Saturday, February 28, 2009

Without Futher Ado - The Dairy Post!!!

OK, a tiny bit more ado - thank you everyone for all your well-wishes! I have been using the inhaler regularly today and I am feeling quite a lot better. So I guess it was probably the asthma after all, though I guess we will never be able to rule out anxiety...or medication issues either since I did stop taking it. We'll see what to do about that later I guess...all the more reason I need to stick to my good diet. That being said, I'm not even going to post my food intake today, but suffice to say, it involved Wendy's for lunch, and Boston Market for dinner. <<>>

OK, so here it is - I hope you learn a lot, and I welcome questions! I can definitely point you to more resources, if desired. :)

The Dairy Post

OK folks, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time! And I also went to an amazing seminar about dairy today, hosted by our local Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter, which reconfirmed everything I’ve been thinking about milk.

The bottom line: pasteurized dairy products are all really bad for you. Raw milk from pasture-fed cows is much better. Cultured dairy products made from raw milk from pasture-fed cows is the best.

I know, its blasphemy to some of you, I’m sure. Give me a chance to explain…

So here’s a little background on pasteurization that will tell you a) why virtually everyone in America thinks it’s a lifesaving miracle, and b) why its not.

Before the Industrial Revolution, most people either lived in the country and had their own milk cows, or had a dairyman deliver farm fresh milk to their doorstep every day. These people were very healthy and heart disease and cancer were virtually unheard of. Once people started moving into the cities to work in factories and such, it was no longer possible for the dairy farmers to produce enough milk for everyone in the city with the traditional methods of letting their cattle graze the pasture, etc. To solve this problem, they began to create mass-dairying farms where the cows were kept indoors in tiny stalls with concrete floors, fed grain instead of fresh grass, and milked very aggressively and continuously. Cows were bred to make more and more milk, which occurs because of an overactive pituitary gland that secretes extra growth hormone. So basically they were breeding a pituitary disease into the cows on purpose. Well, as you can imagine, the cows didn’t do so well being constantly confined, overmilked, fed poor quality, unnatural-for-them food, and having severe hormone imbalances. They got sick…among other things, they got tuberculosis and mastitis. Their milk would have infectious bacteria and pus and TB in it…and obviously it made people sick! Then people discovered that if you pasteurize the milk (heat it up really hot) you killed the bacteria and people could drink it and not get sick. TA-DA! "Raw milk can kill you, and pasteurization is a life-saving miracle!" (P.S. Louis Pasteur actually invented this process for preserving beer and wine, not milk!)

Today’s modern commercial Holstein cow is a daughter of these lines – she makes up to three times as much milk as the “old-fashioned” cows, and she depends on doctored feed and daily antibiotics to keep her alive because her immune system is genetically shot. Her pituitary is so whacked out that her milk contains high levels of growth hormone even if she isn’t injected with additional synthetic Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). She lives on average only 42 months, compared to 12-15 years for a pastured cow. You do not even want to know what they feed these cows – I am so serious! But if you really really do, you can look here.

You would think by now the dairy industry would have figured out that this is not good for cows. Well, they haven’t changed a darn thing since the Industrial Revolution, except make bigger, more crowded factory farms, and use every fabulous new antibiotic and synthetic hormone treatment that has been invented, to make those cows produce more and more milk! And they have continued to pasteurize, because hey, it covers up all their sins. In fact, now they even ULTRA-pasteurize, hotter and longer, because the bacteria have become resistant to the regular methods! That and it makes the shelf-life of the milk longer…

OK, so dairy cows lead a miserable existence and their milk is full of hormones, but why is pasteurization so bad? Heating the milk kills off the bad bacteria, to be sure, but it also kills off all the good bacteria! Did you know you have about 90 trillion bacteria in your intestinal tract, all working hard to help you digest your food, absorb nutrients, and fight off pathogens? We get that good bacteria from the food we eat – well, we’re supposed to, anyway… Pasteurization also denatures almost all the enzymes found in milk, like lipase, which breaks down fat and helps us absorb vitamin A and D. Lastly, it destroys most, if not all, of the vitamins and minerals found in fresh milk: A, D, E, C, B6 and B12. But milk still has all that good calcium in it right? Pasteurization not only destroys the vitamin D you need to absorb it, it also destroys the phosphatase enzyme, which is essential to the absorption of calcium. Have you ever wondered by the U.S. has one of the worst osteoporosis rates in the world, when we drink the most milk of any country in the world? Its true… What about homogenization? It speeds spoilage and has been linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease.

