Birthday excesses

As it happens February tenth is my birthday. Clearly enjoying food is a big part of my life so I always give myself permission to eat and drink whatever I want on my birthday. So I ended up going out for lunch with my husband, shopping in the afternoon, then we spent the evening at home with a very expensive bottle of French wine and my favourite films.

As expected, the calorie count and amount of alcohol went way up. However, looking back on what I had, what strikes me is how similar this day was to how I remember eating as a child. Pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast are a very Canadian thing, as is the steak and mashed potatoes I had for dinner. And I remember having a baked camembert as a special treat when I was younger.

Comparing this day to how I’ve been eating the rest of the week, I’m struck by just how much my diet has changed over the years. It’s not simply following a gluten free diet either. I’ve definitely moved away from white carbohydrates like potatoes, rice and white flour to more whole grains like brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa. As well, while fruit and vegetables used to be more of an afterthought than the main event, I now make veggie tagines and bean stews. And I can’t remember the last time I made it through a whole day without having any fruit (sadly, I don’t think port and pomegranate sauce counts!).

I could never have imagined even 10 years ago that I would one day be a qualified sports nutritionist working with elite athletes. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s never too late to make a change!

The Score for 10 February:

Calories: Protein: Carbs: Sugars: Fat: Sat Fat: Fibre: Alcohol:
3567 123.88g 385.90g 161.76g 119.14g 49.51g 26.55g 58.67g
14% 43%   30%   12%
     
Calories burned through exercise: 0      

 

What I ate:

Time Item Amount Calories Protein Carbs Sugars Fibre Fat Sat Fat Alcohol
08:30 Centrum Multivitamin,  Vitamin E 400IU, Vitamin D 25 µg
Tap water 250mL 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Pancakes made with Doves farm free from gluten plain white flour 58g 203 2.78 46.46 0.23 0.58 0.52 0.12 0.00
with Dr Oetker baking powder, 1 tsp 2 0.00 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
one egg 50g 65 6.30 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.50 1.25 0.00
and skimmed milk 45g 15 1.53 2.25 2.25 0.00 0.05 0.00 0.00
Topped with butter 6g 44 0.04 0.07 0.04 0.00 4.93 3.13 0.00
and Tesco maple syrup 58g 158 0.00 38.98 36.95 0.29 0.23 0.17 0.00
Basted eggs, 2 large 115g 150 14.49 0.00 0.00 0.00 10.35 2.88 0.00
Black tea 500mL 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
with skimmed milk 120mL 42 4.08 6.00 6.00 0.00 0.12 0.00 0.00
and sugar 16g 64 0.00 16.00 16.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
13:30 Baked camembert about 125g 355 26.25 0.63 0.63 0.00 27.50 20.50 0.00
served with gluten free bread 1 and ½ slices 156 2.25 22.50 1.65 5.40 5.10 0.45 0.00
red onion chutney, about 25g 63 0.30 15.43 15.08 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00
and poached pear slices about 25g 11 0.08 2.50 2.50 0.55 0.03 0.00 0.00
13:50 Slow cooked duck leg about 80g 338 16.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 30.48 9.12 0.00
Sweet potato mash about 200g 182 2.20 39.40 23.20 4.20 0.60 0.20 0.00
Braised red cabbage about 100g 21 0.80 2.30 2.00 2.30 0.30 0.00 0.00
Bok choi about 50g 7 0.50 0.70 0.70 0.70 0.10 0.00 0.00
Port & pomegranate sauce about 50mL 25 0.00 6.25 6.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Red wine 175mL 133 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.00 0.00 0.00 18.67
17:00 Tesco Twists cheese and onion 80g 322 7.92 55.44 2.64 4.48 6.64 1.04 0.00
19:30 Sirloin steak, medium rare 110g 193 29.26 0.00 0.00 0.00 8.47 3.74 0.00
mashed potatoes (no milk or butter) 217g 197 4.12 42.53 1.95 4.34 0.22 0.00 0.00
Microwaved baby carrots 83g 29 0.58 4.98 4.65 1.99 0.42 0.08 0.00
Gravy made with pan drippings and Bisto Best beef gravy granules in boiling water about 50mL 32 0.40 4.66 0.15 0.06 1.33 0.04 0.00
Gluten free sticky toffee cake 126g 475 2.90 77.24 37.80 1.26 17.26 6.80 0.00
19:30 – 22:30 Red wine 375mL 285 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.00 0.00 0.00 40.00

 

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