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Susan's food journal
« on: July 02, 2007, 06:42:24 PM »
I am inspired by Kallyn's journal, and since I had a really bad day (personally, not Paleoally), I am going to do something nice for me -- start a bit of a food journal. :)

I am trying to cut way back on the carby fruit. I am stating this up front so I can be smacked! :P

Breakfast was two teeny granny smith apples, but since it was around 11 a.m. I count them as part of lunch, which I had at 12.

Lunch: 2 cups of homemade chicken soup (recipe below)

Snack: another teeny granny smith apple

Dinner: salmon filet with a little sesame oil and a little bottled GF teriyaki sauce. I threw in a can of bamboo shoots at the end.

I made the soup on Sunday with two cornish game hens. I put a little bit of olive oil in the pan and sprinkled them with a little potato flour, although it was totally unnecessary, so I won't do that again. I used Better than Boullion (the chicken one) because it's gluten free. I haven't had soup since I ate a can of what I thought was gluten free soup (it wasn't) and I got sick. That was at least three years ago.

Anyway, put in the hens, browned them a little bit, and then added enough water to cover with the boullion along with some powdered onion, garlic, and some rosemary. I simmered them on low for about two hours, and they really fell apart...maybe next time I won't boil them so long. I took them out of the pan and removed all the meat from the bones and added the meat back to the pot. Then I added as much carrots and celery as looked right, and added more onion and garlic. Cooked it for about another 45 minutes (I was distracted by my four year old so the carrots and celery are a little mushy) and then added a bag of frozen pearl onions. Turned it off 15 minutes later.

Yum. :) I'm going to eat this soup at work all week.

If I'm hungry later (I suspect I might be), I will have a few walnuts, and maybe I'll make a salad, because I have salad stuff. I think I need to stop eating fruit so late, but I have to eat enough at night because if I wake up hungry, I get very very sick to my stomach for some reason. This has always happened.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007, 01:10:35 AM »
I like the name of your journal.  It is very catchy.   ;D

The soup sounds really yummy.  Have you thought of adding fresh herbs at all?  Some bay leaf and thyme would make it just that much more tasty, and they are guilt-free seasonings!  Suze


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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007, 11:01:02 AM »
I would love to add fresh herbs, I just never think to get them. I can't grow them either...I live in Los Angeles, yet I have a north facing balcony that doesn't get much sun! Grr! :D

I know they sometimes have them at the farmer's market...or maybe I can get something that will hang off my balcony to grow herbs. Although there is that really stubborn spider I keep dealing with -- I knock his web down and he makes another one right away. It would be fine if he didn't keep making webs from my patio chair to the rail, or from the grill to the rail. Rar. :)

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2007, 10:06:17 PM »
OK, let's see...

Breakfast: a couple of carrots
Lunch: 2 cups of the chicken soup of yay, plus three really teeeny plums. They were like 1.25 inches in diameter each I think. Then a salad which was just lettuce and tomatoes, since my cucumber kinda died in the fridge.
Snack: I think I had another teeny plum and my last carrot.
Dinner: 2 cups of the chicken soup plus a handful of walnuts
After dinner snack: 4 cups of coffee at a diner (I had a meeting and I can't really eat at diners)

I have a huge headache and today was a bad day. I will go out and meditate and maybe get some more food once I'm feeling better and less emotional.

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TACO TURKEY STUFF!
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007, 01:30:31 PM »
Last night, I added two hot dogs and half a cup of unsweetened coconut with a couple teaspoons of agave nectar. We're running out of food so that's why I ate the hot dogs. I'm also avoiding nitrates as much as possible, so that was Bad Susan.

This morning, I was totally starving so I cooked. I made some Mexican turkey stuff. I really like the turkey in it, it has a finer texture than ground beef.

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TACO TURKEY STUFF

1 pound ground turkey
1 can mild green chiles (I think next time I'll use spicier ones)
about 3/4 cup of Pace picante (I checked the ingredients and it's totally paleo).

Cook it till it's done. I added the salsa at the end. I ate some on lettuce for breakfast and it was totally yum.
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So!

Breakfast: about 1/3 of the ground turkey mixture on lettuce, and an orange (I'm running out of the last of my carby fruits)

Lunch: In-n- out double protein style burger with no cheese

Snack: carrots

I'm still really hungry...maybe some more protein is in order? Hmm. I'll eat some more carrots first.

Dinner: I'm sure I'm going to eat more of that ground turkey stuff. YUM. I'll likely finish it off today. So. good. I'll eat what's left of the mini plums too, but WITH protein.

EDIT: I did eat that stuff for dinner...with a nice glass of red wine! :)

Exercise-wise, I walked all over the L.A. Zoo for about an hour. It was REALLY hot today. Whoo. :)
« Last Edit: July 04, 2007, 09:27:57 PM by slbridges »


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CHILI TURKEY MIX
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2007, 01:50:31 PM »
So far, I've eaten thus...