OH NO! We should all stop drinking milk and eating pasteurized dairy products right now! No, there is a better answer. Raw milk from pasture-fed healthy cows (ideally from older genetic lines) is truly a life-sustaining food, full of valuable nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria. Guess what, in places where they still eat only unpasteurized dairy products, the people actually are still free of heart disease - that is, until they begin to Westernize their diet – look it up in the anthropology journals. In our country, refrigeration, stainless steel, and an excellent understanding of hygiene ensures that today’s raw milk from farmers who treat their cows right will not be contaminated or make you sick.

With a tiny bit of extra effort (I mean really tiny, like pouring-milk-in-a-jar tiny), you can also make your own yogurt (kefir), sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, butter, whey, and even ice cream, from your raw milk. This is what I learned to do today in the seminar. Apparently with a bit more effort you can even make your own cheeses, though I do not know how (yet!), but you can buy some cheeses made from raw milk from better cheese counters. Culturing your dairy products actually increases the nutritional value two to three fold – enzymes, vitamins, and beneficial bacteria! Not to mention, with raw dairy, you absorb the good stuff, like calcium, much better as well. Apparently almost all people who cannot tolerate conventional milk can drink fresh raw milk without difficulty, or at least can handle the cultured raw dairy products.

So, how do I find raw milk? You will want to make sure that you are buying raw milk that is being produced with the intention of drinking it raw. Don't just go get raw regular dairy milk that the farmer usually sells to the conventional dairy. If you are in CA, CT, or NM, you can buy it at Whole Foods Market or another natural foods store, but you still want to check out the source to make sure it’s the good quality stuff (see what to look for). Otherwise, check out this site to find local producers, or local groups that can help you find local producers. You can also check out your local farmer’s market and see if anyone there knows anything – sometimes these farmers will have their produce, eggs, or cheeses at the market, but you usually will have to go out to their farm to get their milk. Laws in different states may vary. There are also co-ops and cow-share programs. There are options if you are willing to look for them.

On a personal note, if you read my blog, you know that I love my cheese and other dairy. I don’t drink much milk because I usually have lactose intolerance problems. I have bought raw milk a couple of times in the past, but I haven’t fully committed, though you can bet I will now! I have been buying organic, unhomogenized whole milk. I don’t usually go through it all, though, because it still bothers my stomach a bit. I buy yogurt that is pasteurized but at least it is from a biodynamic dairy, and because its cultured, it does have some of its enzyme content restored. That never gives my stomach any issues. I buy organic cheese, but its definitely not raw… I buy organic butter and sour cream, but again, not raw. But since I went to this seminar today and saw how easy (and how much cheaper and more nutritious) it would be to get the raw milk and make all these other products myself, I am a changed woman. I’ll be darned if I ever buy pasteurized milk or dairy again. Except maybe some cheese – it might be a while before I figure out how to replace that, but until then, I’m going to be cutting back! I am really looking forward to the increased health my new raw milk habit is going to bring!

And if you are one of my dear loved ones, family, or friends, I am really begging you…please stop eating all the fake food I know you eat – the margarine, the skim milk, the fat-free stuff, the fake-sugar stuff, the Eggbeaters… It is killing you. I don’t care if your doctor said you have to eat that because of your cholesterol. I swear, it is making your problems worse. You need to quit all that fake stuff and eat real, undamaged food. I’m only saying this because I love you and I want to you live a long, healthy life! If I could, I would come and live with you for a month or two and cook for you and clean out your pantries and fridges! Unfortunately, I can't really do that for everyone, so I want you to go and find a smart doctor, chiropractor, naturopath, or nutritionist, who is well-versed in traditional diets, to help you change how you eat. Even if your insurance doesn't cover it. Go buy a copy of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I will be writing more about heart disease and things stay tuned!

Just when I was starting to get back on track...

