Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A week of food and exercise

I saw the dietician a few days ago, and she wanted me to log my diet and exercise for a week. I thought blog form would be the most enjoyable way to do this. I am also trying to remember to track my food over at Paleotrack , but that requires more precision than I tend to know about my food.

Day 1- June 11

Breakfast: 2 cups black coffee
1 eggs with 1 cup spinach,cooked in coconut and olive oil. Served with 1/2 avocado and 1 TBL flax meal.
Supplements: TJ's B 50 and Cal/Mag/Zinc
Water ( unknown qty) and 25 minutes of Zumba

Lunch: iced grande coffee with 1 packet raw sugar; 1 individual servign bag of Food Should Be Good sweet potato chips; 1 black plum; 1 serving baked chicken; 3 grande water

Supper: 1/2 spaghetti squash with home made pesto; pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, basil, lemon and the secret, some red lettuce (no-one noticed!)
garlicky onion, green beans, and carrots in EVOO, water
2 squares 85% chocolate with tsp coconut oil

Day 2-June 12

Breakfast: 2 cups black coffee
1 eggs with 1 cup spinach,cooked in coconut and olive oil. Served with 1/2 avocado and 1 TBL flax meal.
Supplements: TJ's B 50 and Cal/Mag/Zinc
3 grande water
55 minute Zumba
Lunch: 1/2 spaghetti squash with home made pesto, black plum
3/4 cup fresh raspberries with 1 cup iced green tea

Supper: Stir Fry- chicken, broccoli, green cabbage, onion, and about 1/2 cup sticky rice
2 squares 85% chocolate with tsp coconut oil

Day 3: June 13
Breakfast: 1/2 Udi's GF bagel w/butter, egg and spinach cooked in olive oil, roma tomato and 2 cups coffee
Supplements: TJ's B 50 and Cal/Mag/Zinc
 55 minutes, Zumba, 30 minutes CardioSculpt
leftover stir fry on carrot/green bean/onion mixture

2 Starbucks Berry Hibiscus Refreshers ( they were free) plus one lime with a shot of tequila. Had a few sips of the last one and decided it was a bad idea; put it in the freezer for another day.
2 black plums
Poked around leftovers, had a few bites of chicken breast with leftover veg. Felt full, so put it away. Later I felt hungry and had a spoonful of sunflower seed butter. Went for a 45 minute walk, and had a couple cups of air popped popcorn with butter while watching "Hellboy" with the family.

Day 4: June 14
Breakfast was two cups of french press coffee with 2 slices of uncured bacon and one egg fried in bacon fat.
55 minutes Zumba, and water of course.

Lunch was a small portion of chicken breast with about 1/2 cup of cabbage, a plum, and some iced green tea. I took two walks that afternoon- a two hour walk to Winco to get chocolate chips (I'm trading some made truffles for a a costume) and a 20 minute walk to take my daughter to the bus stop for the comic book store.

Dinner was a HUGE amount of salad, with lettuce, tomato, avocado, carrot and olive oil, and 2 pieces of delicious pork my husband grilled. Another 45 minute walk after dinner, followed by 5 chocolate covered strawberries.

Since I had not pooped that day, I drank some Smooth Move Tea before bed.

Day 5: Sunday June 15
I started the day with 25 minutes of Zumba. I then had breakfast: pancakes made with 1/8 cup each flax meal and coconut, blueberries, and  an egg, cooked in coconut oil and topped with butter and maple syrup.I had a B50 and a Cal/Mag/Zinc, 2 cups of coffee and the last chocolate covered strawberry. I washed it down with plenty of water.
I pooped, but it was hard and green.

Lunch was using up leftovers. a few bites of chicken, a bout 3/4 green beans cooked in olive oil and garlic, and 1/4 of a stuffed green pepper ( with ground beef and jalapeno) . I had a cup pf coffee and some water, and I felt snacky so I had 2 TBL sunflower seed butter with some dark chocolate chips. Went to a Starfleet International  meeting, where I had about 1/2 pound strawberries.

Dinner was taco salad- dinner plate overflowing with sliced romaine, taco meat, and a large serving of home made guacamole.

