Posts Tagged ‘Good food choices



17
Feb
09

Enticing tamales and a good alternative. Food post

Tamales

I love Mexican Food.  It is by far my favorite type of food.  A friend of mine gave me a couple of pounds of tamales the other day.  These are real and authentic tamales.  Nothing fake or anything, truly hand-made.  They were really tasty and they are the precise reason why I ended up eating to many of my points the other day.   In my weight watchers points book, two of these relatively small yummies pack 9 points.  Now that is a lot of points because for most people two tamales is not going to end up giving you that “satisfied” feeling in the tummy even though they are yummy.

I have been trying to post about some alternatives to the food we like.  Real life things that we can eat that will replace the stuff that we like that don’t help us stay healthy.  These tamales were great, but since I had several pounds of them I was tempted all day long to eat more than just two.  Is there a more healthy way to prepare these so that we can enjoy a few more?

Continue reading ‘Enticing tamales and a good alternative. Food post’

14
Feb
09

Winning the weight loss battle over donuts . HAHA

Donuts with Audrey

Last night I had a little tiny situation.  I was very hungry yesterday, even after my sweet potato at lunch,  so I ate more than I had planned after getting home.  I consumed 12 points extra but it was all from pretty healthy food.  After my dinner I made one of my sister’s famous shakes, had some wasabi peas, coffee,  and a yogurt.  I think I needed it all because I was feeling so hungry.  I had just finished my 6 mile run and was feeling very good about my body and then came the “situation”.  DUM DUM DUUUUUM!!!

My wife casually said that she was going to go get a chocolate donut and asked me to go.  Of course I wanted to go!  But was it for the donut or for the wife.  What do you think I went for 🙂 Continue reading ‘Winning the weight loss battle over donuts . HAHA’

13
Feb
09

I gave in to temptation. OOOPS!!!

I was really doing great about not drinking any pop.  As you may remember, I had a regular coke right after my marathon but I did not really count that because I know for a fact that the 3 point drink was completely engulfed into my body within minutes of drinking it.  I was feeling pretty down today and so I went for the good old chemical pick-me-up of a diet Coke.  It was tasty and refreshing. AAAAAHHHHHHHH!! 🙂  I don’t have guilt about it so won’t get bogged down into emotional eating because of this mis-hap.  Hey, 1 Diet Coke for the last week and a half is actually a pretty big victory.   HAHA  How do you like that, I turned this OOOPS into a valuable win.  HAHAHA

Diet Coke

13
Feb
09

Daily weight loss success: Yesterday

This is Menudo.  Cow Stomach

This is Menudo. Cow Stomach

I put the above pic into today’s post just for fun.  It is a rack full of cow’s stomach.  Yummy, eh?  HAHAHA  🙂 Here is a recipe if you ever feel adventurous.

So back to yesterday.  I was feeling very hungry all day yesterday.  I pretty much ate all of my days worth of food before 10 am.  So that left me to a lot of water drinking until dinner time. HAHAHAHA  I did stray from what was expected for  my day by eating almonds.  They are good for me and all but I did not account for them points wise before hand.  I did count them after consumption.  40 almonds=7 points.  It was a nice change I guess and it did not put me into points debt to bad.  I ate a healthy dinner and watched LOST with my wife.  Three episodes in a row actually.  This is the only TV show pretty much that we buy to watch.  Biggest Loser too but she says that she is done with that show.  Went over my points by two but the day before I was under by two so it worked out.

My exercise has been going well too.  On Wednesday I did a 6 mile run and yesterday I did 5 miles total with about 2 miles as speed work.  It was tuff but exhilarating and fun.  I pushed myself and I feel like the whole running faster thing is getting a little easier.  I guess that is until I push it to the next level and than it will be new again.  My legs were not sore even a tiny bit from the marathon.  Not even during my runs did I feel fatigue in them.  The week before was a different story, they felt tired every run.  That is all for now.

13
Feb
09

Want to feel full? Try this run4change food staple!

