Food

Sharknado, Bad Food Choices, & Sharknado

Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg

Lunch – cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, cucumber, tomato, cherries

Dinner – 8” Chicago Steak Grinder from Mancino’s

Man, it would have been SO tempting to skip mentioning today’s bad food choices.  Breakfast and lunch were great; between errands, work stuff, and other miscellany, we were late getting home, and all it took was a tiny suggestion of “Let’s eat out so we don’t have to clean the kitchen tonight” and we were going to Mancino’s, a grinder/pizza/pasta place here in our hometown.

However, as tempting as it would have been to lie or skip today’s post, that defeats the whole purpose of personal journal/blogging for accountability, and if I lie once, I may as well give it up.

I know I could have made worse food choices; still, given how my body is feeling right now, I feel pretty safe in saying that Mancino’s is not quite a whole-food place after all.  It’s funny; just a few days of clean eating is enough to reset my internal food sensor.  Crap makes me feel like crap.  You’d think I’d’ve figured this out by now, wouldn’t you?

Exercise was done, although it wasn’t a good workout.  I didn’t feel up to it with what felt like a brick in my stomach, but I pushed (feebly) through.  Let’s just say that I expect this is a week of Body Revolution that will be repeated.

Food is cut off for the day.  Exercise is technically done.

The rest of the night will consist of watching Sharknado on the SyFy channel.  It’s about a tornado that sucks up sharks, carries them inland, and then they eat people.  No kidding.

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Sharknado!

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Farmer’s Market Trip, Yoga, & Raw Milk

Today is my first-in-a-long-time weigh-in day!

July 6, 2013

Weight: 380.8

Change from All-Time Highest: –22.0 pounds

I am up.  And let me tell you, I am SOOO tempted to get on the scale tomorrow to see if another day of super-lean/clean eating will lower that number.  And while it probably will, I’m not going to.  I am going to show some restraint and not weigh in until next Saturday and see a bigger loss.

Today’s Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 egg, pluot

Lunch – whole wheat spaghetti with tomato sauce and Italian chicken sausage, shredded mozzarella cheese, blueberries and grapes, 1 egg white (because I cooked the egg yolk for Henry)

Snack – 2 clean no bake cookies, glass of raw milk, 3 small squares dark chocolate

Dinner – steak, loaded baked potato, beet greens and onions

Snack – blueberries, pluot

I went to the farmer’s market this morning.  We purchased a raw milk share a few months back, and it has been, hands down, the best “clean eating” thing I have ever done.  I was never a huge milk drinker.  It was always just for cereal or with cookies.  I would never just get a glass of milk to drink by itself.

We have a year round farmer’s market here in Bowling Green, and back in the winter, we saw a sign at one booth we regularly frequented for sirloin that said “Ask About our Herd Share Program.”  And we did.

In the state of Kentucky, it is illegal to buy or sell raw milk.  However, it is NOT illegal to own your own cow and drink milk from it.  So farmers here have instituted herd share, where you buy part of a cow, pay monthly boarding fees (because they are housing, feeding, and caring for our part of the cow), and every week, we get a gallon of raw milk.

It tastes amazing!  I will actually drink a glass of raw milk by itself.  Slightly sweet, thick…. it almost tastes like a less rich, less sweet version of melted ice cream.  Almost.  Really hard to describe, but it’s incredible.

I’ve had organic; I have grass-fed.  But this, raw, pastured, happy cow milk is amazing.   And again, this is coming from a non-milk drinker.  And best yet – we know this farm.  We are financially invested in this farm (via our herd share) and we have visited this farm.  These cows aren’t pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, or anything else to get milk.  In fact, we know that a risk at this farm is that if their milk supply drops, then we may lose our herd share.  We’re fine with that – we don’t want our milk coming from stressed out cows.  We’re even thinking of picking up an extra share when Henry turns a year old and will require cow’s milk and pasteurizing it ourselves.

I also got eggs, bacon, and beets at the farmer’s market, too.  Not a big haul, but it was an ugly, rainy day.  More on farmer’s market on another Saturday.

Before I headed home, I swung by Kroger to pick up some essentials.  There was a sale, so I picked up a few things that I wouldn’t have otherwise (one of those “buy ten things in this category and save $5” sales.)

