Monday, March 16, 2009
Tonight was Louisiana Red Beans and Rice found at Eating Well here: www.eatingwell.com/recipes/re
d_beans_rice.html . I used a ham steak instead of Canadian bacon and my beans were pretty mushy due to being crockpot made during the day, so I didn't mash any. I also served it mixed up with wild rice. I may have been a bit too liberal with the Cayenne pepper. I thought it was pretty yummyif a bit spicy, but Bill didn't really love it, said maybe with cheese or something. He ate it with no complaints, so I'll take that. Anyway, if you like rice and beans kind of dishes, give it a try. I like that it has lots of veggies, beans for fiber, and can be done with lean meats.
The rest of my eating today is going fine. My tummy was acting wierd few times in the middle of the day, seizing up and hurting, but seems to be calm again. My wheat products today included: bisquick pancake with breakfast, wheat germ and granola bar for snack, ritz crackers with lunch, flour in cheese sauce with dinner, and I'll have wheat-including granola on my yogurt tonight after I work out.
Starting tomorrow I am back to low carb for a while. My wheat will mostly be wheat germ and atkins granola bars and puffed wheat cereal. I figure it doesn't get any more wheat than puffed wheat, and it is yummy, and low in cals and not too high in carbs. Tonight is my last tough workout day, and I have lower body scheduled, which means tons of lunges and squats, can't wait!
Other than that stuff, I did quite a bit of work at work (novel idea I realize), and was helping another postdoc who is more of a biochemist do some molecular ecology. My PCR is still giving me all kinds of trouble .... but I'll figure it out. All my machines are now in my lab though, so I no longer have 4 flights of stairs to run samples, yay! It is spring break for UMass, which means no students (yay! quiet!) but the buses run on reduced schedules (every 35-45min instead of every 15). I ran late making dinner tonight because I missed the 5:41 bus and had to take the 6:16. Tomorrow is going to be another long day because I have small group ministry, so will stay at work until 6:30-6:45 and then go to small group from 7-9 before getting home. I already have dinner made for tomorrow though, so that's good. Maybe I'll sleep in Wed. to make up for it. Tomorrow is also Evacuation Day (observed) for UMass, whatever wierd Mass holiday that is, an nicely placed on St. Patrick's Day, but I don't care about either holiday, so whatever. We're not Irish, a bit scottish on both sides, but no Irish, and we're happy to keep it that way.
Ok, I have to go plan the remainder of tomorrow's meals and then workout!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Menu Plan Monday
hosted today by 5DollarDinners.com but usually found on OrgJunkie.com. Just a sampling of my blog reading insanity.
Monday: Louisiana Red Beans and Rice and cheesy broccoli
Tuesday: Paprika chicken and a salad
Wednesday: Teriyaki stir-fry with bok choy and sugar snap peas
Thursday: Chicken with bolognese and asparagus
Friday: Chicken and white bean chili
Saturday: Chicken and corn and green beans in cream cheese sauce
Sunday: BBQ Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Monday and Sunday are high carb/cal days, Tuesday - Saturday are low carb. Bill may or may not join me. I'm not sure how this system is going so far, it's hard to follow in pieces, but I'll have to wait until the end to really know. My biceps are starting to look nice though and Bill has nice things to say about my back end.
I cooked up a large pot of turkey bolognese today and used 1/4 of it in a "lasagna" casserole, and froze 3 other portions, so that will be used on Thursday. The casserole today used cooked spaghetti (wheat since I am on wheat, but rice would work too) mixed with ricotta, on top of that was a layer of bolognese, then some mozzarella, then repeat the three layers and bake until heated through and top cheese is melted and bubbly.
I've eaten more wheat today, but all of it within diet confines. My tummy was trouble earlier, but it seems to be better right now.
Today in church was all about Jazz as a great analagy for UUism. How awesome is that? I may have also joined the music committee, I know, it is a slippery slope, but I already do a lot of music, so it made sense.
Ok, time for tea and then bed!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So, yesterday was pretty awful. All kinds of things were going wrong at work, some of them due to my own stupidity, some due to the randomness of lab life, some due to other stupid people unplugging my equipment. Anyway, I totally gave in to a serious sugar-junk-binge in the middle of the day. Not cool. I did try to go for wheat containing things (like a sugar cookie) to keep up my wheat intake (more on that later). I finally left, a bit early at least, couldn't be there for fear of breaking something else, and went home and my day improved much. I made some peanut butter mini muffins and a yummy dinner, and we had just a few friends come over for bad movie night. We watched Sgt. Kabuckiman, NYPD, great, awesome, awful movie! So, my day ended well at least.
Notes on party food: I definitely did better with party food. I was able to limit my intake, instead of stuffing myself. I also put out cut up veggies and hummus, and tried to reach for those first so at least when I grabbed, it was more healthy. But I felt in control, and not crazy about staring at the food when I wasn't eating, so I believe I am making progress. I probably ate more than I would want to if I was trying to be in a calorie deficit, but I wasn't anyway.
