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This is a listing of the things I've been eating lately so that I can mull it over and decide whether it's healthy or not; it's pretty much almost exclusively what I have been eating.



cold celery and carrots
strawberry jelly on wheat bread
cereal - frosted mini wheats, corn bran, chex
lowfat coldcuts on wheat bread
scrambled eggs
whole wheat spaghetti (w/ sauce)
michelina's frozen pasta alfredo dinners (i tried the ones with broccoli but UGH FOUL)
triscuits
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
pancakes
apples, pears, bananas
baked potatoes w/butter
yogurt (dannon, peach, FOB)
english muffins (regular, not whole wheat)
water
the occasional coke
the occasional frozen pizza
the occasional sizable bowl of Edy's
the occasional dinner out @ indian/thai/kabob (ends up being meat & rice/pasta exclusively)
the occasional dinner out @ a mexican place: fajitas with a careful amount of tomatoes/onions


OK, so the question is: can I live on that? Do I need to cut out the "occasionals"? How much meat is OK? How much CHEESE IS OK? This is crucial because man... I have got to have some CHEESE DIP and I have got to have it SOON. :( Or I will cry. I think I have been keeping the dinners out confined to about 1-2 times a week. I'd say that's down from 3-6 times a week. I can't tell if it's saving me money because I haven't made myself a budget. It feels like I'm saving money. I can't tell if I need to add to the above repetoire to get what I need to live, and I can't tell if I need to take away. I guess to do that I'd have to count calories or something. Bleah. If I can FIND some edamame, I will add that... Want to add salads (vinaigrette, caesar) but fearing the lettuce, rumored to exacerbate my troubles.

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professorbooty
Jan. 19th, 2003 01:58 am (UTC)
edamame
Frozen edamame can be found at both Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter. :)

We were going to buy whole wheat spaghetti the other day, but Julie's digestive system is somewhat opposite to yours, and her doctor actually encourages her to avoid high fiber foods. Grape nuts, granola, and fresh fruits are BAD for her. Of course, the universe being what it is, these are the kind of foods she likes best. So yeah, I looked at the fiber content of the whole wheat spaghetti and, after some debate, we left with the usual bleached stuff. :/ Of course, the fact that the bleachy stuff was on sale for about 20% of the price of the brown stuff aided the decision a bit.
snidegrrl
Jan. 19th, 2003 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: edamame
When I was at the Harris Teeter last week, I could not find any edamame! I was looking in the frozen foods section because it was frozen the only time I ever had it. I kinda looked for it in the produce section, but didn't see it. :P
professorbooty
Jan. 19th, 2003 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: edamame
Hmm. Well, I *know* Trader Joe's has it, as I've bought it there. They also have many other neat things. I only mentioned Harris Teeter because Sera mentioned buying some there once, but I haven't actually looked for it there myself...
snidegrrl
Jan. 19th, 2003 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: edamame
Cool, and I appreciate the recommendation... and I know where the TJ's is nearby even.
snidegrrl
Jan. 19th, 2003 03:49 am (UTC)
I hate posting quizzes, but this one actually vaguely interested me. So I will post it as a comment.

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cheetahmaster
Jan. 19th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
w.h.o.a.h.
examorata
Jan. 20th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC)
Somehow, I'm not shocked...

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cheetahmaster
Jan. 19th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC)
I bet J. and S. know where edamame comes from. Also, when I become mobile, we should go downtown to this dang tasty Japanese place, that has the freshest edamame *evar*.

That being said, your list above ain't too shabby, I don't think. Margarine instead of butter would be good half the time. Dinners out are also fine; there is no reasonable diet that says you can't make the occasional exception. The key is just making sure they are actually exceptions, and not every other day things. I've heard good things about that food pyramid as well.

I bet you could get used to caff. free diet coke as well. (Take like two weeks off from Coke, then try it. If you can't do it, the non-diet caff. free stuff is closer to the original.) A lot of ginger ale and root beer is also caff. free, as is orange soda.
snidegrrl
Jan. 19th, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC)
I think I will go exclusively to ginger ale, which I was doing for a long time. But sometimes when we have people over they bring coke and leave it around, so I end up drinking it.

I hate the taste of margarine. :(
examorata
Jan. 20th, 2003 11:56 am (UTC)
There's edamame available, I believe, at the "Healthy Foods" store right here in Laurel. It's on Rt. 1 right at the corner of 198, by the Hanover fabrics and Office Superstore.
snidegrrl
Jan. 21st, 2003 10:50 pm (UTC)
Which is also right by the sewing machine repair store. That little shopping center keeps going up in my esteem.
drivingblind
Jan. 19th, 2003 09:48 am (UTC)
I'd go for more meat, if you can manage it. Protein goes a long way towards providing energy, and it's deceptively easy to tank up on carbohydrates without realizing it. Anyway, that's my kneejerk summary: More meat, less carbs. For more kneejerk analysis, I've broken your list down into not protein/protein lists below.

