My usual mug of coffee with 4 tablespoons of cream started my day at 5 am.
A hard-boiled egg was breakfast – if you don’t count the 400 calories of cream at 5am – at about 9:30am
Around 11:30 I had 3/4 of the Italian chicken from yesterday. Tasted better today – or maybe I’m hungry.
I finished the stuff up close to 5pm.
Evening was odd in that it didn’t fit my normal pattern (rut) for some reason. I ate rather light, and I was craving sour.
I had a pickle with cheese, and a small cup of pickle juice, even. I made kielbasa and sauerkraut and had maybe 5 slices inside some small sweet peppers. Nutritiondata.com says that these little guys are only 5 grams of net carbs, which is fine – you need some carbs, in my estimation, and peppers might be one of the best places you can get these from.
I also had at least a cup of the sauerkraut by itself. And seltzer with a little lemon juice.
Lastly, a small chunk of Stilton cheese. Never had it before, reminds me of a mild bleu cheese.
It would be hard to imagine a more sour meal.
In the evening I had a slight stomach ache – perhaps from all the acidic food, but it was gone when I woke.
The day seems odd for the number of normal routines that were not apparent – it wasn’t like I was trying, really, they just happened:
- I just had that one cup of coffee in the morning – I had none at work
- I did not have my bulk of calories in the evening
- I didn’t have any wine with dinner
- I drank water during the day more from desire than duty
- I didn’t feel the need to satisify my sweet tooth.
If I had consciously tried to do all of these, it wouldn’t have worked, I think.
The scale did not reward me of any of this – perhaps it’s fed up with me. I was 208.8 – only a bit lower, which one might explain as water retention from all the sodium – I drank pickle juice for goodness’ sake – what else would I expect?
On another topic, I was thinking of the fact that there are a number of foods that, while low carb, I feel guilty about eating. The part of me that is a pragmatist says: whatever it takes – if it’s low carb and you want it, eat it. Don’t restrict yourself too much as it makes the ultimate goal that much harder – and it’s already hard enough as it is.
The other part says: I don’t believe that, long-term, these things are healthy. I wish I could avoid these foods and ingredients.
This list includes:
- Splenda: it’s made from sugar, right? It’s almost natural. Well, cyanide can be made from apricot pits, so this imaginary association that it’s ‘natural because it’s made from sugar’ doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not natural sugar improved by the molecule being altered so we can’t absorb it – it’s a chemical made from sugar which might or might not have an impact on us long term – nobody knows – even if they say they do. Also, the fact is that even the taste of sweets can set off an insulin response in some people. The quandary here is that it’s hard enough to live on artificial sweeteners – I can’t quite imagine living with a total prohibition of sweets – even artificial ones. Here’s a detailed article in defense of Splenda if you’re interested – put your thinking cap on.
- Nitrated meats: I once found an article that said that nitrates might have some protective aspects to them. I also once read that it is silly to get hung up on nitrates in meat if you eat vegetables – they are full of nitrates from their fertilizers. To confound this further, I also read that there is a molecular difference in these two nitrates, so there is some difference in how they impact you. The short of it is: the preponderance of data points to nitrated meats as increasing the risk of cancer. There is also the increased risk of listeria bacteria. I think I’d be better off staying away from the stuff, but I love a good hot dog now and then – and don’t get me started on bologna. Now, I know that they make hot dogs without nitrates, but the food handling warnings on the labels make them sound truly dangerous – and not very enticing.
- Low carb crap food: example: Atkins bars and shakes. Sorry, Atkins Nutritionals, I freely admit that I lost almost 90 lbs. at one point using your products, and I still use them, but I’d rather not need this crutch. Still, your revenue stream from me appears safe as I can’t imagine I can banish my sweet tooth forever. Still, the Atkins stuff is heads above their competitors. I once had to use the SlimFast low carb shakes – yuck! – did the people who manufactured these ever taste it themselves?