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Skinny Rules Challenge: Rules 14 & 15

I think I got all messed up on which rules I’m supposed to follow on what days!  Good thing I made myself a handy dandy checklist of all the rules so I can check off the ones I follow each day.  It looks a little something like this:  I am a total geek and think this is cool. I can check off which rules I follow which will give me not only a percentage of how often I follow the rules, but a visual reminder too! I printed it out and it’s on my fridge.  Also, it will give me data on which rules I rock at, and which rules I suck at.
Let me tell you, I suck at rule #7.  I keep eating carbs for snack and dinner! I just haven’t brought myself to get rid of them! That is my real challenge.

Yesterday was rule 14: eat a real breakfast. I made oats in a jar (tupperware) with greek yogurt, almond milk, and raspberries. I also had veggie sausage to add extra protein and deliciousness.  For lunch I had an eggwhite salad sandwich, and snack was an apple and babybel cheese.  Dinner was 2 wheat flatbreads! Carb central! And I just ate too much in general. But they were so good! One had my zucchini, tomato and soyrizo sautee on it with cheddar cheese, and the other had turkey, goat cheese and broccoli.  Delicious!  But, Bob Harper was right and I did have cravings and munch later. Wa Wa.  Now that I’m writing this I realized I think I AM a day off! Pretty sure I wrote about breakfast the other day! Help me, I’m losing it.  Working so much plus homework plus obsessing over meal planning = I’m confused. Sorry folks, my challenge is turning into a hot mess.

Today (or not) was rule 15: Make at least 10 meals a week at home.  I already do that anyways! Done and Done.  Number one, I can’t afford to eat out that much! Number two, how could you possibly avoid refined grains, sugar, potatoes, and large portions if you are eating out all the time?  You couldn’t! I think Bob Harper was going too nice on this rule.  For me to be successful, it should really be at least 15 times a week, if not 20.  If I want to lose weight I’m going to have to eat at home ALL THE TIME!  Which is fine because I love cooking when I have energy.

Today I had overnight oats for breakfast again, lunch was a weird mix of eggwhite salad, quinoa, romaine lettuce, tahini and seaweed salad. I know, it sounds disgusting and I was really worried all morning that my lunch would be barf.  But it was awesome! I’m awesome at throwing crap together and making it taste good!  Dinner I made miso eggplant with tofu (recipe soon!) which sounds carb-less but I definitely added a lot of Agave to sweeten it up.  Then I was stressed from school work and my brain dying so I ate 1/2 a lara bar and 2 dates with pecans.  Damn you sugars!

Tomorrow: Banish High Salt Foods.  Mr. Bob Harper says eat less than 2,000 mg a day.  I wonder how much I’m consuming?  I really have no earthly idea.  Probably a good thing I ate my miso eggplant tonight, that probably has a lot!

Sorry, I’m too tired to think of any awesome pictures to add!

 

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My “meatless” day

Today: Rule 14: Eat a Real Breakfast

This is so important for everyone, even if you don’t want to lose weight! Your mom is awesome and always right.  You should listen to her!  It’s super important to eat a big, protein loaded breakfast to stay on track throughout the day.  I haven’t missed breakfast in well, ever.  I have to eat within the first few hours of waking up or I will have a melt down!  Usually I go on a spree, right now it’s smoothies!  Other benders have included english muffins with peanut butter and banana, and morningstar veggie sausage. Ok usually I drink a smoothie.  Tomorrow I’m trying overnight oats with greek yogurt and fresh raspberries! I’m pretty excited.  Bob Harper suggests oats or eggwhite omelets with veggies and some fruit for a full, rounded breakfast.  How could you say no to that?

Today I decided to make my “meatless” day ala Bob Harper, aka vegan! It all went according to plan, until I was shopping at Trader Joes and totally forgot about it and tried a sample of chicken and mac and cheese! Whoops. But it was just one bite and free! So it barely counts.
My main worry was my morning coffee, which tasted ok with coconut and almond milk. Breakfast was a smoothie with berries, bananas, spinach, coconut and almond milk. And Chia seeds!
Went to Cafe Gratitude for lunch and for this amazing bruscheta with heirloom tomato, cashew cheese and fig balsamic vinaigrette!