Well I decided to go to the dr yesterday, being that it was Friday and I was still feeling weird, you know, just to check it out. Well the dr sent me to the emergency room. After 10 hours in there, they still aren't sure what the problem is! The ER docs thought it was a metabolic reaction to a medication I take that was making my blood pH too low, therefore I was needing to breathe like that to try to compensate. The family practice docs who came to admit me thought it wasn't that, it was just hyperventilation from anxiety. Kind of a post-stress delayed reaction (oh-kaayyy....)
I think it was mainly asthma. So after 10 hours, about 40 ounces of blood drawn, a bag of IV fluids, and finally a nebulizer treatment, they let me come home - at midnight, in a snowstorm! LOL! I did feel a fair bit better after the nebulizer, but not 100%. Today I'm about the same as last night, which is a slight improvement over the last 4 days... So who knows? I am using an inhaler, and I'm going to call around and see if I can get in with an acupuncturist soon. I guess I'll follow up with my regular dr on Monday...

And you don't even want to know what I ate yesterday! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Uh-Oh! Thurs Feb 26th!!

Well I have slipped for almost 2 weeks on this blog now. That doesn't mean I've been completely slipping on my diet, though! I have been sticking to the main themes, but I will admit I have cheated a bit here and there. Sometimes grievously! But being that it is now Lent, I suppose I am feeling guilty enough to pick it up again. Not to mention, tonight was my last class of the quarter. Now to just get the exams graded by Monday, and I will be completely free of all that! So that means I will be having a lot more time to not only keep up with my food journal, but actually finish some of the special posts I want to do... and read books and things...

So today I ate:

Breakfast: a handful of blueberries, half a banana, and some leftover tuna noodle casserole (with whole wheat macaroni).

Lunch: Blue Planet Grill BLT with all natural bacon, spring greens, real mayo, organic tomato, on a whole wheat bun, with baked onion rings, and one or two small pieces of pineapple.

Dinner: a bowl of Ezekiel cereal with raisins, almonds, honey and whole milk.

Snack: Stretch Island Fruit Snacks - like fruit leather, 100% fruit, no added sugar, but I ate 5 of them <<>>

Analysis: no wonder I binged on sweets tonight! I barely ate any dinner! That was poor planning and a big lack of self control! I wasn't really very hungry at dinner, didn't have a lot of time, hubby and the little guy were eating leftovers and nothing looked appealing, so cereal it was.

I also have not been feeling very well since Tues evening - it seems I can't breathe! Its not like I feel like I am suffocating immediately, its more like just a lot of pressure in my chest so that I feel I need to take a very deep breath to get enough air, and even that is sometimes not quite enough to make me feel well-oxygenated. It is a rather disconcerting and distracting feeling. I had a cold a couple weeks ago but I was feeling better for quite a while from that before this started... Yesterday I went to the urgent care clinic and they found nothing wrong with me, and suggested it might be anxiety. First, I am not a typically anxious person - probably about the opposite. Second, though my life has been pretty demanding lately, one of the biggest things that has been stressing me out just got finished, so it doesn't really add up. Lastly, if it were a panic attack of sorts, would it really go on for over 2 days with no other symptoms other than shortness of breath? I am going to call my regular doctor tomorrow and see if they will write me a prescription for acupuncture (so insurance will cover)...if it really is stress, that should help a lot! I really hate not feeling right and not knowing what it is! Anyone out there have any better ideas?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sun Feb 15th - What I'm Eating

Brunch: yogurt with raisins, almonds & honey

Dinner: Ezekiel tortillas with black beans and cheese

Snack: all natural strawberry popsicle

Analysis: I know I said I learned my lesson, but the popsicles are not the same as ice cream - they're not near as rich and they are a lot smaller quantity. That being said, I'm not going to be making them a habit either. My eating today has definitely stunk, though! No proper veggies... This weekend has really been kicking my booty - between being sick and having to overhaul a couple of lectures at the last minute, I have been staying up too late and feeling bad all the time. When I am exhausted, I don't have the energy or motivation to take decent care of myself and it becomes a vicious cycle. Only one more week, then I'll be done with a lot of my work commitments and should be able to get a grip again...I just need to try to be focused and keep my head above water until then - and snacking on sugary snacks is probably not the best way to do that!

Sat Feb 14th - What I'm Eating

I know this one is a bit late - but I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day! Gosh its hard to remember what I ate yesterday - won't be making the mistake of putting it off again...

Brunch: (I slept in) mushroom and black olive pizza on cornmeal crust, made by my hubby (the pizza, not the crust...)

Dinner: Grilled salmon on a bed of jeweled pearled barley, with grilled asparagus and steamed carrots and parsnips.

Dessert: Maggie Moo's ice cream...

