6 28 2021

So, at the end of today I accepted a free 14 day trial for the weight loss app Noom. It will be interesting to see how my food choices will change as a result, and so far the customizations have been easy to program. What I foresee as the biggest opportunities are the courses, which range from several days to 16 weeks to complete. Although I’ve been out of school for a while, I’m looking forward to the continuing education aspect of the program.

Here is what I ate the past few days:

Monday

7:00am

watermelon, string cheese

10:30am

black beans, cheese, onion, sour cream, peanut butter Oreo ice cream w melted peanut butter on top

12:00pm

string cheese, popcorn w olive oil and Swerve

3:00pm

popcorn w olive oil and Swerve

6:30pm

hot dog, dumpling, asparagus

Tuesday

8:00am

2 poached eggs w ranch and tomatoes, slice buttered rye toast, 1/2 cup coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

12:00pm

string cheese, popcorn w olive oil and Swerve

6:00pm

two chicken wings w ranch, 1 dumpling w soy sauce, Enchanted keto ice cream bar

Wednesday

8:30am

three scrambled eggs w cheese, 1 slice rye toast w butter, 1/2 cup coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

12:30pm

iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, ranch, keto cold cereal: chopped pecans, hemp hearts, granola, unsweetened almond milk

5:00pm

iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, white onion, ranch, shredded cheese

6 23 2021

Food is life, the rest is just details. This and other 90’s related bygones are what have made my life complete lately. If there were a few highlights I had to select from this week’s menu, I’d say the hot dog supper and poached eggs w salmon breakfast were tops. The little things that pad the food are what make it such a treat.

Initially, I was not sure what led me to a hot dog dinner at the ice cream stand on Thursday, but as I made my choice I recalled a recent article chronicling Martha Stewart’s favorite hot dogs: she uses dill pickle with Dijon mustard and bacon or sauerkraut to add a punch of flavor. What I could recall from Yahoo news led me to a Google search that got me to her website, and the recipes listed here seem to ramp up the exotic condiments and add ins to a deceptively simple pork product.

Saturday morning I was hungry and wondering what to eat. The poached eggs and smoked salmon alone would have been great, and I decided to add seasoning. Pizza Hut sells these little crushed red pepper flake shakers, and I had some Taco Bell hot sauce laying around, so I added those to it and seemed to taste the extra thing in there that was maybe just an essence of the old times. I don’t eat actual Pizza Hut pizza anymore, but rather order the gluten free pizza by Udi’s that they offer. It captures the experience of pizza without the carbs.

I think just passing through or being there makes for a great experience, and you don’t have to eat the food to enjoy the feeling you get when you link it back to those times. When standing in line at the ice cream place, I wanted an extra thick chocolate frappe, though ultimately it was something I decided against because I knew how filling it would be. Being around other people who were enjoying ice cream cones was enough for me to feel like enjoying the experience vicariously through others was enough, and I didn’t have to spend calories on it myself. There was a baby who was running around in a diaper barefoot and I said to the mother, “Oh to be footloose and fancy free, and not a care in the world that you’re barefoot. Good for you, baby!”

When you’re waiting in line you’re thinking about what you’re supposed to do when you’re waiting in line, what you’ve done countless times before, thinking about an upcoming meal, anticipating those first few bites, and enjoying the act of eating with those you’re with. This process is somewhat foreign to me right now, and so I notice in slow motion how conditioned we are to do what we are used to doing, or do what we miss so much. But knowing we can choose differently is empowering, and knowing that these times are not like the olden times is refreshing.

I’m not sure how many locations had it, but my family used to eat at the Taco Bell across from the mall. They had touch screen computers that you could order and pay at, and for a limited time they served cheese fries. This was back thirty years ago, and at the time the self service ordering and the fries seemed to be unusual but familiar to me, as I think of it now.

