Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Iron Diet

Morning: Hemaplex Iron Supplement and orange juice
Bagel or oatmeal an hour or so later - since I'm supposed to take the iron on an empty stomach

Lunch: Spinach salad with parmesan, white beans, pumpkin seeds, bell peppers (red, yellow and orange) and balsamic vinegar
Something else an hour or so later - burrito or grapefruit or a piece of bread - because I'm still hungry

Snack: Green protein drink

B-12 sublingual dot when I get home

Dinner: Normal dinner plus some sauteed spinach w/ nuts (sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, etc)

calcium/magnesium supplement before I go to bed

So yeah, vitamin C increases absorption and calcium/caffeine/alcohol decreases absorption. Spinach/Kale/Swiss Chard and nuts and beans tend to have a lot of iron, as well as some bread/bagels/cereal. Tofu and whatever is in the Morningstar fake meats have good levels or iron too.

I ate albacore tuna for the first time in like over 10 years thinking it would have iron. I went with the intention of trying salmon but the place was out of salmon. When I got home I researched it and tuna really doesn't have that much iron. oh well.


brenbot said...

this is informative. thank you.

Damion said...

Do you have any data on iron amounts in Del Taco burritos?

tamrobot said...

i don't know about del taco, but el pollo loco BRC burrito has 25% of your daily value of iron! Booyah.