Day of Eating 40 carbs! Where have I been?

Hey everyone! Sorry its been a while since I blogged here things have been kind of crazy lately. Between me coming down to the wire on my cut and a major project at work (yes I have a big boy job) I have just been to busy to get on here. I have been more busy on Instagram and you can follow me here:

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I am going to get back into the swing of things on here in a week or two when this project completes. I hit 163 while I was traveling in Pittsburgh and was really happy about that but last week I was at the same number so still some work to do. I have 3lbs or 3 weeks left on the cut and I think that it is starting to affect me mentally as I really just have been feeling lazy lately and have had little motivation at work. I am going to rant a bit about life here so you can skip to the next paragraph is you would like. I loved my job and group but as I am reaching the end of the cut I am starting to dislike it more and more. Hoping that this mind set changes when I start turning the diet around or if its real I am glad I realized it and what this transformation has shown me is that I can do what ever I set my mind to and I will be able to find something that I enjoy. I still love where I work but would like to find something different.

My macros this week have changed a bit to a little lower protein but a little extra carbs on lifting day which is a huge help because I have just not had any energy to get my cardio in but was really forcing it. Hoping that it might also help with some recovery because it is taking from one leg day to the next to have my legs recover.

So for the eating today. I will get pictures up throughout the day. I got a new camera so they will be more “artistic” but need to be pulled off the camera instead of having them go straight to OneDrive. I am also recording today with the camera so well see how it goes.

Todays macros are 40c/45f/200p and its going to be a rough day ahead to stay full! All carbs are coming from veggies and the cheeses that I will use on my frittata’s and salads.

Breakfast(9c/6f/33p):

Breakfast today was a pretty simple 4 ingredient frittata and a cup of coffee. Normally I don’t have coffee but I have been turned onto K-Cup donut house cinnamon roll and chocolate glazed donut and they are great!

Ingredients:

113g Zucchini

45g Spinach

275g Lana’s Egg Whites

30g Kefir Cheese (if you can’t find this you can use cream cheese)

I put the zucchini and spinach in a hot pan to wilt the spinach and soften up the zucchini for about 3 minutes. I added some Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, Onion and Herb, and onion powder to flavor the veggies. Once they were the right texture I added the egg whites and mixed in the kefir cheese. I placed it under the broiler for 7 minutes to get it cooked off and while that was going on I made the cup of coffee. Once the 7 minutes was up I dropped it on the plate and put a little salt and mustard on top and that’s it. A nice quick and easy breakfast. Hoping that this will hold me over for a while!

The next two meals will be salads because I will be eating them at work. One thing about veggies is that you can get great volume and I will be eating an entire bag of Trader Joe’s butter lettuce with both some chicken in one and turkey breast in the other. Both get a serving of the kefir cheese and I will be using a bit of Walden’s Farm Sweet Onion dressing for some additional flavor. Just trying to get through the day without cheating! I think the key will be making some Xtend slush. These are easy and they feel like your eating but its all water and BCAA! If I could just find a way not to get cold for a couple hours after I eat one! Stay tuned for the rest of the day!

I’m back and at work now. I like having the luxury of being able to work from home but sometimes just being that makes me just want to eat. So at 10am I decided to have my mid morning meal. I was pretty happy with how long I was able to hold out to space the meals out. Nothing seems to be going right with work and the way the day has been going so I think the stress is helping to keep me thinking of something other than eating. As I said before I was having a salad. I also had another cup of coffee on the drive in to help me through the day since I am running on such low carbs.

Mid Morning(6c/5f/30p):

As I said this was a pretty simple but refreshing salad. I added a bunch of cilantro and dill to liven it up.

Ingredients:

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce

4oz of Canned Chicken Breast

30g Lite Kefir cheese

Dill

Cilantro

Tabasco Jalapeno

What I did was combined the lettuce and chicken in a bowl and then in a small bowl I made a dressing out of the Tabasco, kefir and some of the dill. This was actually a really nice refreshing dressing. I added a bunch of cilantro to the salad and some more dill and tossed it with the dressing. Luckily this was pretty filling and my goal is to not eat again till 1-1:30pm but again being at work I need to just stay focused and not really think about food and try to keep active. Stay tuned for more soon!

Sorry I forgot to complete this entry! Its now almost a week late but going to finish what I ate!

