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What I Ate Today

Back when I was first searching the web for info about raw food and plant-based diets I wanted to find out what people were actually eating.  Turns out there is a lot of talk about what we should eat, but very little about what we do eat.
Recently recommitted to my health, I’ve decided to truly document what I eat and what exercise (if any) I do every day.
My current objective:
  • Eat a plant-based diet (some raw/some cooked) with the  exception of honey, a few eggs each week ,and local raw goat cheese when I can get it.
  • Raw organic fruits and veggies should be the bulk of my daily intake.
  • I want to avoid foods cooked in oil, all dairy, added salt, gluten and most grains, processed foods including vegan junk food, and refined sugar.  I stopped eating meat last October and for now am sticking to that decision.
Note: Below is about a month’s worth of daily diet entries that should provide an example of how I am eating currently and the results.  At some point in the future I will begin tightening up how I eat even further.  There are several improvements I want to try out and I will share more menus and pics when I have them…

Daily Logs

Sun Mar 20

Exercise:

None.

Food:

  • Spinach blended with fresh squeezed OJ
  • Nettle tea.
  • Gluten free , dairy free bread from a local bakery with organic mayo, mustard, avocado, tomato, and olives.
  • 2 Bananas.
  • Ate gluten free vegan Indian food at our favorite Indian restaurant in town with a glass of Merlot.
  • Made a pretty pink margarita by squeezing blood oranges and limes and adding tequila and cointreau.
  • 2 gluten free dairy free chocolate chip cookies.
  • Red Marine algae supplement.

Critical Analysis:

We drove out to Slab City and Salvation Mountain today–trippy place.

I feel like the way I am eating now is healthful and at the very least a good baseline form of eating.  This week I bought gluten-free bread and some cookies from a new local bakery that is focusing on non GMO gluten and dairy free baked goods.  I will not be including these kind of products on a regular basis because I don’t want to include a lot of grains and processed carbs even if they are from better sources.  But enjoying an occasional sandwich is a nice option.

Grade:

B

Thur Mar 17

Exercise:

None. Too many bookie deadlines.

Food:

  • 2 plums
  • Split-Cell Chlorella supplement
  • Green tea.
  • Banana
  • Nettle tea.
  • A clean & simple fresh squeezed lime/lemon/and orange margarita while cleaning up the bar.
  • “Pizzas” made with organic brown rice tortillas as the crust.  Topped with artichoke, tomato, mushroom, olive, garlic, and two pizza sauces–pesto and tomato.
  • A glass of red wine.
  • Serving of cookie dough flavored ice cream made from coconuts (non-dairy, gluten free).
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.
  • Red Marine algae supplement.

Critical Analysis:

While in TJ I managed to avoid meat, but I did have gluten (as in lots of cerveza), and I did find myself drunk and choosing little quesadillas from a street vendor–so I had some dairy as well.  Overall, I ate surprisingly healthy this time.  I brought a big sack of tangelos with me, some organic snack samples from the trade show, and even supplemented with a quality vitamin C suspension and green foods in pill form.

Now that I am back I want to re-focus on cleaning up my diet even further.  I was getting lax again about cooking with oil, which I want to avoid the majority of the time and instead use my cast iron grill for fajita veggies, etc.

You may also see me experimenting a little with supplements I wouldn’t normally take.  The radiation scare here on the west coast has my attention, and while I believe my current diet is sufficient under normal circumstances, if harmful levels of radiation are detected stateside I will be taking high doses of vitamin C, ginseng, Kelp and other sea vegetables, reishi, and split-cell chlorella.

Grade:

B -

NOTICE:  MARCH 12 — MARCH 16 I WON’T BE UPDATING THIS PAGE.

Zebras everywhere in TJ

I am attending the Natural Products EXPO WEST trade show in Anaheim, and then I will be crossing the border into Tijuana Mexico to get my drink on for a few party nights.  Check back soon to see how my first non meat eating trip to Mexico went, and I will be blogging about what is new in the natural foods world.

Fri Mar 11

Exercise:

Took a half hour walk in our 90 degree “spring” weather and face searing sun.

