goals- 35 Daily PointsPlus, 49 Weekly PoinstPlus
Daily Totals- 39 PointsPlus used (all 35 daily plus 4 weeklies)
Again, NOT BAD.
This isn't something that I'm planning to do often, as it pretty much would be detrimental to my progress with Intuitive Eating.
However, I'm glad that I did this. It proves that IE can be a healthy and balanced way to eat that does not have to cause weight gain.
If I plugged in any days from last week, the numbers on both SP and WW would probably be laughable. I was going through a food rebellion phase last week, eating lots of junk foods "because I could".
Now, I'm approaching IE in a more balanced way. There is no need to overeat on cookies and chips every day, because they will always be there as an option for me.
I simply choose to eat more filling foods the majority of the time.