So, where am I getting all the salt and sugar? It's in everything. It's even in bread, milk, lunch meat, peanut butter, fruits and some vegetables, etc. This morning I ate a Burger King Ultimate Breakfast Platter. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know but I was on the road in the poconos and had to get home fast and didn't have time (or money) to stop at a diner. If you're not familiar with this breakfast it consists of: 3 pancakes, 2 scrambled eggs, 2 sausages, 1 hash browns, & 1 biscuit (w/ syrup & butter). That's a whopping 1200 calorie breakfast w/ 2800mg of sodium and 36g of sugar. So, what I do is take one bite of the biscuit and throw it away. I do the same with the hash browns. Not because they don't taste good but because it's absolutely garbage for you. Next, I throw all the condiments away: ketchup, syrup, salt, butter, etc. Then what I do is take the egg and sausage and I slap it between 2 pancakes and I eat it like a breakfast sandwich. No butter, no syrup, no extra salt or sugar. It's actually pretty good. I figure I cut the sodium, sugar, carbs, etc. in half by doing that. There's sugar and salt in the pancakes. The sausage is probably loaded with salt. But, if you ate the entire meal you pretty much pegged yourself of sodium, carbs, fat and sugar for the day. The entire day! That's over 1/2 your recommended daily calories too. So, it really is a sh$t meal.
Anyway, the point is..start becoming a label reader of find yourself a good online food database that gives you the nutrient breakdown of what you're eating. Then, keep a diary/journal of what you eat for at least a month. That's right, every day for a month and see what you're average daily nutrient intake. I've done it for the past 7 weeks. i.e. kept a diary/journal of everything I put in my mouth for 7 weeks..every day. (BTW, I use MyFitnessPal as I believe they have the most comprehensive online food database.) You can see my two main concerns are sugar and salt. Just can't seem to get that down near the recommended FDA daily allowance. Check it out:
Yes, it's a lot of work doing this (keeping a food diary). But, it's the only way you'll truly know what your daily intake is. And, you ARE what you eat..so eat wisely. Power ON! Coach Rob