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Then I tried the raw kelp noodles with hemp pesto! I know, I’m a hippie of the worst kind. But it was SO GOOD!  Spinach, tomato, avocado and olives (I could’ve done without those) mixed with kelp noodles and pesto.  It was crunchy, rich and satisfying! I literally ate this whole huge giant plate.  And then we got dessert.

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Needless to say, I am still full! I don’t know if I’ll make it to dinner but I am prepping food for tomorrow and the upcoming week:  Overnight Oats for breakfast, eggwhite salad for lunch, and that might be it.  I’m pretty tired!

My verdict on eating vegan for a day:  It ain’t cheap! Lunch (1 appetizer, 1 Kombucha, 2 entrees and 1 dessert) was 50$! Plus a tip!  I’m sure if you cooked at home it would be much cheaper.  I think it’s fine as long as you can manage to get your protein in.  Honestly I think it’s sort of silly to limit animal protein for one day a week.  I feel like it’s a better plan to try to make more meals without animal proteins, or at least meat, and make those a regular part of your diet.  But since I’m on the challenge, I will do it! I will do it for you, Bob Harper.

Overall, I had an amazing eating weekend!  Last night we went to an izakaya (Japanese Appetizers) place for my splurge meal–and boy did I splurge! Yakitori (skewers), Salmon Belly, Japanese pancake with mayo and teriyaki sauce, even a little rice!  Tomorrow it’s back to work and the skinny rules challenge!

Tomorrow: Rule 15: Cook your meals at home at least 10 times a week.

(I have to say, Bob Harper is trippin if he thinks you can follow the Skinny Rules and eat out more than 2-3 times a week).

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Skinny Rules Challenge: Rule 11, 12, 13!

Well it’s officially been 2 weeks since I started my challenge.  Have I religiously followed all the rules since starting?  Not really.  I slipped up the last few days and it’s getting harder for me to be excited about eating vegetables and chicken.  I have, though, been making healthier choices, eating smaller portions, and making sure I have healthy food on hand.  So all in all, I’d say I’m doing a pretty darn good job!  Being a dorky behavior analyst, I made myself a checklist to see if I’m following my rules.  I think it will help me stay on track even after my “challenge” is done.  And now, drumroll please…

I LOST 7 POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS!

I haven’t been exercising, which is a bummer.  I’ve been kind of sick, stressed from school, and back to working over 30 hours a week.  But, I feel better today and will start working that back into my schedule.  I probably won’t be able to do 5 days a week of an hour which is what I would like.  But the more, the better!  I haven’t worked out since vacation, so that’s gonna be tough!

Anyways, think how many pounds I would’ve lost if I had been working out?

And I’m not starving, and I don’t feel deprived.  I do feel a little bored so I think the next two weeks are going to be a challenge for me to mix it up while staying on track.

So, thursday was Rule 11: No More White Potatoes!

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato

English: organic cultivated Russet Burbank potato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apparently, these cause more weight gain than bacon or soda.  They are delicious little carb bombs that have basically no nutrients or fiber, and should be avoided.  Especially since when we cook them, we usually deep fry them or cover them with butter and sour cream and cheese.  I actually don’t eat too many potatoes, they take too long to cook! If I do, I usually roast them in the oven with carrots, onions and olive oil.  I don’t think it will be too hard for me to avoid these suckers, because I never eat them anyways.  Except in the form of french fries, which are out anyways.  I did eat a few at lunch with the girls last weekend, oops!  Bob Harper says you can eat sweet potatoes, yams, or other colored potatoes (have you tried purple!)  but only in small quantities and for lunch.  (Stupid Rule 7 is my nemesis: No carbs after lunch!)

Yesterday was rule 12: Make one day a week meatless (VEGAN)

Mr. Bean and his family

Mr. Bean and his family (Photo credit: he_boden)

Yes, by meatless Mr. Harper means vegan.  No animal proteins?  No eggs, dairy, anything?  Yikes.  I definitely did NOT follow that rule yesterday, I had yogurt and chicken for lunch and dinner!  I forgot to look at my rule before heading out the door.  By the time I did, it was way too late!  So, tomorrow will be my vegan day, because I’m already planning to go out to a vegan lunch with my sister.  I think this rule will take more planning than most of the other rules.  How to stay full off veggies, fruit and grains alone?  Bob Harper suggests beans and nuts.  I think I can definitely do meatless.  Vegan? We shall see. If I can, then it will be even better for me!

