Week 2 Food Log 6.5/10

This is my second week keeping a food log. I don’t think it changes what I eat, but it does keep a record for me to see. I like that.

Sometimes we think we’re eating well, and then when we look at what we actually ate…yikes!

Other times we think we’re way off course, and then we learn that we’re doing ok. I don’t have a specific reference, but I’ve heard many times that research shows people who keep a food log are more likely to meet their weight-loss goals.

Items in italics are what I would call “non-compliant”, meaning they do not fit into my definition of healthy eating. Now and again, I don’t think they’re a big deal, but it’s important for me to be aware of how often I consume them. I always include alcohol in the non-compliant foods.

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Week 2 Summary 6.5/10

I’m giving myself a 6.5/10 for this week. I don’t have a system for coming up with this number; it’s just my gut feeling after looking over the week.

My goal for this week was to drink less alcohol, but it looks like I had more. I indulged a bit on Mother’s Day. I exercised less this week, so I guess it’s for these two reasons that I rated myself lower than last week.

Something really important I’m learning is to not be hard on myself when I don’t achieve my goals. Even more important is to not give up. I will continue to focus on eating 90%+ plant-based and unprocessed food.

May 8

2.4 km walk

-half baked potato, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms (leftover from restaurant)

-baked potato

-baked potato again for a morning snack

-salad of mixed greens, lima beans, broccoli, hummus (with oil), banana peppers and balsamic dressing (with oil)

-curried potato and vegetables with white rice

-grape tomatoes

-homemade quinoa bread with homemade hummus (no oil) and regular hummus (with oil)

-chopped salad: kale, arugula, romaine, tomato, red onion, homemade dressing (1 avocado, lime juice, water, 2 dates, handful of cilantro)

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-corn on the cob

-mushrooms, asparagus and Brussels sprouts (leftover from restaurant-cooked in oil or butter)

2 glasses of red wine

-homemade quinoa bread with natural peanut butter (no added oil)

3.7 km walk

May 9

-baked potato

-Starbucks matcha tea latte made with soy milk and with one portion of the liquid cane sugar

-baked potato

-grape tomatoes

-salad with mixed greens, kale, carrot, chickpeas, hummus and oil dressing

-cream of leek soup

-baked potato

-mushrooms

-Brussels sprouts

popcorn cooked in oil

-club soda

May 10

-homemade matcha tea latte with soy milk, dates and turmeric

-grape tomatoes

-baked potato

-salad-mixed greens with mushrooms, hummus (oil), Balsamic dressing (oil) cucumber, banana peppers

half piece of rye bread with hummus (oil)

-mushrooms and Brussel sprouts with a homemade sauce (almond butter, soy milk, hummus, sweet Thai chili sauce, and garlic)

-1.5 Beyond Meat burger with 1.5 pieces of bread with tomato, romaine, red onion, guacamole and mustard.

-red grapes

-2 glasses of red wine

-1 Old Fashioned

-“ice cream” made with frozen banana, dates and frozen mixed berries

May 11

-Starbucks matcha tea latte with one portion of liquid cane sugar

-grape tomatoes

-snap peas

-1/2 baked potato

-salad with mixed greens, kale, tomato, cucumber, chick peas and oil dressing

white rice with veggies

-1/2 baked potato

-mandarin orange

-kale salad with pumpkin seeds and a lemon/oil dressing (restaurant)

-linguine with tomato sauce and mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions and broccoli (some oil in sauce)

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1/2 piece of garlic toast (white bread with butter)

-1 Old Fashioned

-1/2 glass of red wine

May 12

-2 shots espresso with soy milk

-mushroom and Brussel sprouts with a homemade sauce (almond butter, soy milk, hummus, sweet Thai chili sauce, and garlic)

-smoothie: banana, mixed frozen berries, dates, peanut butter powder, soy milk, water

soup: Amy’s Pea soup with my addition of chopped, steamed potato, kale and Brussell Sprouts

corn chips (organic corn and water…done in my oven)

-homemade salsa (yellow peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, red cabbage, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and sea salt)

-homemade guacamole: avocados, lime juice and sea salt

May 13

-spinach, kale and red onion sautéed in a bit of water

-Starbucks matcha tea latte with 1 part sugar

-Fruit: blackberries, raspberries, mango, kiwi

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-Taco bowl from restaurant (may have some oil): white rice flavoured with lime and cilantro, black beans, salsa, lettuce, jalapeños, corn

-corn chips (organic corn and water only)

-store bought salsa and guacamole

-grape tomatoes, snap peas and cucumber with hummus

2 Beyond Meat burger patties wrapped in romaine leaves with tomato, red onion, mustard, hp sauce

-grilled veggies (red pepper, red onion, asparagus and mushrooms)

-baby potatoes

-vegan chocolate cupcake

3 glasses of wine, 2 glasses of sparkling wine and 1.5 Old Fashioned…over a 6 hour period

May 14

-zucchini

-grape tomatoes

-snap peas

-1/2 baked potato

-spinach salad with: grape tomatoes, cucumber, banana peppers, hummus and some oil-based dressing

-1.5 black bean patty

-1 cup broth (likely a chicken broth)

-corn chips (organic corn and water only)

-homemade salsa (yellow peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and sea salt)

-homemade guacamole: avocados, lime juice and sea salt

-club soda

Looking forward to continuing my commitment to better health this week!