Food:

  • Pineapple
  • Green Tea.
  • Cracked open a coconut and drank it down.
  • 2 bananas at work.
  • Jim Beam Manhattan while cleaning up the bar.
  • Nachos: organic unsalted corn tortilla chips, pinto beans, onion & peppers sauteed in olive oil with spices and jalapeno sauce, guacamole with fresh tomato.
  • A gluten free beer.
  • Another serving of that coconut ice cream (non-dairy, gluten free).
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Today I made two classic mistakes.  No greens, and I didn’t eat enough early in the day.  I couldn’t catch up and felt hungry and foggy all night at work.  That is why I try and remember to START my day with some green stuff.

Grade:

B -

Thur Mar 10

Exercise:

So stoked.  Pumped up the tires on my fixed gear and took her out for a spin!  Love this bike, and it felt great to ride.  Will probably begin nightly commutes and daily rides via bike very soon!

Food:

Earthy and filling organic brown rice pasta tossed with creamy vegan cashew pesto and sun dried tomatoes.

  • An entire pineapple cut up and blended with spinach.
  • Green tea.
  • A brown rice tortilla wrap–the filling was kale, carrot, tomato, celery, avocado with honey/mustard/lemon dressing.
  • A double margarita with muddled orange and lime while cleaning the bar.
  • Dinner was organic brown rice pasta tossed with the leftover cashew pesto from last night.  I added garlic and sun-dried tomatoes that I cooked in a little olive oil.
  • A gluten free beer.
  • Really enjoying this new ice cream called Pure Decadence–it is Gluten, Soy, and Dairy Free!  The coconut milk makes it creamy and delicious.  Great occasional treat–my favorites are Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.
  • Herbal sleep aid I am experimenting with.

Can you say Cookie Dough?

Critical Analysis:

Good day.  I had greens twice.  Ate a whole pineapple.  And I rode my bike.

Grade:

A -

Tue Mar 9

Exercise:

None.

Food:

  • Fresh squeezed tangelo juice blended with spinach.
  • Nettle tea iced and slightly sweetened with honey.
  • Margarita made with tequila, fresh lime, and Grand Marnier.
  • Smashed potatoes tossed with homemade pesto, tempeh “Parmesan” smothered with marinara, and asparagus grilled with lemon, olive oil, and black pepper.
  • Cabernet.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga, and an herbal sleep aid I am experimenting with to see if I can get to sleep earlier…

Pesto made from cashews, olive oil, basil, garlic, and nutritional yeast. Tempeh is dipped in egg and covered in Gluten Free all purpose flour and browned in a cast iron skillet. Marinara is homemade. Asparagus is tossed in fresh lemon juice and olive oil and black pepper before thrown on the grille.

Critical Analysis:

Today I woke up late and only had time to have my green drink prior to my work night.  That is really not enough food and I was fading at work during a particularly crazy shift.  By the time I got home, I needed to cook dinner and I was zonked.  Dinner was delicious.  The tempeh Parmesan idea works great and so do the pesto potatoes, and there is zero dairy in the meal. Still need more fruit and exercise.

Grade:

B

Wed Mar 1 – Mon Mar 7

Exercise:

All of my hernia symptoms have disappeared except for an awareness of a tiny protuberance in my lower right abdomen/groin.

I am starting back to physical activity slowly and for now that means long strolls through the neighborhood.  I’m avoiding hiking temporarily because the large steps while climbing seem to aggravate my condition.  I hope to get back on my bike soon.  About a year ago I got to a point where I used the bike as my transportation 90% of the time and I really enjoyed that…

Food:

I took the last week off from recording everything I ate.  That wasn’t to hide anything–I have been beyond busy at work and working very late into each night.  I have stayed on track with all of my food objectives and continue to avoid coffee, refined sugar, dairy, meat, gluten, and processed foods.

I have started cooking with a little oil again–not ideal–but I limit the amount and find that it expands the possible meals I can create and enjoy.  Overall my fat and calories are both much lower than my typical intake, and my fruit and vegetable intake is much higher.  I will get back to detailing my entire intake on Tuesday.   For now enjoy a couple pics I took of meals I have prepared in the past few days!

Prepping my Popeye drink--this time with blood oranges.

Here is another sorta trippy shot of the blood orange juice and spinach just before I hit the blend button.

While I love the TASTE of blood oranges--You won't get this kind of pretty green color because the purple juice makes the drink kinda brown. This is how my normal drink looks with either fresh orange or tangelo juice...like a green julius.

