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This is how not-used to eating fruit I am …

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , on October 18, 2014 by Dena

Or something similar with better grammar that looks less like something Yoda would say. Anyway …

While I’m still not making a serious attempt at losing weight, I’m trying to at least do simple things like not eat junk food at work. The vending machines only charge $.25 and the two freezers are stuffed full of free ice cream bars–talk about hog heaven. Due to stress and just the sheer convenience of it, I’ve been indulging way too much lately.

What helps for me is to weigh every morning. I know a lot of people would advise against that because people end up obsessing over every little pound instead of looking at the big picture, but if I know I will weigh the next morning, I’m less likely to overeat and/or eat the wrong things. Tho, yes, sometimes I also end up obsessing over every little pound, but the upside is that it makes me more aware of my eating habits.

Anyway, went off on a bit of a tangent there. More to the point, I’m trying to eat more fruits and veggies–maybe I’ll make another entry about that later.

Well … I gotta be more careful when it comes to overripe fruit. I bought 2 huge peaches from the grocery store and decided that 1/4 of one is the perfect post-lunch dessert. The problem with that is that a cut-up peach sat in the fridge for 4 days. That last piece was not looking so good. Normally, I trust my senses, so since it smelled and tasted (marginally) okay, I figured it was safe to eat. This was Friday afternoon.

Friday night, after working on a project for hours and staying up until 2:30 AM, I decided to go to bed. Then my stomach started to hurt. Badly. Plus … err, there’s that other thing that goes along with stomach cramps. I go to bed thinking this couldn’t possibly last that long.

Nope, stomach was KILLING me and I was not gonna be able to sleep. So I get up, take some Immodium AD (couldn’t find the Pepto) and wait about 90 minutes for it to go away. Somehow, chamomile tea seemed to make it worse, but after 90 minutes, it subsided to the point where I was finally ready to try to go to sleep again.

I sleep until about 8. Stomach still hurts, and I’ve still got that other issue. I find the Pepto, take it, then go back to bed. Around 11, I wake up again and finally feel mostly better, but I have no appetite and decide not to make breakfast that morning. Sure enough, after morning coffee, stomach starts hurting again.

We had errands to run, so I buckled down and did it (going to Walmart on the weekend SUCKS!). By the time I got home, I was more tired and irritable than anything, but still with no appetite. Around 3 or so in the afternoon, I finally feel hungry, so I go with something simple: peanut butter on toast with just a little butter and honey for taste (I read somewhere that toast with PB is a good remedy for stomach cramps and … that other thing).

Dinnertime comes and I’m finally ready to eat real food. Since we didn’t have our usual breakfast and it was sounding good too me (and Lee) I made it for dinner. Can’t even describe how good scrambled eggs, sausage, and a little bit of grits with coffee tasted after not eating for most of the day. I don’t think I was ravenously hungry–I think I just missed food.

Anyway, I’m fine now. Sorry if this was a bit of TMI, but I’m posting it partly as a warning to myself to be more careful in the future. I mean, I basically ruined half of my weekend because I decided to be stubborn and eat a piece of fruit that I think I knew, deep down, had gone bad, and gave myself mild food poisoning. I think I just didn’t realize the results could be so devastating. Damn.

Low-Carb/Primal “Breaded” Chicken

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by Dena

This isn’t a recipe, so much as a cooking pro-tip. If you’re going low-carb and/or avoiding wheat, and want the effect of breaded fried chicken, crushed pork rinds are a great substitute.

I just take the chicken, dredge it in parmesan cheese (instead of flower), then egg, then crushed pork rinds (instead of bread crumbs). Fry on fairly high heat in a good oil (I use butter)–the the result is delicious crispy fried chicken.

I’ve tried this a few times recently, and it’s awesome.

You’re welcome.

Potato Hack Diet: Final

Posted in Exercise, Musings, Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2014 by Dena

Okay, I was able to weigh and I’ll tell the result, but first let me explain where I started.

The lowest weight I got to when I hit my plateau was 182.

After quitting my job in Memphis and moving to Sacramento, I started consuming a lot of junk food, and surprisingly I only ever got up to about 184.

After doing the potato hack (and probably because of the exercise as well), I’m now back down to 182. So not spectacular or anything, but at least I undid that small amount of damage.

What I’m going to take away from this diet is that I’ve re-learned some self-control when it comes to succumbing to junk food cravings, so even though I’m going to go back to regular-Primal-ish, I’m going to try to apply that and stop cheating so much. Since it’s a much less strict diet, it should be easier to control myself.

I hope I can get back to losing weight again. I’m really only about halfway to where I hope to eventually be. I have accomplished a lot, but at the same time, I’m still a work-in-progress.

Potato Hack Diet, Day 4

Posted in Exercise, Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , , on March 19, 2014 by Dena

This one was intentionally only semi-potato hack, since I was running out of potatoes.

Basically, I did a similar thing as yesterday. Had a normal breakfast, potatoes for lunch and dinner, plus half a chicken breast for dinner.