Wishing you health and success on your journey,

SignatureAli

Quinoa + Water = Bread!

I’m so excited by my most recent discovery!

Quinoa bread. 

One of the issues I have with most breads today is that they’re filled with a bunch of things our body doesn’t need. Bad things too.

Here’s a sampling of less-than-ideal ingredients from the Country Harvest-Ancient Grains brand, which I would say appears to be one of the better brands of bread out there as it has whole grains (with the germ intact):

-refined flour

-sugar in one or more forms

-wheat/gluten

-oil in one form or another

calcium propionate (a preservative).

diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides (emulsifier to strengthen the dough): I’m not clear on the safety of this. It may be natural and come from fatty acids (that may be animal or plant-based). Either way, not sure I want to eat it on a regular basis in bread.

sodium stearoyl-2- lactylate (another emulsifier)

-vegetable monoglycerides (may contain transfats)

sorbic acid (preservative)

I am NOT a chemist or an expert in the area of food additives etc., but I am a human being who wants to eat whole, natural food as much as possible. I’m not perfect in this regard either, as I knowingly choose to consume food with unhealthy ingredients.

It is the food I eat on a regular basis, in my home, that I want more control over. I don’t want to be eating all those unpronounceable ingredients in my bread or other products I eat more regularly.

Ezekiel bread is a much better option. Its ingredients steer away from added chemicals/preservatives.

Ezekiel bread

Organic sprouted grains and lentils/soybeans, water, yeast, gluten and sea salt.

Ezekiel ingredients

The Ezekiel brand of bread is a great option, if you are looking for the healthiest, store-bought bread. You will find it in the freezer section.

If you think you don’t have the time to make your own bread, you’re like me. I toyed with the idea over the years. I even took a course on making ancient grain bread, and I also made bread in a bread maker. Those two options are healthy because you make them at home, but….they’re way too time consuming for me.

You CAN make your own bread (fast and simple) if you know the secret. Get ready, because this could blow your mind.

Quinoa + Water = Bread

First… two things up front.

  1. This bread is more like a flat bread-great for a pizza crust, or used like pita bread. You can make a sandwich with it, but it’s not as thick or light as bread used in a sandwich. I cut it into squares and use it with hummus etc.
  2. This is NOT my recipe. I stumbled on it through Facebook. The creator is Savy Menke. A link to her video and website is below the recipe and pictures.

Quinoa Bread (water + quinoa)

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You can cut the bread into whatever shape you like.

Ingredients

-equal parts quinoa and water (that’s it!)

Optional: add flavors of choice, to taste (herbs, spices, sea salt)

Instructions

-blend together (I use a vitamix, high-speed blender, but the recipe creator used a magic bullet)

-pour onto parchment paper-line pan

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-spread out evenly in the desired shape (I did one in a circle and another in a rectangle):  the thicker you leave it, the more of a soft, bread-like texture you’ll have; the thinner you spread it, the more like a cracker it will be.

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-bake at 430 degrees (recipe creator uses 425) for 15 min.

-flip over

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-bake for another 10 min.

The first time I made this, I used tri-colored quinoa, so the bread was a nice dark brown color. You can experiment with different colors to get the look you want (if you care)

I tried it a second time, with regular quinoa and added Mrs. Dash and nutritional yeast (as the recipe creator does).

My family enjoys this bread, and I recently took it to a family event and served it with hummus…I guess that’s a good sign. I love the fact that I can make this bread at home, and it is so healthy!

I’m looking forward to experimenting with this recipe. I might try adding a bit of maple syrup and cinnamon for a sweeter version. I’d also like to try a basil and sun-dried tomato bread.

Thanks for the awesome recipe, Savy!

Wishing you health and success on your journey,

SignatureAli

Week 1 Food Log 7/10

Each week, I plan to post the food I’ve eaten over that week. I’m doing this to a) create accountability for me and b) to show the types of food I eat on a Whole-foods, Plant-based (90%+) Diet.

I won’t record measurements of the amount of food I eat. The problem, I believe, is not the amount; it’s the food itself. Is it a whole food or a processed food? Is it a plan-based food or one with animal products? Is it cooked with or without added oils and sugar? I’ll record the amount of alcohol (since I want to track that), and I plan to document any exercise.

