Meeting the nutritionist

28 Mar

I didn’t exercise yesterday as I hurt my knee at RunCamp, instead I worked from home and tried not to move about too much. However, this morning I made myself cycle to work and tried not to eat too many bad snacks before seeing the nutritionist at 4:30pm.

Results from the nutritionist were quite surprising. It turns out that my diet isn’t too bad after all, which is good to hear, but I was hoping that there would be a life-changing revelation! I take in far more than the reference nutrient intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Calcium , which is good, but also 126% of RNI of Sodium, so I need to watch out for salt in the food that I eat. My protein intake is what it should be. My fat intake (saturated and trans) is far lower than recommended. Apparently, it may do me good to eat more fat as it helps toΒ  make people feel full.

There were four recommendations from the nutritionist, that I will try to follow:

  • Increase energy intake (by adding seeds to my salads). I’m wondering whether adding tofu to my salad would have the same effect.
  • Reduce sodium. I will try to make more of my own sauces instead of relying on jars. This will require me to be more organised. Whilst I am off work over Easter, I will try to make some food and freeze it.
  • Keep mineral intake as it is. I’m happy eating fruit and veg, so that’s fine πŸ™‚
  • Consider timing of food as well as type. It was suggested that I could have a banana and yoghurt or chocolate milk after training – I will try to remember this.

Unbelievably, my waist to hip ratio is good at 0.78 πŸ™‚ I was told that my BMI of 25 is healthy, however, most charts suggest that I fall into the ‘overweight’ category. Unfortunately, it was not possible to get a body fat analysis as the equipment was not working. This was frustrating as it would be nice to have some indication, so that I can work on reducing it. I suspect that I’ll be in the average category, although the size of my thighs might make me in the obese category 😦

Ideal Body Fat Percentage Chart1 Ideal Body Fat Percentage Chart: How Lean Should You Be?
http://www.builtlean.com/2010/08/03/ideal-body-fat-percentage-chart/

My blood pressure was surprisingly high: 104/60. I’m not suggesting that this is high BP, but for someone who is used to 90/50 it is quite high. It still falls in the low-healthy range, which is good.

I have an average fluid intake of over 3 litres per day, but it was suggested that I may want to drink more when exercising. I should probably take water in the car with me when I drive to training.

I guess the biggest decision I have to make is whether to continue paying for Weight Watchers. If I feel accountable and track what I eat then I know that I behave better, but I have been very slack at tracking recently and have also struggled to find the time to plan. This is something that I must tackle.

After the assessment, I met Stuart and went for a swim. The water felt surprisingly cold, which meant that I found it hard to get started, and also the pool was busier than I am used to. I did a few lengths of front crawl, breathing on every fifth stroke, which went quite well, but Stu was surprised by how breathless I was at the end of each length as he swims effortlessly. He only has to breathe two or three times in a length!!! We raced a few lengths, but even with 10-15 second head start, Stuart still won… my only victory was when he was impeded by other swimmers.

I should have gone to Weight Watchers, but because of spending too long at the pool, I didn’t make it… and then I ruined the day by feasting on Lynda’s home-made cookies at a committee meeting. I wish people wouldn’t tempt me!!!

3 Responses to “Meeting the nutritionist”

  1. Charlotte Fortune 31/03/2013 at 5:06 pm #

    wow 2-3 breaths per length!! I am with you Tamsyn on the breathlessness and have to stop after every length to breathe – it’s strange as I consider myself fit in terms of running and exercise classes – just a different thing I suppose? Hopefully with more practice we can both improve πŸ™‚

    • tamsynsmith 01/04/2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Stu has now confirmed that if he were properly racing then he wouldn’t breathe at all until he’d finished the length!!! If I didn’t breathe I wouldn’t finish the length.

  2. Charlotte Fortune 01/04/2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Wow! I’ve got a long way to go! πŸ™‚

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