I’ve been telling the story of my birthday this year and my decision that day to try eating again the way I did before having an angioplasty done in 2012 and being placed on a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet as a result.
My food that day included potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate layer cake, and Chinese food to include pork fried rice, Mongolian beef, egg rolls and crab Rangoon.
Let’s look at the numbers for all that first. I entered it all into my LoseIt! app, using Chinese restaurant items LoseIt! has for my dinner choices. I approximated sizes, so I likely under-estimated my day’s total, but the numbers are still stunning. My total calorie intake that day –2,925 (my ‘normal day is 2,000 and I often eat less since I can’t find enough items I can eat now to reach that total most days). My total sodium intake for the day — 7,905 mgs! Compare that to my new daily goal, 1,200 to 1,500 mgs, and you can see eating all that Chinese food with its high sodium content gave me roughly five to seven days worth of sodium in one day! Continue reading “Consequences of my birthday pig-out day”