I had about a truffle's worth of truffle filling for the trade I'm making them for, and then the combo of PMS and National Ice Cream Day propelled me to go to Fred Meyer (on foot! 45 minute walk) for SoDelicious Coconut milk ice cream (GF/DF cookie dough chip). Had a couple of that on one of the chocolate chocolate chip orange brownies the hubby made while I was gone) . He made them GF by replacing the flour with mochiko- it works well because the recipe relies on baking chocolate and only contains a 1/2 cup flour.

Day 6: Monday, June 16

These next couple of days get a bit unusual. It's rare for me to work on a weekday, but it's Vacation Bible School week so I am.  I started the day with 25 minutes of Zumba (Achievement Unlocked- warm up session!) and had 2 eggs, spinach, basil, 1/2 a roma, and some guac for breakfast., followed by a plum. I only had one cup of coffee because I was leaving at the same time as my husband and had to share. Then, at church I had some mostly good snacks: about 1/2 cup snap peas, some strawberries, grapes and watermelon and yeah, some Kettle Chips.
I snacked a bit on and off on the way home, more due to the stress of my kids plus two extra boys and shopping three places. I had a tall iced coffee with one packet raw sugar at Starbucks, one coconut bon-bon from Trader Joe's. a bite of a Nu-GO free bar ( not impressed) and a few spoons of coconut milk ice cream at home. I had a bunch of water and a few baby carrots with guac.

Normally this is when I would take a walk, but I had extra kids, a lot of stuff to do at home, and had gotten home late. I swept, got dinner in the oven (roast Dijon chicken with red potatoes) and got the mail. Medical bills! Nothing like a reminder that I'm in an income bracket that needs to save ER visits for unequivocally dire  circumstances. Stressing! I grabbed some iced Earl Grey and a book and headed to the backyard, where I discovered that some kid had helpfully picked about a cup of organic raspberries and left them warming in the sun for me. Thanks, kid!

Dinner was the chicken with potatoes, and garlicky green beans and baby carrots. Dessert was more GF brownie. 45 minute walk, and a few handfuls of buttered popcorn while watching "Supernatural".

Day 7: Tuesday, June 17. Last day!
25 minutes of Zumba , 2 eggs and spinach, cooked in coconut oil ,  1/2 an avocado and TBL flax meal for breakfast.
2 coffees and water.

Snack at work: Kettle chips, cherry tomatoes, strawberries (lots and lots; they are my desert asteroid food) and grapes.
Got a grande iced coffee on the way home.
Lunch chicken thigh, about a cup of romaine, and some homemade mayo .
Dinner was lettuce rolls: spicy garlicky ground beef, cabbage, broccoli slaw, tamari and brown rice.

We took a 30 minute walk, and for a snack I had a TBL of sunflower butter with a few chocolate chips.

For those of you who made it to the end, thanks. If seeing what I eat and how I move helps anyone in any way, please let me know, and please feel free to share freely.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Wackily Allergy Friendly Cupcakes

Are you familiar with the history of the Wacky Cake? some sources say it was created during the Great Depression; others say in Britain during World War Two. In either case, a cake originally born of austerity is GREAT for those with food allergies.I've gone one step further and made it gluten free ( and a bit faster). This recipe is also free of eggs, dairy and nuts.

Preheat oven to 350.
Toss into the bowl of your stand mixer:

1/2 cup each brown rice flour, mochiko, and cocoa powder
1/4 cup corn starch
1 tsp each baking soda and vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 TBL white vinegar
1 cup cold water.

Process until just combined, then fill up your cupcake tins. I got 14 cupcakes out of this. bake 22-25 minutes.

My gluten loving kids went back for more- in my opinion, the best review a gluten free, dairy free food can get is, "I couldn't tell it was gluten free!.

Multi-grain GF pizza crust

Pizza crust is something I and every GF cook seem to keep coming back too. There are about a zillion GF pizza crust recipes out there, yet we keep trying to make it better. I came up with this one on Thursday for my youngest son's birthday festivities, and liked it so much I made it again tonight.
Oven 425 F

Mix together :
1/4 cup each flax meal, organic corn meal, and brown rice flour (I use Bob's Red Mill for all)
1 tsp each baking powder and ground oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 jumbo eggs
2TBL extra virgin olive oil

This is a thin crust pizza:

Spread onto a pizza dish that has been generously doused with olive oil. Bake 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven. Top as desired: I used onions, garlic, tomato sauce,mozzarella style Soy Sation  and Hormel uncured pepperoni. Return to oven for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Thick crust version: