Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Carbs, Carbs, and MORE Carbs

I've been eating a lot of carbs. Not really purposely, but more or less because I'm always hungry after meals (especially dinner) and I thought it'd be better to eat a baked potato with one meal, or spaghetti with GF noodles, or tonight, Stir Fry with rice. It does make me fuller after the meal, but usually, it's too full.

When I ate the baked potato, it made me feel like I'd eaten way too much. To be fair, it was quite a large potato. But also, it made me lose the feeling of a clear mind that being only satiated can bring. It made me feel a little more sluggish and sleepy. Not a whole lot, mind you, but enough that I noticed it. And I hardly wanted to move after eating because I felt so full.

I kind of wanted to talk about carbs today. Yes, I am still eating carbs, but I am trying to keep them to a minimum. I know they make me overeat and I'm really trying to control that response. However, I've had carb-y vegetables and rice the past 3 days with at least one meal. I for one, feel like that's too often for me. I need to get back to the place I was before. When I said I would only have rice/GF pasta/ potatoes once a week, I meant it. It's hard, but in the long run, I think it'll make a world of difference.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Publix Haul! And Sautéed Shrimp



So today I feel like I ate pretty well! I did have a baked potato with dinner, so that was quite a lot of carbs, but other than that, I didn't have any wheat so that's good. I went to the grocery store with my mom today, as me and my brother are at her house this weekend, so we bought everything we needed.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I Cheated... and That's Okay

So yes, I cheated really badly yesterday. I had things to do and I couldn't eat at home, so I tried to choose the best things to eat at my mom's house. But we hadn't gone to the store so she didn't have much. I started out pretty well though, I had about 2 handfuls of grapes and some cashews at my brother's request. (I was going to have Pringles because of the convenience, but he talked me out of it. I'm glad he did.) However, I then had like, WAY too many corn chips (they were gluten free, doesn't mean they're healthy!). And then for dinner I had red beans and rice. I have allowed myself to have rice and beans, but I ate almost an entire pot of it. :/ SO NOT GOOD.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The 80/20 Rule Tastes Good!

If you haven't heard of the 80/20 rule, let me explain. Basically it's the idea that if 80% of the time, you're eating Primal, the other 20% can be for indulgences that aren't strictly Primal. This is the explanation I like, and the one I'm using. I will get to the reason behind talking about this in a minute.

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Weight (and Hamburgers)

Two hamburgers on a plate with sautéed green beans. A dollop of mustard is on the plate alongside the hamburgers. A knife and fork are at the upper right corner.

I weighed myself this morning and I was 175 lbs. Based on BMI, that puts me into obese territory. Which, okay, BMI isn't a super accurate measurement. However, it surprised me quite a lot when I looked it up. So I'm hoping that I can get to an average weight through this year.

Since it's January 2nd already, I thought I'd type up some of the reasons I'm doing this. Because I think it's important that you know where I'm coming from and what my motivations are, especially when I'm changing my lifestyle.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

I started out this new year a little slow. Last night I went to a party, and after being in the car all day traveling back from Mississippi, I had eaten a ton of crap. I had decided that dinner would be a big bad meal so I could at least get it out of my system before I started eating better. So we had Burger King. Not really a great choice!

But going to the party, watching the ball drop in NYC meant staying up past midnight and walking home. I didn't get to bed till about 1 in the morning, but it was fun so no complaints here!

Today I woke up around 10:30 a.m., and because I didn't really know what to eat, I just waited until lunch to eat anything. I want to start eating more breakfast, I feel like it helps me fill up. But while I'm enjoying my time off school and waking up later, I'm probably not going to have much time for breakfast.

I had some Lil Smokies sausages (I don't like the beef ones, so we have the pork/chicken/turkey ones) and I made chicken broth with some bouillon powder we have. I really need to try to get the "no salt/less salt" one because I know it had to be a lot of sodium. That and I also want to try different soup recipes. Ones that rely more on whole foods than soup powders.

I was still a little hungry so I had a little bit of canned corn. I know, I know, it's an indigestible starch. But since I knew we were having green beans for dinner, I didn't want to eat them twice in a day. I'm going to try to stay away from that type of stuff. The other downside is that for as little corn as I ate, it still brought my carbs up to 36 g for today, so far.

We went to my Uncle's house for dinner tonight, and he's eating a paleo-type diet too, so I knew it'd be easy for me not to cheat. I baked a cake for my aunt, as it was her birthday today, but I didn't eat any of it.

He cooked pork and beef on the grill, and had salad and green beans with it. I prefer pork so I only ate that, and I ended up eating two big pieces. It must've been around 7-10 oz. I don't like dressing on my salad, so I just had a tiny bit of salad on the side. Looking back, I should've had more! It was probably only half a serving anyway.