Items in italics are what I would call “non-compliant”, meaning they do not fit into my definition of healthy eating. Now and again, I don’t think they are a big deal, but it’s important to make a note of them, so they don’t turn into more than “now and again”. I include alcohol as italicized items too because alcohol is a toxin to the body.

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Week 1 Summary: 7/10

This week I started to eat baked potatoes and roasted zucchini for breakfast. The starch satisfied me.

I gave up coffee in the morning and focused on having matcha tea lattes instead (just matcha, soy milk, dates and turmeric blended). I enjoyed them, although I didn’t have one every day.

When I look at the week, I can see I had alcohol on most days. My goal for next week is to have more days that are alcohol-free.

There were a few restaurant meals; overall I did ok with those.

I exercised three times this week (twice in one day)…I’m going to focus on doing that more often because it feels really good.

I would give this week a 7/10. There are several times when I indulged or had foods that included some non-compliant items. My body is starting to speak to me. It doesn’t like it when I eat unhealthy foods. How does my body alert me to its disappointment?

Well, not to be too gross; it’s usually unpleasant gas. Believe me, I KNOW when I haven’t eaten well. Because of this “gift”, however, I am now actually connecting the dots. Instead of having fries with a veggie burger, I am passing on those and having salad. Yay for me!

I’ve lost a couple of pounds and I’m feeling terrific and energized. Looking forward to the next seven days with confidence and excitement.

May 1

-roasted zucchini and baked potato

-snap peas

-Mandarin oranges

-mixed green salad with cucumber, hummus (not homemade, so it had oil), dressing (not homemade; had oil)

-potato wedges and green beans

-apple

-tea

-chopped salad-varied greens with beets, avocado, tomato and homemade dressing (oranges, garlic and Dijon mustard)

-corn chips (frozen and heated in oven-no oil) with avocado/greens guacamole

one glass of red wine

-yellow potatoes with chives

-one green apple vodka

May 2

-baked potato

-snap peas

-baked potato

-mixed green salad with tomato, hummus (not homemade, so it had oil), dressing (not homemade; had oil)

-salad with tomato, onion and avocado and homemade dressing (oranges, garlic and Dijon mustard)

-potato and chives

-popcorn: cooked in oil on the stove

one green apple vodka

raisin bran and soy milk (ingredients: organic soy beans and water)

May 3

-baked potato

-homemade matcha tea latte made with soy milk, matcha, turmeric and dates

-snap peas

-baked potato

-salad-with tomato and broccoli, hummus (not homemade, so it had oil), and dressing (not homemade; had oil)

rye bread with faux peanut butter and jam

-apple

-chopped salad with tomato and onion; homemade dressing-cucumber, zucchini, dates, garlic, balsamic, Dijon mustard

-homemade corn chips and guacamole

May 4

-baked potato and roasted zucchini

-snap peas

1.5 patties of Beyond Burger with tomato and lettuce (2 pieces of bread)

-wedge potatoes

-small salad of greens only with dressing (not homemade; had oil)

-about 3-4 oz of  Heineken piccolo, mixed with soda

-veggie burger (black beans) (with brioche bun lettuce, beets and garlic aioli) and kale salad from restaurant; dressing with oil

-mushroom toast from restaurant (toasted bread with onion and mushroom sauteed on top)

one Old Fashioned drink and 1 beer

May 5

-baked potato half

-Starbucks matcha tea latte (half matcha and half sugar)

-baked potato and roasted zucchini

-restaurant veggie burger (black bean and rice) on a brioche bun with lettuce, onion, tomato and aioli with salad and dressing (oil, white balsamic vinegar, Dijon,maple syrup, siracha)

one beer

-½ piece of Oreo cheesecake

—5 km walk

May 6

-homemade matcha tea latte made with soy milk, matcha, turmeric and dates

-baked potato and roasted zucchini

-quinoa bread (water and quinoa) [THIS is a  NEW discovery…I will make a separate post about it]

 

-homemade sun-dried tomato hummus (no oil)

beet hummus and beet chips (had oil)

-grape tomatoes

-turnip

potato chips

-restaurant-garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts (all likely had butter or oil, but I am not counting them as non-compliant because I got in a lot of veggies)

-bread

-3 stuffed mushrooms (cream cheese and crab)

-several glasses of red wine (over a 6 hour period)

May 7

—2 km walk

-cashew milk latte

-green smoothie (spinach, kale, cucumber, orange, apple, mango, hemp hearts, mint)

-half order of restaurant avocado toast (sourdough bread, avocado, cucumber, and alfalfa sprouts)

-arugula/kale salad with beets and a black bean patty and vinaigrette dressing (with oil)

-baked potato, chives and homemade hummus (no oil)

—20 min. of yoga

Wishing you health and success on your journey,

SignatureAli