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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.

Haven’t felt like updating / change in routine

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

So, yeah … there hasn’t been much in the way of “Ever-changing” with Dena lately (can I just go on record as saying I hate the name of my own blog?  XD  But I digress …)

Still in a hotel room. I have had a string of temp jobs since about January, and we got a nice tax refund, so we’re okay for now. Unfortunately, I am jobless at the moment, but hopefully things will look up again soon. Anyway, enough about that.

There is one change I could talk about–it’s something I decided to start doing while unemployed and now that we have our own space: I shower and make breakfast first thing in the morning.

My routine used to go like this: Wake up, get coffee and drink it while going on the internet for about 30 minutes, then spend another 15-30 minutes getting ready, then leave, and still feel barely awake once I got to work.

Now, it’s: Wake up, shower for about 30 minutes, make breakfast (which also takes around 30 minutes), then eat while going online, etc., for about 30 minutes, then spend 15-30 minutes getting ready.

As you can probably guess, it adds something like an extra hour to my morning routine, but I think it’s worth it–I’m pretty much wide awake once I get out of the shower. I still drink coffee, but I don’t feel chained to it anymore.

On the downside, being unemployed and having my computer set up on the kitchen counter is having a really bad effect on my eating habits–being bored/depressed and with junk food within arms reach, I’m just eating way too much junk lately. But tomorrow, I’m going to try something different, known as the Potato Hack. I just feel like trying a mono-food diet (somewhat) might help get me back on track with eating more responsibly. But I’ll talk more about that in a later post.

I also haven’t been exercising, but with California weather being so nice lately, I think it’s time to change that, so I’m gonna try to start walking again.

I don’t have a scale, but my mom does, so I try to use hers when I’m at her house and I think about it–the good news is that while I haven’t lost anything, I at least haven’t gained either, so things could be worse.

I think that’s about it for now. It’s 2 AM and I don’t have it in me to come up with a snappy ending remark  XD

For what it’s worth, I will try to update more (in case anyone still even reads this).

I Have Officially (Mostly) Given Up Dairy (For Now)

Posted in Exercise, Recipes/Food, Weight with tags , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2013 by Dena

Actually, this is kind of an update to a previous post where I talked about hitting a wall (or at least a steep incline) with my weight loss.

I don’t plan to give up dairy forever, but I wanted to try cutting it out of my diet for awhile to see what happens. I figure after that, and especially once I get down to my goal weight, I can have it on occasion.

I ended up starting a week ago, with a couple exceptions–I did still have some fat bombs left that were made with butter, and I was continuing to eat those once a day, if only so they wouldn’t go to waste, and I did put a little butter on my steamed carrots for a couple days, but that’s it. Oh, and I had maybe a 1/2 cup of milk–one of my co-workers turned 50, and we celebrated with milk and cookies. I hadn’t had milk and cookies in ages so I decided to splurge a little. But I haven’t touched cheese in a week–I even got a regular (bun-less) burger from Five Guys, instead of the usual cheeseburger (it’s a weekly thing)–I put sliced avocado on it when I got home instead.

I also just made clarified butter, which I will now use instead of regular butter. Bit of a compromise, but it is supposed to basically take all of the “bad” stuff out that makes some people sensitive to dairy products. Fairly popular in the primal community.

I have also started doing the Primal Blueprint fitness routine (well, the push-ups, squats, and planks anyway–don’t have a pull-up bar). Meant to do it on Tuesday and Friday, but I was so full from the burger last night, I decided to put it off until today–haven’t done it yet, but I WILL. Probably shortly after typing this. But I also did a session of sprinting on Wednesday–all this along with my daily walking routine.

The result is that I lost 2 lbs this week! So yay–hopefully I can stay on track and go back to averaging a pound per week.

No improvement in my sinuses that I’ve noticed, but my husband had a very mild bug of some kind, which I think I had an even milder version of, so that may have cancelled out any good reaction from the lack of dairy.

Raw eggs in my coffee–I’VE GONE TOO FAR!

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , , on July 26, 2013 by Dena

I love this kind of thing about the Paleo community. As if putting a stick of butter in your coffee wasn’t weird enough, now we’re putting raw eggs in our coffee! Stop the madness!

In all seriousness, tho, I never tried Bulletproof coffee because I don’t feel like whipping out the blender first thing in the morning, and don’t like the idea of my coffee having an oil slick. But the idea of Primal Egg Coffee sounded interesting, and a few in Mark’s forum have reported pretty good results with just beating the egg with a fork instead of using a blender.