Here is what I ate the past few days:

Tuesday 11:30am mozzarella sticks w marinara

5:00pm cheeseburger sub w lettuce and hots, cubed watermelon

Wednesday

6:15am open faced sausage, egg, and cheese w cheddar on tomato basil bread

10:00am 1 slice tomato basil bread w peanut butter

1:00pm mozzarella sticks w marinara

5:00pm steak tip garden salad w ranch, watermelon

Thursday 7:00am open faced sausage, egg, cheese on croissant

11:00am 1/2 croissant w peanut butter

5:00pm watermelon

7:00pm hot dog w nacho cheese, bacon, and onion with bun, diet Pepsi

Friday 6:00am smoked salmon, toast w butter

9:30am popcorn made w olive oil, swerve, and salt, cheese, bacon

11:00am popcorn made w olive oil, pistachios, pecans

5:00pm fried rice w dumplings, cheese, and ranch

Saturday 8:00am two poached eggs, smoked salmon, toast w butter, coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

1:00pm salad w peppers, onion, mushrooms, cucumbers, spinach, Thousand island dressing, hummus, apples, 1 pork rib, zoodles

8:30pm salmon w salad, ranch, asparagus salad w mozzarella, lemon, garlic, basil, and tomato, Dr. Pepper zero

Sunday 9:30am 1 fried egg, 1 slice bacon, 1/4 glazed donut w Fruity Pebbles topping, coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

1:30pm salad w ranch, asparagus salad w mozzarella and tomato, 1/4 salmon, Dr. Pepper zero

7:00pm chili w onion, cheese, sour cream, 1/2 low carb tortilla, 1 scoop peanut butter Oreo ice cream w peanut butter sauce

6 19 2021

This past week I had to change my eating habits due to a broken tooth. Although I was enjoying popcorn Monday and Tuesday, by Thursday, I was eating soup. Here is what I ate the past week:

Monday: 6:00am 3 scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am kettle popcorn w olive oil, swerve, and salt, 2 string cheese

1:30pm salmon, keto mashed cauliflower w butter and cajun seasoning, asparagus, mozzarella, and tomato salad

Tuesday 6:00am 3 scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am kettle popcorn w olive oil, swerve, and salt, diet Dr. pepper

1:00pm grilled chicken, potato salad, broccoli salad, keto mashed cauliflower

Wednesday 6:00am 3 scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am grilled chicken, potato salad, broccoli salad

1:00pm 10:00am kettle popcorn w olive oil, swerve, and salt, diet Dr. pepper

Thursday 6:00am 3 scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am grilled chicken w broccoli salad

2:00pm tomato soup

Friday 6:00am 2 scrambled eggs w cheddar

12:00pm tomato soup

6:00pm gluten free pepperoni pizza, mozzarella sticks w marinara

Saturday 10:00am egg, sausage, and cheddar on rye bread

2:00pm mozzarella sticks w marinara, gluten free pepperoni pizza, brownie

7:00pm fried rice w veggies and seafood, chicken and beef on a stick, watermelon slices

06 13 2021

Today is a get together at my dad’s house for an early Father’s Day, as he’ll be out of town next weekend. My dad’s text went like this: we’ll be making chicken and real potato salad, to which I replied: sounds good! I’m keto so will be bringing asparagus salad and keto potato salad. Here is the recipe: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/279561/cauliflower-potato-salad/

Here is how I made it:

1 head cauliflower chopped into florets

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup sliced scallions

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

sprinkle ground black pepper

Coat chopped cauliflower w olive oil and cook 450 degrees F 20 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.

After cooled put cauliflower in a large bowl. Add scallions, mayo, mustard, and pepper. Stir well.

Cover and refrigerate for one day before serving.

*Lessons learned: do not overcook the cauliflower. When it’s overcooked, the texture does not mimic a potato, but rather is softer and does not keep well as leftovers. I let the cauliflower cool in the oven which burned the edges and my sister asked me if there was meat in it as a result of the discoloration.