Lunch was basically the same as above just with turkey instead of chicken(6c/5f/44p):

Ingredients:

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce

3oz of Trader Joe’s cooked Turkey Breast

30g Lite Kefir cheese

Dill

Cilantro

Tabasco Jalapeno

Dinner(11c/17f/53p):

Dinner was a big frittata! I made my own Guacamole by taking some avocado and kefir cheese and combining them with some garlic salt and onion powder which came out awesome! In the frittata I mixed 42g of spinach, 3oz of Trader Joe’s cooked sirloin, 1 pack of Miracle Rice which has 1 carb, and some laughing cow Queso. Followed my normal frittata procedure and then covered it with the guac!

Ingredients:

42g Spinach

3oz Trader Joe’s Cooked Sirloin

50g Avocado

275g Lana’s Egg Whites

1 pack Miracle Rice

30g Kefir Cheese regular fat

1 wedge of Laughing Cow

Dessert(9c/7f/40p):

Finished the day off with some mint chocolate chip Frotein. Followed my normal procedure of three ingredients. Put 2 cups of Almond milk, 1/2tbsp Xanthum gum, and 47g of Cellucor Mint Chip protein powder in my kitchenaid and whip till it fluffs up a bit. Add blended ice and continue to mix till it reaches the desired consistency!

The frotein actually fell off the couch making it a really miserable end to a pretty stressful day! In all I hated the macros for today and just hope I can get through a couple more weeks.

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Day of Eating 80 Carbs – Actually 60 Carb!

Update: My macros got dropped today to 60 carbs on off days! This just got real!

Well I am finally feeling better from my cold that I had and going to start playing catch up both here and on videos. I have a stuffed Poblano recipe video that I will get edited today.

I decided that today I am going to do a day of eating for you. It is my rest day and I am only getting 80 carbs. I am going to fill this out as the day goes on to help me get through the day and slow my eating down by typing it up during each meal getting my stomach fuller faster, its a mental game today! Going to be drinking a crap load of tea and water to fill me up.

Starting off with breakfast. I have been craving some peanut butter and jelly lately so I was thinking of putting together a PB&J frittata but couldn’t get my concoction to fit into the macros today after I had already put the rest of the day together. I know this goes against IIFYM because you are supposed to be able to make what ever you want fit if you can but I like to plan the day out in advance so that I do screw up and get stuck with like 1 carb no fat and 50 protein at the end of the day. So I ate what I planned and I am not disappointed. I was hoping to find a way to cut the carbs down in the morning but you’ll see why that was tough.

Breakfast(38c/12f/38p):

So I finally got around to making a new batch of the Sticky Fingers Scones that I bought last trip to World Market. This package was Raspberry White Chocolate and they were amazing. This is why I could not move the carbs I was craving one of these bad boys. You get a good size scone for 27c/3.5f/3p and they are so moist and delicious! Next flavor I have is chocolate chip and I am looking forward to those one I am out of these.  I ate this as I was getting the ingredients of my frittata ready. For the frittata I went with spinach, mushroom, green onion and the last time I was at Trader Joe’s I found bacon ends and pieces that were 0c/3f/3p for 7g, not much but with all that fat it really melted the flavor into everything, then mixed in some fat-free and whipped cream cheeses. I am eating this as I type this out and it is amazing! I topped it with a little Walden’s Farms maple syrup to play well with the bacon pieces. As you’ll see as I post other posts through the day to keep me occupied I have been on a frittata kick and have some pretty good combos worked up. So here is the recipe and ingredients of the frittata this morning. Stay tuned for the rest of the day!

Frittata(11c/7f/35p):

244g(1cup) Lana’s egg whites

22g Whipped Cream Cheese

14g Fat Free Cream Cheese

42g Spinach

7g Bacon ends and pieces

75g Mushrooms

15g green onion

What I do is heat a pan on medium heat and spray with Pam. Once the pan is warmed up I toss in the bacon to render down some of the fat and get it cooked a bit. I the picked it up with a fork and cut it into small pieces so that I got it throughout the whole frittata. I tossed int he green onions and mushrooms and then once they got a little soft I tossed in the spinach to wilt a bit. Once that looked good I added the cream cheeses and left them melt throughout the mixture. Once that looked to be spread around, its ok to have some not to melted you get these pockets of awesomeness when you are eating and just get a little chunk of cream cheese, I lowered the heat to low-mid heat and added the egg whites to cook just a bit. Once it was like the consistency of an egg soup I placed the whole pan under the broiler and let it cook for 3-4 minutes until it had a nice browned top and the edges were a little crisp. Once this one done I put on the oven mitt, DON’T FORGET THIS YOU WILL BE SORRY, and pull it out. Run your spatula around the sides and it should just slide right out of the pan. There is your breakfast! Bon appetite!

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata.

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata.

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata. Topped with syrup.

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach, Green Onion, and Cream Cheese Frittata. Topped with syrup.

