Thursday, October 21, 2010
Day 5 is going well. I'm drinking a Jay Robb vanilla flavored whey shake for brunch. It's pretty darn good! I picked up some sample packets the other day after reading the rave reviews. I'm not a huge fan of shakes, but sometimes...I just don't feel like eating. Which is odd to feel when you're hungry. These shakes are going to be a great way to get my coconut oil quota in for the day (since I hate the taste of it now). I'm happy that they only have 1 carb and are sweetened with stevia. I had the chocolate yesterday mixed with some coconut milk, but it wasn't that great. I'll probably buy another packet and mix it the same way I did it today to see if it's any better...
Another reason for the protein shakes is that I'm trying to up my protein for a while to see how I feel, without resorting to cheese, cheese, and more cheese (and quite frankly, eggs, too, but for a different reason). With my thyroid and adrenal issues and my (nearly) a year long stall, I've been doing a bit of reading that suggests .7 - 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. I've been getting waaaaay less than that and I'm curious to know if it has anything to do with how I feel. With the diagnosis of Hashi's Thyroiditis (hypo) at the beginning of this year, I've been learning that nearly everything is a small piece of the puzzle. Is my low protein intake part of the puzzle, too? On a side note...it's funny to think that a low carber and meat lover could have a low protein intake. LOL I realize that when I "wing it" and forget about tracking, my default eating style is decaf coffee with cream all day and then one big meal at dinner (meat and veggies). I'd probably not live through consuming even my minimum (152 g) amount of protein at one sitting. Simply a third of that is enough to set me on the verge of discomfort.
It's wrong of me to sometimes wish that I would swing from hypo- to hyperthyroid just to lose some weight, but honestly...some days, I would quietly chance the health risks and anxiety just to be able to drop the weight like I did when I first signed up here (was in a hyperthyroid swing). I just want to be comfortable in my own skin again. And stop the ever occurring "fat chick shirt tug" when I'm in public. God, please just let me get there so I can undertake the task of maintaining it. I feel like this is some sort of "lesson" that God is teaching me for something I've done in the past. I just don't know what it is that I did. :(
Whew! Enough with that! Surely didn't mean to take on that tone today.
I had a blip yesterday when I didn't calculate the carbs in the pumpkin pie pudding I made, but it wasn't too horrible. The fiber content helped me feel a little better, since I know that my body can't "consume" or process the fiber. It's still something I might make once in a great while on a cold, wintery day. It was a bit hit with the boys, as well.
Dinner yesterday was (finally) that parmesan crusted tilapia. It was TO DIE FOR. Holy Moses, I don't think I've ever had fish taste so good (and being an Alaskan girl, I've had a lot of fish!!!). I served it with green beans seasoned with some Creole seasoning and...all was well. :p Very well. In fact, I watched DS#2's face as he took his first bite and he literally (it was so funny!!!) shivered and his eyes and face lit up. Best indirect compliment ever. :)
Anyway, tonight's dinner is wine braised beef. The boys have swimming, so DH and the rest of us will have to eat separately (dinner is his lunch break), but even so, dinner should be good. I'm really loving my pressure cooker. It makes cooking so much faster (and flavorful!). Oooh...I might roast some carrots to go with it. That would be carby, but yummy. I haven't had any carbs to speak of today, so as long as I don't go hog wild, I'll be okay. Yumm!