Learning to eat …

February 12, 2009

Quick Food Diary Stats: Thursday 2.12.09

Filed under: Food/Fitness Journal, weight loss — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:19 pm

What I ate Today:

  • Millet Square (cooked millet (like oatmeal) and then backed into squares … my favorite recipe yet from my McDougal diet days … and the kids love it too!) with strawberry preservers on it
  • Green Smoothie: 2 bananas, handfuls of spinach, frozen banana, celery
  • coconut oil/garlic/lemon juice broth (teaspoon of coconut oil)
  • Big ole salad: 2 handfuls spinach, 1 zucchini (? not quite cup diced), 1 cucumber (about cup), few carrots, 1/2 orange bell pepper, few slices of onion, 1/2 avocado and lime juice w/ bit sea salt and aprox 2 T. sunflower seeds
  • Green Smoothie: 1 grapefruit with 1/2 bunch parsely (yum!)
  • one gluten free bread stick dipped in tomato sauce
  • Soup: cup raw cauliflower, one yellow bell pepper, 3 cups sesame seed milk (cup seeds blended w/ 3 to 5 cups water depending on preference), bit hot pepper, 3 cloves garlic, bit sea salt, bit dulse  — ate one bowl serving of this and there is another large serving left over
  • Green juice of — one large cucumber, 3 stalks celery, 2 kale leaves and bunch of kale and chard stalks, and lime juice — drank half of this and rest is in fridge for tomorrow … it’s OK but was thinking fennel would be good in it.

Nutritional breakdown according to nutridiary.com:

  • 57% carbs, 32% fat, 11% protein
  • 1340 total calories (and I am SO not hungry nor was I at any point … almost felt like I was over eating!), but a whopping 427 of those from fat — healthy fats though (seeds, coconut oil, avocado, and some naturally in the veggies — it’s amazing to see that actually when analyzing them — I never thought celery had any fat at all, but it does!) That is an estimate on calories though because I’m not measuring every food exact and some things aren’t in the database exactly.
  • WAY exceeded all my nutrient needs that it tracks — including way over 100% on calcium and iron! And of course I’m practically mega dosing on vitamin A and C

Fitness:

  • 25 minutes on the cross trainer at the gym along w/ 15 minutes on the rebounder this morning … and as soon as I publish this I’ll stretch some … but I need a full hour stretching work out yet this week!

Notes:

It has been interesting to track the foods, but if I keep it up I’ll have to give in and buy the pro version (or track another place?) as entering the info in two places is time consuming! I’m glad I’m doing it for awhile to get an idea about the different foods and how I feel, but I’ve very uncertain about how useful it will be for me long term to focus this much on the numbers so to speak.

I felt really heavy after eating lunch again today, and the fat content really shouldn’t have been “too high” so I wonder if it was just too much food bulk-wise, of if I didn’t eat it slowly enough and really chew … or something else entirely. Otehrwise, I felt really well today. Even though if you were paying attention you noticed two cooked items on the list — see I’m not a purist … as long as I’m getting my nutrition (12+ fruits/veggies a day!) and not eating foods that make me ill! 🙂

I felt pretty good on my cross-trainer today, but wondered if I would have felt better without eating the breadstick right before going to work out (they were fresh out of the oven, and I decided to not be so uptight about my food, and try one — only regretting it when I learned they had milk/cheese in them which is a trigger food for me).

I can’t make up my mind about the cauliflower soup with the sesame seed milk base — the sesame taste (think tahinni) keeps coming back into my mouth this evening. And I feel pretty “heavy” even though it was a small meal. I might freeze the rest of the seed milk to use sparingly in other soups, dips or smoothies…or at least some of it.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a lower fat day, but we might go out for lunch for valentines day so we’ll see how that works out. My theory though is that I’ll run better Sat. morning if I keep he fat low Friday. Stay tuned …

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February 11, 2009

Quick Food Diary Stats: Tuesday 2.11.09 and Wednesday 2.14.09

Filed under: Food/Fitness Journal — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:28 pm

Tuesday

What I ate:

  • Smoothie: juice of two small oranges, one whole orange, 1/2 bulb and stalk fennel, lots of chard! (yum!)
  • Raw juice made from: large bunch kale, juice of one lemon, 2 asian pears (YUM) (also no way to accurately put this in nutridiary so I tried but I know it’s not exactly accurate)
  • Entire avocado w/ bit of sea salt
  • pomello (entered as grapefruit in nutridiary)
  • 2 oranges
  • ugli fruit (entered in nutridiary as grapefruit)
  • soup made from a teaspoon of garlic infused coconut oil, and LOTS of sweet onions (too many). This tasted really good and satisfied the hunger craving I was having and I stayed full a LONG time … but too full feeling later when running 😦 this was even though it was less coconut oil than the previous day.
  • cucumber, lime, romaine green juice

Nutritional analysis for the day (nutridiary):

  • 73% carbs, 7% protein, 20% fat
  • 1416 calories
  • short on my goal for protein of 10% as well as slightly short on my iron goal, but everything else was exceeded as far as what it tracks for

Fitness was a 2.5 mile hard run — hard as in I kept wanting to stop — until I was done and then I felt great! I wonder if it was eating the coconut oil within 2 hours of the run that made it harder? Hmmm… will have to experiement on that one.

