Day #001 – Homemade Mayo, Dried Figs, & Native American Ancestry

Weight: 396.0

Change: 0.0

My highest weight ever was 402.8.  This morning, I weighed in at 396.  This is a tiny bit artificially inflated, but by and large, this is what I weigh now.  For all intents and purposes, I gained all of my weight back.

No guilt, no judgment, just a firm resolution to lose this weight again.

Many, many thanks to Erin and Josie.  I know I will succeed with support like you two in my corner.  And Erin, we can and will do this.  For ourselves – no one else.

For as many days as I can, (i.e. – when time allows), I will track my food in this daily blog journal format.

Breakfast – steak, fried egg, mushrooms and onions, tomato

Lunch – chicken breast, half an avocado with pink Himalayan salt, quarter of a red cabbage cooked with olive oil, half a cucumber, grilled onion and peppers

Mid-afternoon – nectarine, cherries

Early dinner – clean jalapeno pizza with added prosciutto

Snack #1 – popcorn cooked with clarified butter and olive oil, 3 dried figs

Snack #2 – 2 clean chocolate chip cookies, glass of raw milk

I am using this blog to experiment on myself.  I am going to eat as cleanly as possible, and I will post all food here, good or bad.  I may have eaten too much today; I was quite hungry tonight.  But that’s something I can fix later.  For tonight, it happened, so here it is, reported.

The dried figs were a pleasant surprise.  We got them in our last NatureBox, and while I’ve had fig newtons, I’ve never had dried figs.  They were excellent, and honestly, they tasted like the inside of a fig newton (not sure why that surprised me).

My best food news – I finally made clean mayo!  I’ll post the recipe and maybe even a video soon, but I’ve had so many failures, I was thrilled to finally come across a tip that worked.  The tip was this – use the cheapest, store brand extra-light-tasting olive oil you can find.  I had been buying the expensive stuff, but this time, I used the cheapest mayo Wal-Mart carried (but it was still olive oil!) and it made the most delicious, creamy mayo.  And best yet, it’s not only clean, it’s actually healthy!  It has four ingredients – egg (local pastured egg from farmer’s market), extra light tasting olive oil, ground mustard, and salt.  No EDTA or high fructose corn syrup or anything else that you find in store bought mayo.  And I can’t stress this enough – it’s definitely mayo, and it’s honestly the best tasting mayo I have ever had.

Tina and I also got a trial membership to Ancestry.com.  My family has a lot of Native American ancestry, and unfortunately, that means my family tree is going to be a bit small.  I guess Indians didn’t keep up with the census too much.  But combining what I’ve learned on Ancestry and what I learned from my parents, I now know that I am about a quarter Native American (if you add it up) and I have Cherokee blood on my mother’s side and Shawnee blood on my father’s side.  Tina (who doesn’t seem to have a drop of Indian blood) has made it back about 600 years on her side of the family tree.  The coolest thing yet – she and Henry are descended from royalty through her paternal bloodline.  How cool is that?!

No exercise today, unfortunately.  I didn’t plan it in and the day just got away from me.  I’ll make up for it tomorrow, though, because Tina and I are doing a virtual 5K!

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  • Erin

    Jalapeno pizza with prosciutto sounds naughty! I would love to know what your mayo secret is; there are times when I make it just fine, and then there are times it doesn’t taste good at all.

    I just posted my weekly weigh-in and goals for the week! http://mynebraskalife.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/267-starting-somewhere/

  • Yum Yucky

    Steak for breakfast?? I’m coming over! The clean mayo sounds extremely intriguing. Can’t wait to hear more about.

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