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the ‘You are what you eat’ results (Part 1)

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A little over a week ago we posted details of a little experiment Caroline (@PatsyJ) and I were conducting regarding what food we eat. Within that initial post I gave a brief insight into my lifestyle and a few days later Caroline guest posted a few days later detailing her own. We promised to both keep a food diary for a week. This would include all food and drink (including snacks and alcohol). We wouldn’t cheat since it would make the whole experiment pointless. We’ve collated the results, so without further ado, lets see what Caroline and I consumed and what exercise we took part in:

Thursday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast Sultana Bran, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch Ham & Cheese sandwich, Apple,
Orange
100g of cooked chicken, couscous salad
Dinner Rice &
Chicken stir fry
Steamed fish (coley), steamed green beans and carrots, parsley sauce.  One slice of wholemeal brown bread
Snacks 2x Bananas,
Bag mini-cheddars,
2x Digestive biscuits
2 sticks of liquorice
Drinks 5 pints water
3 pints blackcurrent cordial
Water (2 litres) with lemon
Exercise None 60 mins cardio (body attack), 60 mins weights (body pump)

Friday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast Sultana Bran, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch Ham & Salad cream sandwich, Apple,
Orange, Banana
100g of cooked chicken, low fat cottage cheese, soya beans & green salad
Dinner Thai beef curry and noodles Salmon fishcakes, soya beans, ½ pint of semi skimmed milk
Snacks Banana,
2x Creme Egg, 1x Lindt egg
Nak’d banana bread
Drinks 4 pints water

2 pints blackcurrent cordial

2 small beers

Water (2 litres) with lemon, Powerade, double cointreau
Exercise None 60 mins cardio (body attack), 60 mins weights (body pump)

Saturday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast Sultana Bran, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch 3x crumpets (2x with chicken and 1 with ham) Chip shop chips (small portion)
Dinner Curry (takeaway) Homemade spaghetti bolognaise, 2 slices of ciabatta bread
Snacks Cornish pastie, 1/2 dairy milk, 90g Green & Blacks
Drinks 3 pints blackcurrent cordial
500ml Coke Zero
1 small beer
Water (1 litre) with lemon, 3 x large glasses of red wine
Exercise Swimming, walk with son House move (4 hours)

Sunday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast 2x crumpets, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey

Lean, grilled bacon (2 rashers), wholemeal brown bread roll, 1 tsp of brown sauce no marg)

Lunch 1/3 healthy option pizza, 3 pieces of garlic bread
Dinner Jacket potato, lamb, mixed veg Roast pork and vegetables (leeks, carrots and soya beans), onion gravy, Yorkshire pudding (no potatoes)
Snacks Creme egg, banana, orange, Yorkie, 2x biscuit, 2x crumpets 1 small piece of stilton cheese, 1 small piece of brie, 2 x whole grain cheese

biscuits

Drinks 5 pints blackcurrent cordial

1 small beer

Water (1 litre) with lemon, 1 x gin & tonic
Exercise None Horse riding x 30 mins, Ab exercises at home x 20 mins

Monday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast 2x muffins, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch Ham & pickle sandwich, apple, small Green & Blacks chocolate bar 100g of cooked chicken, 50g low fat cottage cheese, 25g chickpeas
Dinner Goan salmon, rice, ice cream Medium size jacket potatoe, tuna with low fat mayonnaise (no margarine)
Snacks 8 Jaffa cakes
Drinks 4 pints water

1 pint blackcurrent cordial

Water (1 litre) with lemon, Starbucks tea with skimmed milk
Exercise None None

Tuesday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast Sultana Bran, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch Ham & pickle sandwich, apple, orange 100g of cooked chicken, conference sandwiches (4 quarters), fruit
Dinner Cous cous, fish fingers, yoghurt 100g of cooked chicken, baked beans
Snacks Twirl chocolate bar 2x biscuits
Drinks 4 pints water

1 pint blackcurrent cordial

1 large glass Baileys

Water (1 litre) with lemon, 1 x tea with skimmed milk
Exercise None None

Wednesday

Rob Caroline
Breakfast Sultana Bran, Actimel 100g of organic natural fat free yoghurt, 1 tsp of honey
Lunch Ham & pickle sandwich Conference sandwiches (4 quarters & fruit)
Dinner Chicken stir-fry with noodles 100g of cooked chicken, 50g of tuna (in brine), 25g low fat cottage cheese, green

Salad, ½ pint of semi skimmed milk

Snacks Apple, banana Cadbury mini eggs x 3
Drinks 5 pints water

2 pint blackcurrent cordial

Water (2 litres) with lemon
Exercise None 30 mins ab class, 60 mins cardio (body attack), 60 mins kickboxing

That’s quite a table. The immediately obvious difference (which we warned you about previously) is that Caroline is far more health conscious then I am. I’ve always said I’ve got a problem with chocolate and consciously (within the week) I know I was eating more breaded products than I normally would (the crumpets and muffins). In my defence, all of the meals were home cooked with the exception of the curry takeaway. The majority of our recipes are either made up or are extracted from any number of diet recipe sheets we’ve had over the years.

I’m not too worried – I’ve recently cut out all coffee so the only caffiene intake during the week came from a 500ml bottle of Coke Zero. Sure, I do next to no exercise, but I am very aware that my fastest route to weight loss is to simply cut out about 50% of my diet! Quantity is my greatest issue above and beyond the types of food that I eat. Conversely, I am gobsmacked that Caroline is able to sustain enough energy to conduct the gym trips I know she so enjoys. I lived with a nutritionalist for a number of years (which by no means makes me qualified to make this statement) but I would have thought Caroline could certainly eat more and not be concerned about ballooning in weight. I’ll even post a choc bar or two over or call the Proper Pastie Company and ask them to put a slice of delight to one side once a week!

Look out for an upcoming post by Caroline in the near future with her take on the week’s experiment. In the meantime, what are your initial thoughts?

  • You need to get out and do more exercise!!! How about joining me at the gym during lunchtimes from work?

  • Rob

    I'd love to mate – is it free?

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