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Subject:One week eating update
Time:01:15 am
To recap, the rules were:
  1. Don't be stupid.
  2. Eat real food, not food products.
  3. Avoid chemical-laden foods, artificial sweeteners, reduced fat foods that substitute god-knows-what, etc.
  4. Especially, no HFCS.  None, nada. 
  5. No prepared foods, except on dining out occasions, and in those cases be cautious.
  6. Some packaged stuff is OK-- bread, crackers, condiments-- as long as they conform to the above rules.
  7. Shortcut foods are OK as long as they're made of food, e.g. frozen pre-grilled chicken breasts, egg whites in a carton.
  8. Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, lean meats, dairy, and some rice/grains.
  9. Try to keep it at around 1000 calories/day, with the expectation of actually hitting 1200/day.
How have I done?

I think I'm good with 1.  2 is a slam dunk-- I've been eating fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheese, chicken, yogurt, rice.  My sweetener of choice has been agave nectar.   3 and 4 I've absolutely met.  For 5 and 6, every meal has been something I prepared at home, and the worst prepared food sin has been buying a package of marinated tofu.  I've eaten some wheat thins as well, though I looked into making my own.  I think I've lived up to 7-- pre-cooked chicken breasts and bacon bits, and a carton of egg whites made it into the menu.  8 overlaps with 2. 

And 9, the controversial one?  I've average 1009 calories, with a low of 930 and a high of 1059.  I haven't been completely neurotic about measuring everything, and if I had to guess I'd say I'm underestimating a little bit.  That's kind of OK, though-- an extra quarter cup of blueberries is only 20 calories.  In reality, I've probably been between 950-1100.

Overall grade:  A+, with a tiny ding for the tofu.

I don't feel the least bit deprived.  At least at home I'm eating way better than I have been-- even simple home-cooked stuff is better than the packaged crap I've been eating out of habit/laziness.  Really... when your evening snack is a wine-poached pear, how bad can life be?
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mjosephb
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Time:2010-07-13 03:16 pm (UTC)
Would love to see how your home made wheat thins come out!

Would recommend agave nectar to anyone - good stuff.
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omahas
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Time:2010-07-13 03:24 pm (UTC)
"and the worst prepared food sin has been buying a package of marinated tofu."

Um, why? Tofu is no more "prepared food" than cheese, but you didn't ding yourself for eating cheese.

You could get more information about fresh and "prepared" tofu (meaning things like frying it, pickling it, etc) at the tofu wikipedia entry.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-13 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's a slightly arbitrary psychological distinction between "ingredient" and "dish that someone cooked for me."

I can easily go buy some plain tofu, marinate it, and bake it. In fact, I've done it before... I took the easy way out here by letting someone else mix up a marinade, marinate the tofu, then bake it.

Buying milk and making my own cheese is certainly possible, at least for some kinds, and even pretty feasible for some of them. I could also buy soybeans and make my own tofu, but tofu also feels like an ingredient to me.

Does that make sense at all?
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jd_trouble
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Time:2010-07-13 05:19 pm (UTC)
Do you have a recipe for homemade wheat thins? That sounds cool.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-13 05:27 pm (UTC)
Google found me one easily.

I didn't actually do it. I just thought about it then decided it was too much trouble.
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allknight
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Time:2010-07-13 05:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats on this diet Patti. Already it seems to have made a positive impact on you which is awesome!
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chukspace
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Time:2010-07-14 06:52 am (UTC)
I am not sure that agave nectar is that much better for you than HFCS. It's still mostly fructose.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-15 05:19 am (UTC)
I know. The difference between agave nectar and HFCS is that when I'm eating agave nectar I've chosen to put it there and calculated the quantity. One of the problems with HFCS is its ubiquity and near-invisibility.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-15 05:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. It's an intentional choice, though.

As I said to Chuk, a big part of the problem with HFCS is that it's ubiquitous and often non-obvious. If I eat agave nectar it's because I've made a deliberate choice to do so and calculated the (usually fairly small) quantity.
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loser_variable
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Time:2010-07-24 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm way late here, but those are some fantastic, sane rules. I can't go quite that low on calories, but if you can more power to you. And good luck! As you clearly know, until you write down and count calories (and I measure portions also, because most places are really generous) you tend to kid yourself about how much you're really having.
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