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Subject:Back to the eating experiment
Time:08:34 pm
I took two weeks off of the diet eating experiment, most of it for Vegas but then I stayed off for the work week after I got back home. I gained back a few pounds, which is what I expected, so now it's back to it. I'm upping my rough calorie goal to 1200/day, though, with up to about 1500 being OK from time to time. In other words, I'm doing what I did before but not quite as strictly.

Let it be known that I should not be allowed into the Berkeley Bowl without a chaperon. I wound up with (among other things) three kinds of organic melon, two kinds of organic berries, white currants, heirloom tomatoes, better balsamic vinegar than I really needed, and fresh burrata. Those last three combined to form a dish that I oh-so-creatively call dinner.
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jcdill
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Time:2010-08-19 06:40 pm (UTC)
Have you been keeping a food diary or log? I would love to see what you eat on a daily basis, to get some ideas for my own diet. I don't know how you managed to stay under 1200 calories and not be dying for more food at the end of the day. Also, it would be awesome if you can share recipes of the things you have been cooking for lunch and dinner!
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whipartist
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Time:2010-08-19 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm using a site called fatsecret.com which has both a food diary and recipes.

An example day is...

Breakfast: a cup of diced cantaloupe. (Actually, mixed melons, but cantaloupe was an easy approximation.) 53 calories.

Lunch: a red lentil soup that I tossed together from whatever I had sitting around, 454 calories.

Dinner: A cup of berries with a quarter cup of yogurt and a teaspoon of agave nectar, 132 calories. 5 ounces of shrimp, 151 calories.

Snacks: Apple sauce, 50 calories. A banana, 105 calories. Wheat thins, 140 calories.

Total for the day-- 1085 calories. I only ate the wheat thins to bring the calorie count up.



Other things I've been eating a lot-- homemade larb gai with rice, oatmeal with a drizzle of agave nectar, a tomato drizzled with balsamic vinegar, omelets and frittatas, spaghetti squash with homemade sauce of some sort, individual fruit crisps made with a simplified no-butter topping, corn in various forms, marinated chicken breast with rice. There's lots of fresh fruit in the mix, because it's the season.

Yesterday I made cocoa meringue cookies because I was craving chocolate. One cookie has 11 calories, and I think I could cut the sugar back a bit.

I'm not measuring everything, so I estimate that my calorie counts are plus or minus about 10% over the day, maybe as much as 20%. I know about what a cup of cantaloupe looks like in the bowl, though, so I don't have to measure it, and a big glop of yogurt is on the order of a quarter cup. For things I cook at home, I wind up dividing the recipe into N parts and it doesn't really matter if they're even-- I'm eating 100% of it spread over N meals so it's only the total that really matters.
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jcdill
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Time:2010-08-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm having a hard time with post-dinner hunger - it's as if dinner simply isn't filling enough. I'll try that website and see if there are some recipes that might make more filling dinners.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-08-20 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, that isn't a problem I've had to deal with.

The FatSecret Android app is pretty good, BTW.
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