Analysis: It was Valentine's...we splurged and used a coupon that came in the mail for Maggie Moo's - and guess what - it was a big mistake! I felt really gross the rest of the night...which I guess is a good thing, because I learned my lesson and it will be a very long time before I do something like that again! Dinner was great - we went to a place called McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe - which is one of the only organic/vegetarian/natural food friendly restaurants in town. The jeweled pearled barley was interesting - not what I expected, but it was infused with ginger and delicious with the fish.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fri Feb 13th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: leftover quiche

Lunch: didn't really happen

Snack: apple and cheese

Dinner: leftover whole wheat pasta with ratatouille

Snack: banana

Snack: sprouted corn tortillas with cheese and black beans

Analysis: when you stay up until 3 AM you end up eating a lot of snacks at night... its 3 AM, I am not much more coherent than that at the moment! I want my life back (read: I'm working way too much and I can't wait for it to be over...)!!!!!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thurs Feb 12th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: egg scrambled in coconut oil with black beans (yes, the soaked ones...) and cheese

Lunch: orange, Ezekiel corn tortillas with above-mentioned beans and cheese

Dinner: Quiche with ham, asparagus, mushrooms and cheese in a whole wheat crust

Snack: leftover quinoa with feta and spinach stuff...mmm...

Analysis: I definitely could have done better on the veggies again today, but it was hard enough to just think of something I felt like eating in the first place. When I am sick, I get very picky... I was also downing Echinacea tea with honey all day today, and I drank a 27 oz Klean Kanteen's worth of water with 2 packets of EmergenC during class... I have had to pee literally all day long!

To answer a question that was asked regarding how I soaked my beans and quinoa the other day, I did just soak them in water, in separate glass containers out on the counter. I probably should have changed out the water every 12 hours but I didn't... I think they soaked for a bit over 24... The beans took on a lot of water and the quinoa did a bit too but not as much as I might have thought - it still swelled up a little more when I cooked it. Apparently you can also soak grains and things in whey if you make it from raw milk or yogurt but I haven't gotten that far yet. I am signed up for a seminar to learn how on the 28th weekend though...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Weds Feb 11th - What I'm Eating

Its official - I'm hoo! I have a sore throat...its been a long time since I've had a sore throat! I think its morphing into a post-nasal thing... ok, too much information...

But all that being said, I didn't have much appetite today...though I did sip Garlic Lemonade all day, which is a ridiculous amount of minced garlic steeped in water, then adding lemon juice and raw honey to taste. So yummy, but really only when you're sick. I drank a quart of it, plus some echinacea tea and a glass of Emergen-C too...

Breakfast: yogurt with raisins, almonds, honey and an orange

Lunch: half a banana

Dinner: whole wheat ziti with ratatouille - eggplant, zucchini, onion, garlic, red & yellow bell peppers, parsley, basil - also added a little grilled chicken in for protein.

I know I promised recipes and the milk post, but I was not feeling up to it today - you know I am not feeling well when I am not even on the computer all day. Maybe if I didn't stay up til all hours every night I wouldn't get sick...

Tues Feb 10th - What I'm Eating

Maybe I should not wait until so late at night to do this - I am having a hard time remembering this morning!

Breakfast: leftover enchiladas with sour cream

Lunch: Ezekiel toast with butter and strawberry preserves, cheddar cheese, and broccoli slaw

Dinner: Blue Planet Natural Grill turkey burger on whole wheat bun with mayo, organic baby spinach, tomato, all natural bacon, avocado, with steamed broccoli and one baked onion ring (stolen from my hubby)

Snack: banana and almonds

Analysis: a strange day of eating - no cooking, but I had to work all afternoon and evening... I am coming down with something - I have a sore throat... I hope it doesn't turn into what my little guy has - he is a coughing little snot-spewing mess! Off to take more echinacea and go to bed... I have tomorrow off so maybe I will finally get that milk post finished and put on here!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mon Feb 9th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: parts of a banana, an orange, a string cheese, and some yogurt with raisins, honey, and almonds...all shared with my little guy

Lunch: Ezekiel corn tortilla quesadillas with black beans (which had been soaked...)

