Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I was MIA yesterday, but I've eaten a lot of great food lately, so I have a few recipes to share.
Last night, I made a great stir fry. I used cubed round steak (8oz), broccoli rabe (2 cups flowers and stems), and shredded cabbage (1.5 cups). I cooked it all up in a 3 tbsp of lite soy sauce and 2 tbsp of teriyaki, and served it mixed with brown rice (1 cup) for me and my husband. I have lots of stems and leaves from the broccoli rabe left over, and I boiled and sauteed some with garlic and red wine vinegar for lunch today. It was good, but the broccoli rabe is a bit sharp, so I'm thinking next time I should carmelize some onions to add to it, yummy!
My eggplant casserole for lunch was also great.
I made a few changes, I made half the recipe, but I used twice as much cottage cheese as was called for. I didn't have any tomato paste, and I didn't simmer the sauce long enough (it came out a bit too liquidy), but it still tasted good.
Tonight for dinner, I made a ham and scalloped potato dish. I made a cheese sauce like I do for mac and cheese, but added some sour cream to it, and poured it over sliced red potatoes, diced ham, and crumbled bacon. I topped the whole dish with crushed rice chex. It was gluten-free (maybe, it was part of my double blind study, but it could be GF). If you want the whole exact recipe, leave me a note or something.
My Monastery lentils were good too.
I'm also going on a yogurt making spree. My Greek style was so great that I used it up and had to make more, plus I've been eating yogurt at night, plus Bill has been eating yogurt, and buying premade stuff was breaking my budget. I know I can use the homemade because I eat plain, but I need to experiment a bit to make some fruited and sweetened stuff for Bill for the right number of calories. I suspect it will be a breeze, but take some tweaking, hello weekend! I've got the yogurt making process down to a science, I heat the milk/nonfat dry milk mix on the stove while cooking dinner (to 180F), then I let it cool to 100F (takes about an hour to cool), then I put it in containers in the cooler with a container full of very hot water and a blanket. In the morning: yogurt! If I want Greek style, I dump it in the colander with coffee filters underneath in the fridge, and it is strained when I get home from work.
Tomorrow I'm going to test my crockpot for real, because I'm going to cook a few packages of split chicken breasts for 6 hours and then let it switch to warm, and take them out when I get home from work. Then I'm making pizza for dinner, gluten-free, and probably caesar dressed salad (no croutons).
I did an aerobic/plyo workout and an ab workout off exercisetv.tv, I felt worked out, 40min total, plus my arms/abs circuit this morning 15min.
In other news, tomorrow is my birthday, and I'm going out to karaoke in the evening, yay! I also bought a Friendly's Reese's Peanut Cup sundae cup for dessert. We are going out for real off-diet dinner on Saturday (weekdays are too crazy).
Today, I think I ate a few too many little caramel things that my office mate brough it. I had two yesterday, and a few today, but my digestive system was unhappy this afternoon, so I think perhaps I should avoid them for a while. They didn't have an ingredients list, so they may be gluten-contaminated, oops. GI appointment coming up on March 5th! I plan to gluten-up the three days prior to 1) further test my point and 2) hope to get a positive blood test of sorts, but at least 3) be personally convinced that wheat makes me feel like crap. Even if nothing else is true, if the wheat makes me feel bad, I'm quitting it anyway. The people I've talked to with "Celiac" have mostly not had positive tests, they simply discovered the problem, like me, and fixed it by eating gluten-free. Therefore, I'll be in good company.
That was quite a bit of update, but I doubt I'll update tomorrow, too busy with Karaoke!! I'm going to practice songs I may use for American Idol in Disney, might as well multi-task! Speaking on multi-tasking, the food eating mindfully bit is going quite well, and I'll do a complete update on that later.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wow, it is time for a serious update. Last week was a little bit nuts, I was out 3/5 nights, which made dinner and exercise more difficult, but still accomplished. I was at the dinner and a movie party with a quinoa dish in a white wine sauce that came out great, so I'll drop the recipe below, and red velvet cupcakes, also great. I was far better at this party than my own. I had two plates of dinner, but 1/4 of the first and 1/2 the second were salad. Also, the food was all natural, mostly veggie, and not full of crap, so I felt okay even if I had more than I would for a typical dinner. I had one cupcake with dinner, and grabbed one for later, which I made a point of waiting for at least 1/2 the movie to eat. I had one glass of wine (strawberry-rhubarb wine!). After the movie, I may have gotten into the rice noodles and sauce and a few more cupcakes, but when I felt full, I stopped, bam, no more. Now, I just have to improve the system so I stop when satisfied, not just full, or more specifically, that I find satisfied so I know what it feels like. I do believe focusing on my eating is helping. When I force myself to think about the food, I go slowly, I savor the bites, and I recognize the sensations of eating, something I haven't done before very well (at least not unless it was on purpose!).
