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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2007, 01:07:07 PM »
OK, I did 3.3 miles on the treadmill -- another 5K! Woo!

Everyone was asking what was wrong after I got back to the office because I was so red. Haha.

BREAKFAST: chicken soup, a carrot, coffee

LUNCH: chicken soup, a nectarine, some m&ms and two mini reese's pb cup.  :-[

SNACK: it'll be a salad with lettuce and tomato and probably another carrot or two. And a small granny smith apple.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2007, 02:55:54 PM »
Susan - good job on the treadmill!  Keep up the great work on increasing and maintaining a high level of physical activity- it is one of the keys to living the healthful paleo life.

Say, how much chicken are you eating in your chicken soup?  The chicken soups that are commercially-available don't seem to have much chicken, but I'm assuming that you're making your own..  Don't skimp on your protein portions- it made up something like 20%-35% of the calories in the typical paleolithic diet.  Which is quite a bit larger portion than most modern diets.  And try increasing your intake of fresh fruits and veggies- I get the impression that you leave room or don't eat until you're full, so you tend to snack on non-paleo stuff like the M&Ms, Reese's cups, etc.. 

Suggestion- when you have a meal, have a good-sized piece of protein, whether it's fish, meat, chicken, or whatever.  Say about the size of your closed fist.  Eat that and about an equal-sized portion of veggies or salad.  Finish up with at least one piece of fruit like an apple or peach, or whatever similarly-sized fresh fruit you like.  Eat until you're comfortably full, but not stuffed.  With a balance of nutrients like this, you won't get hungry for a few hours.  Especially because of the protein- it has been shown to be more hunger-satisfying than carbohydrates or fats. 

If you get any carbo (sweet) cravings between meals, remember that fruits are nature's sweets.. eat plenty of them and you'll do fine.  Most fresh fruits have a low caloric density and low glycemic load.  And they have lots of fiber.  Eat all the fruit you want!  But don't forget to eat plenty of lean proteins and veggies too.  Bypass the M&Ms and grab that piece of lovely sweet, juicy fruit.   ;)


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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2007, 06:45:15 PM »
Well, now I have to go back to the doctor, because my exercise induced asthma started acting up. I'm gonna need an inhaler or something. Meh.

Yeah, I need to bring more veggies. In fact I had them -- I just didn't eat them. That salad never happened. Eep. :) I've been eating a lot of raw carrots because they're crunchy.

The soup had a lot of chicken in it, I think. I made it with two cornish hens with enough water to cover, but that's still a lot of water. Maybe I should hack the hens apart with kitchen shears first, so it's not quite so much broth. I eat the M&Ms because I really, really like them. :P Well, that and I think maybe I should eat a little more fruit now that I'm at the gym more. But I should bring some more protein for breakfast. It's difficult because a lot of foods bother my arthritis, including eggs, and too much meat, and too much fat.

Anyway, I should eat more salad! I just haven't really wanted it lately. And I keep leaving my Italian dressing at work. Oh well, now I'm just whining. :)
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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2007, 01:06:29 PM »
Gym day again...I did four miles. Yay. :)

Breakfast: none

Lunch: I think it was polish sausage...we cut it up and fried out a lot of the fat. Mmm. Only about a handful of sausage pieces. Also sunflower seeds, a couple of carrots, a tomato, and two small plums.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2007, 08:09:17 PM »
My memory is going...trying to think of dinner last night...OH! Two cans of tuna. I had it with a little mayo...some veggies...a tiny apple.

Today, I knew it would be hot again so I oven baked frozen hamburger patties with tomato sauce on top so I'd have some quick food. I ate one for breakfast, and it was really yum. Usually I'm not hungry in the morning, but today I was.

Lunch was two protein style in-n-out burgers. They are extremely close to paleo, with the exception of the sauce, which is like thousand island dressing, but it's nowhere near the glop they serve you at most fast food places.

For a snack I had a carrot and some grapes.

Dinner I had another one of my hamburger patty things, and then a salad with two pieces of smoked turkey breast and part of a peach. Sounds weird, but it was good! I drizzled it with a bit of olive oil and put a bit of sea salt on it too. I would put sunflower seeds on it in the future.

I'm not sure if I'll eat anything else...I'll try to stick with a few carrots and see how I do. I'm starting to get motivated because even though the scale hasn't gone down more than a couple of pounds, my husband has noticed that my thighs look smaller. My jeans fit better, too. So hooray! I really do think I'm losing fat and gaining muscle so it's not very apparent yet. I seem to put on both fat and muscle easily. Fat bad, muscle good. LOL.


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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2007, 11:55:17 AM »
Hm, well, I had another one of my little hamburger patties as breakfast. It was nearly impossible for me not to get hungry, as my four year old ate a HUGE breakfast (banana, two slices of roast turkey with two slices of cheese, plus a cheese stick). And then my husband had grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast when he never eats breakfast. So there I was.

Breakfast: one hamburger patty and one slice of turkey

Lunch: canned salmon on romaine lettuce with a little olive oil, grapes and peaches

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2007, 10:16:56 PM »
OK, so instead of my planned lunch, my son woke up from his nap and we went to In-n-Out. I got two protein style burgers again. And then my son didn't want his food since he had his monster breakfast, and I threw out his fries instead of eating them. I was proud. :)

But then I had my planned lunch for dinner. And a few potato chips, but that's OK. :P

Tomorrow, gym day. :)

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2007, 09:56:22 AM »
OK, my report for yesterday.