I have a food in my arsenal that will get me from hungry to satisfied in only 5 minutes.  It is nutritious and tasty.  It is the ugly and under-rated sweet potato.  This one food has produced more satisfaction than almost any other food that I eat (healthy food that is HAHA ).

There are many ways that you can cook it, but most people think of it as a holiday for only.  Oh the wonderful sweet potato.  It is so much more than a holiday dish.  I microwave them for 5 minutes, slice ’em up, spray some stuff on it that is so good that I can’t believe it’s not butter, add some salt and pepper, and I am good to go.  Filling, sweetish, carby, lovely.  It is only 3-4 points on WW too.  I also bake them with a very thin coating of olive oil (my favorite, but more time consuming method).  This renders the potato into a soft and delicate delight.  Another way I do it is the old microwave method but then I slice it long ways and thin.  Then I fry the slices in a pan with spray or olive oil and it turns into a fry of sorts.  Great change on the texture front.  Here are some other recipes to try out on the this run4change staple food: Continue reading ‘Want to feel full? Try this run4change food staple!’

12
Feb
09

This foodie post is for Mike. Dinner last night

This whole plate was 4 points

This whole plate was 4 points

Ok Mike, here is a post about some of the food that I eat.  This pic is of my dinner last night.  One cup of “Better ‘n Eggs”, 15 pieces of small potatoes wedges, veggies, and an Alternative Bagel.  It was a filling assortment of food and I really enjoyed it.  A very fast meal that took me about 10 minutes to prepare but got me full and satisfied.   At only 4 points, it is a good emergency “go to” if you don’t have many points left for the evening time.

Eggs beaters, bagles, greek seasoning

Here are the special ingredients by themselves.  The alternative bagels are 1 point each and are a great way to go for a carb.  The egg stuff is 2 point per cup.  I always use the Cavenders Greek Seasoning as my spice up for potatoes.  I love the Greek Seasoning.  I also use it for all meat that I cook whether it be chicken, beef, or pork.

Salsa

One of the first things that I do when I get home is open the fridge and snack on the salsa that I have at the present time.  It is not always this kind, but I always try to have some on hand.  I eat it plain with a spoon right from the container.  This little gem helps get something in my stomach before so I don’t snack away during my dinner time preparations.  Salsa is an invaluable resource for my WW journey.  I eat it pretty much every day.  It does not last long in my house.  I also need to keep the chips out of the house or I will default to chips and salsa instead of just salsa thereby adding way more points than needed.

So coupled with these items that I ate last night, I also ate one banana, a giant shake that my sister invented that is only 4 points but extremely delicious and splurgy.  With these after dinner snacks my points eaten once I got home were 10.  Not to bad for having a huge amount of food.

11
Feb
09

A natural cycle of the weight loss journey. Don’t panic!

My journey towards health has an unavoidable cycle.  I think it is a healthy cycle, but it is one that brings about panic sometimes.  Like most things in life, my journey ebbs and flows from one direction to the other.  The same thing happens in relationships.  You get really close, then drift a bit, then get close again.  It is the nature of finding balance in the different elements of my life.  So the cycle is a good thing.  It is a learning process.  The longer I succeed on the journey, the closer to balance I get, the closer to my dream I become.  Keep reading to find out more about this cycle and the fears related to it. Continue reading ‘A natural cycle of the weight loss journey. Don’t panic!’

09
Feb
09

My 12th marathon report!

 

Race Headquaters

Race Headquarters

 

Minutes before the start

Minutes before the start

The marathon went well.  It was a very hard marathon for me mentally.  I had two pretty big ruff patches.  One between miles 16-18 and another between miles 24-26.2.  It was a good experience though and once again I learned that I could push more than I thought.  I also got two blisters.  You would never guess where either I bet.  I got one on each collar bone. HAHAHAHA  I had my Ipod, a bag of my fueling stuff, two gels, a hat, and an ear cover thing in my jacket pockets.  The extra weight of the miles just rubbed my skin off.  It started to bother me around mile 15 but I have had this before so I knew it was not big deal. Continue reading ‘My 12th marathon report!’

