New Web site helps with calorie count

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Monitor your daily intake to control weight

By Theresa Howard

A good Web resource to help you keep up with your daily calorie intake is www.MyFoodapedia.gov. It is a quick access to food information; you just enter the name of a food item and hit search. This will give you the calories and MyPyramid food groups for the food. Or you can compare two foods such as a regular item versus the lite version of a food item.

When you type in the name of your food item, the Web site will give you a drop down listing of choices for your food item. When the calorie info comes up you may also get a listing of add-ons that you can choose from that you might eat with your food item that would add-on calories, such as butter or jelly choices to add-on to your bread item.

The Web site also shows the serving amount they are giving calories for, such as number of ounces.

If it tells you one ounce of a food has 100 calories but you are eating two ounces, you must remember to multiply the 100 calories times two. Always remember total amounts eaten. Portion size or number of servings can add up.

For reference, the Web site gives you the daily recommended amounts of different types of foods to take in based on MyPyramid food groups for a 2,000 calorie diet. Remember for adults, unless you are very active every day, you probably won’t need 2,000 calories a day. So for adults if you are sedentary most days, aim for less than 2,000 calories a day, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Working in the garden can be a great way to get a little exercise. In fact, gardening can burn as much as 250 to 350 calories per hour. Gardening includes anything that can make you sweat – such as mowing the lawn, pulling up weeds, preparing the soil for this year’s garden, moving mulch and putting it in place, and even digging in the dirt to get the seeds into the ground. 

Try to rotate what task you are working on every 20 minutes or so. That will allow you to work all of your muscles and not put too much strain on one area. Wear sunscreen – wearing at least SPF 15 is important when you are working outside.  It can protect your skin, especially your face, from sun damage.

The LaRue County Extension Office is located at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville.