3.21.2011

furking Potassium!-calorie count

Okay!
That's it..
Day three on that calorie count thingy and I will be darned if I can get enough Iron and potassium...I am constantly coming up short!
I would have had to eat at least 12 cups of spinach and a cup of mushrooms today to eat enough potassium
This is after the banana, the orange, the eggs, the beef, the yogurt, the two cups of broccoli, the vitamin chews etc.
It's nearly impossible on a reduced calorie diet.
Especially since I avoid starchy carbs like the plague they are.
I dare you.
go to calorie count and connect with facebook (this will save you typing time)
And put in your food for today...
And if someone has the correct amount of potassium, please tell me WHAT you ate.
Thank you.
So anywhoozle.
I have been doing the calorie count thing for a few days now.
I really like it, as it helps me see my calorie distribution (which is pretty good btw.)
I have enough of everything but iron and potassium.
I may just have to eat tons of spinach...
sauteed or something.
12 cups of spinach in the raw is too much even for me.
I did the gym today....
50 minutes on the elliptical and a half mile walk and upper body weights and situps (140)
total burn 660 calories.
It felt good to sweat again.
I have been walking...but not much else for a while now.
It took me a bit to get over whatever that illness was...nearly a month.
That was crazy..
alot of people around here are ending up in the hospital.
Hope all is well with you..
will be having an egg white omelette with mushrooms and tomatoes tomorrow...
We will see who wins!
potassium or me!
Chris out

9 comments:

Ms. Chunky Chick said...

I never tracked my potassium intake. I will for the next few days :)

Val N. said...

A lot of salt substitutes use potassium instead of sodium. You might try that. If you are truly low, your doc can get you a supplement.

Deb Willbefree said...

I track with SparkPeople. It does the nutrient, etc info, too. I like that. I am woefully low in most things--especially potassium.

Per SP, most people do not get enough potatssium in their diet. As commented above, getting some bloodwork done from MD might be a good idea. I began having muscle cramps..all over..and MD found that I was low on potassium, Vitamen D and I forget what else.

Too much water and too little consumed via diet. I'm on a supplement now. If only I can get it from the bottle and into my mouth, I'll be good.

Deb

Putz said...

i just eat another banana and call it good

E. Jane said...

I have read that women are more susceptible to low potassium counts than men. Whenever I go below 1400 calories, I start getting leg cramps, especially when I am also guzzling the water. My doctor has told me to stay at 64 ounces per day. I also count decaf tea and coffee in that total, because they are like diuretics for me.

I have wondered how some of our weight loss bloggers can maintain potassium when they are drinking 120 ounces per day--every day. I can't, but I guess we're all different.

I have used V-8 and tomato juice as a low calorie source of potassium, as well as having 6 ounces of OJ in the mornings. It's a tricky balancing act, but I have to be careful because I also am susceptible to heart arrythmia/palpitations.

Kathy W. said...

Keep in mind that while it isn't adjusted in the nutrient tables, nutrient needs do vary somewhat by body size. Also, I've read that the potassium RDA is set too high for the average woman's body--to meet it would mean you'd end up having to eat way more calories than you'd need even to maintain a normal weight. (Unless, of course, a substantial part of your calories came from, say, green juicing...with lots of kale!)

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

Why not pick up a supplement for your potassium? I took an electrolyte supplement (liquid) while I was on my low-calorie diet and it made a HUGE different in terms of muscle cramps, etc. since I was working out a lot.

paulawannacracker said...

Kick potasium's butt Chris. One of the benefits of using the body bugg was to see how I was doing on my daily percentages. I was always over the carbs and rarely got enough of protein.

glad you're feeling better and are back at the gym. You'll be back to your old workout routine in no time.

Hanlie said...

I'm fortunate that bananas are my staple, so I get more than enough potassium. Iron is a problem - I get about 70-80% of RDA - but I console myself with the fact that the RDA is based on the SAD diet, and of course there's a hefty "safety margin".

I'm not iron deficient, so I'm not going to worry about it.