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Dinner For Breakfast

24 Jan

This is actually about a breakfast I had a couple of days ago, I just didn’t want to publish two posts on one day so I put off publishing it until today lol 😛

Normally on my days off I make a toasted sandwich as my first meal of the day. Since I usually sleep in on my days off my first meal of the day is a combination of breakfast and lunch. The toasted sandwich is one of my favourite things to make and to eat, you can customize it so easily to suit whatever mood you are in and it takes a freakishly short amount of time to make – something that is crucial to me!

One of the main ingredients of my toasted sandwich is turkey bacon, it is imperative that my toasted sandwich have turkey bacon in it cause (1) I need to squeeze in protein wherever I can get it (2) I love how it tastes (3) without it my sandwich would just be egg, cheese and condiments and (4) I like it.

Well yeah, Wednesday I got up, stumbled in to the kitchen and realized I forgot to take the turkey bacon out of the freezer and plunk it in to the fridge on Tuesday so no turkey bacon for me. I know I could have taken a knife to it and hacked some of the turkey bacon off and used that but doing that messes with my sense of order so no, that wasn’t happening lol.

I was at a loss for what to make when I decided I’d have dinner for breakfast. I figure, people treat themselves every now and then and have breakfast for dinner, why can’t I reverse that? Out came some breaded chicken and on a whim I added some yam fries to that and boom! Dinner for breakfast!

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The chicken is a breaded cutlet from M&M Meat Shops, so tasty! The yam fries were something I picked up as a treat when grocery shopping one day, lucky for me they cook in the oven for the same length of time and at the same temperature as the chicken. The yellow stuff is honey mustard sauce. I dipped both the chicken and the yam fries in that lol 😛

Not gonna lie, it was too much food for a first meal, ugh. I felt really gross after eating it, just too full and icky feeling. I guess I am used to the toasted sandwich sized meal I normally have and swapping out was not appreciated by my tummy. I didn’t think it was that big of a meal when I was putting it on the plate but hey, my stomach doesn’t lie about these things so I guess my eyeballs were wrong, oops!

Even though it was too large of a meal it still tasted really good, as I knew it would since I have had it for dinner before lol Sadly, two yam fries committed suicide and jumped off my plate, one on to the floor and one into the sink so they didn’t fulfill their destiny of being eaten and instead were thrown in the garbage, what a waste, sigh. But probably good for my waist line! lol 😉

I definitely like having breakfast for dinner more, mostly because that usually means pancakes and who doesn’t love pancakes? But this was ok…though I made sure I put the turkey bacon in the fridge so I could go back to my toasted sandwich the next day!

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No news is NOT always good news…

30 Aug

You know how when you have to go for bloodwork or some such thing and the doctors office always says “no news is good news – if you don’t hear from us don’t worry about it!” and then you get some vague voicemail saying “hi, this is the doctors office and we need you to come in to talk about your test results, call us!” which instantly gets you freaking out so you take time off work, go to the doctors just to find out your fine? Well, my not blogging on the weekend, thereby not providing any new news on the weight loss front, does not mean all is going smoothly.

Saturday I woke up in such a good mood, I did a happy dance before I even stepped on the scale, how twisted is that?! During the week I had felt like I hadn’t lost any weight but I was so sure that when I stepped on the scale I’d see a smaller number, I was soooooo hoping I’d hit the 10 lbs lost mark…I didn’t hit the mark. sigh.  I only lost 0.8 lbs, that’s right, not even an entire pound! That wouldn’t be so bad except the week before I maintained my weight, argh! It’s not officially called a plateau until it has been 4 weeks without losing weight but come on already! I was so upset that I couldn’t bring myself to blog about the weigh in on saturday, too depressing to write about how poorly I did.

