Nick

Kara

5.25.2009

Advice wanted

Yesterday I counted everything I put in my mouth! The only thing that I left out was the oat bran in my oatmeal. Here's what resulted: (click to make bigger)2133 calories.
FAT 77.9 grams 32%
CARBS 1064 50%
Protein 98.5 18%

This was a semi typical day, except for the pizza for dinner. We had a trader joe's pizza crust with tomatoes and cheese. I ate mushrooms on the side and forgot to log that.

What are your thoughts? Where should I make some changes? I think the fat grams seem kind of high but I don't really know. Maybe on the days that I am running, I should be eating more than this? Like I said, I've been feeling pretty tired by early evening and pretty much I eat when I'm hungry. I'll take anything you have to say. I know I need to fuel my body especially with running and the extra work it is doing to feed Nick! Constructive criticism - I like it.

Tonight's featured dinner: Spinach Frittata and Stuffed Portabello

Spinach Frittata is my once a week staple. It is so easy to make and gets in lots of spinach. It is delicious! Spinach Frittata - a recipe adapted from Cooking Light
4 egg whites
2 eggs
salt and pepper to flavor
one bag of frozen spinach
cheese of your liking or just skip the cheese

*You can also use mushrooms, or any veggies with the spinach.
** The original recipe calls for sauteed onions and smoked Gouda cheese.
Cook the spinach then add to a medium bowl. Beat the eggs and add them to the spinach, add in the cheese, salt and pepper. I cook it in a pie plate for 25-30 minutes until browned on the top.

Stuffed Portabellos
Choose your stuffing - breadcrumbs, couscous, quinoa, brown rice...
Tonight I used quinoa.
Use about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of whatever you choose, place in a bowl (already cooked grains), add 1 tbsp butter, 1/4 c freshly grated locatelli cheese. Makes 2 portabellos Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Yum!

12 comments:

  1. i fail with food advice. sorry :(

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  2. I really don't have any advice to give you, since I am still learning myself!

    Dinner looks delish, however! :)

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  3. Hmm, I don't have any advice for you, but tonight's dinner looks great! I'm going to have to try the frittata sometime soon.

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  4. sorry i do not have advice, but where did you get the program to fill out your food intake ???

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  5. Where are the veggies? Replace those butterscotch thingies with fresh veggies of some sort- saute zucchini- that's my current favorite!
    BTW- I'm making that spinach frittata thing right now! It's in the oven... I sauted onions and mushrooms with garlic and added the spinach/eggs to that... with some parmesan and then sprinkled goat cheese on top. I think it's gonna be good! Thanks for the idea! :)

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  6. This spinach fritta looks so good. I have to try it.

    I don't really have any solid advice for you. But, keep tracking what you are eating, switch things up and write down how you feel. You may find on your won what is working for you. Are you getting enough sleep?

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  7. I found that until I started making a true effort to eat at min 3 servings of veggies and 2-3 fruits every day.. I didn't recover as fast which made me more sluggish.

    your diet looks like mine did with lots of cals from grains. I would say if you can start trying to do the smoothies...well that forces me to get in like 4 fruit/veg servings by 9 am.

    I think you are doing prety well with cals and like you said the fat might have been a tiny bit higher due to the pizza. So cook up those veggies with oil or cheese and feel good about adding them.

    And of course I'm not perfect, as I enjoy my cookie and chocolate daily...so my focus is just eating as much of the good stuff as I can!

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  8. I agree: veggies veggies veggies. As much as I dislike carrots, the crunch and slow way I eat them to choke it down really helps me feel fuller for longer.

    I really wish the husband liked spinach or mushrooms because that dinner looks AMAZING.

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  9. Veggies all the way :-)

    There's a great site fitday.com that I used to use. Have a look when you got a minute. you might find it helpful.

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  10. I would definitely get rid of the bars and add some veggies to the mix. Maybe your iron is low and that's why you're feeling tired. have you had that checked recently?

    What program is that you're using to track your food?

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  11. Lurker here :-) I've been reading your blog since I saw it on Muscles & RA. Like Clare, you're a running inspiration!

    I've had a few of thoughts about your recent posts re: weight/diet, but didn't want to say anything since you weren't asking. But now that you are.... here are my thoughts.

    1. I wonder if you're being too hard on yourself about the extra 5 lbs. After all, you are still nursing, right? A lot of that could be weight from extra fluids in your body.

    2. If it's more than just weight and you're worried about tone - are you doing any strength training? Even sit-ups/push-ups at home can help - and they may help up your metabolism, too.

    3. As far as diet for diet's sake goes, as others have noted, fresh fruits & veggies are the way to go. They'll probably help fill you up more than the bars - and they have less sodium (which could be contributing to some water weight gain/bloating).

    4. Lastly, someone mentioned low iron possibly being an issue. While you're eating beans, which are good sources of iron, it may help to add more foods that help your body absorb iron, like tomatoes, oranges, broccoli, etc.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for all of your great blogs - and pics of your little one, who always makes me smile :-)
    ~ValleyWriter

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