Sunday, November 16, 2014
Thanks to WINDYCITYCYNDEE, I unlocked the secret to making a truly clean protein powder -- hemp (100% hemp, no sweeteners, no additives) -- taste pleasant.
My nutrition plan calls for eating at least one serving of veggies with a lean protein at breakfast (actually, at every meal), and I normally have a super protein shake using Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, the highest rated protein powder by the staff at Precision Nutrition. However, as high as the production standards are for that protein powder, I don't think it rates as 100% "clean." I love my green protein shake in the morning; it fills me up and makes it so easy to eat at least 5 veggies & 1 fruit a day.
Cyndee recommended using Greek yogurt. Since last night I ended up having a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt to meet my calcium goal for the day, it seemed fitting to use it in this morning's Clean shake.
Once I input the ingredients, I decided that 44g of protein was extremely high for 1 serving, so I made the recipe as producing 2 servings.
Note that I used only half of a "serving" of Hemp Protein; hemp protein has such a strong taste -- not a hit in my book -- that I toned it down.
This morning, I enjoyed my hemp protein shake! With that blessed help from one of my SparkFriends!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
For Week 9 of Azure Destination's Spa Activity, I was challenged to do something outside of my comfort zone in my health journey. Well, the BLC26 Week 9 "Clean Eating" challenge took care of that.
First of all, I am VERY comfortable with my eating routine! Creature of habit, rut lover! I look forward to my favorite foods for breakfast and lunch, and shake up dinner a tiny bit. For breakfast, I usually have a green super protein shake. These days the shake has 1 pear, 1 scoop Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 3 cups of kale, 10-15 ice cubes and 6 oz. of water. Think of all the freggies in that shake! It even tastes great!
But how "Clean" is the Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate? I did a web search and found a feature that touted the cleanest protein powders; they favored hemp protein powder, which apparently has raw protein. I found one of the recommended brands at Wegman's: Nutiva Hemp Protein with High Fiber, which is 100% Hemp, no sweeteners or additives.
Friday I just substituted the Hemp Protein for the Vanilla Whey. I didn't gag, but the hemp flavor was heavy. (There was also the psychological aspect that I was basically eating marijuana.)
Saturday (today) I added a 100-calorie Wholly Guacamole snack container (100% avocado). That needed more ice and more water. It was so appetizing (not) that it took me 3 hours to drink my shake.
Tomorrow I will try almond milk, and see if I have any unsweetened coconut flakes. The Nutiva canister provided one recommended shake recipe that called for both of those ingredients. I'll update this blog once I try it.
So far this weekend, I have eaten as cleanly as possible, but once "Clean Eating Weekend" is over, I need to find a vegan who can appreciate the hemp protein powder. I don't need to eat 100% Clean. I want to enjoy my meals.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
For our BLC26 Weekend Challenge, we are to reflect on what is working for us and what is not working for us at this point in the challenge.
I am very thankful that my nutrition and exercise programs are working together in harmony. I have consistently lost weight each week since mid-June, and I am notably leaner and stronger. In fact, I am just 3.1 pounds from my “ideal” weight!
Since increasing ST from the beginning of August, I have been able to reduce my reliance on cardio. Add in the advice of Precision Nutrition coaching to balance nutrition but stop eating when just satisfied, and it has been relatively easy to lose weight consistently. I feel like a “regular” at the gym now, and I can plank with the best. Meanwhile, my 60-70 minute walk to the park and back is now over in 53 minutes.
What is Not Working?
I am still struggling with myself to build good sleep habits. It's hard to turn my head and ideas off. I’m getting better, but I haven’t been consistent enough to brag yet.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
For our BLC26 Weekend Challenge, we were take a personality test
I took it rather quickly, and the first time it came out INTJ - THE SCIENTIST:
Introverted - Intuition - Thinking - Judging
Karl Marx, Isaac Newton, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking, Paul Krugman, Martin Luther, Russell Crowe, Jay-Z, James Cameron, Jodie Foster, Ashley Olsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger
PERCENTAGE OF INTJs AMONG POPULATION -- 2.1%
INTJs live a world of concepts and ideas. They value intelligence and knowledge. They focus their energy on observing the world around them and designing solutions and possibilities in their head. They constantly process information and make associations. Because their mind is so active, they generally understand new topics very quickly. They make excellent scientists as they are not just interested in understanding concepts but also in applying concepts in a useful way.
