Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Feb 2 Meals & Activity

In case you missed it, I am blogging all of my food intake and activity for February. So here goes:

Chai tea with 2 tsp agave nectar & 1/3 c whole milk from grass fed local cows
1 slice of whole wheat toast with 1T rich, yummy, melty peanut butter on it
1 whole, sweet, delicious Ruby Red grapefruit with a tiny drizzle of lavender honey

leftover Barilla Plus high protein spaghetti (1/2 c) with Ragu pasta sauce (3/4 c) and 3 oz ground turkey cooked in the sauce. I served this over 1 baked breaded eggplant cutlet (from frozen), sprinkled with 2 tsp Parmesan cheese. So good!

Snack #1:
I was preparing my cup of Strawberry Vanilla tea with NO sugar in it because I am trying to get off sugary crap for the most part, when I noticed a Slim Fast peanut butter snack bar on the counter. It was given to me free at the grocery store this morning, so I flipped it over and glanced at the calories: 100. Not bad! I can have this for my afternoon snack with the tea.

BAD IDEA!!! I took one bite expecting a protein bar type of thing, but instead crunched into what was basically a Butterfinger candy bar. The sugar hit me immediately, and my headache disappeared. I *knew* it had sugar as soon as it hit my tongue but I ate it anyway. It tasted so darn good and I thought, well, it's only 100 calories and it probably has protein and fiber in it. NOPE. After I ate it, I read the label; the first two ingredients are SUGAR and CORN SYRUP. Ughh! How is that "diet food" anyway?!? Lesson learned... read the ingredients list BEFORE eating. I really thought it would at least have some protein.

Anyway, so I had the 100 calorie snack bar and my tea. I was ok. Then about a half hour later I started getting a bad headache and SUPER hungry and craving food and sugar and a feeling of fullness, and it was only 4PM! What to do? I grabbed some beef jerky that said 70 calories for 1/3 of the bag, but then read the label: beef, CORN SYRUP! What the heck?! Corn syrup in beef jerky?? I put it back.

Snack #2:
I wanted something warm, filling, with fiber and protein and carbs. I had a packet of Quaker High Fiber Cinnamon Swirl oatmeal mixed with 1.5 tsp plain cocoa, 1/2 T natural almond butter, and 2 T of whole milk. Yes, this oatmeal does have some sugar in it which explains why as soon as I took 2 bites my headache was gone again. But it did the trick with its fiber and protein and I was able to cope with life until dinnertime.

1/2 c. Egg Beaters, scrambled with a medium diced zucchini and a Kraft 2% singles cheese slice. I was aiming for protein and bulk with low calories.
1/2 acorn squash baked with real maple syrup & 1/2 tsp butter, salt & pepper

I became SO irritable today. My mood is icky, I am tired, and my joints are KILLING me.

Snack #3, just because I was in a foul mood and wanted something nice:
Simply Well dark chocolate pudding cup with light Reddi Wip & toasted slivered almonds

Total calories for today: 1550

After I got my daughter to bed, I biked for 21 minutes. I had to stop and go put her back to bed a couple of times because she was scared of a Sesame Street song about monsters, but she finally got to sleep and I biked until my foot was going numb.

All in all, a pretty successful day.


screwdestiny said...

Sorry you're feeling so crappy. I hope you feel better soon.

MargieAnne said...

Hi Lyn.

Back in Sept. last year you posted a little motivational exercise to help us think about where we will be in 12 months.

I thought you might like to know that I have picked it up and posted my answers today.

Thanks for being such an honest and insightful writer, willing to expose the good and the ugly. You have challenged me ennormously about the way I look at things. I don't think I'm very good at self-honesty and it's a shock to say so. I must be getting better though because at first your Blog really annoyed me. Now I just love it.

Blessings and hope you have a day filled with joy.

South Beach Steve said...

I have toyed with the idea of logging my food intake again, but I am not convinced yet. Good work Lyn!

Kyle Gershman said...

I think you are doing terrific! I can't imagine trying to sidestep the sugar landmines, but I know that it can be done.

Theresa said...

this ticks me off so much. Even when we try so hard we get smacked with ingredients and spin doctor marketing. No wonder we feel hopeless some times. Keep at it Lyn. Feel better buddy.

Megan S said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying seeing the food and activity posts. Of course I love the reflection and more story or informative parts of the blog, but sometimes it's great to see what people are doing- literally. Loving it!

Sarahbyrdd said...

"Diet" food is such a scam. We're much better off having a piece of fruit and cheese or something.

I haven't been reading regularly, are you trying to cut out sugar? Sounds like you're exhibiting some withdrawl symptoms (headaches).

Leslie said...

It drives me crazy that these allegedly health conscious snack bars (Slimfast would want to be thought of as a healthy option I assume) have a crapload of crap ingredients and hardly any true nutritional benefits. Very aggravating.

Thanks for your kind comment on my post today, Lyn. It's always a thrill to think you've read something I've written! You're always on my daily menu, and I'm rooting for you as much as being helped by you.

TheLosingAmerican said...

omg, lol, I used to binge on those Butterfinger tasting Slim Fast bars...they are seriously dangerous!!! I had to stop buying them because they were just too good!

I feel ya!

Fattie Fatterton said...

Totes agree with you on the WW stuff. I love my meetings, I love my leader. BUT I will NOT buy or eat their food - not at the meetings and not at the store.

Whole foods are the way to go, no matter whata.