MVP #038 – Eating By The Numbers – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

Posted: 2014-11-18 in food, good choices, habits, nutrition, podcast, tracking, vegan
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The Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast is recorded in Mark’s mobile recording studio on the 101 Freeway near Mesa, Arizona.




Eating By Numbers

Do you know that there are approximately 3500 calories in a pound?
When did you start reading labels?


1/4 second sprayYum

Reasons for reading labels:

1. How many servings does the package of goldfish have? One serving is, perhaps, 140 calories.
2. Watch out for the labeling rules: Example, zero fat cooking spray. That just doesn’t work. Canola oil in a can and then sprayed does not a fatless spray make. It is required that the spray be 1/4 of a second which makes the amount of oil sprayed contain less than 0.5 grams of fat then it can be called zero fat. Total B.S.
3. Learn something about macro nutrients: 1 gram fat = 9 calories, 1 gram carbohydrates = 4 calories = 1 gram protein. Add up the grams of each times the number of grams in the serving. The label will tell you how many fat calories are included in one serving. From that you can determine the percentage of fat by dividing the fat calories from the total calories.
4. How many calories are in a bag of chocolate chips? Multiply the number of servings in the package by the number of calories per serving. From an actual bag: Serving Size 1 Tablespoon, Servings per container 23, calories per serving 70. 70 x 23 = 1,610 calories per 11.3 ounce bag. Ouch! Imagine if you have to add oil to this melted bag of chocolate to have it flow in your chocolate fountain…See below.
5. Determine percentage of any macro-nutrient for a food by dividing the calories from, say, protein by the total calories for the serving. Look for 10% or more protein in your foods and you’ll be fine.

What is 25/25/50?

Some prescribe a diet should contain this type of balance of protein / fat / carbohydrates. I suggest that it is good to analyze what you are doing with your diet, but that a balanced diet of whole, plant-based foods will always have the best result.

Using a chocolate fountain

Either use a higher quality chocolate that contains 32-39% cocoa butter which helps create a better flow OR use other types of chocolate will require the addition of vegetable/canola oil – approximately 1 cup of oil to 5 pounds of chocolate. I recommend using high quality dipping foods with your chocolate fountain to minimize guilt. 🙂

Please find habits that you can hang on to that are good for you and keep you coming back again and again.

Until next time:


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