Thursday, March 31, 2011

SCD Daily Food Log #6

Here are the meals for the day!!!
AM:
  • H20
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
  • Breakfast:
    • 1 cup leftover curry
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 2/3 cup Lentils
PM:
Dinner on the Grill :)
  • Iced Coffee
  • Dinner: 
    • Red Pepper Chicken Sausage
    • 1/2 cup Lentils
    • Grilled Veggies
    • 1/2 Avocado
  • Snack:
    • Sparkling Mint Water
    • Chopped Veggies - Bell pepper and cucumber
  • H20
That's all - share your SCD meals!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SCD Daily Food Log #5

Here it is...


AM:

  • H20
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
  • Breakfast:
    • 2 eggs
    • Spinach
    • Chopped Onion
    • Balsamic Vinegar
Noon:
  • 1/2 cup Thai Curry Cashews
  • H20
  • 3 mile Run
PM:
  • Iced Coffee
  • Dinner:
    • Curry
    • 1/2 cup Pinto Beans
  • Snack:
    • 1 cup Lentils
    • 1/2 avocado
    • Balsamic Vinegar
  • H20
And that's it for today!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SCD Daily Food Log #4

Here's what today looked like...


AM:

  • H20
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
  • Breakfast:
    • 2 Hard-boiled Eggs
    • 1 cup Curried Lentils
    • 1/2 Avocado
    • Chopped Onions
    • Balsamic Vinegar
PM:

  • H20
  • 1.75 mile run + Sprint workout (5 long distance, 5 short distance) + Abs
  • Limewater - squeeze juice from 2 limes, chop several sprigs of mint, pour 8-12oz water over ice, stir together and add one packet of stevia - makes a nice refreshing treat!
  • Dinner: Low Carb Burger  
    • 1/2 cup Black beans
    • Sliced Onion
    • 1 1/2 Organic, Grass-Fed Burger Patties
    • 5-6 Large Spinach Leaves - grown organically in my yard :)
    • Roasted Garlic Chili Sauce

  • 1/2 Bottle G.T.'s Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha (my leftovers from Sunday)
  • H20
  • Snack:
    • Hard-boiled Egg

That's it for today :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

SCD Daily Food Log #3

Back on to the usual SCD meals...here's a look at today's meals:

AM:

  • H20
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
  • Breakfast:
    • Scrambled Eggs + Tomato, Onion
    • 1/2 cup leftover Lamb Curry
PM:
  • H20
  • Dinner:
    • 1 cup Black beans
    • 1/2 Avocado + Chopped Onion
    • 4 Stalks Raw Broccolini Chopped
    • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Snack:
    • Hard-boiled Egg
    • 1/2 cup Curried Lentils - really easy and delicious! just add a curry spice blend, sea salt, paprika, and serrano peppers (if desired) to your lentils as they cook!
That's it for today's food :) What did you eat today?

Cheat day(s) #12

So this past weekend we moved up cheat day to Friday to celebrate Joe's bday and then decided to run our 1st 10K on Sunday and proceeded to celebrate a mild cheat day after the 10K as well - so this weekend was a lil messed up but we're back on to the SCD as usual today :)

Friday we started out with a morning run (2.5 mile) and continued with air squats and wall presses before and after meals throughout the day.

Sunday we launched the day by running the Capitol 10K here in Austin, TX. Unfortunately, since we signed up late we had to do the un-timed run, but were still able to keep track of our run times through unofficial methods... Joe finished in about 50 mins and I finished in 60 mins, however both our times could have been lessened had there not been so many obstacles during the race (i.e. walkers: it seemed as though 50% of the near 30K participants chose to walk - very frustrating for us runners!!). I could have also shaved off a few minutes had I not paused to use one of the restrooms halfway through the race...Anyways Joe & I are definitely ready to run a 1/2 marathon now - the 10K was much easier than I expected and was quite a lot of fun! Looking forward to our next one!

So here's the damage:

Friday:
Assorted Pastries from Upper Crust Bakery
 - don't worry we didn't eat them all ;)
  • AM:
    • Hard-boiled Egg
    • AGG
    • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
    • Grapefruit Juice
    • 1/2 Cinnamon Roll and 1/2 Brioche from Upper Crust Bakery
  • Noon:
    • 1 Chicken & 1 Beef Empanada from Buenos Aires Cafe
    • 1/2 Alfajore (Argentinian Dulce De Leche cookie)
  • PM:
    • 2 Carne Asada Tacos with Avocado in Corn Tortilla
    • Assorted Fruit and Appetizers (see photo from Joe's Bday)
    • 1 slice Chocolate Almond Flourless Torte (Birthday Cake) + Coconut-milk Ice Cream    

