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Living in the land of plenty

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

During my time in the Philippines there wasn't food available to me 24/7 like there is at home. I have looked back at my average food intake and found that leaving out the crazy days of traveling through multiple time zones, my average intake for the 11 'normal' days of that trip were as follows:

Calories: an average of 1622 per day
Fat intake: an average of 62.5 g per day (35%)
Carb intake: an average of 199 g per day (49%)
Protein intake: an average of 64.8 g per day (16%)

That's less calories than usual for me and my weight and bodyfat both trended down during that time. (I packed my scale) That's definitely less protein than I normally eat. I rarely remember being hungry and I ate more out of necessity and less out of boredom.

At home, I have plenty of food available to me all the time and I'm not so sure that's a good thing. I definitely eat more now that I'm back in my own environment because food is staring me in the face all the time. For the long haul I need to give some serious thought to eating more out of necessity and less out of boredom or eating just 'because it's there'. It's easy for me to get into the mindset that I 'need' a large amount of protein to 'maintain my muscle mass' but I'm beginning to think that thought process isn't all it's cracked up to be either given what I've read about longevity and calorie/protein intake.

Balance in all things and definitely some food for thought!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Excellent analysis. We really do live in the land of plenty and can do without as many calories as we eat.
    769 days ago
    Excellent post! The availability of food here in the states is both a blessing and a curse --marketing sure has convinced us that if we don't eat our body will go into starvation mode. I too am suspect of the amount of protein we are told to consume. Nutritionally, they got so much wrong how can I believe what they are saying now? I strive to eat the least processed foods possible and let my body decide what I need.

    770 days ago
  • JAJABEE1717
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    771 days ago
    Great observations!
    Food available in 24/7 is not something human mind and body can cope with naturally.
    I find planning and eating 3 meals only and nothing in between very helpful in saying no to food I don't need.
    771 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    So true!
    772 days ago
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