Thursday, July 30, 2009
For breakfast this morning I had 1/2 cup Kroger low-fat granola (without raisins), a sprinkling of sliced almonds, 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries, and 1 cup Kroger low-fat vanilla yogurt. I really love this meal. I had my daily can of diet Dr. K.
I think my problem yesterday was that I let myself get too hungry. I ended up going to lunch almost an hour late and I don't make good choices when I'm too hungry. Today I have some string cheese and a granola bar just in case. I'm going to replenish my snack drawer this weekend. I feel as though today won't be as hard.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
A good weekend to ya'll...
For lunch I made a Hugh Jass salad from the salad bar. It had leafy greens, summer squash, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and sunflower seeds. I popped open a light Italian dressing package and used it all (25 cal worth). Then I read the label. The third ingredient down was high fructose corn syrup. It really is ubiquitous isn't it? I also had a large cup of fresh summer fruits.
When I got home I fixed a green monster as an after work snack. I wasn't hungry til almost 8PM. Green monsters are quite filling. After Bones (the TV show) I fixed a plate with raw baby carrots (I'm addicted), a Lean Cuisine panini which was absolutely delicious and a bunch of green grapes. Then I read Julie and Julia til I fell asleep.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
For breakfast my usual granola (I'm going back to Bear Naked after this box and I don't care that it's more expensive), with sliced almonds, organic frozen blueberries and vanilla low-fat yogurt. I've found that this breakfast holds me quite well 'til lunch and it's delicious to boot.
At lunch the cafeteria was having a luau so I had a fresh off the grill hamburger with lots of curly lettuce and tomatoes and a big cup of watermelon and pineapple mixed. I got hungry about 2:00PM and had an out-of-date yogurt. I don't remember what flavor. Then at 3:00PM I ate my daily Larabar. I had the Pecan Pie flavor. I could really taste the dates in this one, only 3 ingredients: dates, pecans, and something else.
When I got home I took out the trash, fed the cat, and fixed a big green monster. Then I sat down to read Texas Monthly and the latest Pillsbury cookbook (the one you can get at the check-out lane at the grocery). I used to love looking at all the pictures of food and now I'm finding that most of that stuff no longer appeals to me. I'm changing.
Later I fixed some raw baby carrots, an Almond Chicken lean cuisine, and a bunch of grapes. I also ate a half cup of Edy's slow churned lite ice cream. The container is now empty.
I did a great upper body workout. Lots of stretches and 5 lb weights were involved. My muscles were humming by the time I finished. I love workouts like that.
Today I'm going to focus on getting more fruits and vegetables. The last couple of days I haven't eaten as many serving and I find that I am missing them.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here's a quick rundown of what I ate yesterday. For breakfast I had my usual Kroger low-fat granola with raisins (tomorrow I'm picking out the raisins. I'm tired of nearly breaking a tooth every morning trying to chew them!), sliced almonds, frozen organic blueberries, and Kroger brand creamy vanilla yogurt. It's funny, everymorning the whey has come to the top of the container and I pour it off. Makes the yogurt very thick and creamy. Not as thick as Fage but much thicker than normal yogurt. I also had a can of diet Dr-K.
For lunch I had a pulled chicken sandwich, baked beans, and a cup of summer fruits - including strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe. I also had a 32oz cup of ice water which I drank on all afternoon.
Mid-afternoon I ate one of our cafeteria's deliciously moist and chewy oatmeal cookies. They don't make them often and when they do the cookies sell out quickly. I grabbed one while I still could.
I got home and the weather was cool for Topeka in July, 73 degrees and overcast. I opened my mail and went for a walk around the park near my house. Today it's supposed to be much warmer. I ate some raw carrots, fresh cantaloupe and a wrap with hummus, spinach and sliced red peppers. They're so easy and so good.
After dinner I did a DVD that came in my latest issue of Fitness. I wasn't impressed but at least it was exercise. The quality of the recording wasn't good. The picture kept breaking up into pixels and skipping but then what do you expect from a free DVD.