Unfortunately, I cheated big time and had some Cheeto’s, but it didn’t screw up my numbers too badly other than calories. I didn’t do as well with the fat either–couldn’t keep from adding a little butter to my potatoes. I think I could pull this off for maybe 2 days, but 4 is too many. I did get the cravings mostly under control, but by the end of the day, I was just dying for something different and the Cheeto’s were calling to me. But I did, at least, get my 15 minutes of walking in.

This isn’t something I could do regularly, but if I ever decide to do the “carb refeed” thing one day a week or something, like some low-carbers do, this might be a good way to do it.

If I get a chance to weigh tomorrow, I’ll post the progress on that (or lack thereof).

Potato Hack Diet, Day 3

Posted in Exercise, Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by Dena

I messed up and ate half a chicken breast. I had just gotten back from going to the doctor with my husband (he’d been having panic attacks for two weeks), and after eating a potato’s worth of fries I’d made earlier … it just didn’t feel like enough. I was stressed and not feeling satiated so I ate the other half of the chicken breast I’d cooked for him.

I did do much better on the fat, tho. Only about 29 grams, where yesterday I had more like 50.

I also finally got around to taking a walk around the buildings–15 minutes of walking. I also did the PB exercises (squats, push-ups, and planks) for the first time in ages.

I’ve only got about 2 servings of potatoes left, so tomorrow will be my last day, plus I’ll probably have a little chicken with dinner again because it won’t be enough, otherwise. So I’ll do one more semi-day.

Potato Hack Diet, Day 2

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Dena

Day 2 went well, I guess. I’m having a hard time not getting hungry a couple of hours after eating potatoes, so I think I’ve proven that I can’t pull off a nearly-vegetarian diet, if nothing else =P This is definitely not a long-term thing for me.

Slight change in how I’m handling it–I was trying to add fat, but the MDA forum users convinced me to stop (tho I will continue having eggs and sausage for breakfast, but starting tomorrow, I’m only gonna have 1 egg, and add a bit of some form of potato), so I’m no longer adding butter to the potatoes. I’m probably still using too much fat, since I’m still eating the mashed potatoes I made a few days ago, but I had less than yesterday.

I think I’m gonna run out of potatoes at the end of either tomorrow or the next day, so I’ll probably just end it then.

I’ll see if I can weigh after it’s over–of course I didn’t weight when it started, but I think I have an idea of what my weight was then, since it’s been pretty consistent lately.

Oh yeah, I’m craving sweets a lot–I think it’s probably just because I’m using this diet as an excuse to ween myself off of them, so I haven’t had any junk food for the last 2 days after having it daily. Instead of junk food, I’m substituting coffee, tea, or lemonade made with Truvia whenever I get a craving for sweets.

Again, we’ll see how this goes.

Potato Hack Diet, Day 1 (plus recipe)

Posted in Musings, Recipes/Food, Weight with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2014 by Dena

So, I’m doing it.

I’m still having sausage and eggs for breakfast, but after that, it’s potatoes whenever I get hungry, tho I’m not being super strict even with that part, as I’ll explain below.

First, here’s what I made in advance for the next couple days …

Paleo Mashed Potatoes

Not much of a recipe, and I forgot to take any pics, but here’s what I threw together.


  • 4 red potatoes (they were the cheapest)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3T of coconut milk
  • Spoonful or so of minced garlic
  • Salt, pepper, onion powder to taste

Peel and chop potatoes.

Boil water and/or bone broth. I started with bone broth, then added water until it looked like enough to cover the potatoes. Once boiling, add the potatoes and cook for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender enough that they almost fall apart when speared with a fork.

Drain, then add butter and coconut milk. At this point, I used a stick blender to mash potatoes and mix everything.

Add salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste–seriously, I just eyeballed it.


Back to the diet–traditionally, it’s supposed to be just potatoes, according to the info I read, but I have to put something on them. Also, I don’t want this to be a starvation diet (tho it’s near the end of the day, and I’ve only gotten about half my normal amount of calories in–not sure if that’s such a good thing, but I’ll see how I feel after doing this for awhile. I’ll quit if I end up feeling low on energy), plus I don’t want to suffer too much. Did that in spades with the Cabbage Soup Diet–never again! Anyway, in addition to potatoes, you can have only water, coffee, and tea to drink–that part I am sticking with. No sugar in my coffee, either, but I will continue to use Truvia.

For dinner tonight, I made Lemon Chicken with Potatoes, but I only ate the potatoes. Seriously craving something sweet right now, so maybe I’ll have some coffee in a bit.

Like I said, we’ll see how this goes. Unfortunately I don’t have a scale so I can’t really show my progress here, but I’m mostly hoping this’ll help with my junk food cravings.

EDIT – At around 10:15, I couldn’t decide if I was hungry or just wanting food. Came to the conclusion that I was slightly hungry and, since I had a very late breakfast and skipped lunch, decided to eat half a serving of mashed potatoes.

And now I’m craving sweets again. Had coffee earlier, think I’ll make some lemonade with Truvia this time.

ANOTHER EDIT – After midnight, and stomach is growling, so I’m eating the other half of that serving of mashed potatoes. I’ll probably be going to bed soon, but I HATE going to bed on an empty stomach.