I am really enjoying experiments with "Food For Life" brown rice tortillas as pizza crusts. This time I used a simple tomato sauce and really did it up with olives, artichoke, brocolli, sun-dried tomato, garlic, mushrooms, and a little bit of my raw goat cheese feta.

Tue Mar 1

Exercise:

None.  Still trying to rest and recover from my hernia like symptoms.  Getting restless…

Food:

  • Tortilla chips with sun dried tomato hummus I made.
  • Two Manhattan’s made with Jim Beam.
  • Smashed potatoes with leftover walnut pesto.  Grilled eggplant with marinara.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • A gluten free beer.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Wow.  No fruit, no greens, and no exercise.   Those are really the three cornerstones of my new way of eating, so today didn’t come off to well.  It bothers me that my work seems to somehow interfere with me making the right food choices.  I want to figure out how to eat right no matter how busy or stressful my day.

Grade:

C +

Mon Feb 28

Exercise:

None.  This rest & recover stuff is getting old.  Feeling a lot better though.

Food:

  • Fresh squeezed OJ blended with a lot of spinach leaves.
  • Herbal tea.
  • Raw smoothie made with banana, vanilla, and dates.
  • Dinner was fun.  I made sun dried tomato hummus & vegan walnut pesto (substitute Brewer’s Yeast for the cheese).  I used both as pizza sauces on brown rice flour tortillas as “crust.”  The pizza toppings were fresh tomato, some local raw olives, raw onion, and basil.  On my pizzas I put a little raw aged goat cheese.  Really delicious either way.

Here is Annie's Pizza w/o the raw goat cheese--Vegan, Delicious, fresh, & FILLING!

  • Couple glasses of Malbec that I enjoyed with some dark chocolate (no milk).
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Besides the lack of exercise, today was great.  I naturally don’t eat much during the day.  I’m going with that for now, and other than some fresh fruit and blended greens I’m not going to push myself to eat unless I want to.

I will weigh myself soon to see how much weight I have lost since starting this daily food log.

Grade:

B +

Sun Feb 27

Exercise:

None.  Still trying to rest and recover from my hernia like symptoms.  Getting restless…

Food:

  • Basket of blackberries.
  • Two blood oranges.
  • Cracked open a Thai coconut and drank the water.
  • Herbal tea.
  • Dinner out at our favorite Indian restaurant:  Aloo carrot, vegetable biryani, chana masala, papadam.
  • We skipped the Academy Awards, made a small pitcher of fresh margaritas, and snuck it in a Kanteen into see a movie that we thought would probably suck (I am Four), and it did.
  • Two gluten free toaster waffles with raw almond butter and raw honey.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Started the day off with more fruit.  Still not getting the amount of fresh greens I’d like on a daily basis.  Overall I am very happy with today considering that I am temporarily unable to exercise.

Grade:

B

Sat Feb 26

Exercise:

Woke up with lingering pain and swelling (in my right ball) which I believe is associated with the beginnings of an inguinal hernia.  The last few times I experienced this it took 2-3 days of laying on my back with an ice pack on my front and doing almost no activity before the pain and swelling disappeared.  Work was cool enough to give me the night off even though we are in high season and it is our busiest night–Saturday.

No exercise today, just bed rest.  There is a possibility that what triggered the symptoms this time is when I fell the other day while hiking.  That instant reaction where you try to break your fall and stiffen could have aggravated my hernia…

Food:

  • Banana
  • Raw shake made with a banana, dates, almond butter, bee pollen, ice and water.
  • We loaded up at Farmer’s Market this morning so I cooked wilted arugula, corn with onion and cilantro, a huge pot of spicy roasted potatoes and carrots, and Dr. Praeger veggie burgers topped with an egg cooked on my cast iron griddle with onion and bell pepper.
  • Another small indulgence today: RED BRIDGE Gluten Free beer.  Hits the spot since I am avoiding beer due to gluten.

This meal may seem like a conundrum to some--I get that.

  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

I am sort of in a holding pattern.  I am not technically violating any of my personal food rules, but I am also not eating primarily fruits and veggies the past few days which is my main focus.  The weather is wintry, I am laid up, and I think I am doing pretty good considering.  Sunny days and more sweet juicy fruit are right around the corner.