Not meat/protein:

cold celery and carrots
strawberry jelly on wheat bread
cereal - frosted mini wheats, corn bran, chex
whole wheat spaghetti (w/ sauce)
michelina's frozen pasta alfredo dinners (i tried the ones with broccoli but UGH FOUL)
triscuits
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
pancakes
apples, pears, bananas
baked potatoes w/butter
yogurt (dannon, peach, FOB) (i think)
english muffins (regular, not whole wheat)
water
the occasional coke
the occasional frozen pizza (not enough to count)
the occasional sizable bowl of Edy's

Meat/protein:

lowfat coldcuts on wheat bread
scrambled eggs
the occasional dinner out @ indian/thai/kabob (ends up being meat & rice/pasta exclusively)
the occasional dinner out @ a mexican place: fajitas with a careful amount of tomatoes/onions
cerisefleur
Jan. 19th, 2003 10:07 am (UTC)
Good advice! Two thumbs up. :)
snidegrrl
Jan. 19th, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
My generous roommate lets me use her George Foreman grill from time to time; when I think of it, I toss a steak on there. Because believe me, I love the red meat. I just want to be really careful not to let it be too fatty. :-/

The other goal here was to choose things that involve "least prep time". Because I can't stand cooking or spending time preparing food. Well, OK, I will downgrade that to "having to spend precious non-sleep non-work time on food preperation annoys me".
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snidegrrl
Jan. 19th, 2003 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: my suggestion would be...
I don't know why it didn't occur to me that they might have dieticians at the Sport Fit. I'll have to look into that.

Despite all my various maladies, I haven't had a full physical in years; and you are right, I should definately get my cholesterol checked. It's probably near the sky.

I wasn't looking for professional answers anyways, just friendly advice. :)
judithiscariot
Jan. 20th, 2003 06:35 am (UTC)
CHILI@#!$%#@$~!

with BEANS.

and i like spinach.

wait, what are you trying to accomplish?
snidegrrl
Jan. 20th, 2003 06:56 am (UTC)
i have several goals:

1. not becoming in any way "blocked up" or irritating to my colon
2. getting all the vital nutrients i need to live or whatever
3. least prep time
4. things i like the taste of

in that order, i think.

i only like spinach uncooked. in salads, hidden behind iceberg lettuce. lettuce *may* be responsible for irritating diverticulosis and making it into diverticulitis, but the experts disagree. i plan to test out the theory in a month when i have given my innards time to chill.

i don't like beans. but i may have to learn.

given a choice all i would eat (and up until now all i have eaten) is meat dipped in cheese, fried, and then dipped in butter. with the occasional piece of starchy something. hence my predicament.
malkin
Jan. 20th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC)
Okay, LiveJournal ate my post the first time, because it was too long. :(

I'll break things down, this time.

First, avoid the popular low-carb, high-protein diets. (Sorry, drivingblind and postmodernideal!) They are notoriously low in fiber. The Zone, for example, averages in at 8 grams of fiber per day. In contrast, it is recommended that adults (even ones without digestive problems) consume 20-35 grams of fiber every day. Animal products, such as meat, eggs, and cheese have NO FIBER. They are not the hub of your meal anymore. Yeah, that sucks, but you'll learn to deal with it.

More tips:
1.) Your veggie recommendations are fine choices, but you may want to experiment with other veggies, too. I find that I like a few things that I hated when I was younger. You may find that, too.
2.) A medium baked potato has more fiber than half a cup of cooked brown rice, so right on, girl. If you like sweet potatoes, those have fiber, too.
3.) Your fruit choices are good for low-maintenance living. When they're in season, I'd also recommend berries, 'cause they have tons of fiber. If you like dates, those are good, too.
4.) Are there any nuts that you like? Nuts have fiber. Soynuts (which aren't really nuts, but we won't nitpick) have 2 grams of fiber per quarter cup, and make a good desk snack.
5.) Make your pancakes with whole wheat flour or oatmeal. I can help you find recipes for these, if you want.
6.) Why not whole wheat English muffins?
7.) The cereal is great -- especially the shredded wheat. I still recommend Kashi Good Friends, too.
...more to come...
snidegrrl
Jan. 22nd, 2003 04:13 am (UTC)
2.) A medium baked potato has more fiber than half a cup of cooked brown rice, so right on, girl. If you like sweet potatoes, those have fiber, too.

I like sweet potato chips... I have traditionally not enjoyed actual sweet potatoes. They're too... sweet. :)

3.) Your fruit choices are good for low-maintenance living. When they're in season, I'd also recommend berries, 'cause they have tons of fiber. If you like dates, those are good, too.

I have been avoiding berries because of the seeds; supposedly seeds can cause trouble.