11am update and mid-morning meal(7c/3f/35p):

So about 10 minutes ago I got my message from my macro coach that things are changing for the week since I didn’t lose anything this past week. So carbs on lifting days got dropped to 155 and on off days all the way down to 60 carbs. Time to put in the tough work and modified todays meal. Unfortunately I read this after I had already made my mid-morning meal of asparagus, butter lettuce, tuna, and a Carb Master yogurt. There really isn’t much to say about this meal it was plain and simple just heated up some grilled asparagus and put it on top of the lettuce and then dropped the can of tuna and used some mustard for flavor. For a little sweetness I had a Carb Master Yogurt I found at Fred Meyer but any Krogers will have them. I had a caramel spice cake flavor to kill that sweet tooth. The macros of these are 4c/1.5f/9p which is a God send today to get me through. Time to drink about a gallon of water and tea to fill the stomach. Time to get out of the house for a bit to do something other than think about eating my next meal which is basically tuna and lettuce. Dinner also got changed from stuffer Poblanos to a chicken frittata. See you guys in a couple hours. I will continue to post other recipes and meals today to get caught up.

Tuna, asparagus, and butter lettuce salad with a yogurt.

Tuna, asparagus, and butter lettuce salad with a yogurt.

Back from the mall and lunch(5c/3f/34p):

After eating my last meal I headed to the mall to pick up some tea and while I was there I also ended up stopping at a store called Oil and Vinegar and picked up some grape seed oil to help me hit my fats now that I am low on carbs and they had some great infusions. I also picked up a rub that I am going to use on dinner and will let you know more about it then and a habanero hot sauce. I also picked up a peppermill and some pink peppercorns. I made some modifications to dinner and my afternoon snack so that I can use some of the grape seed oil with my dinner frittata and now I can get back to using my nice stainless steel cookware! Still trying to decide on the garlic or the jalepeno infusion. So now that I am home let talk lunch. As you know I had to make some sacrifices to this meal so it was 1 can of tuna, 44g of butter lettuce with mustard and pepper for flavor. After that I had another yogurt for some sweetness. Its slightly holding me over but I am ready for dinner soon. I am going to start to push through with the help of some of the new teas that I picked up. I am fighting through this!

Dinner Time(6c/18f/67p):
As much I would like to have waited a little longer to eat this meal there was no way my stomach was going to let me. So it was time to put together my frittata. I combined some chicken that I rubbed in some Zulu Africa Mix spices from Oil and Vinegar (http://bellevuesquare.oilandvinegarusa.com/herbs-spices/dried-herbs/zulu-africa-mix-70g-2-47oz.html) cooked it for about 5 minutes, added 44g of whipped cream cheese, added 1/2TBSP of jalepeno grape seed oil, then added 244g of egg whites and cooked a bit on the stove top. I ground some pink peppercorn mix and salt on top and placed it under the broiler for 4 minutes but could have gone a little longer to really get a nice crisp on the bottom and sides but what can I say I was hungry! I have to say that this was the best tasting frittata that I have made yet with all of the flavors, but of coarse I would have loved more! With this as my introduction to pink peppercorns, the smokey flavor of the chicken, and the first experience with grape seed oil I have a lot of great meals in my future. One more meal and I am making Frotein! Gotta get that high volume meal before cardio and abs to hopefully give me something to power through because my legs are shot today and I have hockey tomorrow night then start the cardio grind right back up on Tuesday!

If I had cooked it a bit longer it would have stayed together coming out of the pan better.

If I had cooked it a bit longer it would have stayed together coming out of the pan better.

Here is the seasoning behind the frittata that I used on the chicken.

Here is the seasoning behind the frittata that I used on the chicken.

Dessert Time(5c/6f/55p):
Finally a meal with some volume! I made some Frotein with True Nutrition Calcium Caseinate Cookie Dough flavor, Splenda, Xanthum Gum, 2 cups of almond milk and ice. Tossed everything in the KitchenAid then blended the ice and mixed it in with the rest. I mixed in some WF caramel and chocolate for a little more flavor. In all I think I did ok today on these low macros. Off to the gym to hit cardio and abs. My legs are so wiped out that I will be doing my cardio on the treadmill instead of the stairs today. Hope you all got something out of me telling you about how I got through this poverty day. Have a great week!
Frotein

Day of eating and new video

Hey guys and gals! Here is another day of eating post. I also post the video for my Pittsburgh Sandwich. My carbs are a little higher today because it is a leg day and my coach has me increasing my carbs on leg days instead of reefed days. I actually like this better. Todays goals are 220c/55f/230p.

