wwcitizen: (Uuuuuuh)
My dad sent me a picture of a Sweet-N-Low package and I thought he was sending multiple warnings and "doom and gloom" statements, as he normally does; alas, when I first responded to his note, it was as though he was promoting falsified sensationlism. Glad to say that wasn't the case.

Since saccharin was commercialized in the late 1800s (that's 135 years ago -->
saccharin was first discovered in 1878), no one human has ever died from using saccharin. The lab rat/mice tests in the 70s that created the sensationalized cancer scare were from the development of rodent bladder cancer due, a reaction that only occurs in rodents and not in humans. So, in 2000, the warnings were removed.
However, Nutrasweet or Equal in the blue packets (aspartame) is most absolutely a neuro-toxin; it was originally discovered while scientists were inventing a new anti-ulcer drug and has been the subject of many scientific and nutritional studies. There are distinct warnings on the package because people with phenylketonuria (PKU) - it can kill you.  If such a small thing can definitely kill people, I choose not to ingest it as much as possible. Thing is, that crap is everywhere.
Now, Splenda (sucralose) has been around for at least 20 years, but hasn't gone through nearly as many ringers as saccharin or aspartame, yet.  Sucralose is basically bleached sugar; the process of making sucralose removes the nutritive values of sugar and leaves the sweetness.
Erythritol, Lactitol, Isomalt, Mannitol, Maltitol, Sorbitol, and Xylitol are all different non-nutritive sweeteners that have been used in no-sugar, diabetic sweets for years. Collectively, they've been used in products for diabetics for probably 30+ years.
Stevia was deemed only an herbal supplement for years because the non-nutritive sweetener industries lobbied against its promotion as a low-calorie sweetener. Thankfully, those lobbies have finally lost and it's on the market in better forms.
So, if you don't want to use saccharin, please just don't use aspartame. There are LOTS and LOTS of other, better choices. Read up, educate yourself, and don't believe hype.
wwcitizen: (Happy Moose)
MATT MADE ME A BIG PINK "MILKSHAKE"!!  The quotes are cuz it's not milk and he didn't shake it.  It's an ice-based frozen drink made with one of the AdvantEdge Myoplex shakes - full of vitamins, minerals, and some fiber.  He blends it together with ice, a zero-calorie flavoring (this was strawberry - YUM!) and a little bit of glucomannan fiber for thickness (and dietary goodness).

THESE ARE SOOOO YUMMY!!  And refreshing!  Plus, we bought extra large straws so we could take big gulps. They come in vivid colors like purple (here), neon green, blue, orange, red, and YELLOW.  Makes them all the more fun, and oddly enough, helps keep down the brain freeze.
wwcitizen: (S&M In Ptown)
Matthew brought me a BEAUTIFUL plate of scrumptious, delicious, fresh veggies for lunch a little while ago.  I had a conference call for about 30 minutes and I heard him in the kitchen cutting things up. I thought he was fixing our standard salad with lettuce and calorie-free dressing (Walden Farms dressings).

He came in at the end of my meeting and said, "You off the phone?  How was your meeting, sweetheart?"

I said, "Twas a normal project update call." (Yes, I said, "Twas".)

"Good; I'm glad. Are you ready for your lunch?" in one of our cutesy, lovey-dovey voices that makes everyone groan.

I clapped my hands like a cheerleader and said, "What's it gonna be?!" in a return cutesy, lovey-dovey voice that makes everyone groan more.

He went back into the kitchen and grabbed our plates for munching. He had made a honey mustard dipping sauce to go with these veggies.  In total, the plate was about 234 calories, if you count everything on the plate. We typically don't count the Kirby cukes, since they are 95% water.  But, doesn't this look beautiful, colorful, and delicious?!  It was! And we're FULL!  Thanks to Matthew's support, I've lost 7 pounds so far. Granted, it's probably only water weight (we'll find out THIS week), but still, any weight off is great!
wwcitizen: (Open Wide-r)
Friends and family have been concerned that Matt and I on our low-calorie diet have not been eating enough or getting enough nutrition. Well, here's a snippet of our diet - an eating day in the life of Matt and Steve's 800-1000 calorie a day diet: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks. At the end, you'll see a breakdown of our nutritional intake.

For breakfast, we eat 7-8 oz of blueberries with low-fat yogurt. This ups our anti-oxidants and fiber tremendously and provides digestive enzymes to aid with digestion throughout the morning. This is a big bowl of blueberries and yogurt, which equals about 200 calories.