In other news, I make a meal plan every week nowadays, and I'm going to start posting it both for my information, and yours. If the recipes come out well, I'll post them too. This way I won't focus on what I ate each day unless it was important, different, or awesome. I also have a weekly workout plan, I may post that, we'll see. Here's this week's meal plan:
Breakfast all week: 1 oat/flax/nut-cake, 1 egg over-medium, 2 slices turkey bacon, 1 cup green tea with honey and fiber-sure, liquid vitamin mixed with 1 oz V8 fusion and 1 oz 100% grapefruit juice, coromega, calcium chew, iron supplement, metformin.
Morning snack all week: 1/2 cup greek style yogurt, 1/3 cup blackberries, 1 tsp agave nectar, 1 Tbsp flax meal
MWF: shepard's pie made with sweet potato and ground turkey
TTh: cheesy eggplant casserole (like an eggplant lasagna, no meat)
MWF: 1/2 oz mixed nuts, 2 prunes
TTh: Monastery lentils
Mon: Steak stir-fry, using up the cabbage I have, with broccoli
Tues: Cheesy potatoes with ham, salad
Wed: Pizza and salad
Thurs: Enchilada casserole with black beans and spinach
Fri: Polpettone (mozzarella stuffed meatpatties) over spaghetti, salad
Sat: Birthday dinner, out!! (actual birthday on Wed)
Sun: Morrocan Pork Ragu
Tonight is chili and cornbread, just basic stuff.
Oh, I bought a new crockpot! It is a 5-qt. Rival digital smartpot, meaning that I can set the timer and it will switch to just warm after cooking rather than seriously overcooking my food, woohoo! Right now I'm making homemade applebutter in it because Red Delicious apples were on sale for $0.99/lb, wow! That's fall pricing in the middle of winter! I kept a few apples out for other purposes this week, including probably apple-cinnamon muffins for Sunday. Other than the apples, my grocery trip was mostly stocking up on sale items, like cheese and bacon and protein powder. I'm starting to get some nice stockpiles, hehe!
Ok, I'm off to stir the chili and cook the cornbread, and then dinner! hooray!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I'm working on that leisurely breakfast, or at least I haven't done breakfast to the sounds of the Today Show all week. It is an interesting experience.
This week has been nuts, but I've mostly been sticking with my exercise and eating plan pretty well, I'm glad. I may have gotten a bit off tonight while baking gluten-free red velvet cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Mmmm, frosting. But, I'm mostly on track. Tomorrow we are going to a dinner and a movie party (the one I originally thought was last week), which will be a great way to see if I can eat mindfully while socializing instead of stuffing my face like I usually do.
I did a crazy workout tonight, but it's late and I want tea, and Bill is meant to workout, so I'm going to end here early. Hopefully this weekend I can do a real catch-up blog, we'll see.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
i did not get a chance to blog yesterday, and won't get a chance tonight, so you all get a mid-day blog, yay! You could also call it a procrastination blog.
I made my own Greek-style yogurt! It looked a little scary at first with all the whey, but once it drained and I put it in a bowl, it looked just like the ones I buy. It tastes great too, along with flax, agave, and fresh blackberries! I made it using whole milk and nonfat dry milk so it has some fat, but not a ton. I think the fat adds a nice flavor as well as being satiating. I'm trying to do more homemade things vs. spending lots of money on packaged things, and lately yogurt is the top of my spending list! Next week I'll probably make more Greek-style and maybe some regular plain, and at some point I want to try an artificially sweetened version for Bill. I'm also looking into making homemade salsa from canned, diced tomatoes (however, once they are back in season, I may go for fresh).
My food yesterday was pretty typical. I have more green coconut curry for lunch, but this one has eggplant and tofu along with peppers and onions, and I also added some garlic chili to it for more bite. I like it quite a lot. I made real baked ziti for dinner (with rice ziti) and it was yummy too!
Today, I am out all day plus I have small group ministry tonight (topic: Spirituality and the Arts, awesome!), so I have lunch, snacks, and dinner all packed. Quite a lot of lunchbox! Tonight for dinner is kielbasa and tomatoes over green beans and a side of focaccia with cheese. The bread is a wheat-test item. I did the third test day on Sun with no reaction. We will have to see how this one goes.
