May begins tomorrow and so does our month long weigh,measure,record challenge. This month, we challenge you to not only journal everything you eat, but all of the amounts, too. That will require a food scale, measuring cups and spoons, and reading food labels. While quantifying it is all good, we're asking you to take it one step further and convert it into "blocks" a la The Zone.
Why blocks? Blocks are The Zone Diet's way of getting people to eat 40/30/30 (carbs, proteins, and fats) If your block are all equal, your macronutrient ratio will be 40/30/30. Thats all well and good it thats your goal (it's NOT ours) but blocks are an easy way to "compare" your carbohydrate, protein, and fat intakes. It makes them all apples. (comparing apples to apples-- you get it) It gives us a way to easily see if something is way out of whack.
Take Saturdays "breakfast" for example. On Saturday I asked you guys to block out a fake meal.
coffee -- freebie. doesn't count for anything
2T heavy cream = 2 blocks of fat
4 eggs = 4 blocks protein
2 strips of bacon = .6 pro
1/2C mushrooms = .16 CHO (carbohydrate)
1/2C red onion = just over 1 block CHO
1/2C green pepper = .25 CHO
2T coconut oil = 9 fat
1/2 english muffin = 2 CHO
1T butter = 3 fat
1T jelly = .5 CHO
for a grand total of 4.6 blocks of protein, 4.25 blocks of carbs, and 14 blocks of fat.
Now for someone doing the Zone 4 block meals and 3x fat it's not far off. But at a quick glance you can see that it's definetly more fat than carbs or protein.
For a month, weigh it, write it down, and block it out. You need to do nothing more than that right now. You'll be suprised at what you learn. Then we'll roll our "phase 2" for June and tweak our intake and see what we can do to ourselves right before summer arrives.