We love our coffee and have found a tasty alternative to the rich half & half. There are fat-free half & half selections, too, but they are typically about 5-10 calories more per serving and aren't as tasty. Two cups of coffee (20 oz of coffee plus 1/2 cup of skim milk) equals just under 50 calories (yes, we sweeten with Splenda).

For lunch (about 3-4 hours after breakfast), we'll have a 12-15 oz salad of mixed greens, cukes, peppers, and onions. We might throw a tablespoon or two of pickled jalapenos on our individual bowls for more flavor (zero calories), depending on the dressing. we typically use Walden Farms zero calorie dressings (ranch, thousand island, honey mustard, balsamic, or raspberry vinaigrette).

Matt makes homemade dressing from freshly squeezed lemons, olive oil, and spices - primarily to dress our steamed vegetables. With Matt's dressing on the salad, there's an added 40 calories due to the olive oil. If we don't use Matt's dressing for the salad, we always sprinkle on a little sea salt and pepper to increase the flavor of the salad. This salad with Walden Farms dressing is 55-70 calories (12-15 oz). It's TREMENDOUSLY filling!

For dinner, we try to eat mostly fish and steamed veggies. Of course, during the week, we will mix it up with either pork or chicken (Matt de-bones and de-skins the chickens and broils them flat with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika - AMAZINGLY tasty). Here is our dinner from last night of 12.5 oz of tilapia (2 raw filets @ 348 calories) brushed with Dijon mustard and broiled. We also had essentially two servings of steamed veggies (broccoli and carrots) because we had exercised quite a bit, which came to about 130 calories.

For dessert, we most often have a Skinny Cow caramel truffle ice cream bar (100 calories). Our evening snack last night was half of a "bambino" (or baby) watermelon, which is around 16 oz of watermelon for 136 calories.

So, for yesterday, this is our nutritional breakdown:

Oh, and in the last week (since Monday, June 13), I've lost 14 pounds, which pisses Matt off, who's lost about 3 pounds. And we've done the same exercising and eating all week. Well, I might have eaten a few more calories in tomatoes than him, but it's practically equal. I'm feeling GREAT!

If we're feeling peckish, we'll cut up some tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, celery, or raw fennel bulbs for munchies - with a little salt & pepper or zero calorie salad dressing for dipping (we don't tally the celery, cucumbers, or fennel. We consider those veggies "negative calories" since more calories are used during digestion than they actually contain). One other thing is we eliminated alcoholic beverages. We haven't bought any Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi for the house, either; if we're out at a restaurant, Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi is our go-to drink. But at home, we make our own caffeinated and caffeine-free teas, which are refreshing and diverse.

Here's to two more months of strict dieting (except for one dinner out in July and the week of Bear Week). I want to be much more svelte for our European cruise in August - for pictures and general flexibility.
wwcitizen: (Open Wide-r)
Tonight we stopped off at the grocery store for apples. Even after a quite fun sushi dinner with Matt's family, we were kind of peckish for some reason. Maybe it was the IKEA shopping spree or the jaunt to Barnes & Noble that threw us back into hunger mode. Never go to the grocery store hungry.

We bought hummus, lettuce, celery, carrot slices, golden delicious apples, two beefsteak tomatoes, and four grapples. Grapples? Grapples, you say? WTF are GRAPPLES?

Grapples are grape-flavored apples. We didn't look at the package before we purchased them. Matt was taking them out of the package after we were well done with Tivo'd American Idol and The Real Housewives of NJ (yea, I know - bring it betches) and said, "Oh, no. Honey?! Um, look!" and showed me the package.

I said, "We have to try one! Right now!" Then I smelled them. They smell like the grape-scented whiteboard pens or grape Jolly Ranchers - the scent that no natural grape has ever coughed up. When Matt cut the one in half, the smell was even stronger, but the taste was oddly just apple. Or our minds were making us taste apple because of the standard crunch of the pulp and wouldn't compute "grape" out of the process - ever.