06
Feb
09

One more weight loss/health food not to pass up

Almond MilkA very awesome woman, I will call her wonder-woman :), gave me such a great food find.  Wonder-woman:) (just kidding HAHAHA).  I mean Pubsgal said that she used almond milk for her coffee.  I was taken by suprise.  Almond milk, what is almond milk.  I asked her, she kindly told me.  I got mine at Trader Joe’s last night and I have to tell you that I totally love it.  It is lower in calories than 1% milk and it tastes 100% better (I never really liked milk myself).  

I have decided to try and go to tea instead of coffee to see how that works.  This Vanilla Almond Milk will go perfectly with it.  Can’t wait to try it.

THANKS PUBSGAL, YOU ROCK BIG TIME FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

05
Feb
09

Do you ever fudge? Read this to see why I gained weight!

peanut-butter-fudgeThe cat is out of the bag.  I confessed it to my sister already so now it is your turn.  Lucky you huh!!  You may laugh, you may cry, you may say “Crap!!  I do that too!!”  So due to my weight gain at the last WI, I did some searching and recollecting on my food intake.  Oh yeah, I found a few little big fudges that I constantly do.  Not sure if they made me gain but they sure could have.

On this blog and on the WW boards, many many people recommended that I eat more.  But through my research into my gain I learned that eating more may not be the “final” answer.  I wondered if I should eat more but I also found out that I was eating more than I was documenting.  Thus the “FUDGE”.  The truth is that I am not sure how much I was eating but I am sure that I was eating more than I was counting.  I also found out from some very wonderful links and equations that I may have been over stating the number of points I was getting for exercise.  Not that I did this on purpose, but the WW online is a bit general in these activity calculations for running so I learned more accurate ways to do it.  I realized on this that I was not getting as many AP’s as I thought.  Read on to find out how I was fudging the heck out of things. HAHAHA Continue reading ‘Do you ever fudge? Read this to see why I gained weight!’

03
Feb
09

Dinner Time: Nobody starves at my house, especially ME!

Tilapia and potatoes 2Alright everybody, I have gotten mucho feed back when I post some of the food I eat on the blog.  So I decided to do a post on a meal that is sure to fill you up yet not steal away all of your points.  This meal is one that I often make whether I have a lot of point left over or just a few.  I love it, it tastes great, and IT WILL GET YOU FULL AND SATISFIED!!!  The pic to the left is a pic inspired by many of your pics that you take of food.  The pic below is to demonstrate the raw size and amount of the food that you get.  I like quantity and I emphasize it when I cook.  Here is what is in the meal.

  • Tilapia Fillet= 2 points  (Pan fried with cooling spray)
  • Asian style veggies= zero points (Steamed)
  • 9 oz potato= 3 points (Baked, thinly sliced, then pan fried with cooking spray)
  • Popcorn= 1 point (Microwave)
  • Sugar free/fat free jello and cool whip= 1 point

Total number of points for this huge amount of food= 7 POINTS

Bonus material:  I can wear a size 32 jean.  Before I wore a size 44.

Tilapia and potatoes

02
Feb
09

What and the heck do you eat?

This is what I will be eating while at work today.

This is what I will be eating while at work today.

This is what I am eating at work today.  I ate 4 points for breakfast before I got to work and drank 2 points worth of coffee with creamer in it.  Here is the order in which I am going to eat this food.

7:00 am-  Popcorn and yogurt

9:00 am-  Two packets of low sugar oatmeal and banana

11:00 am- Lean Cuisine, one clementine, and one carrot

12:30 pm- Green beans, jello, clementine

2:30 pm- Soup and one carrot.

So that is how I eat on a normal day.  This is kind of my schedule of intake I guess.  Throw a couple of diet cokes into the mix and I am set until about 6:30 when I eat dinner.