Breakfast: none
Lunch: Two small granny smith apples with 1/2 of a new turkey mixture. This one is more chili-like in flavoring.

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CHILI TURKEY MIX

1 pound ground turkey
onion and garlic to taste
two cans diced tomatoes with liquid
as much chili powder as you want

Cook the meat with the onion and garlic, add tomatoes and chili powder. Simmer till heated through.

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Turkey meat is WAY low in calories, so that's why it's really easy to eat a pound. Thankfully the tryptophan hasn't put me to sleep yet.

I gave some of my awesome chicken soup to my husband and son. My husband ate a can of Progressive chicken soup the next day and complained that I've now ruined canned chicken soup for him. :)

Dinner plans...hmm. Maybe I'll make a hamburger patty. I still have baby carrots at home, and salad stuff. Yeah, that's what I'll do.

EXERCISE: 30 minutes on the treadmill, 1.5 miles walked with hilly sections. My legs are going to fall off. Guess I was further out of shape than I figured.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2007, 06:19:57 PM »
OK, so I ate some more baby carrots and I cheated with a couple of mini-Snickers bars. In actuality, this is a good thing. I ate them WITH the rest of my protein and I don't feel off balance or craving more at all.

I think that's going to be the key here...if I'm going to eat fruit or sugar, I have to eat it WITH protein.

Dinner: Two hamburger patties, and I'm completely out of other food so it's either strawberries or an orange. I left my salad stuff at work.

Another thing -- I want to do that whole mix up the calorie counts thing. So today will be a high day, as the last two days were low.

Workouts are going fairly well. I don't feel unnecessarily wiped out, but my muscles are a bit weak. I need to really get into a great workout routine, but it's hard to come up with something with so many limitations.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2007, 10:48:32 AM »
Sounds like you're doing good, Susan..  like you, I don't do paleo 100%, even though I know that I would be feeling the best and getting into optimum shape the fastest if I did do it 100%.  It's a "two steps forward, one step back" kind of progress for me, but that's the way a lot of us do it, I think.  This week has been very "cheaty" for me, partly because of the July 4th holiday, but I'll probably do close to 100% paleo next week (during the workweek). 

That's one thing I like about the paleo concept- cheating is allowed, without guilt, because you gain some benefit from the paleo WOE, in proportion to how well you stick with it.  Even if you only do it half the time, for example, you will still feel some of the benefits.  But I do know that exercise helps;  eating paleo-style 'x' percentage of the time with exercise is definitely better than eating paleo-style 'x' percentage of the time without exercising. 

But this makes sense, because the additional physical activity is in line with the hunting/foraging practices of our paleolithic ancestors.  So by exercising, we're "doing more paleo", to add to whatever amount of paleo diet we're practicing. 

Sometimes I feel as though I'm working toward a "grand unified theory" of paleolithic existence, with the paleo WOE being just a piece of the puzzle.  I believe we have to include environmental factors, like amount of sunlight exposure, physical activity, and possibly other factors, under the umbrella of "paleolithic practice", to fully realize the benefits of the paleolithic way of life. 

Whew! 
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« Last Edit: July 06, 2007, 10:56:18 AM by 21st-century caveman »

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2007, 12:40:44 PM »
I get plenty of sunshine here in L.A. so that's not a concern! :)

I had a bad cheat in my mind yesterday though...I ate some gluten free bread and made a big sandwich with cheese and mayo.  :-[

The times when I cheat are pretty easy to determine -- it's when I run out of most of my Paleo food! It's hard, because my fridge and my budget are only so big. Also, it's been 100+ degrees here every single day so I really get sick of cooking. But my son is gluten free and I'm gluten free and Paleo, so I cook all the time. I have a breadmaker only for gluten free bread for my son, for example. I really need a slow cooker.

I never cheat on gluten, so I know it's possible to not cheat. I am working harder. Also I was under a TON of stress this week (OK, and last week...and the week before that) so I know it could have been worse. :) I have ALL SORTS of physical manifestations of stress that are really not pleasant. Blah.

And so this is actually food journal related...

BREAKFAST: 4 eggs (eggs bother my arthritis, but I'm out of food! Gah!)
LUNCH: 2 granny smith apples

I do have some salad stuff...blah. Baby carrots. OK, I could eat those. Rrr.

I am irritated by my non-weight loss. I am irritated by the arthritis in my right wrist because then I can't do weights. I hate feeling weak. Rar.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2007, 07:25:00 AM »
OK, so let's talk about Monday.

I didn't journal over the weekend...I wasn't really being bad though.