I was gonna try it first in the evening on a weekend, in case I ended up not liking it or it made me sick or something, but I slept REALLY poorly last night (nothing serious, just once in awhile, I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back too sleep for 2 hours–not fun) and ended up getting up a full half-hour early. Mark and others have reported this giving them extra energy, so I figured it’d be as good a morning as any to try it.

I added my cream, truvia and sugar to the cup as usual, then cracked the egg in there, and beat it with a fork as best I could, then I added the coffee in three parts, beating between each. I was afraid I’d end up with egg goop at the bottom of the cup, but fortunately I didn’t (yah, there’s a texture I don’t need in my mouth first thing in the morning–ick).

It really didn’t effect the taste at all, or even the color, which is good–just gives it a thicker consistency, which is kind of nice. Only thing I don’t like is that all that stirring causes the coffee to cool off too quickly, so I’m wishing I’d microwaved it a bit afterwards, but oh well. I use a coffee warmer and was hoping that’d help, but it didn’t until I got to the last inch or two of coffee.

It definitely seems more filling, which is actually the original reason I wanted to try this. I normally have a cup of coffee when I first wake up, then I have a proper breakfast once I get to work. Used to work fine, but lately, I am STARVING by the time I get there, so I’ve been wondering what I could do differently to hold myself over until then–really not into solid food in the morning, I just want my coffee. Then I read that this is supposed to be extra-filling (not surprising with the added egg) so I figured I’d give it a try soon.

So that’s my experience with Primal Egg Coffee so far. Time will tell if it staves off hunger as long as I’m hoping–maybe I’ll go back and edit later to give the consensus on that)

EDIT – Wow, kept me full for 2 extra hours and probably more. Instead of being starving at 7:30, I’m a bit peckish at nearly 9:30 (after exercise, no less). Could probably go awhile longer without eating, but it’s hard to not put myself on a schedule when I’m at work for some reason. I will skip my second cup of coffee, tho.

So I totally caved on the Berries-with-Whipped-Cream

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by Dena

Incoming crappy picture–sorry, don’t know where the regular digital camera is, and the camera on the camcorder isn’t that great when the lighting isn’t perfect.

It looks kind of festive with the red, white, and blue, and this amount of whipped cream has so little sugar that it comes up as zero on MyFitnessPal, and only about 2 carbs.

Also, I added a little Truvia to the strawberries since they’re a little more tart than I’d like. Blueberries are nice and sweet, tho.

berries cream

Happy 4th, everybody!

Spaghetti Squash (and other veggies-in-disguise)

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2013 by Dena

I’ve decided I like it!

I originally tried it back when I was on South Beach Diet a few years ago. I had tried to use it as a replacement for pasta and … I dunno, it didn’t do too much for me at the time. Maybe I just don’t like it with spaghetti sauce, or maybe it was seemingly everyone claiming it was exactly like real spaghetti which caused me to be disappointed that it wasn’t.

In any case, I gave it another chance today–told myself, “Okay, this is SQUASH, deal with it” and tried some with just butter, salt, and Parmesan cheese … and I like it! I think next time, I’ll add cooked chicken. Would probably be good with garlic too. Hell, maybe I’ll even try adding spaghetti sauce again sometime to see if I’ve warmed up to it.

I only ate about a third of it, and put the other two thirds in the freezer so I’ll be able to have some again soon with less effort. I also kept the seeds (also in the freezer) so I can roast them some time–I read somewhere that you can roast the seeds of just about any squash and it’ll taste about the same as roasted pumpin seeds, and I used to love those. I just feel so resourceful right now  =P

I’ve also decided that I like grated cauliflower “rice”, also with just butter and salt.

I tried making turnip “fries” not too long ago–they didn’t turn out very good, but I think they were under-cooked, so I’m definitely gonna give that a shot again sometime.

Y’know, I think I just like vegetables that don’t look like vegetables  XD

Some of the more “hard core” members of the Paleo community frown on this sort of thing–it’s the idea of making primal food mimic “standard American diet” (I love that the acronym for that is “SAD”, BTW, very fitting) food rather than keeping it the way it is–like you’ll be more likely to go back to the old food or something. I do kind of see the point, but I dunno … I just think stuff like this is kind of fun to make sometimes.

Maybe it’s the challenge.