Nutrition Tracking

I have one more day of Orange County fun to share, but I decided to postpone that until tomorrow so I could share with you this week’s CSA box contents.

leeks collardgreens

garlic potatoes

orangesgrapefruit

broccoli fennel

butternutsquash lettuce

I’m definitely having thoughts of some kind of potato leek soup. The citrus is going to be snack food…my co-worker had an orange yesterday and said it was fabulous. I will be having a grapefruit as a snack momentarily. Not sure what to do with the fennel….I’ve never had it before. Thoughts? What about exciting things to do with butternut squash? Last time I made soup, which was excellent, but I got tired of it and had to freeze some. Not sure in what direction to take my squash in this time.

All suggestions are welcome!

In other food related news, I think I’m back to food journaling. Lately it has come to my attention that I’ve been eating really poorly. Part of that was having friends in town and then going out of town myself. Those sorts of things lead to bad (or rather, extravagant…) choices. I’ve been feeling sluggish and run down over the last week, so I’ve decided to return to my nutrition watching roots using the SparkPeople nutrition tracker. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t about restricting or eliminating holiday food fun. I’m still going to have Christmas cookies and Starbucks holiday drinks. I’m not only doing this to watch my calories….it’s more about watching my portions and not letting junk food slip through the cracks, forgotten. I can pat myself on the back for eating tons of squash and greens, but if I eat an entire family sized bag of Funions in between meals, then it’s hardly a victory, you know what I mean?

Being aware is half of the battle!

Recipe Suggestions? Feelings on Holiday eating patterns? Hit me up in the comment section!

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3 Responses to Nutrition Tracking

  1. greekmelie says:

    I like butternut squash honey roasted with cinnamon. I just cut it into cubes, toss it some olive oil and honey and lots of cinnamon and roast it in the oven until its tender and delicious. Does it sound interesting to you?

    I also track my foods especially in stressful times. It turns out I am just not good at this intuitive thing and either starve myself or not eat exactly healthily. So I figured if the choice is between being mindful and eating properly and eating intuitively but all over the place, who is to say that food journaling is bad? 😉

    • girlinchucks says:

      Sounds tasty! 🙂

      I don’t think food journaling is bad at all. Thing is, I did it every single day for 1.5 years and I just got so burned out. I kept thinking, “Crap…am I going to have to document everything I put in my mouth for the rest of my life?!” That’s something I don’t want to do. However, when I realize that I am obviously very off track, I do think going back to journaling is the responsible thing to do.

      When I don’t write it down, it’s easy to forgive eating way more crap than I should. When I have to look at reality in black in white, it becomes much more difficult and I tend to correct the behavior.

  2. Tammy McLeod says:

    Parsnips and fennel are two of my favorite foods in the world! I love them both roasted with olive oil.

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