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Is there any easy way to figure out my nutrient percentages?

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Created April 05, 2011 at 3:41 AM

People always talk about knowing the percentages of fat, protein and carbs that they eat. How does one do this? Does it just require entering everything you put in your mouth into some online food tracker? Is there a way to do estimate this w/ unweighed/unmeasured eating? Thanks!

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on May 29, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Thanks! I finally got set up on Daily plate and since my work schedule is MUCH less for next couple months it's a lot easier to track and take a stab at this.

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on April 07, 2011
at 11:02 PM

I feel the same, but want to see some results now too.

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on April 07, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Thanks Robin, I'm probably on the same high cal boat as you. No matter how few foods I eat, I manage to get full every day!

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on April 07, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Thank you so much for this Dexter. (I got sidetracked w/work for a few days but really appreciate the info.) I do take vitamin D, was recently tested and my levels are OK. But you wrote 50,000, not 5,000 IU. Did you mean that?!

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on April 07, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Thanks for your brutal honesty. I was afraid of that. I get bones from my butcher and meat and vegs at the farmers market. You're right--it's hard to say what nutrients an array of vastly different shaped, fatted bones does to a broth, but I guess it's all just a rough guide anyways, since say, the amount of sugar in a banana could vary dramatically from fruit to fruit. Thank you!

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on April 05, 2011
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I was reluctant to use Fitday, but it's been a real eye-opener. I was eating far more calories (& more carbs) than I thought I was, and was very low on several vitamins & minerals. My problem is going to be how to stop using it (in other words, how to stop obsessing).

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at 01:15 PM

You have to weigh/measure if you want anything close to accurate. Too much of a pain for me. I know my carbs are low and my fat is high, that's good enough for me.

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Many here use http://www.fitday.com Once you record everything you eat for a couple of weeks, you start to intuitively know what you are eating and approximately the percentages of protein, fat, carbs. There are some here that compulsively count calories and the percentages, but I find it not necessary...since I have reached my comfortable set point in body fat and weight and for me I eat about 75-80% fat, 10-15% protein, 5% or less carbs.

There was this thread a while ago about "listening to your body" http://paleohacks.com/questions/24087/can-you-listen-to-your-body-or-is-your-satiety-meter-broken#axzz1IcNMWsnp

And for your Hep C, are you supplementing with Vit D3? See this recent thread. About how D3 activates T cells to search out and destroy bacteria and virus that invade the body. Perhaps a short run of 50000IU a day could assist your defenses to wipe out the Hep C. http://paleohacks.com/questions/28750/do-you-know-how-vit-d-assists-the-body-in-warding-off-diseases#axzz1IcWiqxSU

33ca64a09412bed1b47b85a4f1ac6a27

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on April 05, 2011
at 02:08 PM

I was reluctant to use Fitday, but it's been a real eye-opener. I was eating far more calories (& more carbs) than I thought I was, and was very low on several vitamins & minerals. My problem is going to be how to stop using it (in other words, how to stop obsessing).

3fc07ff31006b1860083f0cfe4472ae4

(561)

on April 07, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Thanks Robin, I'm probably on the same high cal boat as you. No matter how few foods I eat, I manage to get full every day!

3fc07ff31006b1860083f0cfe4472ae4

(561)

on April 07, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Thank you so much for this Dexter. (I got sidetracked w/work for a few days but really appreciate the info.) I do take vitamin D, was recently tested and my levels are OK. But you wrote 50,000, not 5,000 IU. Did you mean that?!

3fc07ff31006b1860083f0cfe4472ae4

(561)

on May 29, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Thanks! I finally got set up on Daily plate and since my work schedule is MUCH less for next couple months it's a lot easier to track and take a stab at this.

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on April 05, 2011
at 08:32 AM

"Does it just require entering everything you put in your mouth into some food tracker ?"

For beginners, yes. After a while you'll just know some things, like what is mostly fat, what is mostly protein, what is mostly startch but if you are just starting out I think tracking is the way plus you learn somethings about food.

You could also get the data from reading labels (which you should be doing anyway if you're buying food with labels) although that works best if you buy prepackaged food. Home made broths just don't come with a "nutrition data" sticker ;)

3fc07ff31006b1860083f0cfe4472ae4

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on April 07, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Thanks for your brutal honesty. I was afraid of that. I get bones from my butcher and meat and vegs at the farmers market. You're right--it's hard to say what nutrients an array of vastly different shaped, fatted bones does to a broth, but I guess it's all just a rough guide anyways, since say, the amount of sugar in a banana could vary dramatically from fruit to fruit. Thank you!

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