I received my first feedback from the dietician after having sent her two weeks’ worth of food logs. Everything a-ok except for the percentage of 'fun' calories. You know, the cupcakes, juice, wine, beer, gin & tonics, Cokes, vegan brownies, lemon bars and assorted other sweet treats, etc. I am supposed to limit my 'fun calorie' intake to no more than 100 per day. 100? That is maybe one ultra lite beer (yuk) or a tiny little bag with artificial fruit pellets that even a hamster would frown at.
I have had a love-love relationship with fun calories all my life. I love them and they love me right back, making themselves comfortable in cozy little clusters around my midriff. I only have to look down to see quite a few old friends whom I’ve been taking for a free ride since college days.
In fact, there was a time – my 20’s and 30’s – when I would have been embarrassed to send a food log to a dietician. Fun calories would have been the dominant ‘food group’ on the list, back then. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. At least until I reach my goal weight I am going to have to say sayonara to all those fun calories. Don’t worry guys, your time will come again, after the October marathon. Maybe in Africa in November. Until then, you will have to make way for some 'serious' protein. The dietician tells me that I need about 60 to 69 grams of protein per day. This will help my body recover during training. So bring on the tofu, chickpeas and beans. Let’s see how much fun we can have with that. On the menu for this evening: grilled tofu with chimichurri sauce.