Then it was time for NCIS which is one of my favorite shows. Of course, this time of year it was an episode I'd already seen so I kinda watched it while I read the July/August issue of Nutrition Action Health Letter. There's an article about why we overeat and a review section on ice creams and sorbets. I love that newsletter and read it faithfully. You can read some of their "classic" articles here. I wanted to keep all my back issues where I could read them anytime I wanted to so I added them to our collection at the library where any of our patrons can read them as well.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Dates, pineapple, unsweetened coconut, almonds, extra virgin coconut oil, cashews, orange juice concentrate, orange peel
It's gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-gmo, vegan, and kosher. BUT NOT RAW. 210 calories, 5 g of fiber, sodium free, no added sugar, full serving of fruit.
Has anyone else tried it? What'd you think?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Right now I'm reading Julie and Julia. It's about a woman who decides to cook her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. It's very good. I wanted to keep reading last night instead of getting much needed sleep which is a sign I'm thoroughly enjoying the book. The movie will be coming out soon. This is one I might just have to see.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
For a snack this afternoon I'm having a Cocoa Mole Larabar. Yum. I love the touches of cinnamon and chili with the chocolate.
For dinner I had several raw baby carrots, a spinach and hummus wrap on a 100% whole wheat tortilla and a sugar-free fudgecicle. I watched "Red Dragon" and waited, not too patiently, for Letterman to come on so I could see Paul McCartney. He was my favorite Beatle and I loved the Wings album "Band on the Run".
Today's my best friend from college days birthday. We won't say which one. Happy Birthday Carrie!
This morning I had my usual breakfast - granola, with sliced almonds, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt. So satisfying. I wonder if I'll ever get tired of this combination. I'm also drinking a can of Diet Dr K.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So for lunch I had a piece of overcooked tuna. It was dry. I also got a baked potato. On which I put a light sprinkle of cheddar and some chopped tomatoes. Off the salad bar I got some sliced zucchini and yellow squash, broccoli, and a cup of mixed summer fruits such as grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberries. I may have had a little light ranch to dip the veggies in. I'm saving the fruit for a snack later. I just didn't want it now. I was comfortably full. There was a time when I would have eaten it just because it was in front of me. Fortunately those times are passing.
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This morning I had my usual go-to breakfast of:
1/2 c Kroger brand low-fat granola with raisins (I usually use Bear Naked Granola but I'm out and haven't been able to get to the one store that carries it. The Kroger brand is actually very good but the raisins are hard and I don't like them with the blueberries)
1/2 c frozen organic blueberries
a sprinkle of sliced almonds
1 c Kroger low-fat vanilla yogurt (I don't measure the yogurt so I'm approximating)
1 12 oz can Big K diet Dr. K
I'm feeling so good. My energy level is increasing. It's hard to explain but everything is falling into place and I like it. I know that progress isn't linear but at least the goodness is increasing. Little steps = big change.
Last night I was reading Eating Well (the issue with the watermelon on the cover). It's a good magazine. Found a couple of recipes to try. Wish there were some raw food magazines. "Our" day will come...
One of the blogs I read faithfully is Health, Happiness, and Hope. Heather's lifestyle is very inspirational to me. She's having surgery on her feet this week so everyone send healing thoughts her way and hop on over and check out her blog.
Monday, July 13, 2009
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1/2 c frozen raspberries
1/2 c plain (I used vanilla) yogurt
1 c vanilla almond milk
sweetner of choice to taste (I didn't use any because of the sweetner in the yogurt)
There were raspberry seeds but I didn't mind them. I guess you could strain them out. I look forward to having it again in the future. BTW it's supposed to be two servings but I had the whole thing.
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Happy Monday folks !
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Any words of encouragement would be welcome about now.
The stats are:
90 fat calories,
60 mg sodium, and
1/2 serving of fruit.
The ingredients are:
dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries and salt.
I was surprised to see salt as an ingredient. The bar had a strong PB flavor with just a touch of cherry. If you're a PB fan then you'll like this one. I would buy it.
So for breakfast I had the PB & J Larabar and 1/2 c frozen organic blueberries and a can of diet Dr K (Kroger brand stand-in for Dr Pepper). I'm holding steady at 2 cans of pop a day but I don't think it will be very long before I drop down to one can and then ***drumroll***
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
2. My favorite country artist is Collin Raye.
3. I play piano, guitar, and clarinet.
4. I drive a 1995 Ford Aspire with almost 200k miles on it.
5. My greatest fear is being stuck somewhere without something to read.
6. I crave fruits and vegetables (this is a new thing)
7. I have traveled to 49 of the 50 states and I've never been in Maine.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009