Today is rule 13: Get rid of fast foods and fried foods

Deep-fried onion rings arranged in a line on a...

Deep-fried onion rings arranged in a line on a platter with ketchup, as served by Ford’s Filling Station at 9531 Culver Boulevard in Culver City, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, duh.  I think this rule is pretty self explanatory.  It goes along with the whole “no bad fats, added sugars, potatoes” etc. rules so far.  You CANNOT eat fast food and be healthy! Bottom line! The hardest part about this for me will be IN n Out!  I love In n Out!  But I definitely eat it way too much and always feel gross after.  At least I stopped getting the animal style fries, right? Those things are probably the worst thing you could ever order of all time!  I did have some fried calamari on my “splurge” meal last weekend, but that’s why it’s a splurge!

Ok this post is ridiculously long because I had so many rules to cover.  I realize I left out rules 9 & 10, but that’s ok.  If you are curious, they are: Get your portion size right, and No More added sweeteners!  Like, any.  I think I’m doing ok with both of those because I’ve been eating mostly homemade stuff and checking the labels on everything else.

Upcoming Rules: Eat a real Breakfast and Make your own food! (I got those:))

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Skinny Rules Challenge: Rule 7 & 8

I am just counting the rules now since the days got messed up because I took 2 days off for school!

Yesterday: Rule 7: No carbs after lunch!

I don’t like this rule. Not one bit!  Bob Harper doesn’t dedicate too much time to his explanation of the rule, saying it’s bad to eat any form of sugar (carbs) too much, and your body needs to regulate its blood sugar so you shouldn’t eat carbs more than a couple times a day?  I don’t really get it.  But, I made my own challenge so I will abide by it. Or try…

I looked at his meal plans and he includes fruit (apples,berries) in the afternoon snacks.  So I guess it’s ok to eat fruit at snack but not dinner or after?  That’s good!  Last night I made a turkey and summer vegetable gratin (kind of) that has zucchini, eggplant, and turkey, onion and tomatoes.  I did put a little (just a little!) panko on top with some mozzarella and parmesan.  It was tasty but not super filling so I ended up eating a lot.  Today I ate that leftover with a whole portabella sautéed which was also delicious! But about an hour later I was hungry and munchie again.  I ate a bowl of cottage cheese for snack, drank a big glass of water and felt better.

I feel like when I was eating carbs at dinner, but the whole grain barley or pita, I would be full from dinner and stop eating.  Tonight and last night I was hungry and wanted to graze! Plus, since I’m not eating carbs at night I’ve been eating them for lunch (squash and lentil goat cheese salad!) which makes me sleepy.  I don’t know, Bob Harper, I don’t know.  I’m gonna keep it up for now but ultimately, if I overeat at night isn’t it better to just eat a little grains with dinner to keep me full?

Today: Rule 8: Read your food labels!

I’ve been working on this skill for some time.  Those bastards are so tricky!  Serving sizes are small (that healthy lunch salad or wrap at Trader Joe’s? It’s 2 servings!) and lead to overeating.  High protein, high fiber, low(er) fat, low sodium foods are best.  Guess what foods fit that label?  Whole foods!  I didn’t really have to read any labels today because I made all my food–breakfast smoothie + cottage cheese for breakfast, lentil squash salad + chicken breast + lettuce + tahini sauce (home made) for lunch, apple + bell peppers + home made hummus for snack, and veggie/turkey gratin, portabella mushroom and more cottage cheese for dinner!  Only the cottage cheese was not home made! Pretty good.  The basic rule is, if there’s a million ingredients, it’s probably over processed, full of fat, salt and sugar and you shouldn’t eat it.  Also, if there is a sweetener (any kind!) in the first 5 ingredients, don’t buy it. But that’s tomorrow’s rule!

I guess what I’m learning through this process is that it’s not THAT hard to eat healthy.  I spend a few hours prepping/shopping on the weekend, and then I haven’t been cooking during the week!  I am getting used to filling up on veggies and getting to know my whole grains.  I feel better, my skin doesn’t feel as oily and I have more energy.

The most important rules to me so far are not eating refined grains or sugars.  Big difference in my eating, no white bread, rice or pasta.  But I find myself less hungry and with more stable blood sugar during the day. (I don’t fly into a fit of rage by 6 pm when dinner’s not ready).  So far, so good!  Let’s see how long I can keep it up.

