Archive for the ‘Journal of Randomness’ Category

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Is Fruit Really Bad For You?

August 18, 2013

I have read so many conflicting things about whether or not fruit is really bad for you. Some folks say most fruit passes right through you or digests in 90 minutes or so while other foods take much longer so that’s supposed to be good. Other people say it is nothing but sugar and should be avoided at all costs because sugar is bad. I’m having a hard time fighting the cultural beating-in of the notion that, well, fruit is good food. I’m really looking for some comments here, I certainly feel better when I have some fruit in my diet (bananas and pineapple specifically) but I really don’t want to sacrifice all the weight loss work I’ve done by eating stuff I think is good for me but really isn’t.  Thoughts? Am I just being overly obsessive here? Probably.

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Smoothies In The Morning

July 6, 2013

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the lack of value in liquid calories and I would probably agree when it comes to soda or beer or any of the so-called dirty drinks. A smoothie though? I’m pretty sure a well made smoothie can start your day off right. Here’s what I like in the morning. (Usually on workout days).

This Raw Protein plus this So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Milk plus a few blueberries. Blend them together well. Notice what I didn’t add? That’s right, no juice or sugar. Simple, three ingredient smoothie so if I’m wrong and it’s really not at nutritious, at least it tastes great. 🙂

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Kinda Gross Right?

June 30, 2013

Just saw this gross thing on the twitters. I dunno about becoming vegan but yeah food companies can be evil.

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NoOodle — No Thank You

June 24, 2013

Readers of this blog will remember that I do not like “fake” food but my wife decided I deserved a treat so she wanted to make me one of my favorite old treats, spaghetti and meat sauce, which I really appreciated. She was perusing around the Internet and happened upon NoOodles. Now…she originally complained about the smell which I didn’t get to experience as I wasn’t home when she opened them but when we started eating them we began to see the real problem.

The real problem with this and most “fake” food is the same thing, texture, taste is a separate issue. We both have a real hard time getting past to texture though, these NoOodles had the same texture of “jellyfish tentacles” as my wife said. This was true, there was no denying it. The sauce made it edible but shortly after eating it, I cleaned up the kitchen and asked to never speak of this again.

I wish I could give it a better review or say anything positive at all but I guess that if you make something with 0 calories and 0 carbs and 0 everything then flavor and texture have to go too. Fake food loses again.

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Variety And The Spice Of Life…or Coconut, Is There Anything You Can’t Do?

June 11, 2013

Since figuring out all these allergies I’ve been doing a lot of experiments with different types of cooking oils. My love of flavor infused olive oils is well documented in this blog but lately I’ve been making my morning breakfasts with coconut oil and I have to say, I like it. Sometimes using the flavored olive oils (even if it is just a little bit) leaves the eggs tasting a little “greasy” which I don’t like. The coconut oil seems to not do that even though I use the same amount. The only thing I dislike about it so far is that it seems to smoke a lot more/quicker than the olive oils do. I could just be doing something wrong with it but I generally cook on a pretty low heat because I hate burnt food. Anyway the amount of products and foods I’ve had to use coconut with is just amazing. I really had no idea it could do so much…coconut sugar for my tea, coconut “milk” creamer for my tea, coconut flour for pancakes and coconut oil for general cooking and baking, I’m pretty sure there is nothing coconut can’t do. I’m waiting for “research” to show that it causes copious amounts of cancer when eaten in large supplies.

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Living On The Edge

June 11, 2013

I’ve been experimenting lately and eating out at restaurants more and cooking a bit less. This is really living on the edge for me given all the food allergies I have BUT I have found that most places are really nice and accommodating. I’ve only gotten sick a couple of times and only mildly. Eventually I’m going to write a post about how “gluten free” is very nearly meaningless to me and why it should make everyone take a second look. Not right now though, right now it is summer time and I’m getting ready to cook A LOT more because, well, I enjoy the grill. First up will be some scrumptious seafood (recipes to follow) and then some land dwellers, I have quite a few new things in mind.

That’s right, after this week, I’m putting the restaurants away for a while and getting back into my kitchen so more recipes and more, hopefully, yummy food.

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Well…It Had To Happen Eventually…….

March 19, 2013

Suffering through my first real sickness in over a year, I suppose it was bound to happen. I mean, everyone gets sick, I’m just hoping its not nearly as traumatic/dramatic this time as it has been in the past. I’ve been blaming my sinus issues for feeling this way the last couple of days but as today has gone on it has just gotten worse. I’m hoping it clears up soon because, frankly, I’m not used to feeling like crap anymore and I really don’t like it at all…

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Embarking On A Brave, New Workout Program…

March 5, 2013

Maybe, We’ll see. Joining a gym and getting a trainer sounds like a great idea to me…so we’ll see if it really is. I’m thinking if I’m paying for it I will be more inclined to actually go do it and see more results than I’m seeing now, we’ll see. I’ll keep this post updated a bit as I go through it and decide what I’m doing. I think this will be as important a decision for me as the one about eating better was, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  I’ve been keeping pretty steady on it (even though my hatred of working out is on the record) but just not going as hard as I know I can and should be doing. I even found a way to slack off at cross fit so you know that’s sad. Anyway, here’s hoping this is better. Updates to come.

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Whoa…Chicago

February 18, 2013

So here I am in Chicago for over a week on mini vacation first and then Ome work tomorrow. Trying to stay true to my new lifestyle is TOUGH in this city! Sauce and butter and breaking oh my. Not to mention the massive amounts of bakeries here. So far I’ve done well, not great but ok. I just got back from the store so I could stack my room with “safe” foods so that should help. My wife went back home this morning so the bakery stops will stop. 🙂

I guess though that no one is perfect and I’m learning or at least trying to learn not to obsess over every little failure of will. At least I’m having a grass fed bun-less burger with a salad for lunch. Back on track!

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Inching Towards The Finish Line

February 11, 2013

Well here I am, less than 15 pounds to my ultimate weight goal. It is kind of scary, I have to admit. There are a lot of “what next” sort of thoughts I have, “what if I gain it all back?”, “what if I suddenly get sick again”, ” what if…what if…what if….”  I try to put those sorts of thoughts out of my mind and just focus on the success I have had but it is harder and harder to avoid those questions as I inch ever closer to the finish line. I guess what I’m wondering is, is there a finish line? Will I ever be completely happy with how I feel/look/whatever?  Short answer is, I don’t know but I guess I’m going to find out. 🙂

The trick is, I think, to set some new goals and focus in on achieving them, one goal at a time. I believe I will hit my weight goal by April 1 so sometime before then I plan to set some new goals for myself and start from there. We’ll see how it goes.