Grade:

B

Fri Feb 25

Exercise:

My hernia symptoms are back.  This happened last time I started eating better and exercising more.  Maybe I overdo it?  Maybe it is coincidence?  Maybe it is self-sabotage?

No exercise today.  Just completing my shift at work was painful.  Also, the pain (and fear) associated with this triggered all my emotional eating buttons. I was uncannily starved all day for junk food.  I didn’t indulge by dropping my quality this time.  Instead I decided to allow myself to eat more and indulge within the confines of the new way of eating I have designed for myself.  While it wasn’t ideal–it was a hell of a lot better than what  I was eating every day not to long ago…

Food:

  • Morning Popeye drink (spinach and orange juice).
  • Organic corn tortilla chips unsalted with my own hummus I made.
  • Nachos: Organic unsalted corn tortilla chips, organic “re-fried” pinto beans, bell pepper and onion cooked without oil on the cast iron grille and seasoned with no-salt/no-sugar Mexican spice mixture, fresh guacamole and a jalapeno hot sauce.
  • A lot of tequila…muddled with orange slices…and mixed with fresh squeezed lime juice.
  • Forgot how much you eat when you drink a lot…heated up my leftover un-fried rice and ate that a few hours after dinner, and kept drinking.
  • Around 4AM I was ready for another snack and ate two gluten free toaster waffles topped with raw almond butter and raw honey.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

This was not a normal day for me.  The cool thing about saying that, for most of the past three or four years it was!  I am happy with how I handled my cravings and the desire to get my drink on.  I’m cool with this occasionally being a part of my life.  I am especially happy that it isn’t my every day life anymore.

Grade:

C +

Thur Feb 24

Exercise:

A brisk 30 minute walk around my hood.  Cop cars everywhere!  Found out they were trying to catch an escaped Pit Bull named Demon who had chewed free of his rope and was relishing freedom. Apparently his freedom scared the shit out of the little old ladies, because they called SWAT.

Food:

  • Banana.
  • Orange
  • Fresh Mango and frozen blueberry smoothie.
  • Tequila, lime juice, orange juice, Grand Marnier, on the rocks.
  • Tried something new for dinner.  Tortillas made from rice flour topped with my own homemade hummus, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and lentils–baked like little Mediterranean pizzas.  I served it with two sides…snap peas cooked in the cashew dressing I made the other night, and a simple salad made with red onion, tomato, cucumber, lemon juice, and pepper.  I did top the little pizza crisps with cold-pressed olive oil for flavor and to make them even a little more satiating since I ate very little today and was totally craving pizzas the whole night at work.
  • Two glasses of Cabernet.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Couple things on my mind. First, I am probably going to drop ALL stimulants.  Yes, I am off coffee/espresso, but even a little green tea or cacao is leaving me cracked out of my head.  I forgot that once you really clean up your eating, you have so much native energy that even these “healthy” stimulants are too much…

Second, I am still drinking too much alcohol.  Between the occasional tequila and the nightly red wine I think it is just too much.  Even with all this fruit, and drinking a lot of water, I still notice that sometimes my urine is dark and one of my key focuses is hydration.   I will be blogging about the stimulant/depressant thing soon…

Grade:

B +

Wed Feb 23

Exercise:

Nada.  I slouched today and should have taken a walk or hike, and didn’t.  

Food:

  • Green tea.
  • Raw chocolate shake: maca, cacao, banana, bee pollen, honey, dates, almond butter, water, and ice.
  • An apple at work.
  • My tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime cocktail at the end of my shift.
  • Tonight we tried to reinvent our favorite meal–nachos.  Let’s call the end result “free form nachos.”  Instead of tortilla chips (which are fried in oil) we roasted carrots and potatoes in cayenne and other spices and used them as the base layer.  The next layer was no-fat, vegetarian, re-fried pinto beans.  On top of that was a ton of grilled onions, bell pepper, and jalapenos–all grilled without oil on a cast iron griddle.  I made a homemade pico de gallo with onion, tomato, and fresh cilantro. Fresh guacamole and hot sauce provided the finishing touch. The result? A dense, filling meal, with the only fat coming from avocado!

    NACHO REDUX

  • Hemp raw chocolate truffles and a couple glasses of Malbec.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

I am in desperate need of more fruit.  I’m a little tired of relying entirely on citrus.  Also I have been going to bed late and sleeping even later, which leaves me little time during the day before I go to my bar job in the late afternoon.  Even still, I need to get a couple fruit meals in earlier in the day…

I also need to get SOME exercise every single day.  My plan is to soon get back on my bike as my main transport!

