Are you eating the right foods?

May 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm (Sweet Nothings/Ramblings) (, )

I feel amazing. My eyes are brighter, my skin is clear and plump, my clothes are fitting better and I have more energy.

How have I managed to do this? Paying attention to my diet.

No, I am not on a starvation diet of a handful of carrot sticks and 4 rice crackers a day. I am eating cake alongside vegetables and having the odd glass of wine with coworkers after a long week. What I have been doing is monitoring my food intake and it has really opened my eyes to what our bodies need (and what we’re not giving them).

I am sure you do not need to use a website such as (which I mentioned the other day) to calculate what percentage of your recommended daily intake you’re getting in terms of vitamins and minerals. I’ve found out after a week of entering foods into my food log, that I am very low in Vitamin E and could do with extra Iron, Calcium and Fiber. I would never have known this unless I had been monitoring what foods I’m eating.

Most foods will specify what %RDI they contain for a number of aspects (fat, protein, carbohydrates) but not all the vitamins and minerals we should be aware of.

Just test it out this week ( is free, or you could simply calculate it yourself) and see what your diet is crying out for. You may find that when you eat a balanced diet, that your body will start to thank you for it.


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