Friday, 23 February 2007

Shakespeare, Supplements and Fortification

This weekend is a Shakespeare weekend. Yay! Up to Stratford on Avon for MacBeth (in Polish, with English surtitles) tonight, and for Coriolanus tomorrow. It also means a weekend away from the CRON kitchen, but this time I am determined not to stress and just do my best with what's available. Hopefully there will be no manic hunger episodes - well, I can hope.

Tomorrow we are meeting friends here for lunch. Spot the CR-ish choice for Sara which she really hopes is on the daytime menu...

Sunday's lunch is here. Again, it's pretty obvious what my choice will be... These are the times though, when eating fish or shellfish would be useful.

I will have lots of fun anyway; Shakespeare, P, two sets of friends, and someone else doing the cooking for me. What's not to love?

I have today's food all planned. I've had my usual blueberries / yoghurt / seeds / nuts combo for breakfast; lunch will be quorn and lentils cooked with tomatoes and garlic with steamed broccoli, butternut squash (Vit E - and I never knew!), and steamed kale; and dinner will be a massive salad of spinach, grilled peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and eggwhites. Flax/lemon/mustard/garlic dressing.

I tried to make space for more chocolate pudding but given that I am bound to be having a couple of glasses of wine this evening with P, there just wasn't room. Cocoa deprivation!

Robin asked if I was including supplements in my CoM totals. The last few days have had my Vit D tab included but apart from that the answer I gave is no.

However, I do drink 250ml (at least) of Alpro Lite Soya Milk a day, and this is fortified with various B's, Calcium and E. I also eat 10g Grapenuts with my yoghurt at breakfast, which are also fortified.

I'm not too bothered about this - I've taken both sets out of CoM and I am getting 100% on what they give me anyway in other foods, most of the time; I just happen to like the taste of both - unlike Brewer's Yeast, which is emergency bump-the-numbers nutrition for me.

However, I was thinking about my reaction to one of A's posts on Emily's blog, when she reveals plans about a post regarding how CRONies shouldn't be too bothered about whether food is natural or not. Now she hasn't even written the post yet, and I may have misunderstood her! But I immediately thought - oooh, no! In my opinion, food being as natural and as unprocessed as possible is incredibly important, esp for CR when we need all the nutrients we can get and surely in a natural form. This is one of the reasons why I am really having to force myself to eat quorn, and why more often than not I will just steam my veggies and eat them plain, and why - given an option - I will never eat something without a good long look at the ingredients list.

But of course, I am drinking 250mls of something that is definitely unnatural a day. So I won't be able to say a word! :-)

Still looking forward to the post though.

And finally, the Crunch of the Day...

Hope everyone else has a good weekend!

Nutrition Summary for 23 February 2007

General (84%)
Energy | 1044.0 kcal 87%
Protein | 75.9 g 84%
Fat | 28.4 g 71%
Carbs | 145.6 g 121%
Fiber | 37.2 g 149%
Water | 1654.6 g 61%

Vitamins (98%)
Vitamin A | 57133.5 IU 2449%
Folate | 1032.2 mcg 258%
B1 (Thiamine) | 1.5 mg 133%
B2 (Riboflavin) | 4.2 mg 380%
B3 (Niacin) | 21.9 mg 156%
B5 (Pantothenic Acid)| 8.9 mg 178%
B6 (Pyridoxine) | 3.7 mg 286%
B12 (Cyanocobalamin) | 1.8 mcg 75%
Vitamin C | 873.2 mg 1164%
Vitamin D | 406.9 IU 203%
Vitamin E | 24.6 mg 164%
Vitamin K | 1699.3 mcg 1888%

Minerals (96%)
Calcium | 1153.0 mg 115%
Copper | 3.0 mg 332%
Iron | 20.8 mg 116%
Magnesium | 550.3 mg 172%
Manganese | 6.9 mg 382%
Phosphorus | 1456.3 mg 208%
Potassium | 5845.5 mg 124%
Selenium | 164.6 mcg 299%
Sodium | 840.5 mg 56%
Zinc | 14.1 mg 177%

Amino Acids

Lipids (40%)
Saturated | 3.0 g 15%
Omega-3 | 3.5 g 316%
Omega-6 | 5.6 g 46%
Cholesterol | 2.1 g 1%


skinnybitch said...

Hi Sara,
I also eat a couple of tablespoons of Grapenuts and some sort of fortified milk every day. Oh, and I usually have a tablespoon of LL brewer's yeast every day (the taste doesn't bug me). I sometimes feel like I'm cheating a bit by doing that. Still, I'm getting the vast majority of my nutrients from non-fortified foods and that's *way* better than I was doing in my pre-CRON days.
Ooh, I'm still so jealous of you with all these great plays to go see! Have a fantastic weekend.

HkGrace said...

Hi Sara,
Would you kindly remind me of the specifics of your breakfast? How much & what type of yogurt, seeds, berries, etc.? The 10g of Grapenuts I've got!

Sara said...

Thanks Robin; I intend to have great weekend! I shall report back. :-) Re the LLBY; I don't mind it *so* much, but I can get the same nutrients elsewhere for fewer calories, it seems.

Hilary, my breakfast specifics - Yeo Valley Organic Fat Free Natural Yogurt (100g/5.9g protein); 100g berries, preferably those high on the ORAC scale - I usually have blueberries, but sometimes mix with raspberries, or red plums, but always blueberries so far; 1 brazil nut; 5g pumpkin seeds; about 10 almonds and 10g of the grapenuts... Yum. I eat 20g almonds a day but I save half of them for after the gym...

HkGrace said...

Thank you! Call me anal but I like details (I think that all of us drawn to CRON are as such). I am in the process of coming up with a secondary breakfast to my egg white/flax/cheese combination because I want some variety and don't want to overdose too much on one set of items. Thanks again!