10,000-14,999 SparkPoints
LAHUDSONCHEF's Recent Blog Entries

Party Day Went Well

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Knowing that my church would be having a fellowship meal after church today, and knowing what the menu was, I decided to be careful with calories at b'fast. This turned out to be a wise decision!

It worked out really well.

The menu was as follows:
Beef Roast & Gravy
Roasted Potatoes (in hunks) - emoticon
Cheesy Potatoes (yes, 2 potato dishes) - emoticon
Iceberg & Tomato Salad w/Cheddar - emoticon
Dinner Roll
Cake (from a bakery) emoticon

I was still hungry after eating the meal (had left about a third of the roll and only took a little taste of the cheesy potatoes (too high in salt), so, I had more salad (no dressing).

Then came dessert. Not knowing exactly how much my meal was worth, I took a tiny piece of cake emoticon about 1/4 of a "normal" piece, and not an edge with tons of frosting (that's a small victory right there!).

After logging everything, I found I had room for a reasonable dinner AND a peanut butter cookie! emoticon

A couple people good-naturedly fussed at me (they weren't really upset) for making them feel guilty for eating more potatoes, or a whole piece of cake.

My goal was to figure out what I'd eaten, make sure I didn't go overboard on the sodium if I could help it, and leave room for some cake. It worked, and I'm still in the lower third of my calorie range! emoticon

It is the more necessary to start this week off well, because last week, I had some struggles due to unexpected schedule changes and not having the chance to plan ahead for a couple work shifts. I also ran out of time and only got in one big cardio session for the week. It was even down to the wire if I'd meet my 10 min/day goal for the whole week. I did, but just barely, and with low-intensity, no weights strength training - not many total calories worked off for the week. The upshot of the last week was that I was accomplishing only about a 100-200 calorie deficit most total was still enough to drop another pound, but if I'd been on track, it could've been 2-2.5 pounds.

But, Scarlett would say, "Tomorrow is another day!"

Took some new photos today (in dress clothes, first ones in a few years) friend is making them web-ready, so I'll be updating a couple soon.


Lower Sodium Options

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Doing a lot of experimenting here, and here's my take on the lower sodium options I've tried so far, some I plan to try soon, and some strategies I am learning. I will ask your forgiveness, though, for not listing the mg sodium/serving on each of these...I'd have to turn out my pantry to do it!

Bush's Lower Sodium Black Beans (and other beans) - this may be a lower sodium version than the original, but it still packs a whallop for those of us seriously trying to control the salt.

Blue Runner No Salt Added Creole Cream Style Navy Beans (also available with Red Beans) - this is extremely low sodium, and a good choice if you've figured out a lo- or no-salt seasoning blend you can use with it, because it tastes like absolutely nothing otherwise! bleh! I added onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, black pepper, thyme, parsley...and it was still extremely bland while burning my lips. Strange.

Crown Prince No Salt Added Sardines (100g package=1 serving) - not bad, a little fishy, but I like that. I mostly use this on a salad, rather than by itself. A bit bland, but it's okay since my salads usually have a sharp, vinegar taste.

Polar Kipper Snacks - 2 servings/can - I usually eat both servings at once - smoked & tasty, not too high on sodium. I'll eat these straight, or on a salad...haven't tried a sandwich, they're kinda drippy for that.

StarKist Selects Very Low Sodium Chunk White Albacore Tuna - nice option to add some protein to a salad, a sandwich, a snack. Pricey compared to "regular" tuna, though.

Ezekiel Bread - any variety. I haven't tried the Low Sodium (which actually has 0mg/serving!), but that's my next test. I'm told it's like eating cardboard. We'll see.

Sandwich Thins - several brands...I have to be careful though, some of the brands use sucralose (Splenda), and I can't have that at all. Nature's Own and Orowheat use stevia, which is great. It's not a low-sodium bread, but since the overall serving size is fairly small, so is the overall sodium.

Chick-Fil-A options - a small waffle fries has only 150mg sodium...try to beat that at any other fast food place! The side salad is a good filler bit, the only appreciable sodium is in the cheese. The Chargrilled & Garden Salad is great, and the Chargrilled & Fruit Salad is even better, only watch those dressings & toppings! The lowest sodium dressing option is the Spicy dressing, or you can just ask them for a couple wedges of lemon to squeeze on your salad. If you have the Chargrilled & Garden Salad with the sunflower seeds, the croutons and a whole package of dressing, you'll be pushing 1000mg (or more, depending on the dressing). Just be aware. For b'fast there, the multigrain oatmeal is fabulous! The roasted nut blend is salt free, and the dried fruit blend is too. Very nice and hearty, bursting with flavor. And fairly inexpensive!

Chili's options - The Caribbean Salad with Chicken, including the dressing, is quite low in sodium for a place like Chili's, especially if you only eat half (which is plenty, it's huge!). Their little guacamole side has almost no salt, and if you must (I did!), you can get the Roasted Guacamole & Salsa Appetizer with chips (ask them to serve the chips without salting them). The sodium is the most reasonable on these items of anything on the menu. Well...the cheesecake with strawberry puree is low in salt too. emoticon But, beware the desserts with chocolate!

