Flemming, your comment on my “Why Don’t You Take Vitamins?” post intrigued me. I started wondering how close I got to Nancy Clark’s “variety” diet, so I spent all of last week dutifully tallying up my food choices. I tried to eat “normally,” resisting the urge to incorporate more variety than I actually eat and thus tampering with the results.
I’m not sure if I broke out my foods correctly. I counted all pasta (tortellini, fettucini, macaroni…wow, do I enjoy my carbs!) as one category. Same deal with bread. Whether rolls, sandwich bread, or hamburger buns it all showed up as the same thing—white bread. I know, I know, I need to go to whole wheat. And personally I love whole wheat bread…but husband doesn’t care for it AT ALL and this is just one of those marriage compromises. Just like the brand of toothpaste we use. I also noticed that my “leafy green” category is pretty slim…something I’m definitely going to try to work on because I also love spinach, and peas, and lots of other green, healthy veggies. I just get careless and forget to buy them. As far as a list goes, however, I was surprised how close I got to Clark’s recommended 35 different food items. When you eat a PB&H sandwich, some form of potato chips, and some form of fruit for lunch three days a week, it doesn’t seem as though there’s much room left for true variety.
I’m curious to read more of Clark’s articles/books. I think the 4 meals a day plan might be right up my alley. I’m usually crashing about 4:00 every day…an hour shy of my appointment with running (or running appointment, lol) and a possible time for a “second lunch.” So I end up doing what she warns about, and heading to the coffee shop for a quick cookie pick-me-up.
If anyone’s interested, the results of my little science experiment are below. It’s an interesting little test to try on yourself. Thanks, Flemming!
Megan’s Weekly Food Tally:
- grain/bread products (tortilla, pasta, white bread, bagel, cheerios)
- dairy products (ricotta, mozzarella, cheddar, milk, ice cream)
- turkey burger
- beef pizza
- peanut butter
- green beans
- bell pepper
- romaine lettuce
- cranberry juice
- JUNK sugar (cake, chocolate chip cookie, jelly beans, sprite)