Notes on wheat: Friday I ate: french toast, a cookie, a twix bar, a brownie cheesecake (did I mention binge?), peanut butter muffins made with bisquick, ritz crackers, and puffed wheat. Most of the eating was during the afternoon, however, I was sickest in the evening and into early morning. Suffice to say, I didn't sleep well. Today: I had a bisquick pancake this morning, 2 peanut butter muffins, 5 ritz crackers, 1.25 cup of puffed wheat, and a bisquick snack cake. I'm doing okay today so far.
Tonight for dinner, I finally made a really good risotto, although it probably could have used more rice, but it was a calorie controlled meal. I cooked up cut-up bacon pieces and chopped asparagus, then added the rice and cooked it in homemade chicken stock with a dash of dry sherry and rice vinegar, and then added diced ham. Yummy!
I also did my crazy core workout today, and earlier I did a quick but tough upper body circuit to make up for not getting to upper body yesterday. I will do upper body completely tomorrow though, so it will all work out.
Ok, I'm tired, so hopefully I will get to bed early tonight.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Whew, is it nice to be back at maintenance calories after 5 days in a deficit and low-carb. Technically, I'm using maintenance calories for someone 3-4lbs lighter than me, but that's where I want to be (and was once), so I'm happy there. Still, it felt like I was eating a ton.
Today's food was boring in a blogging sense, although I did have a piece of french toast for breakfast. Just added a splash of rice milk to an egg white, drenched the bread in it, and grilled. I poured a little MA maple syrup on top, perfect! Tomorrow I am going to try it with whey leftover from yogurt straining instead of rice milk. For lunch, we actually went out for a friend's birthday to a Vietnamese place, and I had a bowl of broth, rice noodles, veggies, and tofu, so not too bad. Of course, then they brought out a cheesecake for my friend! I took my slice, ate the graham cracker crust and the strawberries and whipped topping and just a bit of the cheesecake with those, and I left the bulk of the cheesecake on my plate. It wasn't the easiest thing, but not nearly as hard as it used to be to leave food in front of me in a social setting, so I must be learning something.
For dinner, I made a red potato and corn chowder with homemade stock and yogurt whey. I also used my new favorite kitchen tool: a hand blender. It is a min blender that can be put right in the bowl to help mash things up. It made the soup creamier than just the chunks, yummy! We had that with paprika broiled chicken and a salad. Tomorrow, we are having a bad movie night with friends and food, and I get to further test my skills at making food and social and tv separate items. I think I can manage. I actually enjoy breakfast without the tv on now. I prefer it that way. I think I'll notice more this time, especially in the environment where I trained myself.
Today, I did my crazy legs workout. Ouch! Lots and lots of squats and lunges with weights, some dead lifts, and leg curls, and a full set of calf raises. I am going to feel this tomorrow! Hopefully, that's where all these calories are going.
So, wheat items eaten today: 1 slice bread at breakfast, graham cracker crust on cheesecake, and about a cup of puffed wheat throughout the evening. I like the puffed wheat, low cals and pure wheat, so it will be useful. So far, I feel fine, although I did have some gas around dinner. I'm going to blog the wheat as much as possible so that I have a record for all 6 weeks of what I ate when and how I felt. Fun! Maybe.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, all of my bloodwork came back normal. I figured that would happen. Anyway, what that means is one of a few options 1) I still have Celiac's, but the antibodies hadn't built up in my system enough to show up on the test due to being gluten-free for three months 2) I have non-Celiac wheat and/or gluten sensitivity/intolerance or 3) whatever the problem was has healed enough that unless I overload, it won't bother me again. Bill would like 3 and will deal with 2. I don't know if I care much, I can avoid wheat pretty easily now, and if I don't ever show antibodies, I'll assume that contamination won't hurt me badly. However, between now and my next GI appointment (about 6 weeks from now) I am meant to enjoy a gluten containing diet. I plan to stay on track and within calories as much as possible (actually, for sweet treats, I'll probably stick with gluten-free just to not confound the sugar/wheat response) but to eat wheat as often as I can. This will mean buying wheat germ in place of flax, having lots of pasta and bread, and probably grabbing some South Beach and Fiber One bars for snacks. I am not crazy however, no matter how this goes down, if I feel too sick to eat or workout, I will go back to my wheat-free diet. I would rather not know for sure what's wrong than feel like crap.
Today, I made "Pasta" e Fagioli with ground turkey. I might have left out the pasta entirely (low carb day). It was still good. Diced tomatoes, processed onions, garlic, and spinach, celery, whtie beans, kidney beans, and ground turkey, spiced with plenty of oregano and fennel and some basil, and topped with mozzarella cheese. We had salad with Caesar dressing on the side. This morning for my morning snack I made a nice dip with my Greek yogurt by adding onion powder, cayenne pepper, Mrs. Dash, chives, and dill. I dipped red and green peppers, green beans, and cherry tomatoes.
BTW - eating slightly less than half of what would have been dinner for lunch the next day is working out great. I have lunch mostly ready to go, and it tastes good, and is different every day. Perfect.
Tonight I did another exercisetv workout, a 45 min yoga fitness workout. Lots of standing and balance poses, and a few too many chatarangas (yoga push-ups) but a great workout! This morning I did my intervals with Wii Fit jogging. Tomorrow starts high cals, carbs, and weight training again, yay, more muscles!
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