See my lunch the last time I posted a picture of it here

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29
Jan
09

Best of both worlds. Got my chips but kept my points. Well, some of ’em

kettle chips baked

Last night I still wanted to eat those darn kettle chips.  A special person from the WW message boards recommended that I get the baked Kettle chips instead.  She posted the cals., fat, fiber.  Very helpful and encouraging person. So I got some last night and I think I made a big step towards health, at least in my own mind.  Instead of getting the fully fried kind that I really wanted in the full sized bag, I did something different.  I bought the baked ones in a personal sized bag.  This to me was a balanced effort to eat what I wanted yet stay on the healthier side of things too.  So here I am, eating my wonderful snack.  It amounted to 7 points.  Another amazing thing is that I only ate 3/4 of the bag and gave the rest to my wife.  By the way, these chips beat the pants off of baked lays because they are actual potato slices rather than compressed mashed potatoes.

 

 

kettle chips baked 2

I had a wonderful run last night too.  I did 6 miles at a 8:51 pace.  That is pretty good for me.  My new training program calls for more pace work to enhance my fitness instead of all loooooooooooooooooong slow running.  Long slow running got me in the shape that I am in and it is a great base, but as you know, I want more balance.  I don’t want to run for 14 hours a week anymore.  The program will get me in shape for my races in a little different fashion.

Other than the chips, my eating went well.  I used 11 of my extra 35 points after eating my dinner and some popsicles. Over all it was a good WW day and night.

26
Jan
09

Most recent evil foes to my health!!

Here is a picture of my most current evil foe.  I have been sooooooooo wanting to eat these it is not even funny.  Everyday I consider going to the store and getting a big bag of them.  My plan is always to eat the whole thing by myself.  I am not sure what it is about these, but I absolutely love them.  There is (I think) approximately 50 something points to the 14 oz bag.  I was leaving work to go buy some just now but I decided, reluctantly, to do a post instead. 

I thought it would be a good idea to uncover the temptation and let it out.  So here it is.  Now you know what tempts the living heck out of me on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

maple-bar-1Here is the other thing that tempts me most.  The chips and these maple bars are the two items that I seem to want to go off program with.  Other stuff I don’t think on much, but these maple bars coupled with the above chips is a heavenly dream weight loss nightmare. HAHA  When I have gone for it and had maple bars, I usually will have 3 or 4 of them at a time.  It doesn’t matter where they come from either. 

Thank God I haven’t had one of these maple bars yet. I happen to love bacon too. UMMM, Yummy!!

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So there you have it, some of my recent temptations.  Hope you enjoyed it.

24
Jan
09

Had a hard time, but I came out ok

For some reason by the time I was leaving work yesterday I was tired, grumpy, and lacking strength to eat healthy.  I just didn’t want to think about doing a good job with my eating and I felt like isolating myself.  I was kind of tired of people and I did not want to talk about anything.  To tell you the truth, I was going to go and eat a bunch of crappy food to try and make myself feel better.  You know, I thought of it like a reward for feeling tired.  To tell you even more truth, I was the one who put in SECRET # 26.  I am happy to say that I did not do it but I was just right on the edge,  just about to leave work to hurry off to the store and buy the junk food.  Then I got the call that put the pressure on even more. Continue reading ‘Had a hard time, but I came out ok’

17
Jan
09

Thank God for steak!! Check out this protein buffet

Loads of lamb, beef, and pork

Loads of lamb, beef, and pork

Today we cooked over 100 lbs of beef, lamb, and pork for our employees.  We are having to work 7 days this week so we thought it would be nice to give them this little treat.  In the picture above you can see the delicious morsels of protein.  I ate my fare share of it too.  An employee had to use my truck and my lunch was inside of it.  I had no lunch so I splurged on the meat.  I ate 12 oz of beef tenderloin steak.  Boy was it good.  I love beef but eat mostly chicken and fish.  Unfortunately, I ate before I calculated the points.  The 12oz of beef tenderloin was 29 points.  I have the activity points to cover this for the week, but that is a lot of points.  No guilt though.  I will move on and eat accordingly for the rest of the day.

