Friday, December 12, 2008
This is what I do in my spare time. Yes, I am a nerd. Play along! Here is an example:
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I like protein. My body also needs protein. It seems to need quite a bit of protein, I lose weight better and feel less hungry throughout the day if I can get at least 80g of protein, and preferably 100-120g.
This is tough calorie-wise, because protein tends to come with either carbs or fat, so you increase those as well, and then total calories start to go up like crazy.
However, I was just reading a paper:
Gannon, MC and FQ Nuttall. 2004. Effect of a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet on Blood Glucose Control in People With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes 53:2375
and this paper shows that a diet high in protein (30% of calories compared to 15% in AHA diet) and low in carbohydrates (20% of calories compared to 55%) really helped lower blood glucose and other hormones. That means that the low carb diet had 50% calories coming from fat, but only 10% from saturated sources, so, good fats.
This is useful stuff, I wonder if I could actually manage to get my carbs that low, though it seems pretty tough. I can get my protein to 30%, but I don't think I do often enough.
I think I have a new nutrition goal to strive for. However, it will mean seriously cutting back on fruits, but increasing fats, good fats ... nuts here I come!!
Lunch plans for this diet:
Chicken sausages with peppers/onions
Tuna-spinach dip, with low fat sour cream, cucumber for dipping
Nuts, whatever is good in bulk: walnuts, pistachios, pecans, almonds
Celery with mixed peanut and almond butter
Mashed root veggies and squash
Monday, November 24, 2008
I leave this afternoon for my Thanksgiving vacation. Two things make this trip distinctly different from any other in the past:
1. I weight less than I ever have before
2. I can no longer eat wheat
Both of these affect my trip. I want to maintain this weight soooooo badly, even with the craziness of a Disney vacation. I intend to exercise every day, with trubulence training strength workouts alternating days with HIIT workouts. I intend to stay active, keep my snacking to a minimum, and eat lots and lots of fruits and veggies. In terms of wheat, that should help me with the weight since I can't fill up on pasta dishes, or bread, or cakes, or pastries. However, I still need to watch the fat and the sugar at the same time. I want to eat less overall. I also need to keep up my fiber or I will feel bad. I'm bringing those Special K fiber/protein add to your water packs to have throughout the day to help me with that. I also need to watch the alcohol intake, a glass of wine with dinner, and maybe some vodka, club soda, and lime at the piano bar/karaoke.
This is going to be fun and healthy, really, I mean it, I do. I CAN DO THIS!
It starts in just a couple of hours. At least I won't be able to eat much airport food (they probably have no idea what gluten is and whether it is in the food) so I'll bring my own, that is a good start!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It is Tuesday.
I've had a pretty good weekend and good start to the week. I feel like I've been eating well, even though we did go out on Sat and I ate a bit more than I wanted. I didn't exercise this weekend except for walking around and back from the farmer's market, so not good. I did get my turbulence training workout in yesterday! Me and DH need to start walking again, but we haven't quite worked out his new schedule with our lives yet and keep on not going.
I need to seriously work on getting more fiber into my diet, because I have been way low and my system is unhappy with that. It is difficult without wheat products and trying to keep carbs to a minimum! I need to eat more whole fruit, maybe add some berries or something to breakfast, but whole fruits are so expensive that it is hard to buy, for example, raspberries at $4 a pint each week! I've been eating homemade applesauce made with peels, but I know berries would be better. I did buy kale and collard green which I am adding to dinner, however, getting 10 grams of fiber for 8 hours and then 15 with dinner isn't quite what I should be doing either! Well, my diet is always a work in progress. I'm going to look into a fiber supplement until I work it out (and possibly for the holidays) and try to keep my pre/probiotics high too.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
So, since I cannot seem to eat wheat any longer, I've started playing around in my kitchen to figure out what I can eat. I think this is driving my husband more nuts than me, I don't mind being creative, but now he has to change what he eats as well. Anyway, here are my wheat-free exploits so far:
I made pancakes out of a gluten-free flour mix (Red Mill) and ground almonds with egg, milk, and baking powder. I then used the same recipe with a little bit more flour to make muffins. Yummy!
I made my first attempt at bread, it did not rise and was very thick and chewy. However, since mainly it was for recipes, not to be used as bread, I'm not concerned. Most of it, I chopped up, toasted, and turned into croutons. They seem pretty good. The remainder is going into a cornbread stuffing recipe later this week.
I made another set of muffins for breakfast at church tomorrow (because church pretty much only ever has bagels) with the flour mix, tapioca flour, flax,baking powder, sour cream, applesauce, milk, maple sugar, ad cinnamon. They are more chewy than typical muffins, but they taste good and the outside has just a little crisp to it, which is nice.
I've been using rice/grain mix pasta. It cooks very fast, but falls apart easily so I have to be very careful not to overcook it. It has a noticeable texture, but not bad.
I've talked my husband into trying a recipe tomorrow that he has previously done with couscous with quinoa. I like quinoa, so, hopefully he will too.
Since rice is a-okay, it is my goal to learn to make a good risotto. My first one had no flavor. My second was a rice-pudding dessert one and is pretty good. I'm planning a third, but probably not until next week.
I will continue to post about my cooking adventures as I learn more about wheat-free cooking. For now, I have to learn about talking to restaurants because me and the hubby are going out tonight. I think I'm more worried about that!
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