Wednesday

What I ate:

  • Smoothie: 4 Bananas, 2 cups spinach, 4 celery stalks
  • Cup raw carrots
  • 2 small zucchini, 400g mixed lettuce and spinach greens, bit raw onion all w/ a creamy dressing of blended cashews, nutritional yeast and mustard seeds , and some sunflower seeds on top
  • 1 tomato, 1 orange, 1/2 cucumber, 2 stalks celery smoothie (was supposed to be dressing but when I used the  nut sauce instead, I sipped on the dressing just as I would a green smoothie)
  • orange
  • supper salad: orange pepper, 1/2 large cucumber, handful greens, half avocado, juice of one lime and bit sea salt
  • 1/2 orange
  • Also few bottles of water throughout the day

I did only about 5 minutes of rebounding so I didn’t log it; for running I did 25 minutes of speed work — up to 6mph for 2 minutes at a time 3 x and 5.5 a couple of other times while alternating slow jub and fast walk at other times. 🙂

Nutritional analysis as done by nutridiary:

  • For the day: 54% Carbs, 11% protein, and 35% fat (nuts, seeds, and avocado — no OIL today)
  • 1432 total calories
  • 54% of my calories were consumed at lunch (and I could tell — I felt HEAVY afterward – don’t know if it was plain overeating or too much fat/nuts)
  • all of the nutrients it tracks (sadly not all I would like to track) showed me exceeding daily limits, including Iron and calcium.

I felt great all day except for the heavy feeling after lunch. I think it helped that I at lunch a bit earlier than the day before and may have been part of why running was easier today (no oil/fat late in afternoon). Otherwise my eyes were itchy in the evnening and I had to blow my nose a few times (including while eating supper) but that’s it. I do wonder soemtimes if I need to cut back on peppers / night shade plants and if they could be bothering me some. I have been eating A LOT of colored peppers so after the ones I have are gone, I’m going to try to cut back for awhile. It can be challennging to keep things simple and easy and yet rotate my food choices.

February 2, 2009

Past the 50 pound mark! (Weight loss and measurement chart)

Filed under: Saturday Morning Weigh In, weight loss — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:43 am
Date Weight Body Fat % Inches Total
May 2008 220
10/16/08 194.0 43.7
10/25/08 191.0 42.9
11/1/08 187.6 41.7 245
11/15/08 184 40.8
11/22/08 181.8 40.8
11/30/08 180.4 39.7 233.25
12/9/09 179.8 39.5
2/1/09 166.8 35.5 222
Loss to Date: 53.2 pounds 8.2% 23 inches
  • Waist: 34.25 (-4.75)
  • Chest: 38.25 (2.75)
  • Hips:41.5 (-4.5)
  • Right Thigh: 21.75 (-1.75)
  • Left Thigh: 21.5 (-2)
  • Right Arm: 11.75 (-1.25)
  • Left Arm: 12 (-1.5)
  • Belly 41 (-4.5)

I have misplaced a few notes with intermediate weights and inches so maybe I’ll update the chart and make itmore complete when I find them again. I’m so glad I’m keeping track of body fat percentage and inches as well as weight because sometimes the scale does funny tricks of not moving for days or moving back up. Generally my pants fitting or not fitting because they are too loose is enough to reassure me that I haven’t been eating in my processed food in my sleep, but it sure is nice to be able to measure the results in other ways sometimes, and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to track their weight loss.

I also can’t believe it’s been so long since an official update! Especialy since I was so excited last week to be at the 50 pound mark!

I don’t think I started losing weight at all until August so that makes it 6 months now and just over 50 pound of weight loss. I think that is a reasonable rate of weight loss, and my body seems to think so as well by how it feels most of the time (ALIVE I mean really alive!).

It’s interesting how suddenly everyone seems to be noticing the weight loss … to the point of not recognizing me. That’s kind of cool … and validating. I hope a few people can tell I’m way healthier too, but if not I’ll just have to continue to shout it from the roof tops!

In other news I started the 90 day detox today!!! And so I’ll shift my blogging more toward that although I see no problem in completing a BES program while starting the detox as the programs, at least at this stage, do not conflict at all. I’m so exicted about trying some of the awesoem recipes in the 90 Day Detox menu plan — they look AWESOSME.