We try to eat as clean as possible, but I do make minor exceptions for both what works for my family AND what works for our budget.  The hot dogs you see in the picture are clean in my book but might not be clean to a true clean eater.  That’s okay; I do the best I can.  Fritos are a clean food for our family, and a nice treat.  They contain corn, corn oil, and salt.  I’m sure other people might look at our pantry and shudder, but again… it works for us.  And they are also a treat food.  Same with the candy in the front.  I’ll also point out we didn’t buy a ton of “treat” food, but there is some on hand for when we want it.  (The Justin’s PB Cups in particular are a trigger food for me, so that’s why there is only one, and I’m going to enter a little mental challenge with myself to see how long they will last in our pantry.)

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The cost for this haul was $45.37.  Since I am going to try personal journal-blogging for a while, I’m going to use this blog to keep track of my food finances, too.

Food Expenses for July – $45.37

We are trying to go only once a week, so as to both save money AND not buy junk.

Another note – I consider myself pretty lucky in that, while I love to cook, my wife hates to.  As a result, I’ve pretty much taken over the kitchen, so cooking and grocery shopping are my domain. 

This photo highlights the EXACT reason that I have to get fit and make better choices.

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Whatever we are eating, Henry wants to eat.  You can see spaghetti on his tray, and that his is mom feeding him a bite of her pluot.  He’s obsessed with our food.  While I may be willing to put crap in my body at times, I only want the best for him!  Ergo, we have to eat better so he gets to eat better.

I feel like I made some pretty good food choices today.  I do wish I had only one cookie and no chocolate (or only the chocolate and no cookies, et cetera).  In other words, too many sweets.  Even if they are clean, they’re still sugar.  Still, progress, not perfection, right?  Tomorrow will be a better day, and regardless, today is still a success in my book.

Exercise today was Flow Yoga.  Tina and I decided to start Body Revolution on Sunday, so we’re done with the actual BR workouts on Thursday (and can do whatever we want workout-wise on Friday and Saturday).  I decided yoga was a good pick because I’m really sore, for some reason.  Truth be told – I hate yoga.  I do it when I’m sore, but I know I should do it much more often.  I’d really rather stretch, but if I want to go back into martial arts again (that’s another post for another day), I know I really need to up my flexibility.  I have a LONG way to go.

The rest of the night consisted of relaxing with a baby who is trying his best to climb atop our hearth (which is made of brick) and watching 30 Rock.  Good times.

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Christmas 2012 Weigh-In

Oh goodness. What a rocky few weeks it has been.

One piece of advice – if you are trying to lose weight, never try to juggle a newborn, moving into a new house, completing finals (both the ones you are giving AND the ones you are taking), during the holiday season.

I gained.

I didn’t gain as bad as I had feared.

But I gained.

Are those all excuses? Yep. I certainly could have tried harder and accomplished some weight loss goals.

I did not. I’m not dwelling, because it doesn’t impact my worth as a person.

I expected to be in the 380s. Instead, I just got close to the 380s.

December 22, 2012
Weight: 378.0
Change from Highest: -24.8 pounds

I am not a super happy camper about this, but it is what it is, and I cannot change it now. I can only change it moving forward, and that is what I fully intend to do.

I’m (allegedly) going to take a weekly photo after my weigh-in on Saturdays. I’ll admit – I just now decided to do this, so this photo is actually from Christmas night, but I think it might be nice to have a visual record of my changes.

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(I’m also not as grumpy as I look in that photo, I promise. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if my smile changes as I lose weight, too.)

I also had a little food breakthrough today.

We have a new little one in the house for Christmas, so we’re both establishing new traditions and upholding old ones. Not surprisingly, a lot of the traditions (especially the old ones) revolve around food.

We started some new ones this year that aren’t food related. We’re going to get Moon Pie a lego set, at least one book every Christmas, and one geeky science gift (this year, Periodic table wooden blocks).

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I also am going to abolish one old food tradition.

Do you know what little smokies are? They are basically little sausages that are cooked in a mixture of honey, brown sugar, and mustard. If you had asked me three days ago, I would have said they are sinfully delicious.

I made them today.

They were fatty and disgusting. I’m not being all “I only eat healthy food so fatty food is gross.” No, fattening food can be awesome. The sausage gravy I made for breakfast this morning was incredible.

But these… I ate maybe five, and we’re throwing away the rest.

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Even the picture looks gross to me now. Ugh.

I’ve had little smokies at every Christmas for the past twenty years. This tradition is being retired.

Oh, and in blog news, I’ve recently installed Disqus. I’m hoping it’ll make it easier for me to reply to comments and be a better blogger. Please let me know if there are any issues!

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A No Starches at Dinner Weigh-In

Another week, another successful weigh-in!