Heres the video:

 

Breakfast(55c/17f/47p):

This morning was a little rough after my two hockey games being a little late and the league was running behind so I didn’t get home till after 11pm and was up at my normal 5:30am. I started breakfast by cooking up 70g of mushrooms then tossing in some spinach. Once the spinach was a little wilted and the mushrooms were soft I added 224g of egg whites international egg whites. As the omelet was cooking I started to assemble my puffed kamut. I put 3 serving which is 45g in a huge bowl and topped it with some Walden’s Farm Caramel syrup, couple of grinds of sea salt and some Walden’s Farm pancake syrup. I added 3 cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk then topped the whole thing with 20g of chocolate whipped topping. Very filling and GAF!

Spinach and mushroom omelet and salted caramel puffed kaumt.

Spinach and mushroom omelet and salted caramel puffed kaumt.

Pre/Post workout(34c/8f/51p):

On my way to the gym I took a One a Day MV, 2 fish oil soft gels, 5g of creatine and one scoop of Cellucor C4. Hammered out a leg workout that was tough with my legs still being pretty tired out from hockey the night before and running on shorter than normal sleep. After the workout I had 40g of prunes, 1 scoop of MTS vanilla and one scoop of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl.

Mid-Morning(32c/4f/31p):

Once I got to work I had my second meal. I had a salad with 85g of butter lettuce, 100g of spaghetti squash, 200g of coleslaw, 28g of fat free cheese, and 124g of Gifiltte Fish. I prefer the taste of the Gefiltte fish over that of the Whitefish and Pike. This salad had no dressing and I enjoyed getting the flavors of everything without it being masked by the dressing. I did get a box from vitacost.com yesterday and picked up some Walden’s Farm Sweet Onion dressing that I tasted and it was definitely a keeper. I’ll go over everything that I got from them in a video soon.

Lunch(15c/6f/34p):

For lunch I had a salad with pork, sauerkraut, coleslaw, butter lettuce, broccoli and Miracle Noodle rice. I used some Braggs as the dressing. Things were crazy at work so I didn’t get a picture of this but is came out great and I liked the “rice” I will definitely be getting more of it.

Dinner(36c/4f/30p):

Dinner was kind of a homemade pizza pocket. I took two slices of oat Mountain Bread and on one put 63g of Pizza sauce, 28g of fat free mozzarella, 50g of pork and 50g of mushrooms then placed the other slice of Mountain Bread on top and toasted it. Used a little scorpion chili as I was eating it. This was a winner.

Dessert(48/10f/37p):

I have been craving caramel popcorn the past couple days since I picked up a candle the smells like it. I haven’t been able to stand pop corn since living with my ex and should would burn it constantly. I found some pretty macro friendly caramel microwave popcorn from Orville Redenbacker. 1 cup was 9c/3f/0p. To go with my popcorn I made my Pronnolis. I used chocolate protein this time to make the filling and it came out awesome. I didn’t get a picture of them but below is the rest of the fluff and the popcorn. In all it was a winning meat day.

Caramel popcorn in chocolate fluff.

Caramel popcorn in chocolate fluff.

Can you really eat pork and Kosher in the same day?

So today I added some Whitefish and Pike filets to my salad for lunch and it was good, but I prefer gefilte fish I was just running a little low and the fats were a bit higher. This made for a completely Kosher salad! I offset this by making a salad with pork and sauerkraut the complete opposite of Kosher. In the end I am glad that I am only Jew-ish.

So you have some what of an idea of what I was eating today but here is the run down.

Breakfast(53c/18f/49p):

I had my normal omelet with the exception of the fact that I ran out of mushrooms this morning so I had to adjust a bit later in the day. For my carbs I had three servings of Puffed Kamut with WF chocolate syrup, almond milk, and fat free whipped topping

Pre/Post Workout(34c/8f/51p):

I had my fish oil and multi before I left and on the way in took my creatine and C4. Hit a tough legs day and really pushed my self. I seemed to have pulled my right hamstring this week after two weeks ago pulling my left. After the workout I had 50g of prunes and 1 scoop of MTS Chocolate whey with 1 scoop of Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cellucor which takes like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. I also had two scoops of biogro in it.

Midmorning(8c/6f/33p):

Here is when I had the pork salad.

Lunch(26c/6f/32p):

After a few meetings I had the whitefish salad.

Dinner(42c/5f/31p):

I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home and picked up some goodies which will be part of a new series that I will release on YouTube called shopping to fit(I know I haven’t released many videos how can you have a new series). So when I got home I pulled out some of the lavash bread I bought and swapped it out for the planned pita that I was going to use. For the toppings I loaded up 60g of pork, 25g of black trumpet mushrooms, and some fat free mozzarella cheese. I put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 375 and topped it with some scorpion chilis. It was GAF!

