Well the other day, I had my (free) consultation with a dietician. Yay! I will get to that and her advice in a few minutes. First, I will just give you a shot of what I ate today.
So I met with a dietician on Wednesday and thanks to the people of Moderation Nation, I don’t have to pay anything! Who says you can’t get anything for free? 😉
Prior to our meeting, I had logged my meals for three days and then sent those meals to her. She had also sent me an extensive questionnaire to fill out prior to our meeting that included things such as my weight, medical history, any dietary restrictions, how much I exercise, etc.
I was anxious to hear what she had to say about my habits and what I could do to improve them. After reading over my meals, she did state that I wasn’t getting enough protein or iron in my diet. I guess that wasn’t too surprising. I have been feeling really tired lately and I have suspected that I may be anemic. I do have an appointment for a physical soon so that I can get some blood work done and check that out. She said that based on my iron consumption, I may be anemic. She also said I wasn’t getting enough calcium. Calcium isn’t really something I think about on a regular basis, but I guess I should. She suggested that I may want to take a calcium supplement.
One thing that definitely doesn’t surprise me is that I need to eat more veggies. I do manage to eat fruit, but my vegetable consumption is sporadic. One thing that kind of surprised me was when she spoke about my calorie consumption. Of course I don’t count calories at all. When I was logging my food, that was the first clue I’ve gotten in a long time as to how much I am eating. My average calorie intake for the three days was around 1500, which I thought was pretty good. But with how much I exercise, my calorie intake should be around 1800. Who knew? Of course that can slow down my efforts to lose weight. I have tried to be more observant of that over the past few days and I have tried to increase my calories a little bit. But I certainly don’t want them to be empty calories.
All in all, it was a good consultation. And the good news is that I will get her expertise for the next month and still won’t have to pay anything. Woo-hoo!
As promised, here is my recipe for meatballs:
Italian Meatballs (makes 24-30 meatballs, depending on the size)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
palmful of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon parley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
.5 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon oregano
pinch of black pepper
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together (preferably with your hands, because that’s the fun part).