I was all “I don’t get it! I didn’t cheat, I followed all the rules, I ate my points…what happened??” I spoke with my mom on sunday who has much more weight loss knowledge then I do and she said not to fret about it. I still lost even if it’s not a big number and there could be all kinds of reasons why it happened. My body could still be recovering from the week before where I underate for so many days,  it could be it (my body) is learning how to maintin – and apparently this can happen. You will plateau for a week or so and then your body gets back to dropping the weight. Like it needs a break from losing weight then decides it’s ok with getting smaller again after a while and gets back on track. lol. Stupid body. 😛

I decided I had to move past the sadness of weigh in day and on sunday I hung out with MJ, we went and shopped, did touristy stuff (she was only visiting for the day, she had a really long lay over when on her way home) and of course, we ate. lol. I knew I was going to end up eating badly sunday because of where we were going. There is a great farmers market with lots of fresh local fruits and veggies (I bought my fruit for the week there) but all the places to buy food and eat there are fast food unhealthy places. This dicotomy has always confused me. I ended up getting a piece of battered cod and chips (aka french fries). Mmm! Fish n chips, can’t go wrong there! Well, fat/calorie wise you can but taste wise you can’t. lol. The fish was oh so fresh and the texture was perfect, the entire thing was delicious. 😀 I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat the entire thing cause it was such a big serving but I ate every single bite! lol.

When speaking to my mom sunday night I told her about the fish n chips and she was all “good luck losing weight this week” which of course got me freaked that I had totally messed my chances for the coming weigh in day so today I went googling, teehee, to try to discover the points for a piece of battered cod and a huge portion of fries and came up with numbers ranging from 14.5 to 18…I decided to count my points for the fish n chips as 18, better to guess high then low, right? Even at 18 points I didn’t do too badly for the day, I only ended up 1 point over my daily total, yah!

Today was back to normal, work, ugh, so easy to figure out my food. I took left overs for lunch so I had a little bit of this an a little bit of that and while not an amazingly great lunch it was filling and decent in points and that’s all I need. Dinner however was really good. 😀 I had two new things that I found in the frozen section of the grocery store yesterday. New food, sweet! 😀 lol

I didn't have the spicy ones but otherwise they are the same

The first new thing is Alexia Sweet Potatoes Julienne, 85 grams are 3 points. 85 grams translates to about 12 fries…depending on the size of the fries you pull out of the bag. lol. Easy to make, stick em in the over at 400C for 17 mins or so, turn them over at the half way mark, and voila! Yam fries! I am a total sucker for yams/sweet potato so these were a nice find. The Alexia line is 100% all natural, 0 trans fat, premium products blah blah blah. I didn’t pick the fries for any of those reasons, I picked them because I could fit the points in to my daily food. The company’s website is: http://www.alexiafoods.com  They have a large line of products on the website, there were not nearly as many items at my grocery store but I will keep an eye out to see what else from them I can find. 🙂

not real meat...but it sure tasted like beef

 

The second new item I had for dinner was Beefless Tips…a non-meat item that is s’posed to be just like eating beef only without the dead cow. shrug. I have never grasped the whole vegetarian thing, I like meat. However, I don’t like cooking meat or handling it when it is raw, eeeeeew! I always have a fear that I won’t cook it properly and will end up getting food poisoning…meat just has too much pressure attached to it, but it’s so yummy! lol. So I found these meatless things, which I always view as a cop-out. I figured what the hell, can’t hurt to try and at least I will get some protein in to me. 100 grams (which is about 10 cubes of “meat”) is 2 points, not bad at all! That 100 grams contains 18 gram of protein which is good, for my gender and height I should take in 28.6 to 50.9 grams of protein a day – I am pretty sure I never manage this, lol, but at least these fake meat cube things give me a boost. They were really tasty, tender and juicy. I was concerned I hadn’t cooked them all the way through but they only take a couple minutes each side in a super hot frying pan so they were cooked just fine. I made the mistake of biting one cube in half and looking in the middle…don’t do that…it totally takes away your illusion your eating beaf cause dude, it looks weeeeird! Apparently the company has been around 25 years but I have never heard of them. According to the speel on their website (www.gardein.com) they are committed to making healthy, protein filled meat alternatives for all kinds of reasons. shrug. Whatever. As long as it is tasty and cheap that’s all I really care about. I know I should care about where my food comes from and the healthiness of it, and sometimes I do but most of the time I am more concerned about how much my food costs – this was on sale btw, I am fairly certain normally I wouldn’t be able to afford it. lol.

