Blog: Raw Odyssey
by drpr

Swollen Feet

(Better lay off the salt)

Date:   6/11/2007 8:13:00 PM   ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2869 times

My sweet tooth is well taken care of with all of the fruit I'm eating and smoothies I drink. I even indulge in an occasional diet pop. But I find that I crave salt sometimes. I made salmon last night and maybe put too much salt on it because I noticed my feet were swollen today. Oops. My sandals were pretty tight this afternoon. I don't usually have concerns about swelling, so that was a little odd.

Today I signed up again on SparkPeople, the website that has you track your food, exercise, and other things. The Weight Watchers site doesn't allow you to track nutrients or even calories, so I figured if I'm gonna comply with my trainer's nutritional request (or at least try), I'd better find an easy way to analyze my meals. It is 5:30 pm as I type this and I have had:

Mangos, 1 cup, sliced 107 28 0 1 Remove
Strawberries, fresh, 1 cup, halves 46 11 1 1 Remove
Banana, fresh, 1 large (8" to 8-7/8" long) 125 32 1 1 Remove
Just Black Cherry Juice, 4 oz 90 22 0 1 Remove
Whey Protein Powder, Optimum Nutrition, Vanilla, 1 serving 110 2 1 23 Remove
Sweet Cherries, 2 cup, with pits, yields 147 37 0 2 Remove
Campbell's Select Savory Lentil, 2 cup 260 48 1 16 Remove
Amy's Kitchen, Breakfast Burrito, 1 serving 230 38 6 9 Remove
Atlantic Salmon (fish), 3 oz 155 0 7 22 Remove
Spinach, fresh, 1 cup 7 1 0 1 Remove
Salsa, 0.5 cup 36 8 0 2 Remove
Feta Cheese, 0.5 oz 37 1 3 2 Remove
Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian, 1 tbsp 60 1 7 1 Remove
Sweet Cherries, 1 cup, with pits, yields 74 19 0 1 Remove


Totals: 1,484 247 27 83

In case the above cut-and-paste doesn't come out on some browsers, the end result is 1,484 calories, 247 carbs, 27 grams of fat, and 83 grams of protein. I should state, in all honesty, I didn't do the visual portion control thing at all- I made a smoothie for breakfast and had two packaged foods for lunch. In retrospect, I trust that half a salmon fillet is the size of my palm and that the 1 1/2 cups of cherries I had were not too far off from the size of my fist.

So, it's not looking good for 2400 calories, and I am not hungry enough to eat another 900 + calories tonight. I'll be working out this evening and won't want to eat afterwards. According to WW I've consumed 33.5 points. I guess this would be the time to eat a protein bar, wouldn't it? But I don't want to, regardless of what my personal trainer recommends. I don't like those things. They are expensive and don't taste good and aren't real food, as far as I'm concerned. The fact that they resemble candy bars make them a trigger food for me, as well. Best to stay away.

Today she texted me to ask how I was and if I had any questions. I told her I couldn't figure out how to get 2400 calories in. She told me "you're an athlete! Cardio tonight!" Hmmm- that didn't help. I then told her I didn't think I could eat 2400 calories today. She said to "be honest and put it in my journal." Sigh... I need more guidance than that. I called a nutritionist today just to see what it would cost me. I could use the personal trainer just for the physical training and use the nutritionist for my nutritional concerns. The nutritionist charges $95 for a two-hour consultation, and an additional $100 to see her for a month. That's a lot. I hate it that preventative treatment costs so much! I'm trying to keep myself from getting diabetes, high blood pressure, a stroke, etc. but medical insurance kicks in after you've already been diagnosed. We need to be treating people who are in danger of getting those illnesses.

And on that note, I'm taking a nap!

(By the way, if any of you are on MySpace, I'm at Let me know what your page URL is, too. I'll be happy to visit)

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