I am a shamed food photographer in that I threw away (my old crappy falling apart) light box and have yet to build a new one. Oh it’s on the list right next to “carve pumpkins” and “clean out my fridge”. However I still have managed to take some pictures of what we’ve been eating recently. My biggest kick is pumpkin right now, I’m pretty much eating at least one pumpkin flavored thing a week…its so nice!
Stuffed Acorn squash – Half an Acorn Squash stuffed with Dirty rice, onions, peppers, and Apple Chicken Sausage.
Grilled Panini – Chicken, Pesto, Spinach, Red onions and Swiss cheese.
Roasted Potatoes – Yukon Gold Potatoes, Onions, Corn and Apple Chicken Sausage roasted with mixed seasoning and olive oil.
Spinach Spaghetti – Ground Turkey, Tomato Sauce, Whole Wheat Pasta and lots of spinach
Ezekiel Bread with Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Avocado and salt and pepper
I wanted to share how my first day of Eating Like a Baby went! Just so you can see what exactly I will be eating, and also to give you a bit more information on my techniques.
First off I had someone ask me what the importance of cutting food up is. To help explain this I’m pulling a paragraph from this article:
Cut your food up into bite sized pieces. Cutting your food up into smaller bite sized pieces will ultimately make you ‘think’ you have more food.
You can ‘see’ it.
This optical perception is transmitted to your brain. If you see more food on your plate, your brain will acknowledge that and you’ll trick yourself into believing you’ve actually got more food on your plate. Your stomach will feel fuller from eating such a ‘large’ meal, when all you really did was cut your food up into smaller bite sized pieces.
You can lose weight, just by utilizing the perception that you have eaten more!
This is a ‘brain trick’ you can use often. Cut your food up into smaller pieces and you will ‘see’ why its one of the most terrific ways to lose weight that I know!
See totally worth it! i even cut my pizza up into small pieces tonight! Ok onto the meals (please note this is what pictures look like when taken in poor lighting with zero staging…lol!):
BREAKFAST (4:45 am):
1 Whole Wheat Low Fat Eggo Waffle (70 calories)
1/2 Cup Organic Unsweetened Applesauce (50 calories)
1/2 Pink Lady Apple Diced (40 calories)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
I mixed the apples in with the apple sauce and cinnamon over night. No Butter, No Syrup.
MID MORNING SNACK (8:00 am)
1/2 Cup Honey Nut Cheerios (100 calories)
1 Cliff Bar (250 calories)
6 Raw Almonds (20 calories)
LUNCH (10:00 am)
1/2 Cup Pasta (110 calories)
1/2 cup Grilled Veggies (20 calories)
3 mozzarella Balls (10 calories)
1/2 mango Sausage (80)
1/4 Avocado (50)
1/2 cup watermelon(20 calories)
1/2 cup cantaloupe (30 calories)
LATE AFTERNOON SNACK (3:00 pm)
1 Slice Ezekiel Bread (80)
1 Slice Light Swiss Cheese (60)
1/4 Avocado (50)
DINNER (6:30 pm)
1/4 cup Pasta (50 calories)
1/4 cup Grilled Veggies (10 calories)
1/2 cup watermelon(20 calories)
1/2 cup cantaloupe (30 calories)
2 slices Caprese Pizza (recipe to come) (300 calories)
In total I ate just under 1500 calories. Im not really concerned about calories, but every now and then I like to see where Im hitting in a day. 1500 is good for weight loss. I also did about 45 minutes of aquatic work out. 20 laps + aerobics. I feel really great about how the day went! Even now at 9:15 I could totally do a snack, but instead I brushed my teeth and put on my crest white strips…cant eat now! ha!
Tonight’s menu is an array of yummy flavors. All things I have made before, with a twist! I’m trying really hard not to run out and buy ingredients when I find a recipe I like, instead I’m finding recipes that work with what I have. On the table tonight is: Garlic Sweet Potato Fries, Curry Turkey Meatballs, Avocado Dip and Salad. Ok the salad is boring but the rest is fun.
The Meatballs are based off of this recipe, only I got a little carried away and didn’t realize they wanted me to pan fry them, and I do NOT pan fry meatballs. Too much of a pain in the ass getting them evenly cooked, or round for that matter. So I put my oven at 375 and baked them for about 25 minutes (until lightly browned). I used just regular Curry (not sure what Madras is) and I only did about half the cumin they asked for because cumin often overpowers other flavors. I also put the olive oil in the mix because I didn’t read that it was more for the pan frying, there were super moist though so I might do that again…lol! Oh and the Turkey is Jennie Oh Lean Turkey. These are AMAZING! They are a mix between american and indian deliciousness. So good if you like curry, drool I will make these many more times.
The Sweet potatoes are from my Door to Door Organics box. I got a ton of them so I’m trying to use them up in interesting ways. Tonight I made oven fries, sliced up the Sweet potatoes and tossed them in a bowl with Olive Oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper and Parmesan. Then lay them flat on a foil lined pan and bake at 425 for 20 ish minutes.
The sauce is a low-fat Avocado Dip (obviously the Avocado is what makes it not Fat Free) the recipe is from here, and is made to dip Sweet potatoes in it. The Sweet Potato recipe that goes with it looks pretty good too. Oh and I made it with Fat Free Cream Cheese and Mayo.