6.) Why not whole wheat English muffins?

Honestly, they don't have much more fiber than regular ones! So since I vastly prefer the taste of the regular ones, I just go with that.
malkin
Jan. 22nd, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
I have been avoiding berries because of the seeds; supposedly seeds can cause trouble.

Yeah, I was wondering about that. It would be nice if they could decide for certain whether they're a factor or not.

Honestly, they don't have much more fiber than regular ones! So since I vastly prefer the taste of the regular ones, I just go with that.


That's a totally reasonable justification.
malkin
Jan. 20th, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)
8.) The water is all good. Lots and lots of water. If you get sick of it, try sparkling water (if you don't hate that). Though, usually, when people start drinking regular water, they find that they like it more and more over time.
9.) Treat the frozen pasta and frozen pizza as though they were as bad for you as the ice cream... because they probably are.
10.) Treat the Coke as though it were an alcoholic beverage.
11.) Dinner out will get easier as you learn to get used to what you should be eating. You can usually find a few not-so-bad things to eat, if you look hard enough, and have some willpower.
12.) Give beans a chance. Seriously. Do you like hummus at all?
13.) Do you like avacados? Lots of fiber in them! (Weird, huh? I guess that's like fiber in bananas. Kind of invisible fiber...)
14.) Yes, as the others say, you can get edamame in the frozen foods section at Trader Joe's.
15.) Salad... hmmm. If lettuce is bad, which kind of lettuce? There are lots of kinds of lettuce. Are all lettuces bad, or just some? There are other greens that can be used for salads, spinach being one of the obvious ones, but seriously, this might be useful to pin down.

Finally, about the cheese dip... look for a place that will give you cheese dip with dipping veggies and whole wheat bread or crackers! Make them do a substitution, if you have to. That is the answer to your cheese dip concerns.
snidegrrl
Jan. 22nd, 2003 04:18 am (UTC)
10.) Treat the Coke as though it were an alcoholic beverage.

How come?

12.) Give beans a chance. Seriously. Do you like hummus at all?

Last night I sat and stared at the bean section of the shelf for ten minutes. I couldn't bring myself to buy any of them because I couldn't conceive of a way to prepare them to make them palatable. I think avocados are nasty but if someone shoved one in my face I might try to force it down.

In regards to the cheese dip, it is one specific type of cheese dip at one specific restaurant. So there's no fudging there, I just have to take some metamucil before or after. I wonder which is better, before or after???
malkin
Jan. 22nd, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
10.) Treat the Coke as though it were an alcoholic beverage.

How come?


Because it's a special occasion treat. That's why. Pretend, for a moment, that you have a calorie quota for the day. (You aren't counting calories, I know, but we're just pretending for a moment.) Think of various things you could fit in that same number of calories, and then, do you really want that Coke? Hell, my typical breakfast is about that many calories. It's for parties, and stuff. It's fine for that.

Yes, this sounds really radical. That's because we're living in a country where more than 50% of all adults are overweight. We can't rely on our culture for guidance.

Last night I sat and stared at the bean section of the shelf for ten minutes. I couldn't bring myself to buy any of them because I couldn't conceive of a way to prepare them to make them palatable.

I sense a food lab coming on. What's a food lab? It's kind of like Iron Chef. We buy lots of ingredients (I can cover the costs), and make a big mess in the kitchen, and then taste lots of things. If you hate them, that's okay. :)

I think avocados are nasty but if someone shoved one in my face I might try to force it down.

Oh, God, by all means, do not force things down. The crucial thing in the immediate future is to find ways to get fiber and cut down on bad stuff, without making changes you'll have trouble living with. Compliance is critical, so we need to start with stuff that fits best with your current tastes.

In regards to the cheese dip, it is one specific type of cheese dip at one specific restaurant. So there's no fudging there, I just have to take some metamucil before or after. I wonder which is better, before or after???

Blech! Metamucil. Are you SURE they can't give you something fibery to eat with the dip? :)
snidegrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2003 10:43 pm (UTC)
1. Food lab sounds like fun. Have you been watching rob_donoghue' posts about cookbooks?

2. I don't know about something fibery with the cheese dip; it's at a mexican restaurant (Los Panchos in CP to be specific) and the way you eat it is with corn chips.
malkin
Jan. 24th, 2003 05:17 am (UTC)
I've had anacrusis on my watch list for a long time, actually. Drop me an email, so we can decide when a good time for a fun food lab would be, and then we can invite other people.

As for the cheese dip subject... corn chips have about 1 gram of fiber per 7 chips, roughly. Not much, but it's better than nothing.
snidegrrl
Feb. 7th, 2003 03:34 am (UTC)
This is on my list of things to plan for us... I really want to do the food lab, but I also really would like to follow through on the musical thing we wanted to do, as well, of course since we discussed it I haven't had the chance. :(
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