So I planned on talking about protein today. Me and my vast knowledge of it. Then I stopped to ask Vicky (my ex-trainer/foodie extraordinaire) if she had ever tried to make protein bars that were higher in protein. Which necessitated me telling her that I was doing this higher protein thing, and heaven forbid, that I had reverted to eating those PROCESSED protein bars. Vickie is well-read, and always has a pretty science-based opinion on all things health and food. When I said this diet had about 120 grams of protein per day (actually it has about 95-100) she said that was too much protein for long term. And proceeded to tell me how hard protein was on various systems in the body AND the possible carcinogenic factor of some proteins. Oh brother. So, what I already knew. I will not eat this exact way long-term. But I am certainly paying attention, and learning to make a few wiser choices. She did mention that protein is good for appetite control.
I also mentioned to Vicky that I wonder if it is just the higher protein, or that the food choices are pretty much spelled out, or is it that I am just done with all the crap this year and ready to move on. When there are multiple factors involved in a scientific experiment (the human body) you don’t know for sure what the precipitating factor is. All I know is that I am relieved that I am enjoying my food, I am not white-knuckling it, I am not hungry, and I am losing weight.
So. Protein. Since I don’t like beans and I don’t much like eggs, my protein sources are a little limited. Here’s a few ways new to me that have made protein quite enjoyable the past two weeks.
- Eggbeaters in smoothies. This is not that new for me. I am REALLY enjoying that Egg Nog Smoothie I came up with.
- Scrambled eggs/eggbeaters with a tablespoon of real bacon crumbles (Costco) and a little sugar free syrup (I know. I even have to sweeten my eggs…)
- Lean deli ham–this has come in handy a couple of times when I was on the run.
- And I am really enjoying having salmon more often (coated with Mrs. Dash, and dowsed with lemon juice at the end.)
- I got some frozen cod, and if I cook it on medium high, it gets nicely browned on the outside. Splashed liberally with malt vinegar, its just like my old favorite, fish and chips. Well, no chips. One time I had it with some baked sweet potato fries!
- I found a new protein bar today that I like. Detour–15 grams protein, low sugar, less than 200 calories.
As soon as I’m done writing this I am off to eat another meal of protein and veggies. I’m gonna make a salsa chicken dish with some brussel sprouts on the side I think.
Can I tell you how much I love getting up at 5am? Presuming I get to bed at 9pm. I am awake before the doggies (must be what a mother of preschoolers feels like) so I have a nice quiet time to start the day. Reading a new book I am loving called The Fire of the Word, Meeting God on Holy Ground by Chris Webb. He is the new president of Renovare and is a very talented speaker. And now a good writer. Anyway, I am enjoying it. This morning I got so much done by 11am it was amazing. By 11:30 I had my 3rd meal of the day (that was a little weird,) and then I left to do some chores. The grocery store to get the ingredients for my (now) annual baking of the fruit cake for my mom (here’s the recipe if you want. I only put cherries, dates, and pecans in mine.) Then to the library to return an overdue book. I am liking that you can order any book you want online. I ordered The Dovekeepers–don’t know where I heard about this, but it sounded interesting, and I ordered The 17 Day Diet, because Sharon’s recent success has intrigued me. Oh, and I got 3 really good movies FOR FREE at the library. On to the gym, where I did the usual bike for 20 minutes, and weights for 20 minutes. Lately, Paula Deen has been on the Food Network while I was biking, and I find her irritating. The way she cooks does not inspire me to do anything. On to my treat of the day, a session at Starbuck’s. Got settled in my comfy chair, reached for my Kindle Fire, and IT WOULD NOT TURN ON. Oh my stars. The instruction manual is ON the kindle, so I was really worried that I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SLAY THE ZOMBIES today. Long story short, I went on Amazon when I got home, did a little trouble shooting, and its working again. Whew.
Some photos to amuse you:
Miss Sophie tires of waiting for mom to GET DONE BLOGGING.
Mr. Monk becoming one with the cushion.
Hey, all the couch pictures reminds me. I’m toying with the idea of replacing it with a bright red ultra suede loveseat. What do you all think? Better or worse with the doggies? It can’t be much worse than the old blue and white sofa with loose cushion back. The price is right–$299. I think its gently used, although it looks new. Comes with a large ottoman too.
The extent of my Christmas decorating so far:
And that’s all the news that’s fit to print, here in the frozen tundra of sunny California!