Grapefruit and Food loggingPosted: January 5, 2012
Sometime shortly before Christmas, I bought a huge grapefruit from Whole Foods. I really never eat grapefruit- but I love grapefruit-flavored things. And this might sound weird, but I have never in my life peeled and eaten a grapefruit like an orange. I grew up eating grapefruit that was sliced in half and using a ‘grapefruit spoon’ to dig out the little sections.
I brought this grapefruit with me to work yesterday because I figured I could peel it and snack on a few sections when I was hungry. And since it was huge, it would probably last me more than a day.
I tore off a section and tasted it…
and wasn’t that impressed. To me, it just tasted sour. I remember loving grapefruit as a child- maybe I put sugar on it? I don’t know.
I generally love citrus fruits, and am determined to love grapefruit, too. Does anyone have/know of any good recipes that use grapefruit? Or are there different varieties of grapefruit that are sweeter than others?
At least I had my 10 am coffee to tide me over…
Half coffee/half almond milk, made in my mini French press that I keep at work. I look forward to this every day.
I’ve been reading about several bloggers posting their daily eats this week- I guess it’s from all of the New Year’s resolution motivation. Some have been photographing every single thing they eat, and others just log it. Since I’ve been doing WW, I’ve been logging nearly everything that I eat- but I definitely don’t write down every single food that goes in my mouth. Usually, if I have some kind of mindless snack (like a few nuts or a small handful of cereal) I’ll just subtract point or two from my daily intake. The thing is- I’m probably eating more than I think I am. I’ve only ever been successful in weight loss when I was completely mindful of what I ate and only ate structured/planned snacks. I have a bad habit of snacking while I look for a snack. 🙂
When I got home from the gym yesterday, I was starving. I didn’t have a snack planned out and was too hungry to focus on what to eat, so I just kind of mindlessly grazed. Everything that I snacked on was “healthy”- a few nuts, a small handful of bran cereal, blueberries, a bit of leftover squash… but it was mindless. And even though it’s healthy, it’s still additional calories that add up. And I still ate my “real” snack of a protein muffin after that.
I’ve been thinking about doing the photo log thing. I know that doing that would hold me much more accountable… but it would require a lot of effort. And most of that effort is because I am picky about photos and think that I would have to lug around my SLR everywhere. But really- why would the quality of my photos really matter? Isn’t the point just to have a record of what I ate? I think that if I really saw all of the foods that I consume that I don’t really ‘count’ I would realize how much they add up. And knowing that I would have to photograph them would probably make me less inclined to mindlessly eat in general.
I know that I eat a very healthy diet full of whole-grains, vegetables and fruits and lean proteins. I was looking into the “Simply Filling” option that WW offers, and about 95% of the foods that I eat are on the list- so I don’t think I’d really benefit switching from tracking points. It is possible to have (way) too much of a good thing.
What do you think? Have you ever photographed your daily eats? And if so, did you find that it took a lot of time/effort to do? And more importantly, did it help you stay on track with eating?