Carb Redux - Days 1 & 2

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Yesterday's food intake: Cals = 1473 / Carbs = 93 (24.6%) / Fat = 72 (42,7%) / Protein = 123 (32.7%)

This is the closest to 40-40-20 that I've ever been! Also, my Calorie intake range is 1530-1880 and I struggled to reach 1473 yesterday! I actually felt like I was forcing myself to eat the mushrooms with dinner (raw mushrooms are one of my favorite vegetables!) and forcing down the strawberries I was dunking in sugar-free cool whip! Go figure! Other that the apparent under-eating, I felt really good. I did notice that my sodium intake was high for me, at 1986mg. (I usually am at or below 1500mg daily.)


Today's food intake, if I hold to my pre-planned tracker: Cals = 1370 / Carbs = 119 (33.8%) / Fat = 57 (36.2%) / Protein = 106 (30%)

For breakfast I had 1/2 cup of part skim ricotta cheese topped with sliced strawberries and a packet of Truvia. It tasted just like strawberry cheesecake and was SO GOOD! I hate cottage cheese (with such a passion!) but ricotta is fantastic. It must be a texture thing. I was really really satisfied and only had my morning snack because I knew I needed to eat it (I wasn't in the mood for it). For lunch I had two "burritos": two big romaine lettuce leaves wrapped around refried beans, cheese, and avocado. It was probably one of the best home-made lunches I've brought to work in a long, long time. I love refried beans! So much fiber! For my snack I had sugar-free cool whip with raspberries... so so so so yummy!

For dinner I'm planning on cooking this pork tenderloin I got in the supermarket yesterday. It was on sale and is the lowest sodium of the pre-marinated varieties I saw: peppercorn and garlic. Yum! I'm planning on having 8 ounces of the pork with the remaining half an avocado I have in the fridge at home. I have my group run tonight so the reason why my carbs are above 100 today is because 20 of those are from the Gu electrolyte energy gel I take before I do my long (more than one hour) runs. Gotta have some carbs to fuel me! After my run I'm going to have a protein shake blended with soy milk and fresh strawberries to recover from a grueling, hilly, hour long run.

My sodium for the day will be lower than yesterday, thankfully, but yet again I'm under for my Calories! I definitely know that 1/2 pound of pork, 1/2 avocado, protein shake, etc. will fill me up like crazy... I'm not sure what to do! Maybe I'll add some almond butter to my protein shake to give me and extra 190 Calories, a protein boost, and some healthy fats...? We'll see.

Overall, there are some things I'm noticing:

+ No cravings for bread or sweets (yet). I've been really surprised at how I've held true to the "no office cookies for March" pledge to myself. I even went to the cafeteria yesterday to get hot water for my coffee press and they were baking them! The aroma wafted all around me but I stood my ground! I think the fact that I love berries (which are apparently good, not-too-high carb snack options) helps cure my sweet tooth. I do sort of miss my oatmeal though...

+ Sodium. Ugh. I was so proud years ago when I was able to cut back on my sodium intake and easily get it consistenly under 2000mg daily (usually under 1500!). Now I'm realizing that a lot of the low-carb foods out there (cheese, meat, etc.) have sodium in it, even if it's naturally-occuring and not an additive. Looks like some label-reading is in order!

+ Satiety. I'm really shocked how full I've been feeling while consuming so few carbs and so few Calories! I do know that with my level of activity being so high that I should eat more, so I'm going to be hunting down and investing in more Calorie-dense yet low-carb foods that I already love, like nut butters (the two almond butter jars in my pantry have been begging to be eaten!), nuts, lower-sodium cheese, and meats.

I'll update you all on how things go... maybe even take a photo today (and every Wednesday) after work or after my run to chronicle any changes, if (as?) they happen!

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  • no profile photo CD3661913
    Those burritos sound great!
    3639 days ago
    I am definitely a fan of eating less carbs. I usually eat a small amount of grains (I do oatmeal because it's almost impossible to eat too much) and subsist primarily on vegetables and lean proteins (I eat a lot of meatless meats, lean meats and low fat dairy). Throw in some fruits and all is ok in my world.
    I look forward to the pictures!
    3640 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/9/2011 5:59:04 PM
  • no profile photo CD8327899
    We've been eating less carbs and more protein in our home recently as well. I'm amazed how full it keeps me throughout the day. I'm excited to hear how this continues to go for you :)
    3640 days ago
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