They have a tremendous amount of ability to accomplish great things: most INTJs are highly competent and do not have a problem meeting their career or education goals. They see the big picture and can easily synthesize their concepts into logical plans of action.
INTJs are natural leaders but they will most of the time wait for the moment when there is a real need for a leader to take over this role. They are effective and very good at seeing the situation objectively. They have outstanding strategic skills because they are able to scan all available possibilities and spotting the best ones. They value clarity and efficiency: their main interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions and express opinions.
INTJs often have a difficult time trying to translate their thoughts to others and must find indirect ways to express their thoughts and findings. As they have a high confidence in themselves, they will most of the time blame misunderstandings on the limitations of the other party rather than their own difficulty in expressing themselves.
INTJs can be perceived as arrogant and elitist because they are ambitious and not very expressive. But that does not mean INTJs do not have affection for others, they just do not feel the need to express it.
-- Somehow I didn't know how to react to that description, especially the part about not being expressive or being able to communicate. So I took the quiz again, and got...
INTP – THE THINKER
Introverted – Intuition – Thinking – Perceiving
Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Emmanuel Kant, Rene Descartes, Alan Greenspan, Paul Allen, Larry Page, David Cronenberg, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sigourney Weaver
PERCENTAGE OF INTPs AMONG POPULATION -- 3.3%
INTPs are focused on how things could be improved. They think more about the possibilities than the realities of our world. They are good at analyzing complex topics, identifying patterns and finding logical explanations. They look to make things clear and build knowledge - turning theories into concrete understanding. Many scientific breakthroughs have been made by INTPs in the past.
What makes their reasoning skills great is their ability to approach theories with much more enthusiasm than skepticism, ignoring existing opinions. They get excited by new ideas and concepts and love to discuss them with others.
INTPs spend much of their lives living in their own heads, neglecting their outer life. For that reason, they may seem dreamy to others. They do not like to lead or control people. They have a great tolerance and are low-key but they can get quite aggressive when they feel their beliefs and values have been violated. They are generally quite shy when they meet new people but they act very confidently and sociably with people they know.
They do not understand decisions based on emotions and subjectivity. As they strive constantly to achieve logical conclusions, they fail to see the relevance of subjective emotional considerations. For that reason, they are not naturally equipped to meet the emotional needs of others. INTPs can become overly critical and sarcastic with others and sometimes negative and cynical with life when they are not content with their personal achievements.
INTPs like synthesis and logical reasoning. They express only what they believe to be absolute truth and try to do so in an understandable way. They do not move on to the next thing as long as they are not done with the project.
INTPs are strongly independent and unconventional. They do not care about popularity and security. They have complex personalities and tend to be temperamental.
-- In the INTP description, I identified with thinking more about possibilities than "realities", being good at analyzing complex topics. I do get excited about reviewing different theories, and new ideas and concepts, and I love to discuss them. I also tend to live a lot in my own head. If I lead, I prefer to lead other independent and competent people. I am naturally introverted, but, growing up in the Washington, D.C. metropolis, I was used to my best friend moving out of the area every year, and having to learn to act like an extravert to make new friends.
- Perhaps it is true that I am not best equipped to meet the emotional needs of others; I could never tolerate a clingy significant other. I grew up in a hyper-critical and sarcastic family, and although I have tried to subdue my abilities as Queen of Sarcasm, I am quite sure they come out in adversity.
- I am strongly independent and unconventional; I do not need to be popular.
- The one statement for INTP to which I took complete exception was "They do not move on to the next thing as long as they are not done with the project." I am also an eclectic thinker, which thinks outside the box, making connections most people don't make. Sometimes I set something aside to let it percolate while I explore a different project.
The truth? Probably I am a mix of both; I suspect the J & P marks are borderline.
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