Friday, December 06, 2013
That title might sound weird, but it isn't as weird as it sounds. Yesterday was day 9 and a rest day. I lost 0.8 lbs, which is excellent. Today is day 18. Why? Because today is our office holiday luncheon out. We're going to Sitti in Raleigh, which is a Mediterranean restaurant.
I've already scouted the menu and decided on the Goat Cheese and Orange salad topped with falafel. That keeps the foods I'm getting all to stuff I've had before- chick peas (falafel), and my usual mixed greens with goat cheese anyway. The oranges will be extra, but no biggie. The dressing is lemon vinaigrette, which is approved, but I'll get it on the side in case it's salty for some reason. I could go for a dessert, but I'll judge that then. They don't have a list of desserts on the published menu, so no idea of anything is approved. The nice thing is that I'm not going to feel deprived if I don't have it. That just means I can have my chocolate tonight.
If all goes well and I don't react, then tomorrow is day 10 and I get to have pork chops! If I do, then day 9 here I come again. ;)
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Yesterday was the first bread test, aka the wheat test. And I passed! I had one slice of the plain honey wheat bread we usually buy and I lost 1.2 lbs. I am so excited! That just made life WAY easier for me as I can now choose between flax granola and toast with almond butter for breakfast. Whew!
That said though, I have to admit that I did have some gastrointestinal reaction-I burped a lot. Now that might not have been the bread-it could have been my body's reaction to suddenly going high-fiber again. Yesterday was day 2 back on The Plan and my food wasn't that high in fiber last week. So, that'll be something I find out the next time I have bread. For now, all is good.
Today is a rest day-no test. Sometimes I feel like all these rest days are a waste. If I pass the test, why should I bother resting? It means my test day really was a rest day! But tomorrow is the office holiday luncheon and I'll be going to a restaurant, which is *definitely* a test. And if I move up to day ten and test the pork, then don't pass, then I'll still be inflamed tomorrow. So, we wait. But tomorrow will be day 18 instead of day 10. And if I get inflamed, Saturday will be day 9 again (rest day) and ten will get put off again.
We're going to a Mediterranean restaurant and I'm going to stick to a green salad with goat cheese and falafel (chick pea patties). The falafel might be high in salt-so I need to be ready for that. But at least I'll know that all the foods I consume are friendly foods for me. Crossing my fingers!
For today, I'll be having:
flax granola and silk coconut milk
Baby romaine with sunflower seeds, goat cheese, avocado, and lime juice
Spicy Vegetarian Soup
I'm thinking of branching out with the chicken tonight. My plan is to throw my leftover shiitake mushrooms into a baking dish with lemon juice, add the chicken with some spices and lemon juice, then bake it. That with spinach and some steamed broccoli ought to be awesome.
Snacks: I refuse to eat the salt-free potato chips she keeps recommending. But I don't have time to make the kale chips, either. So, since the point of today is to be a rest day, I'll go with a rye cracker and almond butter for that. There's no other bread today, so it should be fine.
Night Snack is 1-2 pieces of dark chocolate. (I've been testing 2 pieces and done fine.)
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
So I put The Plan on hold during thanksgiving. I failed the beef test on Day six, too, but it wasn't a huge reaction, so no biggie. I'll test it again later and see if anything changes.
For thanksgiving I tried to stick mostly to those things that no inflammatory, but my sister brought cranberry bagels and those sounded *good*! Had wine several days in a row, too. Maybe more than I should have. So, at the end of the week I was up five pounds. No biggie-it's just a number. Upon getting home, I started assessing the fridge to make a plan for starting up again. So Monday I did a pseudo day 3, sticking to just foods that were used on that day. Lost almost two pounds. Yesterday I did day 7, which is also a rest day, and lost two more. Yeah! Today is day 8 and the wheat test (regular bread). I did check the ingredients on the bread DH had bought and it's just plain wheat, not multigrain, no oats or other bad stuff. So it'll be interesting to see what happens.
