Nutrition goals

Part of the reason I started tracking my calories again was because I had read that those that did have been shown to achieve both their goals and long term success far more often. The same has also been said of the act writing other goals down, so I guess this is not such a surprise.

Learning more about nutrition, tracking the various types of fats (percent of healthy versus saturated) and balancing carbs/proteins etc, or seeing what vitamins my food intake might be lacking in is a wonderful side benefit.

But now I'm a little confused. There is so much research out there. Chocolate and coffee are now good for you, but vitamin e and maybe c are bad? I take this recent study with a grain of salt, but it is a bit worrisome to read it after I start taking vitamin e supplement. I have to wonder if there is some other correlation at work? Are people who take vitamins more likely to be stressed type A personalities? Do some supplements contain toxins? (Another study I came across revealed that many lesser known brands do.)

Perhaps someone with more experience can shed some light on things?

For now I'm taking the advice of Dr. Roizen and Oz. Folks may have seen their books and specials on pbs, but I have to believe the website provides a wealth of free information and is a wonderful public resource.

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I have used a software called DietPower to track my food for a long time. It tracks all the major vitamins and minerals, allows you to input recipes, etc.

I learned a huge amount about nutrition from reading the info in its help pages, sorting foods based on particular vitamin or mineral content, etc. It is very educational and helps with the 'track everything' and 'write down your goals' concept.

After logging my food for a while, I was able to determine that my ordinary diet is lacking in Vitamin E, light on B vitamins, and low on a couple of minerals. I showed the charts to my doctor, and she recommended an ordinary over the counter supplement--but without iron, because I get plenty of that. Armed with which items to focus on and which items not to include, I found a vitamin for folks over 50 that fits the bill (I'm not yet 50, but the under 50 vitamins for women have iron).

Most of the stuff I've ever read says it's better to get your vitamins from food than from a pill, but if your regular diet is missing something and changing your food intake isn't practical, a pill can bridge the gap.

I highly recommend DietPower for its nutritional info and searching. But there's another software I like better for its database. That's CalorieKing. But it doesn't track all the vitamins and minerals, so you can't learn about food with it--it just automates the data entry a little bit more.

No financial kickbacks from either company..just a user.

That's great advice. I guess

That's great advice. I guess another option would be to find out what foods are rich in the minerals you are short on. "What do you mean I have to eat more brussel sprouts?!"

Almonds are high in e, but it is hard to eat that many. Right now I'm low on polysaturated fats. I've read you should keep monofat to at least 7.5 %, poly to 7.5 % and saturated under 10%... wondering if cod liver oil will bridge the gap. Have to do a little research to see if it is safe to add. I don't feel good about combining too many supplements. I also have to wonder also how accurate some of these sites are. Do they overlook some minerals and vitamins in foods? Only a portion of nutritional information is listed on foods of late. I believe there used to be more before laws were changed. (Don't ask me why!)

You are smart to get a doctor to recommend a supplement, especially with some of the studies about supplements with toxins.

Slight typo. that was

Slight typo. that was polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. I keep getting that mixed up.

btw. just came across some useful information on cod liver oil, vitamin a and d, toxicity and some recommended brands here:


Okay this is a prime example of how confusing studies can be. Sometimes you don't know who to believe. It's a pity my husband can't handle the smell of fish cooking. I'm still not sure if taking cod liver oil is a good or bad thing. Of course this was written a few years ago.

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Have you heard of or checked out a site called It is free and has places to track what you eat, how many calories that would be as well as ways to track your exercise and articles on eating and being healthy. I've been meaning to sign up for an account, but I put it off until I was done reading "The Now Habit" on overcoming procrastination.


That reminds me of the three

That reminds me of the three years it took me to find time to read a book on time management. Sorry I haven't heard about either of these sites, but thanks for all the info. It's great to provide everyone with options. was one of several other sites/softwares that were recommended in another thread if anyone is looking for something like this.

You have to love something that is free and can add years and quality to life.

If you are busy, this software does it for you.

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