This has already been a long post so I won’t put down my food lists for sat, sun or today but here are the points eaten for those days. Saturday I ate 20 point – I had a nanny job in the evening and forgot to take a snack, oops, by the time I got home it was late and I just wanted to go to bed so no chance to pick up the two points anywhere. Sunday I ate 23 points, granted that is an estimate cause the fish n chip points are estimated but it seeems about right. Today I ate 21.5 points, lol, I hate that half point cause then I either have to go over or be under my points. Annoying.

I made certain to eat lots of fruits and veggies today to make up for the lack of them yesterday – I know it doesn’t really work like that, one day can’t make up for another, but it makes me feel better. 😛

I am considering adding in some form of exercise in to my new healthy lifestyle to counteract this whole not losing even a pound a week problem but I am lazy so this will take a while to implement I am sure. lol.

Oh, if you want to calculte how much protein you need per day go to: http://www.indoorclimbing.com/Protein_Requirement.html  and use the drop down menu, it calculates for you based on your gender and height, it will also tell you your healthy weight for your height (take that with a grain of salt) and there are links to find foods with protein in them. It’s not the most scientific of websites but the calculation is easy to do. 🙂

Psychology say what???

28 Jun

So I am learning that there is a psychological component to this losing weight thing. Today has been really hard and not because I am hungry but because I want to eat; the eating wouldn’t be serving any purpose except to let me indulge in my food cravings so I am trying really hard to not cave but oh I want to!

I drove my roomie to the ferry, originally she was getting an early morning ferry so I immediately thought “sweet! after I drop her off I will pick up McDonald’s breakfast”. See, I love McD’s and almost never get the breakfast cause weekdays even though I am up early I am not going to detour to a McD’s on my way to work and on weekends I sleep in too late. shrug. Not a huge deal, it just makes it more of a treat when I get it. 🙂 So I have it set in my head that certain activities create the opportunity for McD’s breakfast and I jump at those chances; these opportunities are road trips, early morning errands – things like that. When I got home last night R informed me that she was going to take a slightly later ferry, no biggy, it was actually better for me cause it meant I would have more time to sleep but when I was driving I realized this meant I wouldn’t get my McD’s breakfast cause it would be over by the time I could get to a location. This should have been a relief cause it meant I wouldn’t have to fight my natural urge to turn in to the drive thru but I started thinking I’d trade in the Breakfast Bagel for a cheeseburger and fries, *rolls eyes*, that’s even worse! In the end I didn’t go, I drove home and thought that would be the end of it…it wasn’t. The weather today is rainy, kinda grey, the perfect weather to sit on the couch with a book, a cup of tea or even better hot chocolate and food to snack on. Since I knew the fast food was not gonna happen I started thinking of what I had at home that I could eat and what I instinctively wanted was a big bowl of pasta in a creamy thick sauce. Yum! I realized I was craving all kinds of things that I can’t have in portions that are horrible, what’s up with that?? I had been doing so well!

I think I figured it out though, watch my simple detective skills at work! lol. When the weather is rainy and grey I always sit curled up nice and cozy with a hot drink and a snack and dinner would be a nice big bowl of pasta – and not healthy pasta, pasta like those Lipton Sidekicks packages, they are so yummy but so bad for you! Oh, and fyi, not like I was eating a small portion of the package so not only was I eating something unhealthy I was eating it in a huge portion. I got so used to doing that I now associate rainy grey weather with pasta. lol. How dumb is that? Linking a weather pattern to a food, *rolls eyes*. It is looking like I associate a lot of things I do with certain foods and certain quantities of those foods. This is obviously something I am going to have to break. I already knew I loved the act of eating, I have never been able to stick with a program that has you downing shakes instead of meals, shrug, I just like to eat too much for that. I didn’t realize tho that my love of eating had transferred itself so strongly to different activities, that is just plain weird.

I am going to have to look out for these situations to make sure I don’t cheat because of an activity. I keep racking my brain for other things I do that have food linked to them, so far the only thing I have come up with is going to a movie, I love getting the popcorn, some maltesers and a pop…it’s the perfect combo in my opinion. I was going to go to a movie today just to prove I could go and not eat those things but I think that’d be pushing things too quickly, it’s hard enough sitting here and not eating the pasta I so badly want.