6 6 2021

In these hotter days, I find myself craving less meat and more fresh flavors. So I find that the little garnishes: alfalfa sprouts, cold tomatoes, and ranch dressing are some of the flavors I complement with my beans and eggs. This fresh flavor that I wish I could package and consume mindlessly comes in the form of Cool Ranch Doritos, which, in Iceland, is actually Cool American Flavor, and the reddit page for its discussion is wonderful. In a parallel universe on a different timeline, I would eat chips all day dusted with magic, but in this world it’s the garnishes and salad dressings that suffice. Here is what I ate the past few days:

Sunday

10:00am cheese scrambled eggs w basil and green onions, mug coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

2:30pm turkey, lettuce, mayo, ranch, and provolone sandwich on wheat bread, Breyer’s low carb chocolate ice cream pop, diet Pepsi

4:30pm watermelon, hot chicken cauliflower pizza w ranch, diet pepsi

Monday 5:30am three scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:30am 1/2 turkey sub w mayo, ranch, lettuce, and provolone, keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk

3:00pm blueberry donut

Tuesday 6:30am egg, sausage, and cheddar on one slice tomato basil bread

10:00am black beans, ranch, and grape tomatoes, cold keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk

1:00pm peanut butter bar

Wednesday 5:30am scrambled eggs w grape tomatoes and ranch

10:00am black beans, ranch, and grape tomatoes, cold keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk

1:00pm peanut butter bar

Thursday 5:30am scrambled eggs w grape tomatoes and ranch

10:00am black beans, ranch, and grape tomatoes, cold keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk

5:00pm lobster roll w mayo, lettuce, on grilled buttered hot dog roll

Friday 5:30am scrambled eggs, ranch, and grape tomatoes

10:00am black beans, ranch, and grape tomatoes

1:00pm peanut butter bar

5:00pm two wings w ranch, gluten free supreme pizza, brownie

6 5 2021

Here is what I picked up today at the grocery store:

watermelon, Purely Elizabeth’s crunchy granola, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, King Arthur’s keto wheat flour, mushrooms, green peppers, lettuce, white onion, green pea shoots, asparagus, breakfast sausage, chicken thighs, turkey breast, eggs, heavy cream, cheddar, black beans, bacon, green beans

The one thing I’ave been reading lately is an idea about how it’s better to eat fruit than drink soda. Since I have an obsession with Diet Dr. Pepper and Dr. Pepper Zero, I figured why not start eating watermelon instead of drinking soda? I know it’s not keto, but I’ve been working on not eating any toast/processed breads for breakfast, which would allow me to have some carbs in the form of fruit later on in my day.

Another idea I’ve been thinking about is the idea that to reduce cholesterol you can eat fiber, and that fiber sops up/sticks to the cholesterol and removes it from your system. So I’ve been so enjoying keto cereal: purely Elizabeth’s crunchy granola, hemp hearts, chia, and unsweetened almond milk. The flavors I eat are the ones with the lowest net carbs:

5 31 2021

Our dishwasher was not working at all last week, so I ordered breakfast from a local cafe every day. Now that our dishwasher is fixed, I will probably be cutting out peanut butter power smoothies and any croissant sandwiches from my list of acceptable foods, but it’s always nice to get to indulge. Highlights from this week were these keto Enlightened keto ice cream bars, covered in dark chocolate.

One of my immediate goals has been to add fiber to my diet in order to lower my cholesterol. A filling delight I added for the first time since being on keto is black beans. I also picked up some lupine beans and might use it in a veggie salad or something at the next family get together. Here is what I ate the past few days:

Tuesday 6:30am cheeseburger patty, three stalks grilled asparagus, 1 dill pickle spear, mug coffee w Swerve and heavy cream

12:30pm tuna salad, alfalfa sprouts, Cole slaw

7:00pm slice of rye toast w melted cheddar, keto ice cream pop, keto chocolate peanut butter cookie w whipped cream

Wednesday 6:00am sausage, egg, and cheese on croissant, peanut butter power

12:00pm two boiled hot dogs wrapped in toasted low carb cheesy mayo tortillas, keto ice cream bar

7:00pm chicken quesadilla, black beans and nacho cheese from Taco Bell, diet Dr. Pepper

Thursday 6:00am sausage, egg, and cheese on croissant, peanut butter power

12:00pm two low carb cheesy tortillas w black beans and ranch

6:00pm cheeseburger patty w black beans and ranch

Friday 6:00am sausage, egg, and cheese on croissant, peanut butter power

12:00pm leftover chicken quesadilla

5:30pm cauliflower crust hot chicken pizza, 2 mozzarella sticks w marinara, brownies and chocolate chip cookie w whipped cream