Mr. Gaunt looked adorable doing this while I cooked. Can I just say that despite my AWFUL sleep last night I am THRILLED with Daylight Savings! I mean it is 7:20 and it is still light out! I love it! I even got to take pictures of my dinner by daylight instead of with my light box (oh, did you not know I drag my dinner into the spare room and stick it in a light box? Well I do.) One more sign that Summer is on its way! Now if the pool would just open…76 days!
Oh and on the off-chance that you are still reading this, I am thinking of quitting Weight Watchers. I will be doing a lengthy post on this in the next day or so, but I need advice on this decision, so think about it.
Well tonight we are eating WAY later than my 6pm rule, but it was pretty much un avoidable. We had couples counseling at 5pm that ran a little late (till 5:30) so we were either eating dinner at 4:00 or now. I chose now. It’s also ok because I wont be going to bed so early tonight because I get a THREE DAY WEEKEND! So I’m ok with pushing things back an hour. I will have to think about counseling for next week and how to fit dinner around it, we will see.
Well tonight we are having a great (AND VEGAN!) dinner! I am making Skinny Chili Seasoned fries (with my amazing Mandolin I got for Christmas!), the recipe is a video from The WW Chick that you can watch here. They are super easy and pretty much amazing! They also arent fried! Hallelujah! With this we are having Vegan Sloppy Joes (which my BFF Mallory told my are called Sloppy Janes) that we buy in a box from Whole Foods. They are really yummy, even Mr. Gaunt likes them. We have them on Sara Lee 80 Calorie Wheat Buns.
In other news I skipped weigh in this week. I have maintained well and am still sitting 1.5lbs away from my big goal of 75lbs lost. I’m ok with this, I will not dwell. So I missed the meeting, but I do know this weeks topic was on Eating Out. Anyone who has ever attempted to lose weight KNOWS eating out is freaking hard! It just sucks! Mr. Gaunt and I have a few places we feel comfortable eating at (Chilis has a light menu, Water Course has amazing Vegan and vegetarian food, Subway and Chipotle can be safe) (Oh and Eat This, Not That has a website now where you can get all kinds of great restaurant tips!) but it’s still hard. Bitch Cakes, an amazing WW member/blogger who I have raved about before did a great post on her own personal feeling on eating out. I just had to share HER list of reasons for why she doesn’t eat out:
I think this is such a good list! Although I’m not a huge germ-a-phobe, I get what she is saying with cleanliness. She also posts about what she does with friends instead of eating out. Read her whole post HERE! I wish I could separate food with entertainment, it would make life easier.
So that’s about it, just something to think about. We had a really great therapy session tonight, brought up lots of old feelings and made me feel a lot better about things I would have called mistakes. I feel really good about this.
DAILY NUTRITION CONSUMED: (please note I only counted the large food and did not count oils, seasonings, and drinks)
CALORIES: 1133 DAILY REQUIRED: 2000
PROTEIN: 87 grams DAILY REQUIRED: 46
FIBER: 25 grams DAILY REQUIRED: 25-30
FAT: 40 grams DAILY REQUIREMENTS : 65
These werent actually eaten in one day, they are parts of two days meals. The above chart also does not include any snacks or beverages I consumed. This is just a good way to show you what kind of nutrition my main meals have.
Looking at this though, it shows that I am in fact lacking in FRUIT! Grrr I cant wait for summer! Today I am planning on getting a big bag of Grapefruit and peeling them all and putting them in Mason Jars to eat throughout the week. I love fruit, and I get sad when I don’t have it. Other than that each meals includes Whole Grains (the toast, the Orzo, The macaroni) and a healthy Protein (Organic Eggs, Low fat turkey Sausage, salmon) I also managed to get veggies in two of the dishes (Kale in the Mac-n-cheese and Asparagus).
Obviously all the meals do include carbs. I usually do at least one meal a day without carbs, but the carbs were all whole wheat. The Mac-n-cheese is a “were too lazy to cook and we want comfort food” meal for Mr. Gaunt and I. I get the Back To Nature 100% Whole Wheat macaroni and White Cheddar at Sunflower market or Whole Foods. We almost always add a lean chicken sausage to give us a little protein, and yesterday I chopped up some kale and threw that in (I’m pretty much convinced you can throw Kale in anything). As soon as I did this (added the Kale) it got me thinking about Kids and feeding them vegetables. Teaching my children good nutrition is really important to me, and I plan on doing a post on this at a later date.
The Salmon is also a new thing. I have been purchasing Tilapia because its cheap and easy and lower in fat, but have recently heard poor reviews on its nutritional values. As a kid growing up in Washington I was always the odd man out because I hated Salmon and people cook a ton of it there. As I’ve gotten older my taste buds have changed greatly and now I really like Salmon. The cost is a lot higher (almost twice as much) for frozen Salmon Filets at Costco versus Tilapia, but investing in my health is what this year is all about! So Mr. Gaunt and I bought the Salmon and we attempted to grill it (on our cooktop grill) last night. Things started out well but then flipping the steaks caused them to break apart, so Mr. Gaunt just chopped them all up. It was actually quite yummy because it has a bunch of crispy parts. We put it on a bed of Orzo with some sesame asparagus, delish.
Anyway I just wanted to show some good healthy meals that are pretty damn easy if I do say so myself. Now Im off to get Grapefruit!