Dietitian Meeting #1

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As part of the Get Well Challenge, I get to meet with a dietitian once a month for 15 minutes and today was my first appointment. Truth be told, I was a little skeptical about what she was going to tell me in 15 minutes. I really thought she was going to go through my food log and scold me for making less than desirable choices like the 100 calorie Cheez-it packs I bought from Costco. But it was actually pretty helpful. Jane Wilson is the resident dietician at Ellwood Thompson’s. We talked about my goals and she broke down how much protein and fat I should be shooting for each day along with adjusting the calorie recommendation that myfitnesspal.com gave me. She gave me some recipes that encourage a more plant-based diet. I left feeling like I had more direction and wasn’t just guessing as much about my nutritional choices. Tomorrow is the first weigh-in. It will be interesting to see what the results are. I can see me losing or gaining a few pounds.

On a bit of a side note – I really like MyFitnessPal. I can scan bar codes on my iPhone to get the exact nutritional information or access the extensive library on the site to log exactly what I’m eating. It’s pretty convenient as far as calorie tracking goes. At the end of every day it gives you an estimate of how much you will lose in 5 weeks based on that day. I wish it gave you a running estimate taking every day into account since no two days are the same, but an estimate is just that. The weekly weigh-ins will really show whether or not the tracking is helping. It also has a social feature where you can share your progress with friends if you’re into that.

Sunday Goals 9/30/12

This is the first in my series of Sunday goals for the Get Well Challenge. I’ll keep it brief and will report back next week!

  • Attend 2-3 fitness classes plus nutrition meeting and weigh-in
  • Eat a vegetable side with 4 dinners during the week
  • Drink at least 8 cups of water a day

Losing it with Michael Pollan

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is written by my little sister, Lora Moncheck. Lora is a college student at Mount Union University in Ohio. Living in a small town on a college student’s budget, she offers a unique viewpoint when it comes to living healthy. She’ll be sharing her experiences and successes here on MethodWellness.com

My whole life I have struggled with my weight. Like most people I tried everything from counting calories to fad diets. Then last Christmas, I received Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules”. When I first flipped through, I didn’t know what to expect, but I liked that each page/rule was short and easy to read. It did not take long to finish, and I actually enjoyed it. The rules just made sense.

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