Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Week-long Tracking Journey with Bon’App

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By Kremi Arabadjieva, University of Florida

As I walk through campus, the alluring sirens of greasy pizza and gooey chocolate chip cookies continuously tempt me to follow my nose. Who can say no, am I right? But the trouble with this practice is that we are unaware of how that slice of pizza affects our body, our mind, and most importantly, our health in the long run. I wanted to become more aware of how my daily food intake affected my overall health, which is why I subscribed for a month’s worth of Bon’App food tracking. $9.99 and the click of a button is all it took to start documenting all of my daily meals, from every cup of tea to every last piece of chocolate. This blog will demonstrate my experiences as I navigate through these uncharted waters of food tracking.

Day 1 - May 18, 2015

Shrimp Scampi

Dear Shrimp Scampi,

Not only did you deplete my wallet this evening, but you also completely drained my bad fat battery for the day with a whopping 26 grams. I will always love you, and we can still be friends, but I’ll have to watch my servings when I’m around you.

Today’s Lesson: Fancy restaurants do not equal healthy restaurants. Do not be misguided by upscale prices.

Day 2 - May 19, 2015

Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
Today’s villain comes in the form of a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, which contains 31 grams of sugar. I assure you this was no fancy Frappuccino with an Eiffel Tower of whip cream and caramel. It was a simple grab and go bottle, but looks can be deceiving.

Today’s Lesson: Don’t judge food or drink by its outward appearance. Sugar takes on many faces, in this case it was in the lactose of my Frappuccino.

Day 3 - May 20, 2015

Homemade Chicken Fajitas

I decided to make homemade chicken fajitas with my boyfriend. It turned out to be more of a crunchy grilled chicken wrap, but regardless my batteries wept tears of pride when I input this healthier dinner recipe. We used all natural and organic ingredients from Whole Foods, which would have been hard to come by had we eaten out.

Today’s Lesson: Homemade food for the win! You have total control of what you put into your body, and not to mention it’s a fun date night activity.

Day 4 – May 21, 2015

Day four brings an egg with fresh blackberries and a cup of orange juice for breakfast. Today I feel awake, alert, and energized for the day to come. Hey, this is a big accomplishment when you’re not a morning person.

Today’s Lesson: A good breakfast serves as fuel for the whole day. Throw in fresh fruits or vegetables to add more flavor, vitamins, and antioxidants. 

Day 5 – May 22, 2015

Omega Trek Mix
(1 Serving)
Dark Chocolate Powerberries (1 Serving)

Ever since preschool, we are conditioned to be professional snackers. Today I had Omega Trek Mix with Cranberries for my snack. And since you can never forget about the chocolate, I threw in some Dark Chocolate Powerberries. This combination of sweet and savory provides a good balance for my daily salt and sugar intake.

Today’s Lesson: Snack time doesn’t end at preschool. Pick snacks that are high in fiber and protein that can energize you throughout the day.

Day 6 – May 23, 2015

Today’s beautiful sunny sky and soft breeze unlocks a world of mindfulness, and that is when I really begin to taste the salami, tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil on a brioche bun: so simple, yet so delicious and filling as each ingredient melts on my tongue. This mindfulness cut down my snacking today, which decreased my bad fat consumption.

Today’s Lesson: Mindful eating awakens your taste buds and helps you monitor your intake. This way you’ll be able to sense when you’re full and avoid overeating.

Day 7 – May 24, 2015

Ice Cream Sundae

Truth is, the world is full of delectable food that was put on this earth for us to indulge in. Tracking my food intake has helped me better understand my eating habits. But most of all, it has opened my eyes to how everything I put in my body affects my daily life.

Today’s Lesson: Eat that ice cream sundae! Just be aware of its serving size and impact on your health in correspondence to your personal goals.

The following visuals portray my batteries for every day of the week, as well as my weekly average results. I have also included my complete food intake for day 1, that way you can really visualize how each food item impacted my batteries for the day. It is important to note that my sugar consumption is inclusive of both natural sugar (found in fruits) and added sugar (found in most processed foods). I promise I’m not a sugar addict; I just tend to gravitate towards the fruit bowl (and anything savory apparently.) My mood and level of activeness definitely varied with the food I ate. Some foods made me feel excited and energized, while others made me feel tired and sleepy.

Day 1 Intake
4 Cups Mint Tea
1 Chickpea Fritter Sandwich (Clover)
2 Burt’s Bee’s Honey Cough Drops
1/2 Avocado
1 Cup Chamomile Tea
3 LU Digestive Chocolate Biscuits
1 Serving Trolli Eggs
2 Pieces of Drunken Goat Cheese
1 Serving of Shrimp Scampi

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Weekly Average

My Bon’App food tracking journey shows me where I currently stand and what I can improve upon each day. Food tracking has made me much more aware of my food consumption and its impact on my health. Most of all, this experience has enabled me to stop and think about my food before it gets sucked into the endless pit that is my stomach. It has been a challenging journey, but it has truly opened my eyes to the foundation of a healthy life: healthy eating.

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