~Tami

P.S. If now isn’t the right time for you to join in the 90 Day Detox (although I may be able to twist Tera’s arm if you still want in), then listen to the Q&A anyway so you have the info for when you ARE ready. And then sign up for the FREE 7 day detoxGreen Smoothie Challenge … or just join in the blog or twitter chatter! 🙂

January 21, 2009

Week One/Day 3 of Round Two Body Enlightenment System (BES) Update

Filed under: BES, FOOD!, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:35 am
Week 1: Day 3, Tuesday 1/20
 
I did my fast yesterday so that I was mostly not eating on a Monday rather than a Sunday. Sundays are special at our house and if anything they will be my “feast days” rather than fast days. This will be especially true as I fast for Lent. I’ve decided that my personal goal to fast during lent this year and combine spiritual and physical health takes precedence over any other opportunities so I won’t be participating in the live 90 Day Detox that The Raw Divas and the Ecopolitan are offering together… but for anyone looking for information and healing — it is an opportunity not to be missed! (See the Diva blog for details.)
 
So Sunday night for my last meal I just had a normal salad with mixed greens I happened to have around the house, some avocado, lemon, tomatoes, and red pepper.
 
During the day Monday I did drink lemon water and one cup of herbal tea. Sometime this summer I might try only drinking water, but then again I’m starting to think that for me a slight modification in the fasts might be better — one that focuses on green juices only. I also don’t like breaking my fast in the evening, but would rather break it during “prime digestion hours.” So, I may break the next one with a late lunch and of course then start it earlier. These are all observations due to the feedback my body gives me.
 
So yesterday I broke the fast while staying late at work by eating some dehydrated veggies and a few flax crackers. I should have brought fruit with me but didn’t think through how I would feel staying late at work. When I got home Shawn had salad all ready for me so I ate that with a little olive oil and lemon.
 
I ended up getting a headache and going to bed early. That is the first headache I had in a long time, so I’m not sure if it is related to the fast or not. I should have had fruit or something blended to break the fast though. I also think I may not have been drinking enough water since I had a good work out yesterday.
 
Yesterday in addition to my 20 minutes on the rebounder I also went to a gym (I’m gym shopping) and did 20 minutes on a treadmill. It felt good and yet — ouch today I can feel some muscles I haven’t felt for awhile. Sunday I also do the complete Praise Moves workout (much like yoga moves for much of the workout), and that was also awesome.
 
Today’s Food:
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Few sips Dandelion tea
  • Quart green smoothie (1/2 at 7:30 and half at 9 a.m.): 3 small pink lady apples, large bunch dandelion greens, large handful parsley, half a lemon
  • Banana late morning
  • Veggie soup made from dehydrated veggies: I took lots of different dehydrated veggies in a bag to work, including onion and parsley and cilantro for flavor, and added a big handful to a cup of hot water along with a little salt (next time will remember pepper). Yummy! Water may have gotten too hot to be actually considered raw as the veggies soaked but still not processed much and very satisfying light lunch. — had 2 mugs of this.
  • Few flax crackers with the soup
  • large cup of herbal tea (vitamin C blend … lots of good stuff)
  • aprox 26 oz of filtered water
  • Few chocolate covered peanuts***
  • Avocado & Tomato sandwich on dehydrated flax bread (one avocado mashed on top of the break w/ small tomato sliced on top of it and just a little sea salt; the flat bread was simply flax, red pepper, nutritional yeast and water blended and dehydrated)
  • Cup of herbal tea
  • Banana pudding with coconut oil and coconut flakes (just blend ripe bananas in blender w/ T. coconut oil and sprinkle flakes on top)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 14 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 3 servings
  • Grain/Seed count: 3 serving
  • Fat**: 6 servings (avocado, flax crackers and bread, coconut oil, and those chocolate peanuts)
  • Oil: 1 servings
 
*This is also counted in the total fruit and veggie count. 
**Includes oils as well as natural fats in seeds, avocados, etc.
***I’m all about the honesty, lol. These were some that a co-worker brought in from a nearby candy store and I allowed old habits to take over and indulge with others (note that I didn’t say “I couldn’t resist” because I clearly know that I could have). They didn’t even taste all that great in the end.
 
 
Today’s Fitness:
20 minutes this morning was the Praise Moves 20 minute workout! So a bit of cardio to get going and then lots of great stretching and inspiration! Did another 10 minutes on the bouncer and some stretching later in the evening. Also walked a bit outside!
 
 How I felt:
For the most part great! I did have a bit of a tummy ache as I was going to bed so I think I shouldn’t have had something so late, especially with oil in it. Also my eyes were itchy, so I think it was those few peanuts I had (I’m sensitive to mold and almost all peanuts have mold spores on them) … so they certainly were not worth it. Energy felt even throughout the day and emotions were good. I felt nourished.
 
Affirmation/Power Thought:
I choose to allow everything to flow smoothly, swiftly and efficiently in everything I do.
 
 
 P.S. This is a committment to record my BES journey here, but not to blog daily. Also, I have officially met the 50 lb mark in weight loss, and will update the weight and inches chart as soon as possible.

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