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What Lifestyle Means

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I'm still sticking with what works for me. I'm mostly low carb, but there are a few differences, which I'll explain in a bit.

My breakfasts don't vary too much. I pick one of the three:

- Pastry-less quiche. It's pretty much the quiche filling without a crust.
- Plain yogurt with blueberries.
- Steel cut oats and milk.

Lunch varies greatly, but it is a fairly standard formula of protein+veggies+fruit.

- Homemade soup (seafood stew or ham and bean)+half sandwich (turkey, tuna or roast beef)+cup of fruit salad.
- Salad (lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, no dressing)+half sandwich+small orange.
- Chicken cobb salad.

Snacks are simple - and portable.

- Pickled eggs. It sounds weird, but I've found that I like these. I just take peeled hard boiled eggs, put them in a jar with a teaspoon of pickling spice, then pour boiling 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup water solution over the top of it. I refrigerate when cool. It allows me to have a hard boiled egg on hand for up to 2 weeks so there's no rush to eat them. Although mine rarely last a week.
- Celery and carrot sticks and hummus. I LOVE hummus!

Dinner varies the most, but follows protein+veggies formula. Once or twice a week I will add 1/2 cup of rice or a small sweet potato. I rarely ever have dessert.

- Grilled flank steak+steamed veggies (green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc).
- NY strip steak+steamed veggies.
- Grilled or baked chicken breast or thigh+steamed veggies.
- Grilled or baked fish (salmon or tuna)+steamed veggies.
- Beef, chicken or pork stir fry+rice+stir fry veggies.
- Roast chicken or lamb+assorted roasting veggies+sweet potato.

I haven't been drinking much wine or beer anymore. With my college work, I simply can't hold my concentration in the evenings after dinner if I have a glass of wine. So I've been saving it for the weekends.

I've mentioned in the past that I limit my wheat and grain products. The sandwich bread and steel cut oats are not usually recommended on low-carb plans. I eat them in small quantities mostly because of convenience. A sandwich is tough to beat for portable food on the go. The steel cut oats can be cooked in advance and frozen into individual breakfast sized portions. 2 minutes in the microwave from frozen makes them ideal 'fast food' for my mornings. I've tried various low-carb substitutes, and they don't work quite as well.

I don't diligently track my carbs and calories at the moment, but I know from my past record that I am higher than most low-carb plans, and much lower than the standard Spark diet recommendation. Even though I get excellent weight loss results with a VLC diet, it is difficult for me to manage my vitamin and mineral balance, particularly with the potassium drop. So I eat more fruit and potatoes than most LC plans recommend.

On the flip side, I cannot eat large quantities of breads, grains or starches, or I will start to gain weight. I also get other secondary issues like sinus trouble. If I have steel cut oats in the morning, I can't have a sandwich at lunch and rice for dinner. So I pick one bread, grain or starch a day.

It might be if I was running on a treadmill for an hour a day or training for a marathon that my energy needs would be different, but this is what works for me in my normal daily life. I find it simple to manage, and I don't have to think about it too much. That's what lifestyle means to me, anyway.
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    I always enjoy your blogs. Thought-provoking and well written, your entries offer great ideas. Thank you!
    1844 days ago
    Nothing wrong with fruits and veggies and lean protein, and it's hard to argue with success. If you feel good, and it's easy to stick with, then you have fount the "sweet spot" of healthy lifestyle! emoticon
    1845 days ago
    I have been so interested to see how your diet (meaning what you eat) has progressed and change over several years. You really have found what works for you! I like that you have so many choices and that you do incorporate the occasional grain...even if just for variety or convenience. It seems really healthy and like a sane way to eat. Good going!
    1846 days ago
    I think this is great how you've outlined your basic plan for each meal. I have one as well, but it sorta floats around in my head. I ought to write it down -- so that when I'm needing some inspiration for meal ideas, I can come up with other ideas that "fit the plan".
    Thanks for sharing!
    I love roasted red pepper hummus and carrots -- my favorite afternoon snack!
    1846 days ago
    I emoticon hummus too !

    Do you eat tuna ? I do have friends who won't eat canned tuna anymore. I still do. Anyway, if you eat tuna, try swapping in hummus for mayo. I really enjoy the taste of the tuna/hummus combo in a sandwich. I add some romaine lettuce and a couple of slices of tomato. YUMMMERS !

    One day, I may try that with eggs. I've been craving egg salad for some reason. go figure.

    anyway, guess you have your kitchen up and running. How are you enjoying your new home ?

    1846 days ago
    Nicely put together blog. A great example of finding out what works for you and then continuing to refine, while not being worried about "the rules".

    Sounds like you are in a comfortable place with the nutrition and exercise - congrats.

    1846 days ago
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