Snack: about half an apple with some cheddar cheese

Dinner: Salmon baked with olive oil and seasoning, Quinoa (soaked) with Spinach and Feta, and a big baby greens salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Snack: dried cranberries and pistachios

Analysis: not a bad day - dinner was delicious, the quinoa dish was awesome! I soaked the quinoa and the black beans for over 24 hours, then transferred them to the fridge until time to use them. I didn't notice any differences in taste or texture, so that was a good thing, I think! I would definitely be less to do it if I not only had to plan a day or two in advance, but then my food didn't taste right afterwards... So there you go, my first foray into soaking beans and grains, aside from buying Ezekiel stuff...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sun Feb 8th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: a banana

Lunch: cornmeal crust pizza with tomato sauce, mushrooms, grilled chicken and black olives...eaten only maybe 1 hour after my "breakfast"... (I slept in!)

Snack: dried apricots

Dinner: enchiladas with ground beef and black beans, leftover broccoli slaw

Analysis: well once again I have had a major lack of veggies today - also my breakfast and snack were only fruit, which was a bit of a no-no...especially being a banana and dried fruit, both higher in sugar on the fruit continuum...I really should be eating apples or something with more fiber, and combining with nuts or something...

Becca asked me in a comment on my last post, if it was getting any easier, if I was feeling better, etc. Well, I do feel some subtle improvements if I stop and think about it. I haven't gotten sick, which is I think the best benefit so far, because my little guy has had a couple of viruses that I usually always catch too. I have lost a little weight I think, my clothes feel slightly looser, at any rate...I'm not weighing myself. My digestion has for the most part been significantly improved. And I had a normal length cycle, which I must at least in part attribute to better nutrition. On the down side, I am still feeling major sugar cravings and at least the last few days have allowed myself to bend the rules a little with pudding and fruit...which means I am getting complacent. Once an addict always an addict I guess...I hope I am not forever doomed to be a "dry drunk" when it comes to sugar. I still need to make exercise more of a routine - I would say I get it in maybe 1-3 times a week, but I would really like to aim for 5 times a week or ideally every day. I also want to continue to improve what I'm eating and get more fresh foods and more variety, and minimize the times that I am so hungry I just eat whatever because I didn't plan ahead well enough. I will say that I am proud of myself for the changes I have made, and once I am done with this infernal work schedule I have going on right now, life will be a lot better too!

Sat Feb 7th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast - Ezekiel cereal, the usual; a few dried apricots

Lunch: leftover ham and pepper quiche

Dinner: grilled cheeseburger with ketchup, no bun; broccoli slaw with mayo, white wine vinegar, raisins, sunflower seeds; baked beans

Analysis: I was so busy today and barely home, so it seems I didn't each much. We were at a friend's for dinner and I forgot to bring my own burger bun - I was definitely forgoing the grocery store brand white buns, so went breadless...that's ok, I'm sure I got my grains at breakfast... In three weeks I will not be so busy, so I am looking forward to redoubling my efforts then...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fri Feb 6th - What I'm Eating

Posting a little earlier than usual tonight - feeling quite exhausted and going to bed early.

Breakfast: Ezekiel cereal, what else? I was in a hurry, had to work early...

Lunch: Potluck at a friend's house so I will try to remember what I ate: whole wheat pasta salad with onions, black olives and I think some olive oil & other seasonings... quinoa pasta salad with chicken, broccoli, bell peppers, not sure what else... strawberries, blueberries, pineapple... chicken tortilla soup with sour cream - I didn't notice any tortilla in it though, mainly just tomatoes and chicken! red rooibos tea...

Dinner: Jason's Deli - half a wrap in a whole wheat tortilla with ham, cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato... salad bar big baby greens salad with bean salad & mushrooms and blue cheese dressing. grapes and strawberries in yogurt. banana pudding.

Analysis: a rather odd day of eating. I did avoid the muffins and scones at the potluck... Banana pudding at Jason's I've decided is a splurge I am allowed. We go there probably not even once a month, so that is a treat for me. How bad can it be? Milk, bananas, gelatin, a little sugar? Hopefully its not full of fake stuff and preservatives and I guess I could find out, but I tend to give Jason's a fair bit of credit. If you are not familiar with this chain, they really have a lot of organic items on the salad bar, they are fully trans-fat free, they seem to have a good conscience when it comes to food quality. Maybe its just marketing and I shouldn't make assumptions and actually ask to see the ingredient list... I swear if I found out there was something worse than a bit of sugar in that pudding, I would never eat it again...hence the reason I've chosen ignorance up to this point. Ok, ok, next time I go there I will check the ingredients first!