Grade:

B

Tue Feb 22

Exercise:

Nada.  After yesterday’s grueling hike I slept all day.

Food:

  • Fresh squeezed oranges and spinach, my “Popeye” breakfast drink you can read about on my Naked Smoothies page.
  • Green tea.
  • While cleaning up at work I had tequila, fresh lime, and grand marnier on the rocks.
  • Dinner was “un-fried” rice with tons of carrot, onion, snap peas, jalapenos, broccoli, seasoned with tamari and topped with egg fried without oil on my cast iron grille.  I served it with mixed greens tossed in a cashew dressing I found on Kristen’s raw blog.
  • Two glasses of Argentinian Cabernet.
  • Midnight snack:  2 gluten-free toaster waffles topped with raw almond butter and raw local honey.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Learning to make dinners with less oil and more flavor!

Critical Analysis:

I ate way too little today.  I woke up late and had a copy writing deadline that took all of my attention up until the point I had to race out the door to get to my bar job.  I took apples with me to eat at work, but I was so busy there was no way I had time to eat them.  The good news is I had tons of energy and clarity during one of the busiest shifts I’ve endured all year. So when I got home I cooked a big dinner with tons of veggies…

Grade:

B

Mon Feb 21

Exercise:

The hike from HELL!  Drug my huge oaf girth up a steep rocky mountain scorched by desert sun.  I could barely make it.  So out of breath.  I even fell and rolled and have skinned knees like a 11 year old.  It was exactly what I needed.

Food:

  • Banana.
  • Bowl of raspberries.
  • Two gluten free toaster waffles topped with two eggs, some avocado, and hot sauce.
  • I spent the whole evening cooking four different dishes with all the veggies we scored at Farmer’s Market.  The entire dinner was made using less than a few tbs of olive oil, I am experimenting with cooking methods that forgo oil and added salt…
  1. Lentils with carrot and onion.
  2. Smashed potatoes with fresh cilantro walnut pesto.
  3. Asparagus and carrots tossed in lemon juice and black pepper and thrown on the grille.
  4. Some kind of dinosaur looking cauliflower roasted with garlic and rosemary.
  • Going to the movies tonight so I’m going to bring those hemp cacao truffles and sneak in a thermos with some Cabernet…
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Today was a challenge.  I slept very little last night. I think it was the green tea—I’m already hitting that point where I don’t need these kind of stimulants because my diet is providing me rel energy. I had promised Annie I would do this hike early with her (early for me is 11am).  When I got going on the trail that I used to run up when I was in shape last year –I couldn’t believe what a hulking static mass I have become.  My resolve to drop all excess weight is drastically increased after today.  It felt like I was carrying another human over my shoulders the entire time.  Scary how far I backslid while I wasn’t being honest with myself.  If I were to do anything different about what I ate today, it would be more high water content fruit.  I will focus on fruit tomorrow!

Grade:

A

Sun Feb 20

Exercise:

A one hour strenuous hike up in the hills above Palm Springs…and random push-ups throughout the day..bring on the energy!

Gorgeous hikes are right out my front door this time of year.


Food:

  • Bowl of golden raspberries.
  • Oranges, Tangelos, and tangerines juiced and blended with spinach.
  • Apple slices with almond butter.
  • Green tea.
  • Went out for Indian food:  Had baingan bharta (eggplant, tomato, onion), chana masala (chickpeas), and a dish that was mostly potatoes and peas.  We also had papadum which is a cracker like bread made of lentil flour so it’s gluten-free.
  • Uli Manna Hemp truffles made with raw chocolate and hemp seeds with some Pinot Noir.
  • Mushroom supplement.

Critical Analysis:

Today was a nice day off from work.  I had a lot of energy, slept well, and today’s solo hike was challenging.  It also was a great way to clear my head and mentally prioritize all the projects swimming around in my head. I’m looking forward to a longer hike tomorrow with Annie, she always pushes me to go faster and a little further.  I ate according to plan.  The only stretch with Indian is the white rice and some cooked oil.  The place we go to is run by a very conscientious chef who buys quality produce and uses minimal oil.  I may ask him if he would consider preparing us brown rice.

