I am doing so amazingly terrifically fabulously wonderfully well! I’m at my treadmill desk, deep in the heart of Broncos Country, writing to you this morning as the leaves swirl around outside.
I want to take a quick minute and discuss the seemingly weird, seemingly imbalanced menus I share on this site which are indicative of what I eat on a daily basis.
I have had some concerns coming through that my menus leave much to be desired and that they actually dampen some readers’ view of the site as a whole.
And that’s OK.
Now listen to why I do this, especially if you are a new reader. I am about to spill my guts and, since housework isn’t a strength, I don’t want to clean up my guts more than once.
With so many of us following different plans to get to health, I can guarantee you that what I’m doing (20ish net, 65% + fat, 30% protein and the rest of carbohydrate content from vegetables and fruits) probably isn’t going to appeal to everyone–especially once you note my menu doesn’t vary dramatically.
The benefit is, my menu:
- keeps my blood sugar down,
- helps me understand which introduced foods cause me issues, and
- keeps things simple so I can focus on other tasks at hand.
Menus are specifically listed for:
- those who have been literally asking for months for me to share what I eat (despite my assurances that these would be boring and lackluster),
- who already know I eat about the same thing every day, only eat when hungry, and stop when full (for the most part), and
- who want to know how I’m doing as a result.
Most of you know I am a rampant experimenter, since my biggest mistake from past weight loss attempts was not paying attention to how foods treat me. I don’t want to sacrifice weight loss and health for extreme variety that I know people expect to see from someone who develops recipes.
Also remember I am attempting to deal with quite a few food intolerances including, but not limited to:
- tree nuts
- some legumes
- moldy foods
I develop recipes, but I also really enjoy simplicity and a routine. And, as you can see, I am trying to suss out intolerances.
So if you’re new here and don’t understand why I share menus (especially mind-numbingly dull ones), hopefully this helps.
If you wonder why I eat almost the same thing every day, now hopefully you know that these foods are my baseline foods. They:
- are filling
- are effective
- don’t cause stalls or slow-downs
- allow me the privilege of testing new foods and to know immediately where an issue exists
It might seem boring, but for me, 90+% of the time, food is just fuel.
I love creating new, innovative recipes for families around the world, but when it comes to me, I have to be even more restrictive.
I enjoy knowing I can put my brain power towards my latest phyto-nutrient based recipe for my millions of readers and not wonder what I plan to eat that day.
I’m secure in what I’m doing, have a long history with ketogenic eating, and I change things up when necessary.
I am not selling menu plans. I am not telling a single person to “eat what I eat.” I am just–amazingly, sort of boringly–and mainly nerdily–me.
I am not a proselytizer or a guru.
I’m just a girl who is whittling her middle using the most scientific methods I can for me.
I am my own control group, just as you are yours.
If you don’t like the menus, please skip them. I am not going to be upset or take it as a personal affront. I don’t get all aghast and think the world revolves around the olive I supped upon yesterday… I am not that important. The work I’m doing is. As such, the menus are their own entity and not part and parcel with what I provide in terms of recipes millions of families around the world enjoy.
Now, on to what I ate today… Wheee!
For anyone just joining us, first of all, here’s the plan I’m following, along with the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch. Be sure to subscribe for updates by adding your email right (in the sidebar) or through Feedburner in the title bar up top! You can also click the tab up top that says Mid-Year Resolution for the daily play-by-play and to see what I’m doing. Whee!
Wednesday, October 24
I ate this:
Breakfast: High-fiber chocolate smoothie [review at the link. By the way, I use almond milk in place of the dairy]
Lunch: olives + nuts + cheese + pepperoni
Dinner: celery + tuna salad
Exercise: I walked for 2 hours and 2 miles at my treadmill desk
Notes: I am having a high fiber smoothie in an experiment to see how the fiber affects me. In this shake, all of the carbs are deductable to 0 because of the fiber from chicory root and inulin. This means one of two things: Either it will be an amazingly delicious feast that keeps me full longer, or it’s going to make me miserable.
Update: I didn’t really notice anything from the smoothie mixes, so I’ll likely keep drinking one a day and add a raw egg to it (I don’t recommend sucking down raw eggs) for more protein. As an aside, I use almond milk to substitute for the heavy white cream called for on the back of the package.
What I learned:
I am in the process of shedding the inflammation/water weight from my wheat/soyapalooza from earlier in the week. I definitely was up several times last night running to the bathroom. I also suspect that my being so so tired was the result of my immune system expending its effort fighting off the wheat and nightshade inflammation. It didn’t have anything left to help fight off this cold.
It goes to show that the foods we eat affect my immune system in more ways than one. It can nourish the immune system; or, in the case of a food intolerance, it tries with every fiber of its being to protect the body from the dire effects of food intolerance through inflammation.