Sunday, September 23, 2007

Melange

As per my high school French teacher, a melange is a mixture, and that's what I'm writing today -- a mixture.

  • I'll be doing a long-ish run later today (8 miles or so). Initially I'd planned to go early, but when I woke up, guess what? I didn't want to run, and that is perfectly fine. Tim and I did a timer workout yesterday (1 minute work, 1 minute rest for 30 minutes) and my glutes are pretty sore so I think running later when everything's a little more awake will feel better.
  • For breakfast today I had an Asian pear and a FlatOut wrap with hummus, carrots, and baby lettuce -- YUM. I was checking the stats on the FlatOut and I think they've made a mistake on the nutrition label. Here's how it reads:
Calories 100
Calories from fat 25
Total fat 2.5 grams (so far, so good)
Total Carbohydrate 17 grams
Dietary fiber 8 grams
Protein 9 grams

What confuses me is this: since protein and carbs are 4 calories per gram, when I do the math, I get 104 calories from the protein and carbs alone. Add in the fat, and you're at 129 calories. I don't particularly care about a 30 calorie difference because I'm not a calorie counter for my own purposes, but I feel like I'm missing something here. Are you supposed to do something with the grams of fiber? Anyone?

  • I did a double-under yesterday!!! I have tried and tried to do double unders, but have never been able to make it work. But after watching this Crossfit video, I succeeded. Accomplishment feels great!
  • What have I done this morning rather than run? I've been vegging out and loving it. I've watched an episode of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. Now I'm checking out a new show: Lyon in the Kitchen, and I really really like it. Nathan's food philosophy is right on (read about it here) and I think I'm going to try one of his recipes for dinner tonight.
  • Play last night? Not to my liking. In fact, from getting up at 5:15 on Friday and at 6:15 yesterday, I napped through quite a bit of the show. But getting out with my husband? Just so much fun!!!
  • Speaking of my husband, he's dropped 10 pounds over the last couple of months! How? Through watching what he eats, and being consistent with exercise. (Shocking, I know!) So now my 40-something man is buying size 31 pants, which is quite an accomplishment, and he looks amazing (and he looked great before).
Time to go back to watching Nathan Lyon. Have a fabulous day!

3 comments:

Colette said...

Very strange about the calories not adding up...hmmm In my nutrition class, they said that companies will round up or down, but this goes beyond that. Maybe they are doing something with the fiber content...let me add that up...yes, that is what they are doing...subtracting the fiber first. Go figure.

Glad you're just vegging...and don't feel guilty about doing it! Yay for Tim and his smaller pants and good for you with that crossfit thing and running.

Have a super week!!

Brit-Man said...

Almost looks like they've been using Fitday to calculate their calories ha ha.

I mean 126.5 Calories, being listed as 100?

I know you won't think what I'm going to say intrusive or preachy, but I just thopught I'd give some feedback here if that's okay.

As for the Fibre, no you don't need to use that as part of a calculation, as Carbohydrates are two distinct categories.

Fibres and Sugars. I mean yes you get Simple and Complex, (starchy) Carbs, but for nutritional listings, Carbs are always listed as Fibre and Sugar.

The additional Carbs, must therefore be from Sugar, but the daily RDA intake from Sugar, is approximately 40g per 2,000 calories, which I think is an upper limit, not a minimum requirement.

Bloodsugar would be best being spiked first thing as it's low, and the Brain needs sugars to function, so there's no real issue with a bit of Sugar.

You might want to space that Pear about 10-15 minutes before the wrap thingy, to promote better Fruit Digestion, as other foods can impede Fruit passing into the intestines properly, which may mean the Fruit partially putrifys in te Stomach.

The other issue I can see here is that according to my investigations, even eating a small one of those Pears types, is bumping your Sugar intake, (including wrap), to potentially 16-18g in one meal. Assuming your calorie intake was 2,000 a day, that gives you still only 22g Sugar allowance in your next 4 meals, (5.5g per meal), and on a 6 meal strategy, that's 4.4g per meal, so you might need to be careful elsewhere in the day, and if you're concerned about your Sugar intake, cut any Fruits in the 2nd and maybe 3rd meals to little ones, like Cherries, Grapes, Berries, if you do have Fruit them, (Fruit Fructose Sugar, can convert to Fat in the Liver), and then no Fruit in the remaining meals.

That meal looks potentially a little high in Sugar terms, and 40g per 2,000 cals, means you could potentially say, 1g Sugar per 50 cals RDA, so if you're concerned about Sugar content, you could sub the Wrap, for something else, like a Wheat Cereal, or some Wheat or Rye Toast perhaps, (as examples), to get the same kind of Bloodsugar results, but due to the reduced Sugar, you could possibly cut any Sugar to Fat conversion in the Liver you might get.

As long as you sub the Carbs, for ones mostly more fibre based, you shouldn't have any calorie issues, with eating below maintenance etc etc, just a slight changing of how some Breakfast cals are used.

That's if you perceive there to be a Sugar issue in that meal.

Obviously, I'm not trying to tell you your business, and I'm sure you'll understand that.

Whatever happens, you are still doing a great job with everything, and you should be very proud of yourself, so chin up, and keep pushing Leslie.

GOOD LUCK

:-) :-).

Matt

KatieFeldmom said...

Ok, I'm in amazement at what that man did with a jump rope. Holy Moly.