June 23, 2012
Weight: 354.2
Change from Last Week: -1.8 pounds
Change from Highest: -48.6 pounds

Next week, I hope to crush the 50 pounds target. Granted, that’s from my highest weight, but still… it’s crazy to think how tired I would be if I walked around with a fifty pound weight on my back all the time.

I want to see if there are some simple things I can do to accelerate fat loss. I’ve heard some people say that if you cut out starchy carbs after mid-afternoon, that can speed it up. I want to do this one for two reasons.

One, I need to eat WAY more vegetables. I just don’t like vegetables, but I’m about to be a dad and I have to be a good role model, so… more veggies it is. Last night for dinner, we had tenderloin, creamed spinach, and tomatoes. It tasted good and it had to have been good for my body.

And two, my joints are starting to ache a little bit again, and I’m wondering if I’m going too whole-hog on the grains front. I’m going to limit them again and see if it helps. I’m still having nerve pain flare ups which I am blaming on the aspartame withdrawal symptoms, and that leads me to believe that it may be affecting my joints, too. Regardless, eating more vegetables will be good for me, no matter what the end result is.

Oh, and perhaps most importantly – this is something I am going to do “in general.” I’m not going to give myself any hard and fast rules. I’ll still enjoy the occasional slice (or two) of pizza and we’ll still have spaghetti on occasion. I’m just saying that I’m going to limit my dinner-time starches, not remove them completely.

Let’s see how it goes.

And as I’ve mentioned, my mother is doing Weight Watchers with me. I’m very proud of her, because she is crushing me! We’re not competing, and it’s a good thing, because if we were, I’d have already been left in the dust. She’s lost over ten pounds in the last three weeks!

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My Experience with 30 Days of Paleo

Paleo is not for me, but not in the way you might think. I recently tried it for 30 days, and now I know.

I feel I should disclaim – people should eat in the way that works for them.

My joints after going cold turkey on aspartame are better. They are not perfect yet, and frankly, they may never be perfect.

I did not notice a sudden, dramatic increase in joint flexilibity or lack of pain after starting paleo, as many others had indicated, but I stuck with it.

I found that I frequently had an upset stomach. It wasn’t terribly upset, just to the point that it generally ached a bit. I attributed this to my change in diet and figured it would get better. For what it’s worth, it did. After about two weeks, the swollen stomach sensation left.

On day 31(ish), I had pizza. It was a whole wheat crust with cheese. I ate it, enjoying every savory bite and expecting to wake up the next morning in agonizing pain.

I did not. I felt awesome.

So I carefully added a few other non-paleo foods back in. I was careful, expecting my joints to suddenly feel worse or my digestion to take a turn for the south.

It didn’t happen. My joints remained as they had been for the past three weeks.

One of the greatest “benefits” of the paleo diet I was hoping for was the ability to stop obsessing over my diet. As a former and recovering binge eater, this did not happen, and truthfully, I should have expected as much. My issue with food is mental, not physical, and even if I am giving my body nothing but clean, healthy food, I mentally want more. That’s an issue I’ve lived with a long time, and it looks like I am going to have to continue living with it.

I am no longer paleo. The following are my takeaways from my paleo experiment.

I am glad I tried it, because it did help in cleaning up my diet. Even as I am reincorporating some non-paleo foods into my diet, I am finding that eating junk (i.e. white flour, overly processed foods) DOES make me feel bad, and I believe the strictness of paleo helped me get over that.

I am eating cheese, dairy, and whole grains, but in moderation. It doesn’t make me feel bad, so I see no reason to give them up. I’ve read accounts of others saying that after a few weeks of paleo, grains or dairy caused an immediate and noticeable reaction. I did not have that in any way, shape, or form.

My digestion frankly feels better with some grains in it. I’m talking whole grain bread, brown rice, and oatmeal.

I missed cheese. A lot.

I am a firm believer that there is no one diet that works for everyone, despite the fact that I hear these very claims in both the paleo and vegan groups especially. I don’t believe that. I have no problem digesting lactose, and apparently, I have no problem with grains.

I’m a big fan of the 90/10 rule. This means eat 90% healthy and 10% a little less. Heck, I think some paleo people even follow this. That 10% keeps me from obsessing. I’ll be honest – during my 30 days of strict paleo, I had some very mentally obsessive thoughts about food, and I don’t like it when I do that. I wish Bowling Green had a good eating disorder therapist, frankly, but we don’t.

Right now, this is my diet.

Eat healthy with the occasional indulgence. Count calories (well, points, actually, in my case, but it’s the same difference). Move your body. Watch the weight slowly drop off.

And it seems to be working for me.

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