Sunday: (also did air squats between meals)
  • AM:
    • 2 fried eggs with avocado and chopped onion
  • Noon:
    • Cappuccino w/Soy
    • 1/2 Lemon Sugar Crêpe  
    • 1/2 Goat Cheese/Spinach Crêpe
    • 1/2 Lemon Scone   
  • PM:
    • Maqui Berry Maté
    • Naan
    • Mirch Masala Lamb Curry with Basmati Rice
    • Slice of Chocolate Almond Flourless Torte with Coconut-milk Ice Cream
    • 1/2 Cara Cara Orange
    • 1/2 Pink Lady Apple
    • 1/2 cup Gummy bears
    • 1/2 bottle Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha
That's all for our cheat days! Will post today's food log later ;)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

SCD Daily Food Log #2

Hello again...so yesterday was cheat day as we celebrated Joe's bday, but we're back to our usual SCD now and here's what we consumed today (will post cheat day stuff tomorrow ;)

AM:
  • H20
  • Hard-boiled Egg (Organic, Free-Range)
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
Noon:
  • Lunch at Kerbey Lane:
    • Eggs with Avocado, Tomatoes, and Kalmata Olives and Basil Pecan Pesto
    • Side of Black Beans and veggies
  • Steaz Half Tea/Half Lemonade Zero (Sweetened with Stevia)
  • H20
PM:
  • H20
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
  •  H20
  • 1 Chicken Drumstick  + 1/4 Chicken Breast (Organic, Free-Range, Veg-Fed)
  • 1 cup Lettuce with tomatoes and radishes
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans
Late Night Snack:
  • Hard-boiled Egg (Organic, Free-Range) w/ 1/4 avocado and chopped onion
  • H20
That's it for today - will post cheat day stuff tomorrow! Time to get to bed so I'm all rested up to run the Capitol 10K here in Austin tomorrow morning - my first-time participating in a running event :) Just picked up a new pair of running shoes too - didn't get the Vibram's but got the New Balance Six.Six.Two - which feel incredible - can't wait to put them to good use tomorrow!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

SCD Daily Food Log #1

Okay so here it is - what I ate, drank, and did for exercise today - hope this provides some inspiration ;)

AM:
  • H20
  • AGG (Alpha Lipoic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Garlic Extract)
  • 1/3 cup Leftover Madras Curry (see recipe)
  • 1/3 cup Pinto Beans
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • Coffee infused with Ganoderma + a hint of Soy Creamer (Non-GMO, Organic) and Saigon Cinnamon
Lunch
Noon:
  • 3 mile run
  • H20
  • Balsamic Grilled Chicken Breast w/ Grilled Onions (see recipe)
  • Chopped tomato, onion, and cucumber salad with sea salt and lime 
  • Unsweetened Iced Tea

Afternoon/Evening:
  • Iced Ganoderma Coffee
  • H20
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 avocado, chopped onion and Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 bottle of GT's Multigreen Kombucha
  • PAG - Policosanol, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Garlic Extract
  • H20
That's all for today - moved up cheat day to tomorrow for this week since it's Joe's Birthday! Looking forward to some delicious pastries and a flourless chocolate almond torte - yummm!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cheat Day 11 + Madras Curry Recipe

Hello again! Another week, another cheat day, and here we are again - I'm sorry to say that Joe & I totally forgot to do measurements this Sunday once again - I promise we will do those this weekend though and provide an update on that ;) As far as weight loss I am currently holding at the same weight as in prior weigh-ins, 104-ish lbs (will see if there are any changes in that by weigh-in day on Saturday) and Joe is at 190 lbs - just 10lbs away from his goal! So exciting :)

So this week I'll give you the lowdown on our latest cheat day (#11) and a recipe for a delicious Indian curry that is quick and easy to make for all those that are always on the go like myself! And on the suggestion of fellow slow-carbers, I am going to attempt to blog a daily food diary - nothing too fancy or lengthy - just ideas and simple recipes to offer some inspiration to others on the SCD - I can't promise I'll do it every day, but will do my best ;)

Madras Indian Curry makes 4-5 servings - Organic Produce and Meat is Recommended

  • 1 Jar Madras Simmer Sauce - (can be found at Whole Foods -see photo to right)
  • 1 Jarful of Water
  • 2 Cooked Milanesa Steaks thinly sliced into bite-size pieces 
  • 1/2 lb Chopped Asparagus
  • 1/2 lb. Broccolini (Cut in halves)
  • 1 Whole Sweet Onion Chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Macadamia Nut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Paprika
  • 2 tbsp. Crushed Red Peppers**
  • 2 Serrano Peppers Chopped**
Madras Indian Curry
**Optional: For all the Spice lovers out there, adding these ingredients will make this curry Desi-Hot
  1. Add Macadamia Nut Oil to wok, add all vegetables and Serrano peppers if desired.
  2. Saute veggies until al dente
  3. Add beef
  4. Add Sauce, Water, Paprika, and Crushed red peppers if desired.
  5. Let simmer for 15-20min.
  6. Serve by itself or pour over lentils. 

