Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 10

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 9

Today was an odd day mealwise. I’m at the point where I need to go grocery shopping so I put some stuff together in ways that were probably not the most … intuitive?

More importantly, I need to figure out what to do starting on Sunday. Because you see I will have completed the Fed Up Challenge with my last meal on Saturday.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 8

Last night I dreamed I ate chocolate. Specifically these guys:

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 7

Halfway mark. I’m not going to bore you with my meal options for today. It was a mix of things that I’ve already eaten so far.

I am over on fat and sugar although under on calories.

I blame my shoes.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 6

I believe I alluded to some health issues before. First of all, I’m an insomniac. I have some other things going on too that are all contributing to the lack of sleep. Part of the reason why I wanted to redo this challenge was because I felt that if I could kickstart myself back into some healthier eating habits, I might sleep better.

It seems to be working. The quantity is still not optimal, but at least I’m sleeping through most of the night. And today for the first time in months and months, I felt like I was alert and focused and I had all this energy.

Some of that has to be due to the change in diet.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 5

Temptation was all around today. I got invited to an ice cream lunch and by another person to a lunch lunch. Both of which would have been deadly.

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I held out for radishes.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 4

Today I went a little out of control. Oh, I’m still under calorie wise and it could have been worse. No added sugar went into me. It wasn’t as bad as last year when I ate a whole box of marzipan. But I overate and I feel kind of icky.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 3

Dishes. I have been doing a lot of dishes. When you cook from scratch, well, that’s part of the deal. Too bad I hate washing dishes. But I know me. If I don’t clean as I go, do the dishes immediately after eating, and put everything away before I start the next meal, I will backslide. I forgot about this part.

Other thing that I had forgotten was that I get extra calories and nutrients when I do exercise. So that was nice. It also prompted me to take a longer walk than I had planned.

In other news, I did go to the farmer’s market this morning. I survived without slipping, but it was like being an alcoholic in a liquor store where they’re giving out free samples everywhere you turn. I nearly faltered by the stall of the people who sell the most amazing crumb cake ever and it took everything I had not to succumb to Duke’s Donuts, but I did not break.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 2

Let’s do the numbers first.

They’re very good. Well under everything except protein–over by 2 grams there.

I managed to feel sated too.

And I also feel like I want to hit someone. Now to be fair, I have some health problems and my hormones are pretty much all out of whack, but I am putting this down to withdrawal. I am desperately craving sweets. It’s to the point where I think I am going to pass going to the farmer’s market tomorrow because I fear what will happen if I walk by any of the stalls with baked goods.

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I’ve never really gotten the whole concept of “food addiction.” After all, you can stop drinking or doing drugs. How do you stop eating food?

At a recent screening of “Fed Up,” I was struck, though, by an image showing the brain reacting to sugar and cocaine.

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So maybe there’s something in this after all…

Breakfast:

  • Coffee
  • Apple slices and 2 tbsp of cashew butter

Lunch:

  • Leftovers from dinner (salmon patty, corn, broccoli

Snacks:

  • 2 radishes
  • Popcorn (nothing added)
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries

Dinner:

Dessert:

  • orange
  • mini brie

The pork tenderloin dish was good. I subbed out canned broth for my own. It desperately needed salt so I ended up sprinkling in a little Parmesan to the quinoa mixture.

I think having protein at every meal helped a lot and kale and quinoa are fairly bulky when it comes to food. But I really really want sugar. MUST RESIST.

 

Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 1

Every single time I start doing something like this, I am struck by how much and how often I think about food. It’s constant and it does make me wonder.

Breakfast:

  • Instant plain oatmeal with cinnamon and 1/4 cup raisins
  • Coffee

(I had forgotten how vile this is–I need to find a way to make it more palatable)

Lunch:

  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • half a green pepper
  • carrots
  • radishes
  • cherry tomatoes

I took the time to make it all look pretty on the plate, but it wasn’t very filling. Either I need to up the vegetable content or I have to add protein. Probably the latter.

Snacks:

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • carrots

Dinner:

  • Salmon patty (no breadcrumbs), wrapped in lettuce leaf with tomato slice and 1 tsp of mustard
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 2/3 cup corn

Dessert:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup ricotta

(This was yummy and filling)

The numbers:

Under everything but sugar. Had 70 g today instead of 62 g (this is what’s naturally in fruits and vegetables, not added sugar).

My big thing today was that I did  a lot of prep for the next few weeks. I riced a head of cauliflower and froze it for making cauliflower crust pizza later. I also made and froze turkey patties and prepped a bunch of vegetables. Tomorrow night I am going to cook some of the chicken I bought and parcel it out into individual portions.