I felt satiated after I ate, but once the cake came out, I was hungry again. I held off eating again until we got back home, and only just ate a teaspoon of peanut butter at about 10:30 p.m. I was thinking about making a whole can of green beans for myself, but my brother talked me out of it. Plus I didn't really feel like cooking so late at night.

In total, I had 1120 calories today, with 55 g carbs, 65 g fat, and 79 g protein.

I've been thinking of my new year's resolutions today and yesterday and I have a few goals that I want to achieve this year. One is eating better. I want to do primal for a whole year, rather than just a month at a time. I think the trick to achieving this is to think of it as changing my lifestyle rather than sticking to a strict paleo/primal routine for just a month. This means that if I do cheat (and I probably will) that I won't be thrown totally off. And also it's more of a long term thing. It's not that I can NEVER eat bread again, or make cookies for special occasions, but that I want to stay away from those things as much as possible, and realize that not eating them all the time makes me feel SO much better.

What are y'all's new year's resolutions? Any big plans for this year?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It's a New Year!

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is doing well.

Wow... I haven't updated this blog in nearly 2 years, I think? I figured I would sort of share what I've been doing recently and how I've been eating. (Spoilers: Not Well.)

Before and After. Left is me in 2014, wearing a Strides for Pride race shirt and race number. On the right is me in 2016 in front of pots and pans on the wall, wearing a purple sweater and sunglasses hanging from my sweater.
Here are two pictures of me, one from 2014, and the other from 2016. It just occurs to me how much better phone camera are now...

On the left, I was getting ready to walk a 5K. On the right, I was at a Tiny House festival here in Jax.

The comparison really shows how much weight I've gained in the last two years. Obviously I've gotten older too, which probably means I won't look exactly as I did 2 years ago, but that's okay.

Looking at these pictures makes me realize that I really need to take control of my diet again and actually eat healthy foods. Not the crap that I eat every day.

Recently, my mom and I have been discussing all the foods that make me sick. Almost every meal I eat now affects me negatively in some way. Chinese food gives me a headache, I think it's the msg or something. Pizza gives me stomachaches (bad ones) and I think it's because I'm probably lactose intolerant. A tiny bit of cheese isn't a problem, but once it's on pizza it makes it hard to gauge just how much I'm eating. And I've also been getting heartburn, which I never used to have.

I'm only 22! I should feel great and energetic but instead I always feel sluggish and get out of breath walking up stairs.

So I've decided to make a change. Along with my dad and my grandma, we're going to start eating healthier. I'm going paleo/primal because I'm most comfortable with it. Save for a few changes.

I'm going paleo basically, but I am allowing myself a serving of rice, once a week. While technically I could have rice on a Sunday and then a Monday, because those are two different weeks, it's not in my best interest. But it's there if I need it.

I'm also going to allow myself one serving of gluten free noodles, once a week, but I haven't decided if I'm going to count that as my rice that week, as the gf noodles I like are made with rice. I know it's not the healthiest thing, but I really don't want to give up spaghetti. So I'm going to try to make it healthier by either removing the noodles or just having LESS gf noodles.

I also need some exercise, as I'm doing nothing right now. So I'm going to start off by walking 3 times a week. Probably Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but I might have to tweak that once I start school again.

I need to look up more exercises that I can do, and some that are fun to do/easy for me to do at home because if not I know I won't keep up with them.

Since I'm doing this with my grandma, I want to make sure it's fun and easy to keep up. I told her that if one of us cheats, it's not the end of the world. Just to make sure that it doesn't ruin the rest of our day. The next meal after a cheat meal should be healthy. I feel like this is the best way to do it because then it's just about putting the stuff into your body that makes you feel good, and if you cheat it isn't like your whole diet is ruined. I definitely want to make sure I'm as good as I can be, but just know that I may occasionally cheat. It's not making a habit of it that is tough for me.

I'm also trying to work on portion control. So far, I've never really been able to control my eating. I always end up eating too much. If something tastes good, I will eat it until I'm sick. Since paleo has a lot of vegetables and meats, I don't think this will be a problem for me, but when I do have rice or pasta, I need to make sure I only eat a serving. No more.

Finally, I just want to say that I'm doing this diet for me. I don't like how my clothes fit and I don't want to struggle to take a good picture. I want to lose the fat around my gut so that I'm healthier too. One of my goals is to live to 100, and that's not gonna happen if I keep eating the way I do.

Oh, and we're starting on the 26 of December, but I wanted to write this ahead of time.

I'd love to hear from y'all, so leave a comment and let me know if you're starting paleo too! Or if you've been doing it. Maybe it'll help keep everyone on track, especially in the first few weeks of the New Year.

Good luck, and be excellent to each other!
Peace, Sam