Cheat Day #11 - once again we shared most of this stuff and paired it with loads of air squats and wall presses ;)
Breakfast at Blue Star Cafeteria
AM:
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Black Ganoderma Coffee with Organic, Non-GMO Soy Creamer + Cinnamon
  • Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese & Spinach on Rye Bread (mine - didn't eat the rye though)
  • French Toast (Joe)


Noon:
  • Cinnamon Roll (Upper Crust Bakery)
  • Schnecken (Upper Crust Bakery)
  • Carne Asada & Veggie Tacos from Dos Batos (1 each)
  • Cupcake
















PM:
Yummy Papaya!!
  • Salmon Tacos with goat cheese, guacamole on corn tortillas
  • Papaya
  • Ganoderma Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
  • S'mores (2 each)

Salmon Tacos - grilled these on our brand-new bbq!!
That's all... Share your cheat day meals with us!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Week 10 - Nearly 3 months on the SCD!

Just wrapped up week 10 on the SCD this past Sunday! Got thrown a lil bit off track this past weekend but we're back on track and ready to drop the rest of the unnecessary pounds that are still lingering :) (we missed measurements and weigh-ins this week but will post updates on that next time)

So Joe & I launched cheat day a bit early this past weekend during our camping trip to Bend, TX, where we camped alongside the Colorado River for 3 days/2 nights. We had a great trip and enjoyed kayaking the river and hiking along side it. We were doing so well with our SCD during the trip consuming some delightful SCD meals like chicken, roasted onions and bell peppers with balsamic drizzled on top (see recipe below) till our camping buddies pulled out the s'mores :) So we decided that we would allow ourselves to indulge in a heavenly s'more or 2 a day in advance of our cheat day as we also enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate...then we launched our actual cheat day on Sunday afternoon when we returned from our trip. We figured that an exception was in order since we'd been going non-stop on the SCD for several months and have no intentions of quitting in the future, due to the great results we've seen :) All in all, no major set-backs due to our mild offenses - although I wouldn't recommend doing that unless you cannot possible avoid not cheating on your non-cheat day :)

Here's a great SCD recipe for the grill:


Balsamic Chicken & Veggies (serves 4)

- 3 lbs Organic, Free-Range Chicken Thighs
- 2 Red Bell Peppers - sliced
- 1 Yellow Onion - sliced
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Sea Salt
- Italian Herb Blend


1) Season Chicken with macadamia nut oil, sea salt, and herbs.
2) Place Chicken on Grill and drizzle Balsamic Vinegar on both sides
3) Wait till Chicken is halfway cooked then add veggies and drizzle Balsamic on them as well
4) Remove Chicken & Veggies from grill and serve with black beans or lentils if desired


I also stumbled upon a great lentil blend at Whole Foods - it contains five or so different varieties of lentils - can be found in the WF section where you bag your own legumes/nuts/grains, etc... - cook with some sea salt and Mediterranean spice blend and enjoy!

So, here's what cheat day #10 looked like for us:

AM:
  • Balsamic Chicken & Veggies with Avocado
  • Black Ganoderma Coffee with Chocolate and Soy Creamer - basically a home-made mocha ;)
Afternoon:
  • Mango Sorbet Yogurt with Mochi
  • 1/2 Blueberry Scone
  • GT's Trilogy Kombucha
PM:
Vindaloo Curry - Yes we went back to the Clay Pit ;)
  • Garlic & Basil Naan
  • Vindaloo Curry w/Lamb (extra-spicy) with/Basmati Rice
  • Sweet Leaf Tea: Half Lemonade/Half Tea
  • S'mores with Orange Dark Chocolate - mmmm!

    That's it for this week - Enjoying SXSW here in Austin! Share your SCD Recipes and progress with us!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Week 9: Update & Cheat Day!

The months and weeks have flown by since Joe and I took the plunge into the Slow Carb Diet and now we just celebrated our 9th cheat day this past Sunday :) So far Joe has reached 191 lbs - he's now just 11 lbs away from his goal and has lost 7 lbs and some change to date. I seem to be stuck between 103.8 lbs and 104 lbs - but my body fat percentage has decreased as lean muscle has increased so I'm happy with that too - although I still would like to make it down a couple more pounds. Our measurements have been consistently decreasing too - we forgot to do our measurements this past Sunday morning so we'll have to do them this Sunday and add them into the next post ;) Hopefully more amazing results to follow!

