Thursday, October 18, 2012
I ended up having breakfast at about 10:30 am. I had a nice fritata with zucchini, peppers and mushrooms.
I was able to get in a little jogging with the dogs but did not have quite my normal energy level for running yet. I had a few macadamia nuts as a snack 2 hours later.
Lunch was around 3:30 pm, a mix of various lettuces and spinach, walnuts, cheese, a little bacon, radishes with vinaigrette and lots of olive oil.
After having another cup of coffee with cream I'm going to use the next hour to go for another little run with my horse.
Back from the run. It was beautiful outside, with everything being in fall colors. Blue Eagle loved to stop occasionally to munch on some green grass that is sprouting up again after the first big rain.
Now it's getting dark and time to make dinner.
I'm cooking up some ground beef with a lot of tomatoes from our garden and some garlic. It still feels funny to not have any beans, pasta, or bread with this. I realize that when I first started low-carb eating it was already spring and I've never done all my winter dishes the low-carb way. I will probably serve this with kelp noodles which only needed to be heated and some kale stir-fried in coconut oil on the side.
I'm very excited about a little dessert experiment I made earlier today: low-carb chocolate ice cream. Since I was a little short on cream and had raw milk to use up I used raw milk and melted some cocoa butter into it which I had originally bought to make chocolate. Then I mixed cocoa powder and Xylitol together and stirred it in the milk cocoa butter mix. Cocoa butter has a wonderful smell that comes through in the ice cream. I'm curious how my family is going to like it.
Dinner ended up being a little simpler. We put parsley on top of the kelp noodles and meat sauce instead of cooking up kale. All the fresh garlic made it really yummy. My daughter added a bunch of herbs like thyme and basil and some seasalt.
Total carbs may have been closer to 30 grams today.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The scales were at 128 lbs. today, my lowest weight since I was 14. Amazingly there is still a significant amount of body fat left on my belly and my butt, LOL.
I know now that I can easily go down to 124 and not be too skinny, although once muscle mass increases significantly those pounds would have to come back on.
Overall I'm amazed how fast this is going. I may switch to slightly higher carbs in about a week if the progress continues as it has been.
I forgot to record one food item yesterday, about 4 oz. of brie cheese, in case anyone was wondering if my calories were low yesterday.
My energy level was good yesterday, with brief moments of a mild head ache. I also figured out that I need to use slow-mag for magnesium on days I don't have time to eat breakfast because my stomach complains otherwise.
To answer some questions:
At this point I may shoot for a body fat percentage of 18% rather than 20%, but will judge more by how I look and feel and how my glucose and insulin levels are long-term. The reason for taking this step was improved function and being able to easily fit into size 4 jeans is an added benefit, not the goal.
Increasing protein may have the same effect as increasing carbs, but given the benefit it has for being able to build muscle I may increase it a little before the carbs (if I manage to do more exercise).
Concerning being able to tell the difference between organic vs. non-organic, no, I honestly can't tell the difference, at least with meat. But given my cancer history I should not take too many chances of eating food that has more pesticides in it.
The reason that it's harder to tell the difference with Mc Donald's is that the food is fairly heavily salted, which is fine when on low-carb, but it makes the lack of other flavors less noticable. They may also add other flavors, I haven't taken the time to look, hoping that going there will be a very rare occasion.
I can easily tell the difference between homegrown vegetables (organic) and even organic produce from the grocery store. Some locally grown (non-organic, but non-spray) veggies are just as good.
Now I'm heading out without breakfast again, but with coffee with lots of cream. I'm taking my daughter to an appointment with my new doctor who treats with nutrition before anything else. I'm thrilled that I found her and that my daughter will be able to prevent so many diseases that I had to be treated for, including cancer, pre-diabetes, thyroid issues and obesity.
Eating breakfast and packing lunch will start tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
My weight was 129.2 pounds this morning.
I managed to get two walks with the dogs in but no time for anything else.
I did not have time for breakfast, only a cup of coffee with cream and my supplements. Being away from home for most of the day we had lunch at Mc Donald's again, another double quarter pounder with cheese minus bun and ketchup. I know this is less than ideal, the meat is not from grass-fed animals nor organic so I'm hoping not to repeat this too often.
After that we went to the mall and while there I had another cup of coffee at Starbucks and discovered their chocolate-covered almonds. I ate about 6 of those for about 8 grams of carbs.
The next meal in the late afternoon was at the Safeway salad bar, a big pile of mixed lettuce with some chicken breast, cheese and vinaigrette with olive oil, followed by another cup of coffee with cream. It's 5:30pm and I don't think I'll need anything else to eat today. If I feel like it I might have a little more homemade, sugar-free ice cream.
3 cups of coffee today was a little more than normal for me.
My hope is to eat most meals at home for the rest of this week, cut down on the caffeine and get more exercise in. I think given the circumstances I made decent choices today.
Tomorrow we'll go ice skating for the first time this season. I'm really looking forward to it.
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