Thursday, April 15, 2010

Food Diary of a Food Critic

Sam Sifton, the NYT restaurant critic, has put up a week of his food and exercise life (with calorie counts) that he feels is fairly representative. It's something to see, that's for sure... number one, for the quality of food he's eating day in and day out... and number two, despite having a quite solid exercise habit, he's still seems to be fighting a losing battle with all the calories he consumes for his job.

The food diary is a companion to this article, where he discusses the challenges inherent in his lifestyle as a "professional eater" in more detail (and as always, very well written detail)... nicely supplying some "salad day" advice... though he admits they're not particularly healthy salads, but they still make him feel better.

Makes me think I should start keeping a similar diary if I want to get serious about losing some of the weight I've gained since I quit smoking and crested into my 30's. I've always hoped I could just "exercise more" and it would take care of itself, but that doesn't really seem to be happening... though just this week I went up from 20 minutes 3-5 days a week on the elliptical to 40 minutes. From a calories perspective, 20 minutes is like two of Sifton's spring rolls. I should probably be working towards getting in a full hour 5 days a week if I don't want to diet... and I'm not entirely sure that will be enough.