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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2007, 10:25:38 AM »
Yep- well, I think that if you're eating mostly paleo foods, and not adding salt, you're probably okay.  Heck, I don't monitor anything, and I'm losing fat, gaining muscle, and feeling great.  From personal experience, if you're eating paleo foods and doing sufficient exercise, you can't help but make progress in your overall fitness and body composition.

Well, the air quality is pretty good most of the time here in San Diego County, but as more and more people cram into the area, the smog is increasing here, too.  If I'm wogging (jogging & walking) outside, I like to do it in the morning, when the air seems to be cleaner.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2007, 02:08:32 PM »
Wogging! Ha!

I have noticed that I will make steady progress as long as I never ever ever ever eat any sugar. So, I've bid a fond adieu to my M&Ms. Well, at least, on an everyday basis. :P

It is hard though, because I know that sugar/carb addiction is very real and I struggled with it for SO LONG. I am doing much better now, though. I've recently noticed that my weight keeps bouncing back to a lower point. I have weighed the same amount for a long time (baby notwithstanding). Ever since cutting gluten entirely, I've done pretty well.

But I do want to get lower, and I should get lower. I used to be 17 pounds lighter than I am now when I was in college. Granted, I'm not getting any younger, but losing another 7 pounds and keeping it off seems pretty realistic to me these days.

On to the food! A co-worker got mad that I didn't tell everyone it was my birthday, so he took me out.

Breakfast: a plum and a nectarine (both were the same size, strangely)

Lunch: salad bar at Marie Callender's. It was weird because there was no oil or vinegar, so instead of dressing I put some sunflower seeds and raisins on the salad. There was no protein for me to eat either, so I had a few garbanzo beans and a small amount of cheese. The ham that was up there looked crappy, and I really could have used some chicken, but there was none of that. I have a can of In Case of Emergency tuna just in case I get too hungry before leaving work today.

Dinner: probably a bratwurst or two and I'll scavenge some carrots and fruit most likely. I'm getting low on produce.


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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2007, 02:11:24 PM »
I want to say that I feel pretty good right now. My arthritis is not totally under control, but my hunger really is in check. I know that I would never be able to go more than two hours without eating something back in the day. Heck, I used to eat probably 800 calories before lunch on many days.

I went back to some old journal entries, and two years ago, I had noticed that grains -- all grains -- seemed to bother me. But back then, I had never heard of the paleo diet and I had no idea how someone could possibly get enough food that way.

It really is quality over quantity.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2007, 10:04:03 AM »
I agree that sugar is bad- if I really want to make myself feel crappy, all I have to do is eat a big piece of cake with plenty of frosting.  Ugh.  It doesn't take long to get that spacey, jittery, headachy feeling, either.  About 20 minutes.

Re: restaurant salad bars- yeah, most of them don't have any good protein choices.  Cottage cheese?  Ugh.  Ham??  I guess the remedy would be to order a couple of plain broiled chicken breasts and then pick'n'choose healthful veggies and fruits out of the salad bar, if possible.  Of course, it's going to cost more to order things a la carte like this..

I was at Claim Jumper a couple of months ago, and sat at a table with a view of the salad bar.  I watched several people load up a plate with salad greens, croutons, nuts, etc., then just about all of them glopped at least a cup, I kid you not, of ranch or thousand-island dressing on top.  Ladle after ladle of glop..  Almost made me sick just to watch this spectacle.    :P   I order my dressing "on the side", when possible, and usually get italian or something light.  I dip my fork in the dressing before spearing some salad.  That way I get the taste of the dressing, while ingesting a minimum of it.   I also order salads (if from the kitchen and not from a salad bar) without croutons and cheese.  They might look at me like I'm nuts, but hey, it's my body I'm putting this stuff into. 
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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2007, 03:11:51 PM »
OK, I am STARVING and leaving work soon.

Gym day: 2.5 miles on the treadmill

Breakfast: two small nectarines

Lunch: a carrot and a can of salmon

Yeah, I didn't bring enough food today. I plan on eating something meaty and yummy for dinner. :D


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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2007, 03:03:33 PM »
Haven't been typing much else besides writing at home. Wrist, oi. I'm trying lots of B6.

Did well over the weekend and did well so far today. Breakfast was a chicken sausage with a plum. Lunch was a chicken sausage over a bed of lettuce.

I'll probably have another chicken sausage and a nectarine. Over the weekend I increased my protein and lost another pound.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #36 on: August 07, 2007, 05:56:56 PM »
No gym today. I've been incredibly busy working, on both my paying job and my writing stuff. And that's why I'm running on under six hours of sleep.