I fully intend to do the milk and dairy post this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thurs Feb 5th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: Ezekiel cereal the usual way...raisins, almonds, honey, whole milk

Lunch: Ezekiel corn tortilla quesadillas with the leftover breaded chicken

Dinner: Quiche with orange bell pepper, ham, and cheese, in a whole wheat crust; Mixed baby greens salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, pine nuts and dried cranberries; a few dried apricots

Analysis: I am getting tired of the same old breakfast but I seriously lack inspiration first thing in the morning. Same actually goes for lunch - I would prefer to have leftovers to eat but I definitely need to get better at whipping up veggie things during the day too. Dinner included some nice things though. I have had a lifelong dislike of bell peppers. I have tried to make myself learn to like them on several occasions, without success. Lo and behold, I love them in quiche! They become so sweet! Why is it that I can't stand them in anything else? I'll just keep trying because they are really really healthy... The baby green salad this time I noticed had baby chard in it, so I thought that was makes me feel like eating salad is worth more than just for roughage... And the dried fruits, that was a little treat I picked up at the store last time...its a close approximation to dessert...

So anyone have any brilliant ideas for how to improve my breakfast fare??

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Weds Feb 4th - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: sunny side up egg cooked with coconut oil, Ezekiel toast with butter and strawberry preserves, most of an apple (the little guy had some too...)

Lunch: tuna salad (with onion and celery) sandwich on "wheat bread" with lettuce, tomato, olives, pickles and about half a bowl of chicken broccoli noodle soup, which also had a little corn in it

Dinner: breaded chicken, gravy, tons of broccoli

Snack: plain organic whole milk yogurt with blueberries and agave syrup

Analysis: Today seemed to be a broccoli kind of day! We did eat lunch at the Capitol, hence the "wheat bread," at which you had to look really hard to tell if there was any whole wheat in it - I probably should have skipped it entirely... Otherwise, I did the best I could. The breaded chicken recipe was from one of my favorite books, Nourishing Traditions, and is a great alternative to fried chicken. I used fresh bread crumbs made in the food processor from Ezekiel bread and sauteed at quite a low heat with butter and olive oil...then I made a quick gravy from the drippings, but my gravy never turns out very good... The chicken didn't really need it though, it was tender and moist anyway! Oh well, the little guy had fun dipping in it - ah toddlers and their dipping... I wish I would have done something better for a starch/grain, but considering what I ate earlier in the day, I probably didn't need it. I could also have stood more variety in my veggies today and contemplated serving salad with dinner as well, but then I just didn't - I'm not sure why not...

In case you're curious, I have also been drinking water and taking my pills, it just seemed a bit silly to be writing it in every time... I had stopped the pills for a little while after I had the stomach flu, because the Metformin upsets my stomach a little and I was not brave enough to try it. I have been back on that for a while now though, so its all good. I think my pants seem to be getting slightly less tight, so I am relieved and I think all this is beginning to do its job...hopefully my metabolism is starting to heal slowly but surely. Sorry if this is too much information, but it is PCOS-related. I am happy to report that I experienced a normal length menstrual cycle for the first time in years, which is incredible! It was the first one since my son was born (18.5 months - yay breastfeeding!), but before that, I was totally irregular (therefore infertile) thanks to PCOS. Hopefully all this will help keep that regulated as well - a welcome improvement!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tues Feb 3rd - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: leftover spinach pizza and Ezekiel cereal with raisins, almonds, honey & whole milk

Lunch: did I eat lunch today?

Dinner: carrots & celery and a couple of bites of bison roast, Ezekiel corn tortilla quesadillas with chicken

