Monday, January 29, 2007

Protein & Fat

Quinn's Lighthouse restaurantCalories eaten yesterday: 1321
Fat: 73g (52%)
Carbs: 51g (16%)
Protein: 91g (29%)

Calories burned in exercise today: 106

I was 155 last night, meaning my morning weight would be about 150. I pulled on my WalMart jeans this morning and they were a bit tight, but I got them on and buttoned. *sigh* Why won't this excess weight come off? It's been weeks since my birthday.

Stopped at WalMart on the way to work and bought some scented candles, glass bakeware, a Clorox bleach pen, hand soap, gum and mints, flatware (I was so in need of basic knives, forks, and spoons), and 2 1/2 pound wrist weights that fit around the thumb. I figure they'll be good for providing a little arm workout when I'm walking.

I checked the diet section and they had good deals on whey protein, and all of the whey powders were low in carbs and sugar. The ready-to-drink shakes I use are a mixture of whey and casein proteins; a pure whey protein might be better after my workouts. Whey is quickly absorbed while casein takes several hours to be absorbed, and after a workout, quick absorbing protein would be the choice.

A lady on a bodybuilding board also told me to eat a cup of cottage cheese before bed since the casein protein in it would protect my muscles while I slept. I'm going to buy some this week and I'll just have to play with my calories a bit so the cottage cheese doesn't push me over my daily limit. So far the only thing that comes to mind is to cut my avocado from a whole to a half, but that won't cut enough calories, so I'll have to find more elsewhere to cut. The cottage cheese will push my daily carbs up a bit, but shouldn't do too much damage. It has about 8g carbs per cup. I was also told to buy Greek yogurt and mix a 1/2 cup in my protein shake. Hell, regular yogurt should work also and it's cheaper.

Of course I was told to eat "healthy fats," but not to eat bacon. I think they are in the mindset that saturated fat is evil. Oh well, I'll just ignore that and keep eating my bacon. I hope everyone who reads here knows by now that saturated fats are only bad when coupled with a high-carb diet. On a low-carb diet they are harmless. I was also told to eat more eggs whites than yolks. Not only do I hate wasting food, but egg whites aren't a complete protein without the yolk and the yolk has all the vitamins. So I'll keep eating my yolks. :)

Slept in this morning until about 11 a.m. I really needed that. I was just plain tuckered out from the weekend. And last night as I got ready for bed, Xena jumped up on the bed without any prompting from me! I think she is getting her little kitty mind around the fact that I won't let Abby bully her off the bed. Abby is not the only cat in the house and they have to share the bed just as they share the food bowl and litterbox. For her part, Abby has learned that trying to chase Xena off the bed will result in Abby being chased off the bed.

Blood sugar this morning was 95. I need it to come down a bit more, but at least 95 is under 100.

Eleanor and I are on for dinner this Friday! She'll pick me up at 5:30 and we'll have dinner at 6. We're going to Quinn's Lighthouse and I am sooo drinking a bunch of wine! I can eat Atkins-friendly with some substitutions. :) This is a very late b-day dinner for me. I bought some 65% cacao dark chocolate truffles today for dessert after that meal. It has about 20 net carbs for a 1.8 oz. serving. Not low-carb I know, but a little treat for me. :) And I'll share them with Eleanor, too.

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Photo courtesy Quinn's Lighthouse.

5 comments:

Meredith Curry said...

Hey girl,
My registered dietician told me that crispy bacon is okay to eat. I said it wasn't as good as turkey bacon and he said as long as regular bacon is crispy it's just as good as turkey bacon so eat up girlfriend.
Oh yeah, he also said I should limit my saturated fat to 22 grams a day. Not too shabby if you ask me.

BG said...

Ahh the joys of sleeping in :)

Hey. I'm with you on the eggs. I switched to eating the whites for a while, but then went back to the whole egg. It is one of my staples.

Anonymous said...

I think if you hang regular yogurt over a bowl in a bag of cheesecloth to drain some of the liquid out it becomes more like greek yogurt.

Anonymous said...

Hi V,
Go to http://kitchensavvy.typepad.com/journal/2006/01/greek_yogurt.html

This will help you. Anonymous above is correct. The sheep or cows milk is boiled and/or strained. B

Anonymous said...

Hey V,
Wanted to also question your chromium. Have you looked at that?
Here is a spot to check. Those that do bodybuilding know chromium. Look that up and see if you may want to use it, if not already taking this supplement. B
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsSupplements/Chromiumcs.html