I had a lovely time on this beautiful day, got several pesky errands done, went for a nice drive and did a hike in a beautiful area (view shown on right but minus the smog) with one of my dogs, whom, by the way, is 15 years old and chock full of energy on her vegan diet. Here she is at about age 10:
So anyhow, I suddenly got the urge to do my nutrition analysis on the CRON-O-Meter and share it here with anyone who could possibly be interested in such self-indulgent stuff. I only do the Cron-O-Meter thing on occasion, once a month or less. It’s shown way down underneath all my preamble blithering; take from it what you will. *See sugar UPDATE at bottom.
Now, rather than the well-known 80-10-10 thing, my breakdown was 51% carbs, 32% fat, 16% protein. I’m a bit low (75% or less of needed) on a few nutrients today: Lysine, leucine, vitamins D & E, omega-6, and “water.” Water seems to be a problem for me, don’t like drinking unless I’m thirsty, but I do okay.
The leucine & lysine (amino acids) can be improved with some more soy, or beans, peas, maybe some quinoa, but the leucine & lysine weren’t terribly low. The low methionine is actually a good thing, because low-methionine diets have been shown to decrease risk for cancers. And the vitamin D I made up for by getting some sunshine today, so that’s not reflected in the numbers below. The omega-6 being low can be a good thing, as the omega-3 was high, and it’s said to be more important. The vitamin E was not all that low, but some seeds, avocado, etc., would improve that number, although would raise the fat percentage somewhat and it’s already a bit high.
So basically, only the lysine, leucine, and vitamin E were a bit of a problem. And I did eat a bit too much today, usually stick to 1800 calories or less.
Our bodies do their best with what we put in them, so I’ve not really anything to worry about. Imagine if I lived in Ethiopia and was lucky to get a bowl of cooked grains, a handful of nuts, some steamed cabbage, and an orange for the day. Proper nutrition is important, but not all that exacting and urgent every day.
The below analysis actually shows that well-planned vegan diets are by and large far better overall than typical animal-based junk-food diets which so many people are hooked on. I’m very pleased with my diet, feel great and am certainly no “spring chicken.” I just turned 59 and have no lack of energy, as well as take no medications. I do a long walk or hike just about every day and do some stretchy things, crunches, girly pushups too, and have no aches & pains except on occasion when I’ve done something dumb.
So, when people warn of the dangers of giving up sausage, cheese, eggs and all that nasty stuff…products of severe animal abuse and bloody killing…just refer them here and let them have a go at me. I’ll let them know who’s boss: It’s vegans! And yes, I do have a nice bit of spare time on my hands. Thus…
Food List for Monday 1/11/2016
[Please note that the “Skippy” peanut butter isn’t true; I only use PB that has peanuts & salt as the only ingredients, but Skippy was the closest choice in Cron-O-Meter’s list, and it has sugar & palm oil added…that’s not for me!]
Sorry for the slight blurriness, but it’s taken from screen shots. Thanks for looking in! Hope this helps make a vegan lifestyle easier for someone out there.
UPDATE 1/17/16: I must note that the “sugar” result above may seem high, but only added sugars count in the matter of healthfulness, and my added sugar total for this day was 26 grams, as opposed to the total of about 88 above which includes the natural sugars found in fruit and other carbs, which are not harmful to us a long as we’re not overeating on a regular basis. 25 grams of added sugar is the recommendation from most health experts, with 50 grams maximum on occasion. My added sugars were: 1 gram from the rice crisps, 10 g. from the Kashi berry cereal, 5 g. from the Kashi shredded wheat, and 10 g. from the molasses. (Just to ward off any claims of vegans being unhealthy sugar gobblers.)