Truth Be Told

So today I went to my nutritionist to check in and chit chat about my eating habits, and what I can improve on.

She was very happy with all of my progress, and was able to look at my food diary on MyFitnessPal to see where I am with getting all of my nutrients in.  She opened up my log, and said, ‘Ok, let’s look at yesterday.’  I immediately respond, ‘Ohhh… yesterday was probably a high carb day!’.  Her eyes got wide, as she looked up at me, and said, ‘Ummm…. no.’

This is when I learned that I have been eating far too few carbs, and probably could use more calories in my day.  See?  A check in with a nutritionist is good, every once in a while.

The coolest part of my appointment was using the InBody machine.  The machine basically analyzes your entire body, and breaks down your body composition, analyzes your BMI, and your muscle-fat.  It breaks it down all the way to each leg, and arm.  It’s pretty incredible.

Here is the best part about this test (besides that it shows how hard I’ve been working at the gym).  There is actual proof that my right arm and my left leg are weaker than their counterparts!! I’ve been saying it all along, and I was right!!  It literally shows that the muscle mass is lower in my right arm, and left leg.  Incredible.

Also… remember that time I said that I am pretty sure there are six-pack abs underneath the E.T. exterior of my stomach?  Apparently I am right about that, too.  My muscle mass was above average!  BOOM!!!

Next time I go to see her, in January, we will do another test, and it will compare results to this past appointment.  The fact that I am super excited about that, blows my mind, but I am.

Get out and WUN!

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You Get What You Ask For

I have been adamant about making a dinner plan for every single week.  There are many reasons, but my top three would be:

1. I don’t waste food by not using it, and it going bad.

2. I don’t have an excuse to not cook, because I already know what to make.

3. Makes grocery shopping each week, a little bit smoother.

Another bonus to planning out my meals, is that I force myself to try a new recipe each week.  Last week I found a recipe for Creamy Cauliflower Chowder, and it was pretty tasty!  I have made a cauliflower soup before, but trying new recipes is always a nice way of gathering new ideas to create the BEST recipe.

When I find recipes, they usually have Nutrition Facts already written out, but I disregard those, and add up the ingredients I use, and figure out my own.  Usually because I am subsitituting ingredients, or using a healthier version of something, and it changes the original N.F’s.

Here is the much anticipated recipe I found for the Creamy Cauliflower Chowder.  I added salt to taste, and used one slice of (REAL!) bacon for each bowl.  My batch made 5- 1 cup servings.

Creamy Cauliflower Chowder

Enjoy!

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Attack of the Carbohydrates

I.  Miss.  Baking.

Seriously, if you know me, you know that it was always like 9:30 at night when I would get this sudden urge to make ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies.  Truth be told, I love to cook, but I really love to bake.  I mean, they don’t call me ‘Cupcake’ for nothing!

When I look back on things, I realize that I was (and still am) 100% addicted to carbohydrates.  In my journey, this year, I have found all sorts of things to fill the void of some of my favorite carbs: pasta, and rice, and I have steered clear of baking anything because, well… it’s dangerous for me.

This was until I found Carbquick.  Stay with me.  Carbquick baking mix is a magical flour that has so much fiber in it, that the net carbs come down to almost nothing.  I don’t even care whats in it… if I can bake (AND EAT) baked goods, I’M IN!

Since I purchased it (off of Amazon; yes, it was expensive, and yes it’s worth it), I have made regular biscuits, pumpkin spice biscuits, and tonight I made apple cinnamon muffins.  I have about 3,000 apples left from apple picking, and I have been creative in using them up, and this was one of those recipes.

I’m not going to bother writing the recipe, because you need the Carbquick product.  If you buy it, follow the muffin recipe, and then I added two apples cut up, and cinnamon.  All of this talk brings me to the most important part.  The nutrition facts.  The batch makes 12 muffins.

Each muffin:

  • Calories- 63
  • Fat- 3.4
  • Net Carbs- 3 (ARE YOU KIDDING ME???)
  • Fiber- 7.3
  • Sugar- 2
  • Protein- 4.2

So, this isn’t the most exciting post, but I had to share that I’m baking again, and I;m so excited.  Who knew there was a whole world of alternative products!?!

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I’m All About The Numbers

Ok, so, some people reading this blog have known me for a very long time, and could probably attest to the fact that I am NOT good at math.  I never picked up anything in math class very easily, and when I couldn’t understand something, I usually just let my brain do its thing… and wander some where else.  Like, ‘oh, you can’t do this? Ok. Let’s go on a swirly whirly ride into a daydream’.  This is why I failed at all my math classes.

So, now knowing this about me, I bet you’d be surprised to know that I have become focused- err… obsessed with numbers.  ‘What numbers could she possibly be talking about?’ you may ask.  That would be a very good question!  Nutrition Facts.

I’m not here to bore you with how I carefully read each label, which I do.  I’m also not here to tell you about how I surprise myself with learning how bad the foods are that I previously thought were healthy, which I also do.  No, I’m here to tell you how I sit, sometimes for hours, adding nutrition labels, measuring portions, and analyzing meals that I make at home.

This all started with Turkey Chili.  I made a huge batch.  Enough to feed me probably 10 meals.  While I cooked, I kept a notebook to the side, and jotted down the N.F.’s (this is how we will refer to Nutrition Facts, from here on out) for each and every ingredient.  If I used the whole can of tomatoes, I figured out the facts for the whole can, and wrote that down.  Calories, Fat, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Protein.  Once I had the entire list of ingredients and their N.T.’s, I added them all up.  This gave me the total numbers for my massive batch of Turkey Chili.  When the chili was done cooking, I carefully measured it out by serving size, and then divided those totals by the number of servings that it made.

Since then, I have done this for every single meal I make.  Turkey Chili, Turkey Meatballs,  Bean Salad, Chocolate Protein Balls, Cloud Bread, Cauliflower Pizza, Cauliflower ‘Fried Rice’, Overnight Oats, etc. etc.

Here’s where the obsession begins.  When I figure out the N.F.’s, I immediately start thinking about how I can cut down the calories/fat/carbohydrates… or whatever, by using different ingredients.  That’s when research happens.  My  best example is Overnight Oats.

I thought Overnight Oats would be a good breakfast for me to have, and would be a nice change of pace from a protein shake or eggs.  I used a recipe, adjusted certain things (like not using sugar, and instead, using Truvia), and made the stuff.  When I was finished, I added up the N.P.’s, and realized that it was an INSANE amount of carbohydrates and calories for a 4oz. portion.  Like I didn’t want to waste my time eating this!  Thus began two hours of researching how I could adjust the recipe.  I was adding, scribbling, and crossing things out in my notebook, and ultimately purchasing new food products off of Amazon.

Two days later (what up, Amazon Prime!), I was making my Overnight Oats again.  This time, however, I had managed to cut the calories by half, and the carbohydrates by a third.  Proud of myself doesn’t do this justice.  I was like a kid in a tasty oatmeal shop!

Since then, after I have perfected my recipes, I write down ingredients, brand names of products, and then finally- N.F.’s for each serving on a small index card.  I store these in a little box, tucked away, and I can pull them out anytime, and make the meal, without worrying about doing my math.  Perfection.

So, I’d like to take a moment to give a big shout out to all my math teachers- from Kindergarten to Senior Year.  You did it.  I like my math…  just don’t ask me to start doing any algebra.

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This was my latest creation.  My take on Texas Caviar.  This is one of the neatest written logs I have EVER done.  And yes, that’s one of three, of my handy dandy notebooks.