5 27 2021

Thursday 5:00am three scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am 1/2 tuna sub and cold keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk

1:00pm 1 grass fed beef stick and 1 mini chocolate peanut butter bar

2:00pm 1 cup hot coffee w creamer and Splenda, 1 grass fed beef stick and 1 mini chocolate peanut butter bar

Friday 5:15am three scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am cold keto cereal, tuna salad w low carb corn tortilla chips

2:30pm chicken breast, broccolini, mashed cauliflower w cheese

7:30pm Ben n Jerry’s NY Super Fudge Chunk ice cream w whipped cream, 1/2 glass unsweetened almond milk w heavy cream

Saturday 10:00am three scrambled eggs w cheddar, green onions, sausage, and bacon, mug coffee w Swerve and heavy cream

2:30pm grilled chicken, cheddar, lettuce, peanut sauce on tomato basil wrap, keto chocolate chip peanut butter cookie

Sunday 10:30am three scrambled eggs w mug coffee w heavy cream

1:00pm 2 scallops wrapped in bacon, 1 keto deviled egg

2:30pm 1 cheeseburger patty, 1 hot dog no bun, avocado, tomato, and cucumber salad, pasta salad, cauliflower potato salad, keto brownie w whipped cream

5:30pm cauliflower crust pizza

Monday 10:00am sausage, egg, and cheese on croissant, peanut butter power

5:30pm open-faced bacon cheeseburger w grilled asparagus, keto brownie

5 26 2021

Here is what I ate the past few days:

Thursday 8:00am 3 scrambled eggs w grated cheddar, 1/2 avocado, mug coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

12:30pm salad w asparagus and ranch dressing, 2 keto chocolate chip peanut butter cookies, almond milk w splash heavy cream

7:45pm Taco Bell chicken quesadilla

Friday 8:00am 2 eggs w cheddar and sausage patty, 1 slice wheat toast, peanut butter power smoothie

12:00pm 1 string cheese, three ribs w sugar free bbq sauce, gluten free peanut butter chocolate kind bar

3:00pm 1 string cheese, diet Dr. Pepper

8:00pm salmon sashimi, seaweed salad, two crab Rangoons, hot and sour soup

Saturday 7:00am salmon seaweed salad

12:00pm salad w grilled salmon, peanut butter chocolate brownie w ice cream

3:00pm two mozzarella sticks w marinara

5:00pm three mozzarella sticks w marinara, keto chocolate peanut butter cookie

Sunday 10:30am sausage egg and cheddar on croissant, peanut butter power

2:30pm low carb tortilla chips w Rotel dip

Monday 5:30am three scrambled eggs w cheddar

12:00pm three crab Rangoon, 1 grass fed beef stick

2:30pm gluten free chocolate peanut butter bar

5:30pm plain fried chicken wings, garden salad w ranch dressing, chilled lobster, four bites peanut butter cake

Tuesday 5:30am three scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:30am keto cold cereal w unsweetened almond milk

4:00pm 1 chalupa, 1 taco, kettle corn made w swerve confectioner substitute

Wednesday 5:30am two scrambled eggs w cheddar

10:00am keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk, keto peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, 1 avocado

2:00pm gluten free peanut butter bar

5 16 2021

Here is what I ate the past few days:

9:30am 3 scrambled eggs w grated cheddar, 2 mugs coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

2:00pm salad w bleu cheese dressing, low carb tortillas w cheese Rotel dip, asparagus, filet mignon

3:00pm keto cold cereal

8:00am 3 scrambled eggs w grated cheddar, 2 mugs coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

12:30pm salad w ranch dressing, asparagus, filet mignon, Rotel dip

3:30pm homemade caramel popcorn, 2 string cheese

6:30pm chocolate chip keto cookies

8:00am 3 scrambled eggs w grated cheddar, 2 mugs coffee w heavy cream and Swerve

12:30pm salad w ranch dressing, keto cereal w unsweetened almond milk

4:00pm kettle corn made w olive oil and swerve, keto chocolate chip cookies