Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sugar Free Dinner

Look what I made!

I'll call this Southwest Chicken Salad.  It's pulled chicken, jalepenos, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and some other stuff.  It's supposed to be wrapped in romain lettuce and served with avacados, but I didn't have any ripe avacados at the time, so I served it over spring mix. 

It was so good!  So good.  Claire said it was better than Chipotle.

It took a lot of time to get everything together.  The recipe said 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes cooking.  It took me about an hour.  I'm sure part of it was I hadn't done it before and didn't time it right, but I know to double whatever times my cookbooks give in the future. 

The recipe called for homemade mayonaise, but I just subbed regular mayo (yeah, I know there's not great stuff in there, but I'm not a purist).  The one mistake I made is the recipe called for two jalepenos.  I had giant jalepenos.  I should have just used one.  But I used two, and while delicious, it sure made our eyes water.  The next day the flavors mingled a little more and it lost a lot of its heat.  This also made a lot.  We got two days of lunches out of this in addition to dinner, so six meals isn't bad.  I may double or triple this and freeze it in the future.

One word of warning:  Wear gloves when cutting jalepenos!  My fingers stung for a full day after making this.

Update: I added cayenne pepper instead of cumin.  That's why it burned my face off.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weigh-In: The Birthday Edition

I'm 32 today.  I'm glad to be 32.  31 was an amazing, and tough, year.  I saw the first seven months of my daughter's life.  I learned what it was like to live without sleep.  I also learned what it was like to have your heart cracked open and filled with love you didn't know you were capable of.  Work was particularly grueling this year.  In part, due to the lack of sleep, but also because it was just a challenging school-year.  To cope with all this stress, I ate.  And ate.  And ate...

31 also saw me gain about ten pounds.  Before H was born, I weighed in at a svelte 302 (or thereabouts).  My peak was 313. 

So let's see what the scale has in store for me on my birthday.


I've officially lost my baby weight.   I weigh about what I did before my daughter was born.  Thank you, scale.  That was a nice birthday present.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Things That Have Sugar In Them That Shouldn't - Volume 1

Sriracha Sauce

This delicious rooster sauce has been a staple in my fridge for the last decade or so.  A glance at the label shows sugar is the second ingredient.  Each 1 tsp (5 grams) serving has 1 gram of sugar. 1 gram doesn't seem like a lot, but that's 20%.  For reference, Coca Cola is about 10% sugar.

I know you only need a little, but cripes.  Guess I won't be eating this until I'm done with my sugar detox.

Lemon Pepper

McCormick makes an amazing tasting lemon pepper grinder.  It's so tasty.  But the nutrition on their website shows brown sugar as an ingredient.  Why McCormick, why?

Pasta Sauce

Prego Traditional Pasta Sauce has 10.1 grams of sugar in a half-cup serving.  That's ludicrous.  What's more ludicrous is that gave it an A- for nutrition.  A- with that much sugar in it?  Are you kidding?  It's the fourth ingredient after tomato paste, water, and diced tomatoes.  I guarantee they could make something that tastes just as good -if not better- if they cut the sugar either way down or completely out.  A half-cup of Coke has about 13 grams of sugar in it.  So we may as well just start carbonating our spaghetti sauce and drinking it right out of the jar.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Foot Update

Last week I was complaining a lot about my feet.  They hurt all the time and I can barely stand when I get up in the morning.  Well, I made a leap and finally bought insoles to try to correct the problem.

I went to a CVS nearby that has one of those kiosks where a bunch of sensors and there's a big computer thing that tells you your fortune.

Just kidding.  It tells you which expensive insole you should buy.  Turns out I'm a CF 440.  I have low arches and I'm fat, so that's the one need.

I slipped them into my shoes on Saturday.  Since then I have to say I've felt a noticeable change in my feet.  They feel a little stretched out sometimes because there's a lot of arch support and my feet aren't used to it.  But overall, the pain I feel has gone way down.  I was wearing a knee brace last week because my knee really started bothering me, probably due to how I was walking.  But now I only wear it as a precaution when I'm doing physical activity.

My feet are nowhere near 100% yet.  But they feel a lot better.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flat Tire Adventure

Tuesday was the first day I bike commuted in a long time.  I was worried I was going to be a lot more sore than I was, so that was good.

That's where my luck ran out.

My phone died on me at work.  Because I'm teaching summer school at a different school than I teach the rest of the year, I didn't have a charger.  Slight inconvenience.  Not really an issue.

As I was packing up I noticed my bike had a flat tire.  Crap.  How am I going to deal with this?

I locked up, used my land line to call my wife to let her know what was going on and why I'd be late and unreachable.  In the parking lot I decided to pull out my iPad and use the school's WiFi.  

My keys should be in here too.  Where are my keys?

Back up to my classroom with a bike with a flat tire.  

There they are.  

Alright, it was time to fish out my iPad. 

I was in luck.  There was a Bike Fixtation a few blocks away.

What's a Bike Fixtation?

It's a set of tools for bike repair available to the public.  I got my flat tire filled, picked up a new inner tube in the vending machine, and I was on my way.  I'm really lucky since there are only two of these in Minneapolis.

I knew I was on borrowed time so I pedaled home as fast as I could before my tire went flat again.  I made it, and, as of this morning, has stayed full.  Hmm...

Overall, it wasn't a terrible experience and I handled it pretty well.  Way to go, me!

I think it might be time for a new bike though...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ten Day Sugar Detox

A week or so ago I ordered the Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook.  The idea is I spend ten days not taking in any sugar at all.  In addition, I shouldn't be eating dairy, gluten, beans, or anything that's not organic to try to clear out my system.

I'm using the recipes, but I'm not cutting dairy or non-organic veggies out of my diet.  I'll try to minimize them, but I don't have the means to buy all organic fruits and veggies.

Bottom line, I'm going to avoid sugar as much as possible over the next ten days.  I'm trying to get my sweets from fresh fruit.  Including the strawberries in my garden.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weigh In Results

So I weighed myself again.  I'll just get right to it.

310.3.  Hey!  I actually lost weight!

I'm psyched.  I don't know if it came from me weighing myself at a different time or what, but I'd like to think I'm making better choices in smaller ways.

I started using the sugar detox cookbook.  I'll talk more about that later though.

For now I'm going to celebrate with... How do you celebrate without food?