I did my workout yesterday! I've switched to a new Turbulence Training workout for fat loss plus some extras. It is more interesting than some of my other workouts have been.
Warm up: 2x through 15 dumbbell woodchops (bring the dumbbell overhead and then down to the floor with bent knees and straight arms), 8 each side staggered push-ups (one hand further forward than the other), 15 leg curl-ins with stability ball (feet on ball, hips lifted, curl in and out), and 10 prone stick-ups (lay on ball stomach down, arms straight out over your head, bring the arms back to 90 degrees and back out again)
Supersets (3x each set): chest press on ball (8) and bent over rows (12); lat pulldown with resistance band (15) and shoulder press (8); close-grip push-ups (15) and rear delt raises (15)
Cardio: 30 sec right arm dumbbell swings, 30 sec. left arm dumbbell swings, 30 sec. jog in place, rest 30 sec, repeat for 6 times total
Inbetween supersets and cardio, I also did a 6-minute butt blasting workout from Sparkpeople.
Total: 45 of good workout!
Today, I did arms and abs in the morning and I'm going jogging this afternoon!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
First of all, life update: I didn't end up having a movie night on Friday ... it's next Friday. Yeah, I know, I do things like that, but we managed, got to come back and watch all our tv shows which we wouldn't have had time for, so I'm cool. Saturday we saw the new Friday the 13th, I liked it, for a slasher movie. Then we had our party, which went very well, plenty of people, plenty of food, goods times were had by all. Today was church, pretty typical. I did meet a new girl there who was from Kent and went to the church there for the last year when I wasn't there and knew all the people I knew! How cool that we met here in Mass! Now we are chilling for the evening.
Next up: exercise. Didn't quite happen the way I wanted it to, but didn't disappear entirely. On Friday I did my morning yoga, and I took a break at work and went for a walk/jog around campus for 30 min. I did quite a bit of jogging, which was great since I haven't jogged outside since August. It is still cold though, but the sidewalks are more clear now so jogging isn't a health hazard. Maybe I'll do that during work some more. I did Wii Fit jogging Sat. morning, but didn't get to any other workout, oops. Today I will do my Project Mayhem challenge, which is personalized to consist of exercises I don't like to do (that's the challenge) and goes like this: 5 sets of 25 reps of these 4 exercises: 1 arm row while balancing my knee/arm on the stability ball, 1 legged squats, anterior raises, calf raises. I'm meant to start this with 5 min warm-up and15 min. intense cardio and end with 10 min cool-down cardio. [UPDATE] I was going to do the workout ... but got distracted. Next time.
Finally, food. It is last because it has the most issues. Let me start by saying, eating well works much better when there is no bad food in the house. Whoops. Since we had no Friday movie night, me and Bill ate all the flourless chocolate cake (which was REALLY good). For the party I made peanut butter fudge (which is crack, I swear it), and rhubarb-strawberry coffee cake with strusel on top. Then we also had various tortilla chips and salsa. Anyway, I was reminded of the one major food hurdle that I haven't yet dealt with, with is compulsive eating. This is the way the night went, I put out the food and ate, and people came and I ate, and we chatted and ate, and put on the movie and ate. I actually started to feel over-full at one point, took a small break, and still kept on feeling the need to eat. Ack. You know it is a problem when your stomach says "stop" and your brain says "eat!"
Anyway, I chatted with an old friend of mine who is good at helping me analyze myself, and we determined that is was likely that essentially, I eat as something to do, because I feel like I can't possibly just be with people without eating. I've always multi-tasked while eating, watching tv, being at gatherings, being social (even within the family). I essentially associate socializing with eating so far that I just keep eating because I can't imagine chatting with someone or watching a movie without food, at least on a subconscious level. It may also have to do with feeling more a part of the situation with food in hand, I know I prefer to walk around coffee hour at church with a cup of tea than with nothing, and I will try to sip it, even when it is empty.
So now I need to retrain my brain so that I don't make these associations anymore. I'm going to try to do this by dissociating food and other activities. This means that starting this week, no more TV or computer with breakfast and I need to find a place to eat my lunch at work that isn't in front of my computer. I'm not going to try to force this on my husband at dinner yet and I'm not sure what I might do or not do with evening snack. But I'm always looking for a new goal ... so here I go!
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