Well, most of this week I have been at this weight so I am sure I am stable again. And most of the week I am eating regular food again - like yay, crunchy food like carrots and celery. My big lunch salads are back, which I love. Just a huge salad of all the raw veggies in the fridge that entice me and two cups of rice or potato cubes -- what ever is left over from the prior days starch base.
But now that I am back to more or less normal - I seem to have huge sinus infection all part of the dental problem - I am going to start food logging again.
I know I haven't been eating enough and I am gaining weight despite that. Part might be the salt in the MacD cups - it is pretty high. I read thread that Kate commented on. she was saying that her weight is really coming off quickly on the elimination diet. that has given her pause to think about all the spicy little additives that go into her meals. n since I get a bunch of food ideas from her posts - I thought I best look closely at her list. One of my fav go to additives is salsa, and though I have been really good at making sure the bottled varieties I get don't have added oil (beware some have stuff you wouldn't expect), I haven't been looking at the salt content. As salsa is one of my favorite salad dressings and I have beans rice and salsa at least once or twice a week, I think I better be giving those things a better look-see on the labels!!! I'll go back through her list too and make sure I catch them all. Was glad to see that she didn't have a problem with adding cinnamon back in - OMG my oatmeal without cinnamon would be just not to par!
As for the rest, I don't have much appetite because of the sinus thing. So, it's going to be kind of a force feed for a while until I get that out of the way too.
Then there is exercise and I just haven't been doing it at all. The next two days are iffy, I have long meetings both Saturday and Sunday to attend. The Saturday one - I usually do a half hour walk with my friend Kay at lunchtime - so I'll get that in but Sunday is iffy altogether.
Food Log for the day so far....
B: oatmeal, cinnamon, frozen mixed fruit, 1/4 cup of almond milk, stevia. 3 cups of herbal coffee and abt 30 cals of coconut creamer
L: mixed spring greens, celery, carrots, onion, mushrooms, 2 tomatoes, 2 cups rice - lime juice and balsamic dressing
D: Cauliflower- Pumpkin Curry
from Everyday Happy Herbivore
Head of cauliflower steamed, 3/4 cup each of canned pumpkin & veg broth w/ cumin, ginger, curry and pinch paprika over can of chickpeas and 2 c. rice. Really simple and really good another keeper from Lindsay Nixon
I am really liking this cook book because the recipes are so tasty, fast and simple.
Except for the lack of exercise today was a pretty good day. Fog is back in my area, which means my fibro is way up, but last year in the same scenario pre Macdougall I was really low energy and seriously not able to do a thing. Today I accomplished quite a few house chores and a bunch of paperwork - both would have been out of the question before. So, despite the crummy sinus infection, which I think is all part of the tooth debacle - I am doing really fine.
I have enough of tonight's dinner to have it for a leftovers lunch with a salad for tomorrow's meeting. As usual, there will be a huge spread of brunch food, but I'll have a good oatmeal breakfast and take a banana and a thermos of my herbal coffe and I'll do just fine.
It turned out that what was keeping my weight up and frustrating my goals were all the 'extras' I was using on my food - the salsa, ketchup, fat-free salad dressings, BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, stir-fry sauce, nutritional yeast 'cheese', vegan gravy, etc. Not to mention the little indulgences like Lara bars, avocado, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia puddings, dates, raisins, gluten-free snacks, and so on.
My advice to anyone who can't lose weight following the program is to take a hard, honest look at your food. Keep a food diary and start eliminating the extras - but keep or even increase the starches. Try going a week on whole unprocessed starches, fresh and cooked vegetables, bean and legumes (no more than one cup a day), a couple of pieces of fruit, and a tiny amount of salt and sugar (if you need a little flavor boost). It may seem hard-core at first, but your taste buds will quickly adjust and you WILL lose weight.
I feel better actually having looked up her advice again!!! I am not using hardly any of her listed extras; with the exception of the salsa. But I have just recently lost the "fat free dressings" because I find I like to just shake some Mrs. Dash on my salads, juice a lime or a lemon over top and sometimes add a splash of some type of vinegar.
As a matter of fact, I am going to ask friends and family if they would just get me exotic vinegars for Christmas presents this year - I am so into the diferent sorts now