Grade:

A -

Sat Feb 19

Exercise:

Nada.

Food:

I did great today!   In fact it was such a great day of eating and procuring produce from the Farmer’s Market, that I decided today’s “What I Ate Today” would be in pictures.

Three Berry Salad: Blackberries, Red Rasberries, Golden Rasberries

A half dozen fresh squeezed tangelos and a mess of spinach--blended, frothy, and frickin delicious!

A tiny little raw chocolate shake before work: 1 banana, 1 tbs cacao powder, 1 tbs walnuts, bee pollen, honey, maca, water & ice...

The Chef where I work is finally getting my no meat/healthy thing...he did blue and gold potatoes in a little olive oil and garlic for me tonight half-way through my shift.

Awesome tasting salad I made with 4 greens I bought at market today: spinach, purple kale, mache, and arugala. The dressing was made from avocado, honey, mustard, lemon, and black pepper. I tossed these sweet earthy yellow tomatoes, red onion, and the rest of the avocado in!

Critical Analysis:

Today was exactly what I’m aiming at in terms of eating right now.  I didn’t have time to exercise, but the time I spent selecting produce for the week, and preparing food was well worth the sacrifice.  I am feeling so much energy, and the heightened sense of awareness I experienced when I ate only raw seems to be kicking in too…but this time around, a more moderate mixed approach to eating has been so much easier.

Grade:

A -

 

 

My first A!  And the minus is only because I didn’t have time to exercise before work.


Fri Feb 18

Exercise:

A quick 20 minute walk in the sun.Would like to up my intensity, but starting off the walking is nice.

Food:

  • After yesterday, decided to switch it around and have greens upfront:  Big spinach salad with raw olives and fresh tomato.  The dressing was a tbs of cold-pressed olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and fresh ground black pepper.
  • Raw power smoothie made with dates, a banana, cacao powder, maca powder, and bee pollen.
  • After work cocktail was a fresh watermelon margarita–have you noticed I like tequila?
  • Dinner was polenta topped with black beans, a spicy veggie burger crumbled up, avocado, and salsa.
  • Two glasses of a really nice Malbec.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

Today was much better.  I still need to increase two things: greens and high-water content fruits.  But overall I am experiencing increased energy, I can visibly see weight loss already, I feel more hydrated and I’m not experiencing any kind of cravings.

Grade:

B +


Thur Feb 17

Exercise:

Another walk in the sun, about 1 hour.

Food:

  • 2 oranges whole

    Banana, Cacao, Walnut, Honey, Bee Pollen

     

  • banana
  • another banana cut up and topped with raw honey, bee pollen, cacao nibs, and walnuts
  • The chef where I work lightly brushed zucchini and eggplant with olive oil and sprinkled salt and pepper on the slices before throwing them on the grille (very meaty).
  • While cleaning up the bar I had a double tequila with some Grand Marnier and fresh lime on the rocks.
  • Organic corn chips, pinto beans, and salsa.
  • Gluten-Free toaster waffles topped with almond butter

Critical Analysis:

Today was not right.  I messed up by not having some greens early in the day.  Also I am having a hard time finding organic succulent fruit like plums, watermelon, pineapple, etc.  And that is what I am craving.  I’m not being realistic about having enough good food in the house.  I get home from work late, and I DON’T want to be diving into the bag of tortilla chips every night.  What I really wanted for dinner was eggs with spinach and olives, but I had no eggs, so I kinda carbed out and the whole day felt sugary and not nutritionally dense which is the main thing I am after.

Saturday is the farmer’s market so I plan to load up on produce and some local eggs.  It has only been a week since I started trying to eat healthy again, so I am also trying to cut myself some slack.  The good news for today: first day completely off CAFFEINE!  I will still drink green tea occasionally and I know raw cacao has some, but not having to get my daily dose from the cafe was a big step.

Grade:

B -


Wed Feb 16

Exercise:

A relaxed half-hour walk with my girlfriend.

Food:

  • Smoothie made with coconut water, a whole mango, frozen blueberries, and spinach.
  • Smoothie made with left over coconut meat, 1 tbs almond butter, a banana, bee pollen, honey, and ice.
  • Green tea.
  • Tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime on the rocks.
  • Baked nachos made with Red Hot Blues (corn chips), roasted potatoes and carrots, pinto beans, onion and bell pepper cooked without oil on a cast iron griddle–topped with fresh tomato and avocado.
  • Three glasses of Cabernet.
  • Mushroom supplement that contains a variety of medicinal shrooms including chaga.