They're a novelty item and not long for this world. The packaging states, "Ingredients: Apples, natural and artificial grape flavor." So, at least there's no added sugar or corn syrup, but still.

wwcitizen: (Open Wide-r)
When I worked at Pfizer, the FDA shot down so many adverts within 3 years about Viagra, it was ludicrous. There were other ads, too, that the FDA had Pfizer reformat. Companies are ALWAYS trying to better their products, even when they suck or there "have been studies to prove" whatever claims they're making. In fact, the other day Olay showed a doctor describing clinical studies on a wrinkle-reduction product, with his credentials proudly displayed below his name. The very next screen had a disclaimer under two or three women TALKING about how beneficial "the" product was; the disclaimer stated, "The claims this woman is making are not about the product in this ad." Matt and I looked at each other and our mouths dropped. How can they do that? Blatantly LIE about their product - in front of consumers. It's because people don't always look at the TV, don't always listen closely, or don't ask follow up questions like, "Really? Does that really work?" Check this out about Cheerios from a Men's Health e-mail alert on 5/15/09:

The FDA questions the cereals' health claims

If you’re eating Cheerios because you thought they were good for you, you’re only part right. But you could also be a sucker.

This week, the FDA warned General Mills about its claim that the cereal is “clinically proven to help lower cholesterol 4 percent in 6 weeks.” It refers to a clinical study conducted in 1998 in which people who ate 3 cups of Cheerios a day lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol by 7 points.

The FDA said a product has to be approved as a drug before manufacturers can make such specific health-related claims.

MH has always thought the cereal’s claim was a little flawed—our Fitness Insider, Adam Campbell, wrote about this in January of last year. First of all, the folks ate 3 cups of Cheerios a day. You’d probably have to drown in O’s to see any difference. And it’s no certainty that a 7-point drop in LDL is even significant.

That said, Cheerios is a good choice, as breakfast cereals go. It is low in sugar (only 1 gram), contains a mere 2 grams of fat, and has 3 grams of fiber per serving. Anything made from whole oats is not bad.

Whether you eat Cheerios, eggs, or yogurt with granola, make sure you eat breakfast every morning, and make sure it includes some protein. Studies show breakfast eaters eat fewer calories throughout the day and are sharper and more alert."
wwcitizen: (Face-Serious)
Got a cold on Tuesday, that got worse throughout the day on Wed., and hit me like a ton of bricks today. Took the day off, three naps throughout the day, lots of drugs, six cups of chicken soup, and 12 ounces of Chilean sea bass. Feeling much better, but am ready for bed. My total caloric intake today was still around 1500, which is a good thing.
wwcitizen: (Lincoln Tunnel)
It's so easy to tell a waiter that you're on a diet for the summer beach loo. They understand that as the reason you don't wanna hear other spiels about other more caloric selections than a healthy salad and hummus. My calorie count today at 6:30 PM is a firm 650. I wanna try to make it to 1000 for the day but not much more than that. My weight loss been at a standstill for a good two weeks. I've been indulging in too many unnecessary things in the "oh-I-can-have-this-if-I-plan-around-it" category. Hopefully this week and next will scare my body into a fewer 30 pounds than I have now. Wanna lose another 30 before June. I guess it'll also mean a temporary moratorium on alcohol, too. Ho hum.
wwcitizen: (Feeding You a Line)
Chocolate. Long-awaited chocolate.

Boxed Easter candy staring at us for an entire week.

Calories low today.



Heaven right now.

Not like German chocolates (Ritter Sport or Lindt), and from a local chocolate store - Chocolates With Love in Ramsay, NJ. But OMG.


So... good.

It's good for my health, right? Good for my blood pressure? Good!
wwcitizen: (SideSmile-Again)
I had a little bit of my husbear's leftovers last night - he went to an Italian Restaurant in the city with his college buddies. Among the leftovers was tortellini with Alfredo sauce, veal Marsala, and chicken with peppers, potatoes, and Italian sausage. On my diet (where I've almost lost all of my post-Thanksgiving weight), I don't get much Italian sausage and in fact, not much sausage of any sort, unless it's low-fat chicken sausage or fat free beef franks. Clearly, though, not the same as Italian sausage. But having those morsels in my mouth last night - as we forewent our diets for one night - I salivated about, ate, savored, and swallowed some great Italian sausage. It reminded me of a poem I wrote a few years ago while dating my second Italian from Boston. Enjoy.

Italian Sausage

Thick and juicy
warm and tasty
The steam and the scent
pull me towards it

In a bed of hot oily sweat
the Italian sausage
awaits my mouth
and pleasure

Planning the savor
and anticipating
the feel, my mouth

As I lick my lips
my ready hands
move me
toward the sausage

Dreamy state,
my tongue dives
and plunges to lick,
that thick, juicy morsel

Slowly, slowly my
tongue rolls it around
my mouth

In my mouth!