I've almost cut out mayo, which is weird since I love it...but plain yellow mustard is lower in sodium than mayo. Go figure.

Boar's Head Deli Meats (if you can find a store that carries it) has a low sodium roast beef, a low sodium turkey, a low sodium lacy swiss, and I'm sure there are other varieties available, that's just what's available here.

Sam's Club carries a brand, CastleWood, I think, whose swiss is excellent on sodium.

We have a Cost+ store here, Mizer's Foods, and they carry Kretchsmar Deli Meats. While not specifically low sodium, the bacon-encrusted turkey isn't too bad if you have it now and then, and their Amish Pride Big Eye Swiss emoticon is only 70mg/oz serving...and honestly, if you have them slice it thin, each slice will be around 0.5 oz, and 35mg sodium. Kretschmar also has a new Garlic & Herb Chicken, but I haven't found the nutrition info on it yet. (These are the things I do on days when I know I can swing a little extra salt.)

I just bought a few bags of frozen beans, to begin making my own seasoned beans, so I don't have to worry about the sodium in canned stuff. Planning on doing the same with greens and other vegetables. (The frozen veggies are mostly so I can just grab and go for my work lunches...nuke 'em there.)

I just spent $6 on a loaf of Ezekiel Low Sodium bread, and I hope I can handle complete and utter salt-less-ness. If not, I'll eat it anyway (can't stand to waste food OR money!), and let folks know how I manage.

A huge thing that I've done that is really helping me manage the sodium and any resultant water retention, is to begin taking minerals, primarily magnesium (transdermal use - through the skin - is a very effective way to supplement magnesium without stomach issues). Also taking DE (diatomaceous earth) for the silica, taking potassium, boron & zinc, as well as a cacium-magnesium-D oral supplement. Be happy to fill anyone in on what I've learned on all this. Might even blog about it later.

Oh, and one last thing...White corn tortilla chips, if you limit yourself to the serving size of 9 chips, will not overwhelm your sodium measures for the day unless you are on a severely restricted diet.

Wow, this is really long!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LAHUDSONCHEF 8/18/2012 10:31PM

    Okay...tried the Low Sodium Ezekiel Bread today. It's definitely salt-free. Made a sandwich with a heavily seasoned leftover meatloaf a friend made. They balanced each other out! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment

'Nuther Lesson Learned

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Okay...when you're planning to eat out, MAKE SURE you've recorded the correct nutrition figures for the items you're interested in. Made that mistake with Chili's today.

For the record, the Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken is awesome and has really good numbers, even with the dressing! Only, I recorded the numbers for the side of guacamole, not the full appetizer of guac, salsa & chips! Had a slight shock when I put it in the tracker.

However, what went right was the sodium. My friend and I split everything, and managed to keep the sodium reasonable. Even with that as only one of my meals, I still barely topped 1500mg for the day.

Note to self: if someone brings an unexpected birthday cake emoticon to Bible study (had no idea anyone was having a bday), and you haven't updated your tracker yet for the evening, skip the cake. ('twas another mistake today, with both errors bringing me nearly 1000 cal over budget. emoticon )

I can't stay up long enough to exercise off those calories today, so I'll have to chalk it up to a lesson learned, and keep plugging away. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LAHUDSONCHEF 8/17/2012 10:54PM

    Thanks, ya'll...I appreciate the supportive words! :-)

KGWINDER - I almost never use dressing anymore, with a couple exceptions, if I plan for it. The dressing on the Caribbean salad I mention above is figured into the salad's numbers, and it's honestly not bad for what it is. The other exception is the Spicy dressing at Chick-Fil-A...though the sodium's not bad for dressing at all, I still use only about 1/4 of the packet.

Often at a restaurant, I'll ask for oil & vinegar...and my own taste prefers vinegar, so I often just skip the oil. Easier to do that, than to try to explain to the waitress that I only want vinegar. At home, I keep fresh veggies (whatever I feel like getting) chopped up and "marinating" in raw ACV in the fridge, and I top my greens with that, and that's my only dressing. (I keep this going, just adding to it as needed, not finishing it off and starting over. Note: if you use beets, be prepared for EVERYTHING in that bowl to turn purple! hehe)

Report Inappropriate Comment
JWOURMS 8/15/2012 6:17AM

    Good attitude.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KGWINDER 8/15/2012 1:10AM

    You get huge praise for your last line. That's what it is all about learning and going on as the new and improved version. The sodium thing I was watching today as well, as I was under calories for the day, so I thought some salad dressing would be a treat (I'm usually eating it without dressing) and wow the sodium on my tracker soared. Bye bye dressomg!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Reprise of the Calorie Chase

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This has been another day when I just can't get myself even to the bottom of my calorie range, even though I had half a blueberry cake donut this afternoon. It's strange...

I tried something new today, fixing up a can of Blue Runner No Salt Added Creole Cream Style Navy Beans. Really looking for ways to cut out the salt, and have quick-fix, protein-rich "lunches" to bring to work, that won't kill me on sodium.