So for today, here's the menu:
breakfast: flax granola with 1/2 apple and coconut milk
lunch: 1 slice bread, goat cheese, zucchini slices, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and spicy vegetarian soup. The soup tasted kinda funky yesterday, so hoping it's not so today. I had thawed it from the freezer yesterday and the spices are way stronger than before. If it continues to seem not good, I'll toss the rest and make some of the cream of broccoli soup that's in the book. I do like the fact that the menu is starting to give me choices, like soup OR a mixed greens salad.
I've finally ordered my own copy of The Plan. I've been using the library copy, but now I'm ready to commit that this is my plan for life, so I need my own book. It should be here by Friday, so I can plan a trip to the library to return this and the Clean Cuisine book.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I passed the test for rye yesterday, so that's great news! My weight went down over a pound, so I'd say no sensitivity there. Today is the test for steak and I'm excited for it. It's going to be a tough night 'cause we have DH's award ceremony tonight at 6. Which means we'll be getting home later than usual. Probably 8ish if we're lucky, so we'll be eating late, too. I'm tempted to eat before we go, but that would be 4:30, so that's too early! Can I say I really hate this ceremony for getting in the middle of what I need to do? But that's life so I'll go with the eating late. Since I have fasting labs this morning at 8:45, I'm having breakfast late too. Then I can make lunch late and it won't seem so bad.
Tomorrow is a rest day on The Plan, but DH wants to get pizza for dinner. I'm not down with the pizza-I'm not ready for it! So once again I'll let them get the pizza and I'll make my own food. It'll be hard to resist the pizza, but not impossible. In fact, they did this last week too. After I ate my dinner I looked at the pizza and it just didn't look that appetizing. So maybe it won't be that tough. Maybe I'll make my own mini pizza on a rye cracker with manchego cheese. :)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So yesterday was the test for cheese and I got to have goat cheese with my lunch. It was surprisingly good! And the best news-I passed the test! I'm really looking forward to trying the manchego cheese tonight on my zucchini. I've never thought of zucchini as something to have with cheese before, so should be interesting.
I didn't get the flax seed soaked yesterday afternoon, but that's because I found another option. On her web site, Lyn-Genet says you can have a Pear Blueberry Compote instead, so I made that last night while I soaked the flax as it's supposed to be soaked-overnight. I'm hoping that this gives me a LOT of flax granola to take on my trip to Florida next week. If not, I'll make more before I go.
Today's test is rye. I have no opinion really about that. I'm not a huge fan, but I do like it. I prefer rye bread to rye crackers, mind, but I do like it. If I pass, it's more likely that I'll pass the other bread tests. I am thinking of testing wraps instead of bread, just 'cause I like 'em more, but I think I'll go with her plan.
It's funny that with most plans I would have either cheated or overindulged by now. But because this one is a test almost every day, I never want to do either! I could have totally eaten the whole four ounce hunk of cheese yesterday! Or the whole chocolate bar last night! But no, I keep to it because I want so desperately to pass the test. Genius, Lyn-Genet!
One thing does confuse me about her plan, though. I look at her FAQ and it answers the question "Will I be hungry?" with "Heck no, you're eating almost 2600 calories!" (paraphrase) Um, I don't think so. Either I have no clue about portions or her estimates are WAY off. When I enter every single thing that I'm eating, measured and all, I'm coming up with under 1300 calories. To be fair, I'm not hungry most of the time. But I hate when my numbers don't add up to the expectation. But whatever. I'll just remember that this means I can probably eat more of the good stuff than I am eating. I want to eat more of the roasted vegetables because YUM! But she says to limit that due to sugars that come out in the process. Okay, more sauteed zucchini and kale it is. Also, surprisingly good.
One of the things I truly love about The Plan is that she respects a person's time. Yes, some of the days ARE cooking heavy in that you have to make a LOT of different things. But she utilizes leftovers and the recipes can mostly be made in under 20 minutes (including prep time). That is respect. Most diet cookbooks give you these super complicated recipes that take way too long. Who has time for that? No wonder we don't follow those diets long! And you never hear about other diet plans using leftovers of the day before. Thank you Lyn-Genet!
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