Tomorrow: Rule 9: no more added sweeteners!

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What would skinny people do?

Ok guys, Skinny Rules challenge is on hold for 2 days because I have class all weekend in DT L.A. which equals long days, a lot of stress, and a lot of eating out.  Not on hold like “hey I’m gonna go back to eating whatever I like” but on hold like “hey, let’s keep it real and just maintain in this moment of utter chaos.”  I definitely have been following Skinny Rule # 6 which was to eat an apple and berries every day.  That one was easy.  It’s # 7 I’m scared of and generally avoiding, which is “no carbs after lunch”!  Mentally I’m just not prepared to make that commitment today, so I’m waiting til Monday.

On the plus side, I lost 4 lbs this week!  Just from following rules 1-6! Not bad, considering I didn’t work out and I was sick. Usually that makes me feel like eating CHEESE AND BREAD, USUALLY SMOTHERED IN SOME KIND OF SAUCE.

The surprising thing for me about eating healthier and cutting out refined grains and sugars is, it’s not that hard (ok I know I’m only on day 6).  I haven’t had any major cravings and I feel full and satisfied after every meal/snack.  Seriously! Me of the night time munchies!  The worst thing I’ve eaten all week is too many whole wheat crackers with spinach and kale dip!

But today was hard.  Hard emotionally.  I guess this is where my relationship with food comes to light and I have to learn some new replacement behaviors.  I ate 3 bites of a friend’s crepe at lunch and 1/2 hour later, broke out in hives! Hives!  Can cutting out processed food change my body that quickly?

Crepes Ooh La La

Crepes Ooh La La (Photo credit: Premshree Pillai)

Not to mention the giant red itchy bumps on my hands/legs, I had a long day at school and even longer one tomorrow.  I came home and my boyfriend was working/hanging out with his sister drinking beers.  I was hungry and needed to eat before going into munch mode. I ate left over soup and 1/2 wheat pita with 1/2 piece of cheese.  I wanted to hang out and watch tv but I had to do homework.  They went to go get a pizza (pepperoni and olive!) with garlic bread.

Saying no to the food wasn’t that hard.  I could eat it if I wanted to but do I need any more hives plus a stomach ache? not really.  But I feel tired, lonely, left out and abandoned.  The ritual of eating delicious comforting unhealthy fattening food with people you love runs deep in my 1/2 filipina veins.  I am sad I haven’t really eaten any meals with my boy this week because our schedules are so different, and our meals are too.  I wish I had a partner who would go on this journey with me, but it’s unfair of me to force that on him.  Especially when he’s making so many positive changes in his own life right now.  Now I feel even worse because I took all my feelings, stress and anxiety out on him and was mean to the one person who I wish would comfort me in my moment of sadness.  I know it will take some time to get used to our new routines.  I know the more healthy food I cook and eat, he will see how much it changes me and start to feel the change in himself.  It just feels a little lonely right now.

Normally I would eat an extra slice of pizza/whatever I could find if I was feeling this way.  What do skinny people do when they are sad and lonely and feeling like they need a little something to perk them up? (please don’t tell me go for a run even if it’s true.)  And by skinny I don’t mean thin but healthy, happy people who have learned to balance their lives and their bodies.  Because that’s who I want to be.

The ocean always makes me feel better!

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Skinny rules challenge day 5: eat your fiber!

Day 5 of my skinny rules challenge!

Today’s rule: eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day.

Légumes

Légumes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought this would be pretty easy if you were following other rules, such as eating whole grains and lots of vegetables.  So, I didn’t really try to hard on this one.  I was like “hey, there’s no way I’m not eating enough fiber with all that whole wheat and barley and stuff!”  I added up my totals on Spark People and saw I was well below my goal!  I realized I had forgotten to include raspberries, lettuce, a persian cucumber and some seaweed salad. I added an apple to see if I ate that what would happen.  That still only brought me to about 28 grams of fiber!  So I ate another handful of raspberries and that rounded me up to an even 30.  Whoa! I guess getting fiber is harder than I thought!

The foods that are high in fiber are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.  Some of Bob Harper’s (and my) favorites are:

  • Strawberries (9 grams/1/2 cup!)

    English: Alaska wild berries from the Innoko N...

