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1/29/13 ~ 214.4

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Today I will be trying out a new dish. I am going to steam, or boil 8 asparagus spear, then cut them into 24 pieces. I will cut 4 slices of bacon into 24 pieces. After cooking the bacon, I will add butter, and finish cooking the asparagus in the bacon fat/butter mix, with garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. At the end I am going to add 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar on top, and let it melt. My plan then is to have 24 pieces of cheesy, bacon-y, asparagus chunks.

Breakfast is my usual mushroom scramble of 6 eggs, 2 T butter, and a cup of fresh mushrooms. Lunch/dinner is 24 ozs of b/s chicken thighs, a white onion, 2 T olive oil, and 1 can of NS diced tomatoes, split into two meals. I could eat these 3 meals every day for the rest of my life.

Total calories = 2,386, with 44 grams of carbs, 192 grams of fat, and 168 grams of protein.

The last 2 days, I had been having a sharp pain in my ribs when I breathed real deep. Nothing major, or enough to stop me from exercising, just bothersome after lunch and dinner. I hope I finally figured it out though. The new chicken thighs I bought have a 15% salt solution added. So I rinsed off the chicken, and no problems last night. I sometimes add salt to a dish with no problems, so it must be something about what is in the salt solution, because while it doubles the sodium per serving, it is still low. Of course, it may just be a coincidence. Might be the weather.

Supposed to be 57 today, and pouring rain. I have a waterproof poncho to wear over a hoodie though, and will be walking as soon as it gets above 45 degrees. I have a hat too, so my glasses don't fog up. I will probably sleep like a baby this afternoon, if the rain continues. I slept 8.5 hours last night. Rain on the windows makes me tired. Later I plan to get a band workout done, and volunteer a few hours tonight. Then come home, and watch some TV.

I did gain weight today, back to 214.4. I have no reason why, but I am still down 11 lbs this month, so no panic. I did have less fat, and more carbs, but I think it was just a normal adjustment, or water weight.

Not much else happening today. Hope you are having a great day .
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CLPURNELL 1/30/2013 6:12PM

    Let me know how the food turns out that sounds awesome!

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ADEWYN 1/30/2013 1:50PM

    sounds like you are on a roll.... keep it up!! you are doing great and the dish sounds yummy i love asparagus :)



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RUSSELL_40 1/29/2013 7:12PM

    The asparagus was delicious. It was like broccoli in consistency, a little chewy, but with the bacon, and cheese on it, I enjoyed it. It was 513 calories I think, but I ate it in about 5 minutes..lol. I didn't salt the asparagus, just added a bit of garlic. I had to put a piece of bacon on each cheesy asparagus chunk, and a little bacon adds a lot of flavor. I was hoping the bacon would stick in the cheese. I guess I am not Martha Stewart

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EXOTEC 1/29/2013 3:34PM

    Your recipes sound scrumptious! I can't tolerate most cruciforms or FODMAPs, but DH loves them and they agree with him pretty well. I'm going to try your asparagus on him! He probably won't limit himself to anything resembling a "portion" though! LOL

He loves Brussels Sprouts too. I can't eat them, but I usually prepare them like this:
find the smallest sprouts you can. Trim the bases and cut the sprouts in half lengthwise. Put in a heavy skillet with just enough water to cover and what spices you like ( I use a little tarragon, some chervil, and a little rosemary and thyme). Simmer this uncovered until the sprouts are just tender. Pour off whatever water may remain and give the pan and sprouts a fair dose of coconut oil along with 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter. Saute them until the sprouts just begin to get golden brown. Toss them around while sauteeing to be sure they don't burn. Joe's always in the kitchen stealing the little ones that are already cooked before I can even finish the pan! argh

My favorite chicken method is pretty yummy, too. In fact, it's on the menu for tonight! If you search shared recipes by "Exotec" you should be able to find it. The aroma is incredible while it's in the last 15-20 minutes.

I agree with everyone about the likelihood of salt in the chicken. That just isn't fair, on several fronts. I've just gotten a freezer, and I'm hoping to get on a share program with a local producer so I can get some meats that I actually know what's in them. I can't wait!

Way to go with your weight progress. I picked up a few pounds recently, alas, too. I can tell it's because I haven't been careful enough about my carbs. Today I'm going to tighten up and get right. I've pretty much had all my "other" food now, and the only thing I'm planning for later is some of that chicken. mmmmm

Love to see your updates. Keep us posted!

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CALLMECARRIE 1/29/2013 12:26PM

    The bacon-cheese-asparagus idea sounds fantastic.

There's a discussion on the Message Boards today about shiritaki noodles. I'm debating buying some, but quite a few people were not fans.

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KICK-SS 1/29/2013 11:57AM

    I do just about the same thing with bacon/cheese/asparagus - also with brussells sprouts. And shredded cabbage/bacon/cheese, sometimes adding polish sausage to that.
Everything (well, almost anyhow) is better with bacon I think!

I agree with Alisha, the low sodium bacon is good... I've eaten it before, but it's not always easy to find., Right now, I'm doing uncured bacon which is without the nitrites, nitrates and that stuff - it's very good...

You're doing really well Russell and very consistent too, Good Work!! I admire you for going out walking in the hard rain... I'm kind of a wimp I guess, I don't mind light sprinkles or occasional rain, but more than that I'm usually on the TM.

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ALISHAB3 1/29/2013 11:47AM

    The weight gain is the sodium added to the chicken. What that means is that its been 'brined' because it increases the weight without adding more chicken to the package, its a butchers trick for increasing price without increasing the product. I don't tolerate commercial chicken very well for that reason. I hope those pains you were having go away.

As soon as you aren't eating that chicken, I'm sure that the weight will just come down.

I would definitely eat that bacon/asparagus/cheese concoction. Just remember that you may not need the salt, bacon is salty on its own. I am very fond of the low sodium bacon.

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WOUBBIE 1/29/2013 11:47AM

    Hope you're still doing well in your competition. Go Russell! 213 tomorrow!

I agree that it's ridiculous to have to worry about ingredients in a one-ingredient food. My sister sometimes has trouble with red meat. I don't think she's ever narrowed it down to just what they added to it. Nitrates? Hormones? Who knows?

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-POOKIE- 1/29/2013 10:32AM

    And inviting me over for dinner, don't forget that bit.

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Thats really annoying about the chicken, you wouldn't think you had to read labels on a food that should have one ingredient.

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