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Superfit chickens?

Monday, December 09, 2013

The past two years, I have been eating chicken from the Amish store, near where I live, and during the winter months have noticed that the chicken parts are smaller. In my house, we eat around 2.5 lbs of chicken daily, which during summer is 12 thighs, but now I am having to cook 16 thighs to get the same weight.

At first I considered that the chickens heard that fat turkeys were slaughtered in late November, so they started watching their weight, so the same disaster did not befall them, but now I am thinking it may have something to do with the seasons, and not a group of superfit chickens, doing 2 a day workouts, to prevent another Thanksgiving day massacre. R.I.P turkeys!

Anyways, in case you haven't guessed, I am cooking up 16 chicken thighs right now, and just ate breakfast. I did a 45 minute walk early, because the temperature is supposed to drop all day long. I got up at 6:30, and walked, and started Sparking when I got home. I weighed in at 192.6, which makes me happy. I am eating between 50-80 grams of carbs, and still losing okay, if not quite as quickly. I just finished my 4 XL eggs, and a cup of fresh organic mushrooms.

I have increased my carbs with vegetables, and fruit. I now am getting 9 servings of vegetables, and 1 of fruit daily. I am sticking to blackberries/raspberries and half apples for my fruit servings. If I had more money, I would nix the apples, but they are cheap. I upped my tomato consumption to a full can a day. My meals are now almost half vegetables in volume. It feels weird to be buying 14 cans of tomatoes, and 14 cans of green beans at the store, plus mushrooms, celery, and cabbage etc. Since I buy my chicken separately, all I buy at Aldi's is eggs, butter, beans, oatmeal, and vegetables. The cashier probably thinks I am some sort of vegetarian who can eat eggs.

My brother hated the cabbage, so next week, I will try zucchini, if I can find it. I saw cucumber, but not sure if it will stir fry well. The cabbage made his stomach upset. I liked it, but not willing to cook separate meals just to have some cabbage, especially when I can have my greens in a salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing.

I hope to be able to get to the library soon. I read all my books, and the ones my brother got too. I am on my 4th Ed Gorman book, because I have nothing else to read. I have some personal activities to do tonight, and then we have T.V. shows to watch, but by tomorrow, I need another 10 books.

Yesterday, I won a Spark exercise DVD, which I will get in 3-4 weeks. My bonus spin.

That's all that's happening in my life right now. Boring, but I kind of like Excitement is overrated, and usually involves an E.R. visit for me. Hope everyone is having a great day.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ALISHAB3 12/11/2013 5:06PM

    You are doing so very well, congrats on the continued weight loss and the increased variety in your diet.

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EXOTEC 12/9/2013 7:57PM

    I don't have any chickens, alas... but I speculate about their eating habits. I know when I'm cold, especially if I have to go out in it, I don't eat as well as I do when it's more temperate. Hot weather has the same effect. I wonder if chickens are anything like that? Somebody who has some, please chime in!

I have horrible issues with any cruciferous veggies. Cabbage is the worst, but it's bad with broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, even asparagus. I can only do summer squash in moderation. They all produce the same response: really miserable fermentation in my upper gut. Thanks, I believe I'll abstain! Good luck finding a substitute for your brother.

That's funny, from a distance at least, about "excitement." ER isn't exactly the sort of excitement I'd be eager to pursue, either!

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AKHEIDI 12/9/2013 7:15PM

    Russell, the bit about excitement is funny stuff-

Did your brother not like the taste of the cabbage or what it did to him? If you aren't used to eating cruciferous vegetables, they can have some rather unpleasant side effects!

Since the chickens are organic, I'm guessing they are kept in coops with large outdoor areas. Chickens put out a great deal of body heat so they don't really need heat but it does take a toll on their reserves staying warm- just like people (well, maybe not in my case) so they'd be a bit smaller. Meat chickens will eat and eat until they can't even stand on their own legs if you don't take the food away from them, and they grow super fast. If they aren't given extra food, or a different formula to account for the difference in temperature they'll lose weight. Even conscious organic farmers still want the turn over in production to keep their profit margins up. I raise dual purpose birds so we can eat them when they stop laying- they have good breast meat, pretty good wings and o.k. thighs, their legs are funny looking since they are longer and leaner then the short, stubby legged chickens grown for commercial production.

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WOUBBIE 12/9/2013 10:35AM

    Sounds like a seasonal thing with the chickens. I remember as a kid my grandmother pointing out the difference in color between "summer butter" and "winter butter". In the summer the cows were eating fresh stuff and the butter was a deep rich sunny yellow. In winter they lived in the barn and ate dried food. The butter looked pale. Kinda like all grocery store butter looks these days. :(

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