    English: Alaska wild berries from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Apples (4 grams/ 1 medium)
  • Squash (4.5 grams/ 1 cup)
  • Spinach (7 grams/ 1 cup)
  • Zucchini (8 grams/ 1 cup)
  • Garbanzo beans (3.5 grams/ 1/4 cup)
  • Whole grain pasta (6 grams/ 2 oz. dry)

Legumes (beans, lentils, etc) also have a crazy amount of fiber!

The problem I think I will have with this is that an upcoming rule (oh no!) is to not eat carbs after lunch 😦 I’m very sad about that rule and I think I am going to struggle with it!  But also,  a lot of foods that are high in fiber are also high in carbs (I think), like fruit, beans, grains etc.  So, I guess you eat those in the morning and the roughage-y vegetables at night?  Sad jojo.

Today I did a really good job following all my rules!  I drank a ton of water, managed to get a glass in before every meal.  I didn’t even put any agave in my coffee and had unsweetened iced tea after work.  I had tons of protein, didn’t eat any refined grains, and worked in all my fiber!  My body is feeling better even though I’m actually sick.

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast, canadian bacon, 1/2 slice cheese, raspberries

Lunch: Whole wheat pita, turkey, home made hummus, lettuce, cucumber

Snack: Kashi whole grain crackers, kale yogurt dip, egg white salad

Dinner: Soup! (I know, it’s hot! but I have a cold)  I made a soup out of leftover chicken and barley, tomatoes, onions, frozen kale, and seaweed salad! SOO good and filling and super low cal.

After dinner: Apple and handful of raspberries.

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My night: Soup, homework, water 

Tomorrow: Eat apples and berries every single day!

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Skinny Rules Challenge Day 4: No more white flour!

Wheat

Wheat (Photo credit: Big Grey Mare ~ Almost, but not quite caught up!)

This is my fourth day of my attempt to incorporate Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules into my daily eating/living habits, one rule at a time.

Todays rule: Slash your intake of refined grains and flours!  This is a toughie for me, the lover of all that is carbs.  Bob Harper goes into a detailed explanation of why you shouldn’t eat refined flours or grains, especially in the amounts that we eat them today.  When they process wheat, they take out all the good parts that have fiber and nutrients and other good stuff.  White breads, pastas and rice are all broken down to the point that they are essentially empty calories.  I’m obviously exhausted right now and too tired to really know what I’m talking about. But you get the point: No more white bread (baguettes!), pastas (ravioli! Lasagna!) or rice (the asian inside me dies a little each day!).

Basically, you should eat whole grains.  If you are nutritionally challenged, like me, you’re like “ok, but what the heck is a whole grain anyways, and isn’t my wheat bread healthy?”  NO.  NO, says Bob Harper!  Most “wheat” breads are made with refined wheat flour! So even though they say they are healthy, they are not!  If you do eat bread, you have to eat bread made with 100% whole wheat flour as the first ingredient.  “wheat flour” is not the same as “100% whole wheat flour”.  Who knew?  Luckily, I found a brand called Alpine Valley that sells 100% whole wheat bread at costco!  With organic everything and no artificial sweeteners, score!  And, it actually tastes way better than the fake “wheat” bread I’ve been eating!  (no I’m not paid for this, I’m just excited to find something healthy and tasty.  It’s the little things in life, folks).

Grains, the largest food group in many nutriti...

Grains, the largest food group in many nutrition guides, includes oats, barley and bread. Cookies, however, are categorized as sugars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just found a website going into full detail on what whole grains are and how you can tell what is what.  Apparently, I thought I was being super healthy by eating barley, but since it’s “pearled barley”, it’s not a whole grain? Damn!  Well, it’s still better than white rice and super filling.

I did pretty good with the other rules today, except drinking water before every meal.  I didn’t get a lunch break (surprise), and couldn’t fill up my water bottle all day! Parched! But drank a lot of water when I got home.

Breakfast was a smoothie with greek yogurt, almond milk, berries.  Lunch was chicken breast sandwich (whole wheat bread!) and a cucumber.  Snack was Kashi whole grain crackers with kale/spinach yogurt dip and some bell peppers.  Dinner I had black bean and corn salad  (recipe coming soon I hope) with turkey meatballs as a lettuce wrap.  Then I had 2 dates!  Not too bad!

Tomorrow:  Eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day

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