I slipped a bit with the M&Ms at work today due to the no sleep and being super cranky factor. But our newest screenplay is done and out to a husband and wife producer team, so all is well.

Breakfast: two plums and a sausage
Lunch: head of romaine and a sausage
Snack: nectarine and a sausage
Dinner: homemade chicken soup and organic blueberries and carrot sticks and natural peanut butter


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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2007, 11:34:35 AM »
I got more sleep last night, but it wasn't enough. I feel totally wiped out.

I've successfully avoided the M&Ms and crap today entirely. Go me.

Breakfast: two plums
Lunch: a chicken sausage and most of a head of romaine, a handful of carrots.
Snack: game hen soup and an apple

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2007, 10:00:38 AM »
I got more sleep last night, but it wasn't enough. I feel totally wiped out.

I think sleep is an underrated and crucial component of staying healthy and being strong and vibrant.  I sometimes don't get enough sleep for several days on end, and it catches up to me.. my energy levels go way down, I feel achy and I don't want to exercise.  This week, in fact, I was not getting enough sleep, and I had to cancel my workout yesterday because I felt tired and crappy.  After I got home from work, though, I took a two-hour nap in the evening, then slept about 7 more hours last night.  Today, I feel much better, and I think I'll have a good weight training session at the gym after work. 

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2007, 04:33:08 PM »
Oh, I completely agree. If I don't get enough sleep, I make a beeline for junk food! Aiee!

It's not that easy right now. Our son is on a crazy kind of sleep schedule, and we are working very hard to get him on an appropriate one. He's four, and he consistently gets up at 4 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. We are shooting for 5:30 a.m. Today he actually DID get up at 5:30 a.m. but I woke up at 4 a.m. anyway and kept waking up to listen to the baby monitor we bought for this purpose. Ugh.

He has mild autism so we are trying melatonin as well, since it has been studied in autistic kids with good results. So far it's been going well...he used to be getting up at 3:30 a.m. so 4 a.m. or 4:30 actually is progress.

And now, on to fooding! I was good. No f00d for me today. :)

Breakfast: nectarine and a chicken sausage on a bed of lettuce

Lunch: chicken breast with tomato sauce

Snack: a mango, and I managed to cut the CRAP out of my finger with a plastic knife. Ew.

Dinner: probably two hamburger patties with some tomato sauce, berries, and some of my AWESOME incredibly dark chocolate with very small amounts of sugar in it (OK, maybe that is f00d).

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #40 on: August 13, 2007, 09:24:40 PM »
Snack: a mango, and I managed to cut the CRAP out of my finger with a plastic knife. Ew.

Ugh, cutting yourself with a blunt instrument is the worst!

Might I also say that I love that we're all calling neolithic junk "f00d."  It really tickles my fancy for some reason.   :D

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2007, 03:20:46 PM »
It's catchy. The zeros really speak to the nature of it. :)

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2007, 03:26:48 PM »
So, the other day I was making my son some lunch food, and I was about to take a bite of his gluten free sandwich that he wasn't eating, and my husband said, "DON'T."

I just blinked.

He said, "You get too crabby when you eat grain."

I laughed, but I think he's right! My moods go all over the place. I ate a rice cracker last night (again, he didn't want the last bite) and then I got really mad at my son, which doesn't really happen all that often. My husband said, "Was it the cracker?" and I said, "No!" but it might have been.

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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2007, 10:42:48 AM »
Bleh. My life has been stressful and work has been annoying. So I am back to journaling. I have to take care of myself first.

Breakfast -- hamburger patty with tomato sauce, coffee with almond milk, small slice of buckwheat bread with some non-trans fat spread (500)

Lunch -- one In-n-Out protein burger, a plum (300)

Dinner 1 -- hamburger patty with green salad, two roma tomatoes, dressed with spicy brown mustard and agave nectar, one box of raisins (500)

Dinner 2 -- El pollo loco chicken and vegetables (500)
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Re: Susan's food journal
« Reply #44 on: November 03, 2007, 10:33:03 AM »
I am on a really changed eating plan that is supposed to be anti-yeast. I have also cut out potential allergen foods.

Breakfast: puffed millet and almond milk. Millet is an alkalizing grain, one of the few.

Lunch: In-n-out, two protein burgers no sauce grilled onions

Snack: a whole mess of vegetables (will edit later)

I'm making a chicken stock in my new crock pot and I plan to make it into some kind of soup most likely for dinner.