More still a cookin

More still a cookin

The best part of it all was that over a hundred people were blessed with free, high quality food.  They loved it too

16
Jan
09

Dealing with friends and family who are not on the journey: Q&A

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Although we are on this journey towards health, we have to come out of our little cocoon sometimes.  Friends and family invite us over or invite us out for a fun evening.  What do we do?  How do we live out our journey when we are with those who are not on the journey themselves.  That is the question I received during this last Q&A session.  Here is the question:

“How do you tell your friends or family when they think they are doing the right thing, but they aren’t really?  Let me explain…. How do you (and other people) make your friends and family understand the new way you eat?  I can’t get it through to them, and I find myself turning down invitations.”

This is an awesome question and I am sure that every person that is on the weight loss and health journey has to answer it at some  point.  Here is my answer and the answer of another wonderful blogger. Continue reading ‘Dealing with friends and family who are not on the journey: Q&A’

15
Jan
09

Such a hard time tonight

I am not sure why exactly, but I am having a terrible time tonight.  I just want to get it all out there.  Here is what I want to do.  I want to go to the store and buy a smaller sized bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos and three sticks of pepperoni.  Then I want to just sit in my car and take one bite of pepperoni and eat some chips.  One bite and some chips, one bit and some chips, etc.  I just want to go off big time right now.  I already ate some of my wife’s healthy nuts and I don’t know how many dang points I ate.  I had a 1 point hot dog already too.  What I really want is to forget about eating right and have some pizza and doughnuts too.  That sounds really freaking good right now.  Do you guys ever have those times where you just are like, “I want what I want dang it.  And I want junk until I am FULL.”  Not a bite or taste, but like I used to do back in the day before WW where I got totally full.  I saw my dad eating doughnuts today, maybe that is what set it off. 

Oh yeah, I never went into what I don’t want to do.  I don’t want to run.  I should go out for an hour according to my plans, but I am singing “Tomorrow, Tomorrow!”  Then I say no, I will run but only for thirty minutes.  Well, I went outside and it was freaking cold so I came right back in.  I ran for a total of 24 seconds.  How many points do I get for that.  Oh well, just letting out the pity party.  I don’t even want to put a pic in this darn post and that is just not like me.  I call it a funk.  I am in a funk.  Maybe my wife will kick me in the butt and get me out running.  See you later guys, I guess I am going to go running 🙂

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14
Jan
09

Healthy eats & Good treats: Chung’s spring rolls

chungs-spring-rollsWhen I first started Weight Watchers, my sister and I found these gems.  Some friend of my sisters’ recommended them.  I loved them so much and they really helped me stay on the program and feel like I was able to eat anything I wanted.  They taste great and they are pretty low in points.  I used to eat the whole box at once.  It was really filling.  There are 5 rolls per box and it takes 2 minutes to cook them in the microwave.  I think the whole box is around 7.5-8 points.

This information also includes eating the sweet sauce that comes with the rolls.  At first I did not like the sauce but it grew on me.  Now I always use the sauce.  You can buy Chung’s veggie spring rolls at these stores.  They also have a websitethat you can look at if you want to.  Hopefully this is helpful for ya.  It sure was fun talking to you.

07
Jan
09

Healthy eats & Good treats: Alternative Bagels

alternative-bagelI wanted to start trying to post about some of the tasty foods that help me stay on track.  You know, those foods that are substitutes for the more unhealthy choices we could make.  Here is a good example.  Bagels can be pretty high in points/calories.  I like bagels, my mom always gave them to me in my lunches back in the day.  These bagels produced by Western Bagel are a good substitute for the normal high cal. bagel.

Calories: 110

Fiber: 7 grams

Fat: Fat free

Flavors: Cinnamon spice, country white, roasted onion, sweet wheat, and very blueberry.

I like to get the cinnamon.  It is like eating a tasty little dessert.  Add some fat free or Weight Watchers cream cheese to make it a 2 point snack.  Sometimes healthier choices are small and not as yummy, but these bagels have the same texture, taste, and size of a normal bagel.  That is all a plus for me.  I don’t feel deprived eating these.  If you like bagels, you should give these a try.  It will be worth it.  You can buy them on their website or you can find them at Super Walmart