Mmmmmm, savoring
thick Italian sausage

My tongue squeezes
it squirts
the juice, ah, the juice
savoring still

I swallow
pleasure fulfilled;
anticipation surmounted

Stephen Lambeth - Feb. 2001
wwcitizen: (Lick It)
"NOTICE: This product, when extremely cold, may stick to warm lips or tongue. Allow to warm slightly before eating."

Who around here has warm lips? Warm tongue? This boy wants to know!
wwcitizen: (Jupiter Pool Face)
Harvest Soup (a recipe):

4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 medium 1/4" sliced zucchinis (straight)
2 medium 1/4" sliced yellow summer squash
1 cup diced celery
1 large or small leek depending on taste
2 cups mixed wild mushrooms
1 bunch of fresh sage
1 parsnip
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup sliced onions
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp freshly ground pepper
Salt to taste

Pour the broth into a deep soup pot. Add 4-6 cups of water and the bunch of sage (whole - you will remove later). Bring to a boil. Add into and poach the breasts in the broth for 15 minutes on medium high.

Slice the zucchini, squash, and leeks into 1/4" chunks and the parsnip a little thinner. Remove and dice the chicken breasts.

Turn the temperature down to medium. Add to the broth the diced chicken, the zucchini, squash, leeks, carrots, onion, cabbage, and some salt, rosemary, and onion powder, but at least 1 tbsp freshly ground gourmet pepper.

Cook the mixture for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the mushrooms and the rest of the pepper. Add salt to taste (the intent is that there not be an overpowering sense of the salt, but enough to bring out the sweetness of the vegetable mixture).

Taste the soup and adjust the salt and pepper as preferred. Serve 1 1/2 - 2 cups in large bowls.

Each serving of two cups adds up to very little fat, low sodium, just under 300 calories(!), and high vitamins and minerals. I will post the nutrient facts later, but wanted to get this out in case you wanted an idea for a fall dinner. Enjoy!!
wwcitizen: (Jupiter Pool Face)
Has anyone ever heard about Kangen Water? A friend of mine sent me this link and has an apparatus for water at her home. Her skin has improved, her health has improved, and she's lost weight! There are great stories about the water and its effects. Wondered if anyone in the community is familiar with it. Check it out:

Enagic in Japan

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wwcitizen: (Love The Hair!)
Matthew and I went out to work more on my storage unit tonight after work. The purpose is to find things for a yard sale this coming weekend at his sister's house. Whereas this should ultimately be fun, I'm more the morning person and Matt's more the night person, although both of us enjoy sleeping late on Saturdays and Sundays. The work is very dusty and irritating to our noses and skin. The unit is very clean, but my stuff, having been in a dusty old apartment for 10 years prior to my rushed move is not always that clean.

After finishing up tonight, we dashed out of the place to grab a bite to eat before it got too late, and ended up at Outback - again. A little pedestrian, yes, but we love it. We have our low-calorie meal already decided before we get there. In fact, we are so dutiful about it, that one time I ordered the meal to go, knowing that it was a good, low-cal option for our diets, and weighed everything in the order, so that we would at least have a pretty decent, consistent clue as to how much we were eating and if we would still be able in a given evening to have our low-calorie ice cream. Yum!

The problem is at Outback, though we love the place, the wait staff doesn't always get with our program and understand that when one of us orders his meal, and follows up the order statement with, "Ok, double that entire order and bring him the exact same thing," every single, flippin waiter or waitress gets some element not quite right, or flat out wrong. We don't send things back, unless there's cheese and croutons (big no-nos) on the salad; the other day, I almost sent back my main course because there was rice on the plate. If rice is present, it's really, really hard for me to resist. When we order it, communicate correctly, and everything comes out basically correct (without one of us having to repeat the entire thing to the wait staff), there is no rice. Clear communication is key.

The order is: a diet coke, a seared Ahi Tuna appetizer, a chicken griller with grilled veggies using no butter, replacing the rice with green beans, and the salad without croutons or cheese and with tangy tomato fat free dressing on the side. Seriously, the wait staff doesn't understand it when we say, "Ok, double that," or "Now, put a '2' in front of every item." Inevitably, they say, "Ok, you want the same grilled veggies?" and "So, you don't want rice with yours or cheese and croutons on your salad?" We exasperatedly reply, "No, thank you." I mean, we're polite about it.