Something else I will have to work on is my eating during the weekends, I started off ok yesterday (that was saturday) – I had my cereal and fruit for breakfast and was content. Thing is, I didn’t eat that until around noon , I went to a friends house and while there got hungry so I had a bit of yogurt but I wasn’t snack hungry I was hungry hungry. We went for dinner to this great place called Brown’s Social House, the site address is www.brownssocialhouse.com and let me tell you, picking food from that menu was hard! They have a great selection of things, I could have had salad, sushi, a burger, fish (all Ocean Wise fish btw), pad thai…anything! I really really really wanted the Hickory Burger, it’s got bacon, beef patty, bbq sauce and all the rest of a normal burgers toppings. It sounded awesome. I settled instead for the Spa Veggie Burger, it is not a fake meat patty but a patty made from mushroom and grains (if I remember correctly what the waitress said), it wasn’t as good as a meat burger but it was darn good. Great flavours, good texture…almost all the things you want in a burger. lol. I got them to cut it in half in the kitchen and wrap half to go before bringing me my food so I couldn’t eat the whole thing in one sitting. Since my points for this meal are going to be estimates I figured it was best to try to cut them where I could. 🙂 With my burger I got yam fries, now an entire yam is only 3 points so you’d think something made from yam wouldn’t be so bad for you but when you think about the process the yam goes thru to become a fry, well, they probably aren’t very good for you. I am going to have to google nutrional info for them since yam fries are not listed in my weight watchers food book. Maybe they are so bad for you they don’t even put them in the book? Oh, thats a scary thought! Ack! To top it off K ordered the Wicked Mushroom appetizer and let me have some, I am fairly certain any health benefit you could get from a mushroom was taken away by the sauce they were drenched in. lol. And we ordered (to split) the Three’s Company dessert, it has samplers of all three of their dessert items. The waitress did mention all the desserts are made in house so that should cut down on how bad they are because there are probably no preservatives in the dishes…not like those frozen pies etc you can buy. The three samples were of a chocolate pecan pie (heavenly!) a banana and chocolate sponge cake (holy crap good!) and key lime pie (it was alright). Combined from all three of the samplers I think I had what would amount to a full piece of a dessert so thats how I counted my points for that, it was totally worth it though, yum! 🙂 After that I was so full I didn’t eat the rest of the day and I know I didn’t get as much water in me as usual. I was so full I didn’t want anything, not even water, I did sip at a glass of it but couldn’t manage to really drink the stuff.

Today (sunday) I started off similarly, cereal and fruit for breakfast (that was around 11am), then when I got home from my errands I wanted to eat even though I shouldn’t have been hungry yet. I refused to let myself eat and had a really hard time figuring out when I was actually hungry. Seems my body associates hanging out at home with gorge fest and that’s all I have wanted to do since I got back here. sigh. I had the other half of that veggie burger, not like I am going to waste food, and a big serving of mixed veggies in the hopes of quieting the tummy. lol. I didn’t get full from the meal but I am learning the sensations I associate with being full are actually how I feel when I have over eaten, I don’t think I really know what it feels like to be full but not stuffed…I am learning though! So now it’s evening and I am hungry…again…I am gonna hafta eat and I know I have points left I just don’t know how many cause I haven’t tallied up my points from today yet. Hopefully I have enough left for something really filling.

Here is what I ate Saturday:

3/4 cup Red Berry Special K = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 nectarine = 1 point

tea = o points

1 yogurt = 1 point

1/2 veggie burger

-patty = 2 points

-bun = 3 points

-slice jack cheese = 3 points

yam fries = 7 points (I knew the points for these was gonna suck!)

dessert sampler = 6 points

So that is 26 points and I am only allowed 24…crap!

It could be worse I s’pose. Since I am allowed 35 flex points a week and I haven’t used any all week I guess using two is ok, I had hoped to not use any but it’s too late now. I will just have to be more careful this coming week…and on that note I am going to go find something to eat for dinner that won’t mess up my points for today!

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