Breakfast - 1 slice of turkey and a big peach

Lunch - A leftover bratwurst with another slice of turkey in a salad with cucumber, half a tomato, and some lettuce...followed by a small apple

Snack - a small apple and a slice of turkey

Dinner - Picked all the meat off of a leftover cornish game hen (it was only about a cup of meat really), a banana (my husband bought so many! hopefully eating it with meat will offset it), and then I baked an acorn squash and ate that with some agave nectar and butter. And then I ate a big carrot.

I was still really hungry, but oh well.

Exercise:

-About six or seven pullups
-1000 meters on the rowing machine
-30-minute hike on the treadmill (alpine setting), so you're going up and down inclines.

Too bad they can't actually have you going downhill -- I like walking downhill, it works all of these little stabilizing muscles.

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Wah! Hungry!
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2007, 01:24:48 PM »
I generally have this point where I'm eating right and exercising a lot, and I get too hungry and then I basically put on a couple of pounds, which is really, really annoying. I get disproportionately hungry to the activity. SO I'm fighting not to let this happen. I have dropped about a pound of the weight I had gained back, and I'm not about to let go of that!

This especially happens with swimming, which is why I was on the swim team in high school for a summer, and lost no weight at all.

Anyway, enough musing. On with the show! I'll edit this later with dinnerish stuff, or just add a new post or something.

Breakfast: one piece of turkey with an OMG AWESOME fat ripe plum and a small granny smith apple. MMMMM...

Lunch: A head of romaine, a small cucumber, and a can of wild salmon with a little Italian dressing. And a second plum. See, up to three fruits already, but with all the exercise and eating it with protein, I feel OK with that.

Snack: two giant carrots

I swear I could eat a wall right now. I know I didn't bring enough foods with fat, but too much fat messes with my arthritis anyway. I'll make it up at dinner.

EXERCISE:

-I did six or seven pull ups on the gravitron
-then 35 minutes on the Alpine setting, walking with a few jogging episodes (2 miles)
-then six or seven more pull ups on the gravitron

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2007, 09:03:36 PM »
I have read in the past that although swimming is a very good exercise, especially for people with bad joints, it won't make you lose weight because the temperature of the water affects the body's core temperature, which slows the metabolism and causes us to go into fat deposition mode.  My own experience with swimming is that it makes me hungry all out of proportion to the amount of energy I have actually burned.  Suze

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2007, 10:23:53 PM »
Yep, Suze, right there with you. Sigh.

OK, on to the fooding for today!

Oh wait, I ate like four rice crackers with butter yesterday. Boo. Bad Susan!

OK, NOW on to today.

Breakfast: piece of turkey and a plum

Lunch: two hamburger patties with tomato sauce, a couple of carrots, another plum

Snack: A couple more carrots and ten M&Ms

Dinner: Four Hebrew national hot dogs, a carrot, and a teeny piece of banana bread that my kid didn't want.  :-[ I guess that was too many hot dogs, although to be fair they have less calories than normal ones. I shouldn't have eaten the bread! Argh.

Exercise: I overdid it. I spent 50 minutes on the treadmill, completing 3.3 miles so that's a 5K, woo!

I also did a few lat pulldowns modified to be more like the fabled pull-up, which I don't know if I'll ever actually be able to do in real life. Oh well.

I still think I'm doing well. :)

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2007, 07:28:35 AM »
OK, on to yesterday.

Breakfast: a carrot and a nectarine since I ran out of turkey to eat with my fruit

Lunch: two hamburger patties with tomato sauce

Snack: salad

Dinner: three hot dogs and a piece of my son's banana bread and a banana. And then I had to throw out the rest of the bananas because otherwise I'd make them all into bread and then eat them all. Sigh.

I've managed to keep one pound off, and then I lost another pound, so...that's good I think.

Exercise: 1000 meters rowing and 30 minutes easy on the bike, which was still hard.

I'm really, really sore today so I'm planning on a 30 minute walk around my work neighborhood.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2007, 09:04:06 AM »
I don't really journal on the weekends, I guess, and so far I've been pretty much OK without journaling on the weekend.

Last week was very stressful, and I ate a bunch of cheat-ish food toward the end of the weekend, but I still made it through OK.

I think the difference was that if I was going to cheat, instead of cheating with carbs, I cheated with dairy! I think it made a difference, really.

I did have a couple carb cheats (one piece gluten free bread, one gluten free teeny cookie my son didn't want), but otherwise I cheated with dairy, with a bunch of whipped cream on sugar free jello and skim milk in my iced coffee at home, and cheese on my protein burgers (wrapped in lettuce instead of bread).

I did have two glasses of wine, too. :)

I've kept off the weight I lost last week through the weekend, hooray! Plus, I didn't feel quite so crazy with craving stuff.

Going to head to the gym soon.