Gym day: 5K on the treadmill.

Breakfast: Hmm. I'm not remembering. It was some fruit, I just don't remember which kind. I think a peach.

Lunch: A big salad! I use an entire head of romaine when I make salad. Four slices of roasted turkey (no nitrates) and a tomato. I then had a mango, which was really good.

Dinner: Our friends came in from out of town so I rushed home so we could all go for In-n-Out. A protein burger, two patties, grilled onions, no cheese, no bread. Later I ate a banana because I had the worst headache ever and nothing was working. It finally faded.

Now, my report for today:

Breakfast: Two small plums and a mango before the gym. I was so tired that I thought it would help me out.

Lunch: Another big salad with romaine, turkey, and tomato but no dressing because I ran out.

Dinner: I made myself teriyaki chicken with pineapple. Three big chicken breasts cut up, teriyaki sauce, and one can of pineapple. I ate about half and saved the rest. The rest of our guests had pizza!

Gym: 30 minutes on the bike. I was extremely sluggish but I could feel it in my legs later so I must have done OK. I also did 1000 meters rowing and some pull ups.
Lunch:
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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2007, 07:52:40 AM »
Report for yesterday!

Gym: I didn't go. However, I went to the store on my lunch hour, which is at least a 15 minute walk there and back (and I was walking very fast).

I've been incredibly tired and run down lately. I think the arthritis is flaring a little bit. I had some stress over the last few days, and stress can trigger flares.

Breakfast: I had a plum around 11
Lunch: I had leftover teriyaki pineapple chicken that I made yesterday for dinner, on top of a head of romaine. It was really really good.
Dinner: slices of fried polish sausage and a banana with it. It's way too salty and always makes me retain water. But it tastes pretty swell.

[I edited the lunch because I forgot that I had leftovers. And ARGH I forgot to bring my romaine today! *pout*]

Anyway, no wonder I was so bloated this morning. All of that salt, yeesh.

We were very busy...our son got into speech therapy finally so I had to leave work early (hence no gym; besides, my boss was having a Very Important Meeting so it was best if I stayed close to my desk). The cool thing is that his therapy sessions are right across the street from a Starbucks. So my husband and I are already planning mini dates during his sessions! Yay!

I should go to the gym today. I'm so tired. Meh. I'll drink more coffee than usual and see how I feel. The weather is icky humid right now too.

I've kept off those couple of pounds. I actually think I've lost another pound (which would bring me up to...three down) but with the salty food I think I'm carrying some extra water weight today. I forgot my big cup that I always fill with water, too. I'm so forgetful! Eek.
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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2007, 02:39:31 PM »
Ugh...OK, it's pretty clear that polish sausage needs to go RIGHT OFF the menu. I think the extra salt not to mention nitrates and crap have made me ill. I'm having a mild arthritis flare on top of it, which sucks because then I'm really, REALLY tired and cranky. I'm also guessing the flare is caused by the nitrates.

Breakfast: peach

Lunch: can of salmon, romaine, tomato, a mango ... and some evil evil M&Ms. I always ALWAYS hit the carbs when I feel like falling asleep during the day. OK, not always. After I've tried the coffee and failed, I usually hit up some carb action.

Dinner: I don't know. I'm now out of salad stuff and I have a meeting at a diner at 8:30. Luckily, they are so far away from gluten free all I'll be able to have is coffee. I guess I'll probably eat some turkey breast and fruit.

EDIT: Did 2 miles at the gym. I just had no energy.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2007, 03:41:14 PM »
So, this weekend was my birthday. And with the exception of eating a whole bunch of gluten free brownies, I did pretty good paleo-wise.

I felt pretty bad after those brownies, though, and the next day I had a brownie hangover. I felt terrible on Monday. I think I was still stressed and my body is still stressed from too much sausage, gluten free brownies, and other stress. Blah.

But today I got myself back to the gym and did 4 miles on the treadmill.

I'm feeling pretty good, but more arthritic than usual. I'm still tired, too. I've been having a lot of trouble on the treadmill with asthma. Blah. The air here sucks and I know that.

Today I ate some chicken and fruit and carrots. I will have to make dinner. Probably bratwurst.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #26 on: August 01, 2007, 08:04:54 AM »
I've been having a lot of trouble on the treadmill with asthma. Blah. The air here sucks and I know that.


Good job on the treadmill work- and happy birthday!   

Re: your asthma during the treadmill.. This is not too likely, if you're adhering to paleo diet pretty well, but I'm wondering if it's possible that you're eating too many salty foods- salt has been shown to exacerbate exercise-induced asthma.  The page at the following link describes an excellent study on this:

http://www.homepages.indiana.edu/062405/text/health.shtml

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #27 on: August 01, 2007, 08:42:41 AM »
Happy birthday!

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2007, 05:21:17 PM »
Thanks!

And re: the asthma, I'm pretty sure it has everything to do with moving to the incredibly smoggy San Fernando Valley. :(

Today there was a work lunch, so no gym.

Breakfast: two small nectarines
Lunch: greek salad with feta
Snack: hamburger patty with tomato sauce and some carrots
Dinner: hamburger patty with tomato sauce and...I gotta find something else to eat. :)

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #29 on: August 01, 2007, 06:13:00 PM »
I got a chance to read that study -- came from my alma mater, actually. :)

All I have to say is, holy crap! That's a lot of salt. O_O

I am intensely tired of monitoring everything I eat. *heavy sigh* However, it's worth looking into, I suppose.