Today was a hard day. I finished my mid-morning snack and about thirty minutes later I was hungry again. I only took half a bowl of soup for lunch (all that was left) so I ventured up to the local grocery store near my work and got a protein bar. Not eating meat during the week has one real disadvantage in that it is hard to get enough protein without consuming a lot of carbs.
Thinking that this week I have only eaten vegetables and a little rice, there has been no processed food or any food chemicals, so when I looked at the nutrition information on the protein bar it blew my mind how many ingredients it takes to make one of those (note: most of the ingredients are things that you never herb of).
This leads to a cool book that Alex randomly bought a couple weeks ago, but that I also own as well called Food Rules by Michael Pollan (who also wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma). Food rules is a great little book you can finish in one sitting if you want (I’m dyslexic and I still finished it in one sitting) that has a bunch of great food adages and advice in it with an easy to read approach.
One of the rules (or several rules put together) basically say that if you cannot pronounce the ingredients or if there are more then five (not including whole foods that would be part of a recipe) then you probably shouldn’t eat it. I would agree with this and was reminded of it when I was looking at the label for the protein bar.
For years I just put things into my body without really thinking of what they were doing to it. Growing up I thought I had a mild case of IBS but really it was probably due to the fact that I was putting lots of junk into my system (McDonalds just announced that they would stop putting ammonium hydroxide in hamburgers).
With this in mind, I am happy to say that, other then the protein bar, I have only consumed whole foods this week. In modern society it is almost impossible to go without eating any processed foods or food chemicals, but it is a lofty goal to try and reduce the amount of these chemicals you put in your body (and most likely you’ll be eating significantly healthier).
Daily Food Log:
Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)
Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)
Lunch: Lentil Soup + Protein Bar(6.5g fat, 295 cal.)
Mid-afternoon snack: Apple (100 cal.)
Dinner: Carrot-Ginger Soup + Salad (7g fat, 205 cal.)
Total calories: 890.
I’d been doing the ‘week one’ part of my couch-to-5k plan for a few weeks as I was establishing a gym routine so today I read the ‘week two’ schedule just before leaving for the gym although I told myself I was going to do the week one schedule again.
However, when I actually got on the treadmill I told myself to stop being silly (lazy) and start the week two plan. Week one wasn’t too hard even the first day I did it… wasn’t hard at all actually but when you are as out of shape as I am switching to week two was a little challenging.
So I did my 5-minute warm up walk and then switched between 90-seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes. The most annoying part of doing this is manually changing the speed on the treadmill that many times. I wish you could program it so switch between the speeds for you!
Mini-topic: Have your cake and eat it too
I think in the long-term my nightly cherry cordial will help keep me on my diet longer than if I wasn’t eating it. During the day when I am hungry and eating yet another banana or Siggi’s yogurt while the smell of grilling meat is floating around outside it’s nice to think about that small indulgence waiting for me at the end of the day.
This idea is supported by a study Nathaniel shared with me the other day which showed that in the long term people who ate a piece of cake in the beginning of their day were more likely to keep weight off than those who didn’t.
1 cup Siggi’s yogurt (100 cal.)
1 bowl carrot ginger soup (145 cal. 2g fat)
1 banana (120 cal.)
Salad – lots of spinach, 5-6 cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup sliced onion, 1oz feta (80 cal. 6g fat), 1 egg (90 cal. 5g fat), balsamic vinaigrette ( 60 cal. 7 g fat)
1 cherry cordial (75 cal. 1.5g fat) (I ran out of milk / sad face)
(I consider the calories in the spinach and tomatoes to be arbitrary… kind of like celery it’s just not enough to worry about)
Total: 670 calories 16.5g fat