Day 164: You Are What You Eat

Yesterday I wore my favorite summer outfit to work. Hello printed dress!

It’s stretchy spandex-type material is super lightweight and breezy. Plus it ties around the back for a perfect empire waist. The pattern is tropical and has my favorite color! Turquoise!

After being classy and posing in the bathroom, I realized I struck a pose similar to my girlfriend in the stall. Meet the Navy girl.

I love this vintage sign. It makes me want to wear a sailor suit and hat with a perfectly curled bob. But I don’t want to join the Navy. Because I’m not a man. So sexist.

Finished with the bathroom fashion show, I worked for a bit (surprising, I know) and breaked for lunch. Thanks to my late night food prep on Sunday, lunch was an easy quinoa, red bell pepper, carrot, butter lettuce, bean, and chicken salad.

I realized that I forgot dressing so I hit up the office break room to see what I could find. Bland salads are the worst! Luckily I found some Italian dressing and mustard! Why not?

I also found two huge containers of Weight Watchers baked (?) goods that my coworkers brought in. Annoyed and curious I checked the nutrition label and ingredient list. OMG. It was legitimately scary.

I immediately tweeted “Just read the nutrition label of Weight Watchers Chocolate Cream Cakes in the office break room. HORRENDOUS. Guys, that is NOT FOOD.” 

Let’s take a closer look shall we?

Nutrition summary:

Calories
90
Fat
3.5g
Carbs
16g
Protein
1g

Ok so this look so good so far. Only 90 calories per cake? Awesome. I can eat two cakes, satisfy my chocolate craving, and oh boy! 4 grams of fiber! Fiber is good for me right?

Most people stop there. 90 calories? Low fat? Good to go.

What they fail to pay attention to is the ingredient list. This is where it gets scary people.

Ingredients:

Sugar, Whole Eggs, Polydextrose, Enriched Wheat Flour Bleached (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soybean And/Or Cottonseed And/Or Canola Oils); Invert Sugar, Glycerin, Canola Oil, Cream Cheese (Pasteurized Milk & Cream, Cheese Culture, Salt, Carob Bean Gum); Food Starch-Modified, Pea Fiber, Soybean Oil, Egg Yolk, Butter (Pasteurized Cream, Natural Flavors), Mono & Diglycerides, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Aluminum Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Propylene Glycol Mono & Diesters of Fatty Acids, Calcium Carbonate, Corn Starch, Salt, Maltodextrin, Wheat Starch, Calcium Sulfate, Soy Lecithin, Dextrin, Dextrose, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate And Propylparaben (As Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Agar, Propylene Glycol, Arabic Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Methylparaben, Caramel Color, Acacia Gum, Ascorbic Acid (As Dough Conditioner), Caprylic Triglycerides, Milk.

I am no nutritionist. And I am definitely not a chemist. But I know that chocolate cake should not have more than 10 ingredients. Maybe no more than 5. These have how many ingredients? 45. 45 ingredients to make a cake. That’s not even including the ingredients within each ingredient. For example, Enriched Wheat Flour Bleached is made up of Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid.

What’s scary is that people are more interested in the quantity than the quality of calories. Do you really want to ingest more than 45 different processed ingredients? How well do you think your body can digest and incorporate this food? Not very well at all, I can promise you that.

You know the saying, “you are what you eat”. Well I try to be simple, whole, and vivacious. Just like my food.

Daily Workout

Instead of using my brain to come up with a workout, I wrote out Workout 1 of Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up and got my circuit on. The moves were not incredibly difficult so I really ramped it up by quickly moving between exercises. My lungs were burning and I was sweating like crazy. It was perfect!

My body is really sore everywhere today and I hope spin class will help flush everything out. Or I won’t be able to walk tomorrow. Who needs to walk when I am picking up Peter from the airport?? Not this girl. My life will be complete 🙂


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