Snack: orange and macadamia nuts

Analysis: what a bad day of eating. Virtually no vegetables - not good. I might have eaten something else in the middle of the day but at this point I am so tired I can't honestly remember - I stayed up way too late last night (as usual) and it finally caught up with me. Dinner was a total bust - I am usually a half decent cook, I mean I don't ruin much, anyway. Well this bison roast I put in the crock pot was basically inedible, even for my hubby, who will eat anything. I am not sure what went wrong. Hubby thinks it was just overdone, but I think it was fouled by some red wine I splashed in - the moment I smelled it, I knew it was a mistake. Well, it was a little tough, too...I read about 8 different recipes online, and half said to cook it on very low temperature, and not for too long, and the other half said high temperature, and some of them said to just make it the same as beef when using the crock pot. So I seared it and put it in the crock pot on the lowest setting, for about half the usual time. I checked it and it was still bloody. So I turned it up to the second lowest setting for about the final hour of cooking. The carrots were barely softened at all and the roast was apparently overdone... I have no idea what to do with the other bison roast sitting in my freezer now! The only consolation was that it was not too expensive - we got a great deal. I am thinking of maybe trying to boil the leftovers for a few hours and see if it softens up at all, then shredding it and using it in enchiladas. I don't know, but maybe the nasty wine flavor would be covered up by all the seasonings??

Feb 2nd - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: plain organic whole milk yogurt with raisins, almonds & honey

Lunch: homemade pizza with tomato sauce, tons of spinach, a little grilled chicken and mozzarella on a store-bought organic cornmeal crust (so maybe home-cooked is the better word...home-topped?)

Snack: banana and macadamia nuts

Dinner: Boston Market dark meat rotisserie chicken with veggies (carrots, green beans, zucchini & yellow squash) and corn

Analysis: Yes, we went out again tonight, but we were on a date - dinner and a movie! I was good and didn't eat the cornbread... I still need to work on improving my breakfasts, though, and my snacks for that matter - must eat more veggies! I also did pilates today during the little guy's nap, after we had gone to the baby gym playtime, where I spent a lot of the time bouncing with him on the trampoline - my quads hurt! Sorry I haven't been able to complete the dairy post yet, I have had a lot of grading to do for work - I should definitely be able to do it this week though! Hopefully the HFCS post was enough for you to work on for a little while!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sun Feb 1st - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: Ezekiel cereal with raisins, almonds, honey and whole milk

Lunch: 2 Ezekiel corn tortilla quesadillas with cheese & chicken

Dinner: deviled eggs, artichoke dip, sourdough bread, a couple of macadamia nuts (not chocolate-covered...), one bite of homemade apple tart (only a tiny bit of the crust, mostly apples)

Analysis: I really didn't get any proper veggies today at all. Now I'm thinking of making a salad before bed! I have to get better about incorporating some at breakfast, then at least I'll be starting the day out right. I did the best I could at the Super Bowl party tonight - we brought both the eggs and the dip and bread, so I knew those were safe to eat. I could not resist a bite of the apple tart, but it was the least of the evils. There were chocolate-covered almonds on the coffee table all night, brownies, marshmallow-creme-filled chocolate cupcakes, jello jigglers, and ice cream, all of which I managed to avoid, through no small effort. I am not sure if I mentioned this before, but I technically do have a 3-bite exception for special occasion no-no items. I didn't even go that far tonight, I kept it to one bite! I am pretty proud of myself, but kind of sad at the same time, because it was an in-your-face reminder of what I'm missing out on, even though I know I'm better off without it all...

Sat Jan 31st - What I'm Eating

Breakfast: Ezekiel cereal with raisins, almonds, honey & whole milk

Lunch: most of a ham and cheese sandwich with mayo on Ezekiel bread

Snack: baby carrots

Dinner: cheeseburger with mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato on a whole wheat bun. broccoli slaw with mayo, apple cider vinegar, and agave syrup. baked sweet potato fries

Analysis: wow, I very nearly forgot to do this blog tonight! I have decided to fight my night-time cravings and say no to them for once, so no snack tonight. I can't decide if I feel hungry or just empty inside...I think its the latter, which will probably not really be solved with eating! I think its mostly just the remnant of the physical addiction to sugar.

Also I noticed I really had a lot of mayo today. Granted, its organic, expeller-pressed safflower mayo, but still... Well its to be expected - there really was very little food in the house until we went to the store this evening. We're all stocked up now though and set for a better week of eating, so I'm glad about that. On the other hand, hubby actually made the meal plan this week - I just have not had time. I did look over it before we shopped, so I guess we'll see...I'm sure it will be fine. We bought a lot of veggies...

Today was a beautiful, relatively warm day, so I took the little guy on a walk through the neighborhood for my exercise. He had a great time seeing the birds and squirrels and an ambulance driving by. He absolutely did not want to come in the house when we got home - he usually throws a fit going into the stroller - this was definitely the first time he complained about getting out! I promised him more walks on future nice days, so I guess I'll have to keep that word!