Anyway...added that to brown rice and made a meal. Well, technically, I made 2 1/2 meals. I took one with me to work, and it was filling. That's about the best I can say for it, even though I doctored it up with garlic, onion, cumin, parsley, cayenne...... No salt...ugh.

Then, I get home and my roommates have cooked. Guess what they cooked? Cream-style Navy Beans! I'm sorry, but I don't want beans twice in one day (and my roommates don't want me to, either!). Plus, I was way over-balance on the carb side from my lunch. For dinner, I ended up eating 3oz of deli meat (not too terribly bad on sodium), chased by a 1/4 cup of raw cashews and a couple squares of Lindt Excellence chocolate. The only reason I ate the nuts & chocolate was to get more calories in, wasn't really in the mood for it, so I didn't relish it.

I still am nearly 200 calories shy of the bottom of my range, and I'm just done. My carbs are near the top of the range, I'm smack dab in the middle of my fat range, but I'm only about 60% of my protein range. I feel icky. No energy, draggy. Each time I've done the higher carb (to fit the SP range), I don't feel well. I do much better with keeping my protein in range and allowing my fats to go over range (I use coconut oil, olive oil, mainly), while letting my carbs be whatever they're going to be.

So, my protein is low, my calories are low, but my carbs are in range and I feel just, wrong. My salt's excellent today, though! hehe

Now...Wednesday's going to be'll be a crazy work schedule and I won't be able to prepare my foods like usual. Will have to eat out at least one meal. Hope we'll be somewhere close to a Chick-Fil-A.


Height-Weight Charts

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I just want to express a pet peeve of mine: the height-weight charts doctors use to tell you if you're "normal", "overweight", "obese"... (And don't get me started on the use of "obese"...)

At my height, just shy of 5'4", I'm told by doctors that I should be 115 pounds. I'm sorry, that's laughable, as I'd be a skeleton at that weight. As an adult, I was healthiest at 145, looked great, and felt wonderful. I got seriously ill when I tried to lose more. emoticon The reason I tried was because the docs said I should be 30 pounds lighter. At that time, a lot of my weight was muscle, as I was very active, walking to work, biking emoticon 10+ miles/day just to run errands, and using the gym regularly for weight work. emoticon I think perhaps I had lost to the point that cutting further calories caused me to start burning muscle, hence getting ill. Not sure on that, it's only a theory.

Some docs still tell me I should be 115, but thankfully, there are other charts now being used by some (apparently, not all). Here's one:

According to this one, if I'm a medium frame, I should be between 124-138, which is a little more realistic, though I can't see me getting that low. After following their frame-measurement directions, I'm on the upper end of a medium frame, perhaps am even a large frame. If so, then my ideal weight range would be 134-151, which fits reality a bit better.

Either way, I'm in this for my health. I'll never be a stick, I'm not built for it, nor do I want to be. I like having some girly curves...especially now that I'm seeing them again! Health is my main goal. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LAHUDSONCHEF 8/12/2012 11:57PM

    Black741, hehe, go ahead!

Soft_Val67 - Most people's jaws drop when I tell them my weight. I have never "looked" as heavy as the scales say I am. And except for this recent excursion into pre-hypertension, haven't ever had real health issues. I've been pretty healthy most of my adult life, with the exception of some musculoskeletal issues from accidents.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEBEZE 8/12/2012 10:11PM

    Based on height/weight for my height of 5'2" I am told I should weigh 105. Really! Haven't been that since I was 12. If I can get to 130-140 I will be extremely happy. You know your body better than any chart and know what makes you feel at your best.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDA7668 8/12/2012 10:10PM

    I agree that the height/ weight charts aren't accurate for everyone. I have a large bone structure. If I weighed 155 pounds (at 5' 11") like some charts suggest, I'd look like a walking skeleton too. For me, I'm not worried about what the doctor thinks I should weigh, but more about the weight that I feel healthy at.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOFT_VAL67 8/12/2012 10:08PM

    i so agree with you, my friend who is about 5'7 and weighs around 165 was told she is overweight, by doctors, or whoevers standards...
this woman has not one single ounce of fat or flab on her body, she is solid all over, medium frame, and no cellulite
she looks great and so many ppl compliment her, you would never know she weighed that much to look at her
she looks very healthy, and she is, she walks, rides bikes and does work around her house most people wouldnt expect a woman to do
laying carpet, hanging drywall, building decks, putting on siding
she is very healthy
and when she told me her doctors told her shes close to the obese range with a bmi of 27, i nearly fell over
for way too long we have allowed doctors, magazines, tv, etc to tell us what we should weigh and what is a proper weight
i say, if you are healthy and feel good and have no health issues related to weight, then find the right number that you feel good at and be happy. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASTIRONLADY 8/12/2012 9:53PM

    Best to reliaze what you want for yourself not letting other people set your goals.
Keep it up.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLACK741 8/12/2012 9:53PM

    I like your story! think i will steal it and use it myself!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Last Page