My running time has consistently improved due to practicing the tips and method recommended by Tim - but it's time to get a new pair of running shoes (i've hit the 9 month mark with this pair and have put a lot of miles into them) the Vibram 5 Fingers barefoot running shoe looked pretty intriguing and fun, but after doing a bit of research it doesn't appear  to be designed for a runner who's been using regular shoes, since transitioning may take several months and if not done properly may cause injuries....so looks like I'll be sticking to regular running shoes at this time :)

This week we've been trying to spice up our SCD menu and bring in some Indian flavors! I absolutely love curry, but just haven't had the time to make one from scratch so I found a delicious, organic tomato-based, extra-spicy curry simmer sauce made by Seeds of Change sold at Whole Foods - it was delicious! I added some organic chicken, mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli and served it atop French green lentils. Yum! Definitely recommend this to any curry lovers!

Finally here's a look at our 9th Cheat day on the SCD :) Once again a day filled with lots of carbs, air squats, citrus, and sweets!

AM:

  • 20 min Workout: Squats, Lunges, HCB Swings, Planks, Myoatic Crunches, etc...
  • 1/2 cup Chicken (cold, pre-cooked leftovers - just enough to get some protein in my body ;)
  • AGG
  • Glass of Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
  • Cappuccino with Soy, Cinnamon, and hint of Sugar
  • South Congress Cafe: 
    • My breakfast
    • Greek style Omelet with roasted potatoes + fruit
      Joe's: Eggs Benedict Steak & Migas style
    • Carrot-cake French Toast  (we shared this :)
Carrot Cake French Toast from South Congress Cafe
Me + My Lovely Cinna-bun :)
Noon:

  • Lemon Almond Macaroon at Vespaio Enoteca
  • Café Americano with Soy & Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Roll 






PM:
Curries at the Clay Pit
  • 1 1/2 Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1/2 Choc. Raspberry Bar
  • Sublime Maté
  • Clay Pit (Indian Cuisine): 
    • Naan
    • Mango Iced Tea
    • Vindaloo Lamb Curry
    • Vegetable Ayam Curry
    • Basmati Rice

Going camping this weekend! So postponing our next cheat day till Monday :) Look forward to enjoying SXSW next week in Austin! Till next time...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quick & Easy SCD Dinner: Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry

Try this quick and easy recipe for a delicious SCD approved dinner :)

  • Organic Chicken Sausage
  • 1 Bunch of Broccolini Halved
  • 2 Large Carrots Chopped
  • 1/4 Onion Chopped
  • 3 Strands Rosemary
  • 5 Sliced Mushrooms
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Paprika
  • Sea Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper

    1.  Lightly sauté sliced sausages in macadamia nut oil
    2. Add vegetables
    3. Add spices
    4. Sauté until vegetables are al dente
Bon Appétit!

Week 8 on the SCD

Another wonderful week on the SCD! Finally had a chance to use a hand-held body fat measurement device this past week - not sure the accuracy of it, but my reading was 12.2% body fat!! If that is accurate I'm pretty excited, since my goal was 12% or less. Still need to make an appt for the bodpod or Dexa to get a more accurate measurement though :)

So I read Tim's chapter in the 4HB about Sleep and about the different systems he describes for surviving on less sleep - I'm going to try to make an attempt at the Siesta style he mentions and see how that goes - not sure I'm ready for the Everyman yet ;)

My running has definitely improved after putting into practice the pose method - I'm finally able to keep up with and pass up individuals who were much faster than I, including Joe (my husband :) - my ultimate goal a less than 20 min 3 mile run...hopefully I'll be there soon!

So here's a review of our past cheat day- numero ocho!! We enjoyed some delicious stuff from all around Austin - was really an awesome day, plus the weather was absolutely gorgeous! (This was all of course accompanied by air squats, lots of walking, and wall presses :)

AM:
  • French Green Lentils
  • AGG
  • Ganoderma Coffee with Soy Creamer & Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 Tacos from Torchy's Tacos: 1 Ahi Tuna on Corn Tortilla & 1 Migas on Corn Tortilla
  • Ganoderma Coffee w/out Soy
Noon: (we went Argentinian for lunch :)
  • Empanadas from Buenos Aires Cafe - one chicken and one spicy beef w/chimichurri
  • 1/2 of each type of Alfajore: chocolate and coconut/corn (see pic below)
PM:
  • Canteloupe & Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet Gelato from Whole Foods (see pic)
  • Soy Hot Chocolate
  • Pasta w/ Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic and Goat Cheese (see pic)
  • Tropical Maté
  • 1/2 Orange Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Mojito (w/out rum) - this is really easy to make on a regular SCD day - just use stevia instead of sugar :)
  • PAG

That's all for now, till next time!