Critical Analysis:

I feel pretty good about today.  Instead of a Mexican restaurant decided to treat myself to my clean cooking and Red Hot Blues (my absolute favorite chips). Even though I am really trying to avoid even “health foods” cooked with oil and salt, I know this meal was 200% better for me than what I would have eaten had we gone out.  Could have had more fruit at some point, and 4 servings of alcohol is on the high side, but way less than what I was drinking.

Grade:

B

 

14 thoughts on “What I Ate Today

  1. Wow! IMO, it all sounds kick-ass healthy so far. And it’s good to include the exercise.

    OK I looked up chaga and maca. My local supermarket is oh-so-slowly expanding its selection- I don’t know if they have those yet. But chaga is so weird I have to try it. And I wonder what maca does for women. lol

    This accountability approach is a great idea. I’m doing something similar, but with writing. (An online group writing challenge in which the participants “check up” on each others’ progress.)

    I will be checking back here ;) to watch your success and get more inspiration for my own diet. Looks like we have similar taste. Best of luck!

    • The maca thing is a hold over from the last time I did raw 100% gangbusters. I need to research it again and see if it’s something I’d buy again.

      This time around I am trying to not get all hot n bothered with supplements, esp green powders. Before I did king brocollii, chlorella, E-3 blue green algae, etc. Perhaps each of these have some merit, but I want to go for actual fresh greens as much as possible.

      Also, if you are trying to be 100% raw, or 100% vegan, maybe some of this stuff would matter more. That is one of the reasons I am not doing either.

      We’ll see if my current approach yields the energy gains, and general sense of health and well-being I got when I was 100% uncooked…

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  3. Farmer’s Market! I’m so jealous! You must live where it’s not 18 degrees.

  4. Years ago, when I lived in the Midwest, I used to frequent a small Chinese restaurant. One day I asked if they had brown rice. The employee said yes, and pointed to a menu item which included the phrase “with brown sauce.” I tried to explain the difference between “brown rice” and “white rice with brown sauce,” but the language barrier won. I look back and marvel at my naïveté. I actually thought a little Chinese restaurant in the Midwest might have brown rice, but just not include it on the menu.

    From what I read, it seems the west coast has the greatest variety of food in the US. Not much variety where I live now. About 7 years ago I was living in Hawaii, where most of the food is imported. Still more variety than my local supermarket today. My husband is content to live on hamburger, pasta, and bagels. Not me.

  5. The few times I’ve purchased a whole coconut, I’ve ended up spending over an hour separating the edible from the non-edible. I’ve concluded there must be a trick to preparing it.

    Don’t let your hernia or any swellings sway you from you healthy attitude. ;)

    • for coconut “water” your only bet is a Thai Young coconut which is usually already peeled to the white part of the coconut. There are YouTube videos–in fact I think I have one on the blog somewhere–on how to open them.

      My new method is to use a butcher’s cleaver, and i use the back bottom corner of the blade which is shaped like an arrow to penetrate the crown of the coconut, and then slip a traw in an drink it down.

      After I drink the water, I can slowly work the top off if i want to harvest the flesh and use it later as a healthy fat in a smoothie. Some people dehydrate the coconut meat and make it into jerky or use it as noodles in Asian style dishes.

  6. Thank you for the coconut tips, and . .

    Eat something! Anything! ;)

    • haha. i’ve been eating good actually, but SO busy at work decided to take a few days off the entries. will be sharing again as soon as this hellish week is over…

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  8. Yikes! Tijuana, Mexico?! They party a little . . a lot too hard there IMO. 8/ Hope you had a safe trip.

  9. Keep going! Small steps will get you to the goal eventually! I really like your posts! Hope your hernia is better?

    • thanks–i am totally feeling and seeing the results–and it feels good that it is slow and steady, you know?

      hernia is still an X factor–i haven’t been exercising too much or lifting as much at work and the symptoms have faded into background. i am trying to come up with a gentle/simple plan for the gym with three goals: avoid re-injury, build a little lean mass/tone, & rev up my metabolic action.

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