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DINING IN

Food critic Tonya Kuxhausen writes reviews of meals she prepares for herself at home. Food is at the center of each article but the whole dining experience is considered and commented on. To paraphrase Socrates, an unexamined meal is not worth eating.

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five
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excellent!

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very good

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good

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yuck!

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Nutrition of My Biology


I am taking a class called Biology of Nutrition. One of the assignments we had was to record everything we ate and drank for three days in a row. Because I'm in the class, I have access to a "special" website where I entered all this information into a "secret" database that gave me a detailed nutritional analysis of my diet. I took the assignment seriously, and I tried hard not to lie. Here are some salient details from this very interesting nutritional analysis.


Profile

Info Name: Tonya Kuxhausen
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Weight: 132 lb
Activity level: Very active*
BMI: 18.65

*Note: I found this kind of limiting. The choices were sedentary, lightly active, moderately active, very active, and extremely active. I couldn't decide between moderately active and very active, and the choice could skew the results by 500 calories or more.


Day One

  • Double espresso with soymilk
  • Special K cereal with soymilk
  • English muffin with peanut butter
  • Apple
  • Balance Bar Gold, peanut butter and chocolate flavor
  • Cashews
  • Tofu hot dog with mustard and pickles
  • Chocolate chips, straight from the bag
  • 1.5 gallons of water throughout the day

Total calories consumed: 1,021.28 - 48% of recommended calorie intake. Fortunately, on this day the only activity I had was biking to and from work and helping Karl move (but just barely helping). I got 82% of my recommended protein. Good thing I had that Balance Bar. 40% of my total calories consumed came from fat. Not good.

Day Two

  • Double espresso with soymilk
  • Oatmeal with soymilk and dried cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • Balance Bar, mocha chip flavor
  • Gardenburger, fire-roasted vegetable flavor with mustard, tomatoes, cucumber slices and Swiss cheese
  • Banana
  • Smokehouse almonds
  • "Greek" salad with feta, olives, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber
  • Bass Ale (2)
  • Bearitos
  • 2 gallons of water throughout the day

This day I was trying to eat more, but I still only got 70% of my recommended calorie intake - 1,653.26 total calories. Also, I burned up 250 biking to and from work (40 minutes total) and another 600 or so running for 50 minutes. Somehow I got 116% of my recommended protein intake, and my vitamin B consumption was off the charts all the way around. Hope it's not reaching toxic levels. 10% of my total calories consumed came from Bass Ale. I should switch to Guinness.

Day Three

  • Double espresso with soymilk
  • Peanut butter on toast with butter
  • 4 chocolate-chip cookies (homemade) all in a row
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Soy yogurt, raspberry flavor
  • Blueberry muffin from Starbucks (YUM!)
  • Smokehouse almonds
  • Tofu hot dog with mustard and pickles
  • Bass Ale
  • Swiss cheese
  • Edamamae
  • Chocolate chips, straight from the bag
  • 1.5 gallons of water throughout the day

By day three of the assignment, I was bored and hungry. I felt like I ate a lot, but to my surprise I still only got about 2,000 calories - 75% of what I should be eating based on my profile. Carbohydrate consumption was way up - 59% of total calories. Interestingly, despite the cookies and the muffin, fat comprised only 30% of my total calories consumed. The weirdest thing was I got 24.4 mg of vitamin E somehow, compared to averaging 15 mg the other days. On day three I biked to and from work, lifted weights for a half an hour during lunch, and did yoga after work. Yoga burns calories about like knitting does, according to the website. I hate yoga.