Fat – one of those ugly words no one likes to say or hear. The mere mention of the vile word invokes feelings of despair and defeat with images of gobs of yellow jelly jiggling every which way. We can’t live with it, and we certainly can’t live without it. Our bodies need a certain amount of fat in order to work properly. Everything from being able to absorb essential nutrients from the other foods we eat – to providing much needed energy. The people in the “know” say we should only have about 4% body fat but I feel that number is a little low to be realistic. I know someone who weighs all of about 140lbs at 5’9″ and her doctor tells her she’s got too much fat on her skinny frame just because she’s got 7% body fat.
Now consuming the right fats is a good thing and as with everything else…. in moderation. I personally do not like the typical fast food joints like McDonalds and Burger King, et al, as it is chock full of additives, chemicals and God only knows what else has been scraped off those processing plant floors that end up in the “food”* (*and I use this term quite loosely) If I eat out, it’s usually a place where the food is actually created on the premises and prepped that day. But for the most part, I like to eat at home mainly because I know what is going into the meal as opposed to not being able to see what has gone into the food behind that big windowless door in the back.
Since I work in a kitchen and cooking is a part of my life, I have seen a lot of things happen in restaraunts and would NEVER eat in them unless I can see the cooks preparing the food personally. If I go into a nice resaraunt, I will sometimes ask if I could visit the kitchen and if they say “no”, I know it’s not the place for me and I leave. This is usually a HUGE red flag that the place is not safe to eat at. If they let you see the kitchen, then you have found yourself a decent place to eat.
Weather: freezing rain, windy
Mood: pensive and a bit lonely
Sleep: 6hrs a bit tired
Physical: ribs and shoulders hurt but overall pretty good today
Activity: housecleaning – 2+ hrs = 467 cal burned
Total Calories Allowed: 2032cal
Total Calories Consumed: 1322cal