Tonight, thankfully, one waiter finally got it all right. I will always wonder if it is because of how I prefaced the order or if it truly is because this guy was REALLY and happily OCD (I started with, "I have a challenge for you..." and he was up to it!). His name's Marc - he was the first waiter out of like 20 who got it all right, and even mentioned that there is an on-screen option to leave off the butter on the grilled veggies! We were happy. We happily discovered his OCD not only at the moment he was organizing our table, the coasters, the glasses, the salt and pepper just so, and taking our used dishes off the table so that they made a convenient stack. No. It was the fact that when we pointed out his OCD to him and assured him that he was in good company (we organize our tables, too...) that he pointed to his apron and said, "But have you seen my pens?!" There, in his front pouch were 15 pens in ascending alphabetical order of their color: black, blue, and red - with one minor exception - there was one black pen out of order. He said, "Yeah, it's been killing me all night, but I haven't had a chance to stop." He got a 25% tip from us and we'll see him again.
wwcitizen: (I'm blown away!)
I got up this morning and after a bit weighed myself. My drama last night about not reaching down to 1500 calories was frankly unwarranted: I've lost another 3 pounds!! I had gained about 4 pounds over the vacation with my family, which was disconcerting because I had basically stayed on my diet. For 9 days, I was pretty stringent, although I wasn't really exercising (for which I'm grateful to [livejournal.com profile] sparkygearhead for reminding me, and who is totally correct - I need to get back on the treadmill or just back into the gym to workout!). I have a goal of being 10 pounds less than my current weight by the end of the month, which is totally doable and healthy.

Thanks everyone for your encouragement!
wwcitizen: (Face&Smile)
and blueberries.. and sometimes blackberries. They go great with yogurt in the morning.
wwcitizen: (Pastel Steve)
We went to the Big H or the Hmart (sounds like a person with a hairlip saying it) to get groceries. Great shopping there - not good veggies outside of the greens and the specifically Korean / Japanese veggies. Fruits and regular American veggies, you can forget their quality - not good. My apricots lasted all of 3 days, when the Whole Foods fruits last at least a week out in the open.

We were walking through the veggie section toward the meats when I started singing to the music without realizing it... Matt turned to me and said, "YOU KNOW THIS?" It was a compilation, sort of medley of 80s Italian songs, all in English. Yep, I knew it - listen to it almost every day at work since it's in my music collections on my hard drive and on my MP3 player that I use on the way to work. He goes, "You're the ONLY one in this ENTIRE Korean-laden market who's singing this song. Even American-Italians don't know this song! I don't know this song (which is saying a lot about Matthew and his 80s music knowledge and exposure). You have such obscure and expansive tastes in music; I shouldn't really be surprised." And yet he was.
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Ok... so I went through my normal day, eating kinda what I wanted, but watching to make sure that I ate and drank all the right stuff, so that I might be able to enjoy a glass of wine or so at the end of the evening with my husbear on the patio (using our new furniture!! - beautiful, I might add). I got through the ENTIRE day, even having dessert with friends at the time we were supposed to be at Transformers ('nother looooong sordid story that's not very interesting in the end). I tallied up all the calories, as I do at the end of the day, and on the very beginning of Independence Day - leading up to it - this is the calorie count that I ate!! And I TOTALLY didn't plan this or finagle the numbers at all. I sat back and was happily surprised that it came to such a patriotic number, when I'm not really all that much patriotic - especially in light of Libby being commuted of his sentence... 'nother topic for 'nother discussion and moment in time...

wwcitizen: (I'm blown away!)
No worries... it's a clam. Just a clam!

Look at his great catch!

He wishes...

Is that a police uniform? Hmm....

Pretty amazing...
wwcitizen: (Default)
I've lost another pound!! Unexpectedly, I lost another pound! Since last Friday, I've lost 3-4 pounds! It's so exciting to see the weight go and for me to feel better and better. Granted, I just popped part of my calf muscle, but still the pain isn't as bad as it was the very first time this happened years ago, and guaranteed if I were working out, it would be a worse injury.

Overall, I've lost 28 pounds! Not sure what the total weightloss has been for Matt, but I have also noticed that my resting heart rate has gotten slower (down to 70 BPM), which used to be 95-110!! My blood pressure has gone down from a standard (without drugs) 150/95 to a pretty regular (without drugs) 135/78. Great improvements in almost 2 months! I'm very excited and hope to be back to my college weight in another 6 months at the most.


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