Desset(55c/7f/34p):

For dessert I made a red velvet cake with Cellucor Red Velevet, 1tbsp of coco powder, 1tsp of baking powder, 1.5tsp of Xanthum gum, 62g of egg whites international, 30g of dried mango and some water to thin it out. To top it off I used some fat free whipped topping, whipped cream cheese and some raspberry preserves.

 

Thanks for checking out the blog. Ill be posting more tomorrow about some of the groceries I picked up. Also my new computer will be here on Thursday so I will get the videos up very soon. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter and facebook!

 

March 8th Day of Eating

I woke up today at a weight of 172.8 which is the lowest I think I have been since high school and feeling really happy about how things are going. Just goes to show this lifestyle works if you follow it. Today was legs day so my carbs are a little higher but here it goes.

Breakfast(50c/13f/45p):
For breakfast I had an omelet with 1 cups of spinach, 80g of brown mushrooms, 1 slice of thin swiss cheese, 5 egg whites and topped with 34g of Simply Heinz Ketchup. Once I finished that I moved on to the morning carbs, yes I eat one thing at a time I’m weird like that. My morning carbs were 3 servings of puffed kamut and 3 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. To get a little more flavor out of it I added some Walden’s Farms chocolate syrup and some pancake syrup. If you haven’t tried Walden’s farms you should its zero calorie and sugar free. I recorded me making these meals and will be editing tonight or tomorrow. The macros for this meal were 50c/13f/45p. The omelet alone was 18c/5f/33p and the puffed kamut was 33c/8f/12p. This was a great meal to eat before the gym because the volume from the kamut kept me full for a while and none it really sat heavy in my stomach.

Post workout(34c/6f/51p):
After the gym I had one scoop of MTS Chocolate, one scoop of Cellucor Cookies and Cream, and 40g of prunes. I know I’m 28 what am I doing eating prune like an old person? Shut up I like them and they help with digesting the higher protein diet. Macros here were 34c/6f/51p.

Mid Morning(22c/2f/35p):
Once I got home from the gym around 11:30 I made up a salad. I know you think I make a lot of salad but I love the volume and I enjoy veggies. For this salad I used 2 cups of spinach as the base, added 44g of green peas not sweet, 1 4oz can of Starkist tuna in water, 200g of spaghetti squash, and 28g of fat free cheddar. I was going to make this a “tuna noodle casserole” but was heading to the mall so I decided to just throw it in a bowel and eat it. I’ll make up the casserole this week and shoot the video for it. The macros for the salad were 22c/2f/35p and it was a huge salad.

Lunch (25c/7f/26p):
Once I got back from the mall I made up another salad with 2 cups of butter lettuce, 4oz of ground venison, 30g of sauerkraut, and 85g of broccoli. I picked up the venison at Marx Food in Seattle. You can check them out at http://marxsfoods.com. They have a huge selection of exotic meats and other items. This is also where I got some of my mushroom varieties. A little later I had an 80g frozen banana.

Dinner (37c/9f/33p):
For dinner I made a pita pizza that is similar to the one pictured but I used different mushrooms and was so hungry and distracted cleaning that I forgot to take a picture. For the crust I used Jasmine Bakery whole wheat pita which is one of the few that a serving is actually the whole pita. I topped it with 60g of my slow cooked pork tenderloin, 25g rehydrated(about 8g dried) candy cap mushrooms that I also got at Marx and they have a great maple flavor to them from the drying process, 32g of Contadina pizza sauce, and 2% Mexican cheese and threw it in the toast for about 5-10 minute. Once I pulled it out I topped it with some scorpion chili flakes for some burn. The macros for the pizza were 37c/9f/33p. I also had a skinny cow chocolate ganache cone. I look forward to these all week. The macros on the skinny cow were 28c/5f/4p.

Night snack (22c/7f/34p):
I am making another cake and topping it with my raspberry whipped cream cheese and vanilla maple Arctic Zero. For the cake it is 1tsp baking powder, Cellucor strawberry, 1.5tsp xanthum gum, 46g egg whites which is one egg, and water to thin. The macros are 8c/2f/30p. For the topping I mix Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese and Polaner Sugar Free Raspberry preserves with added fiber. Then I microwave the Arctic Zero for about 10 seconds to soften it up and put 70g on top of the cake and watch it melt a bit. The macros for the toppings are 14c/5f/4p. I’ll be making this shortly so I’ll add the picture up shortly.

As always thanks for checking out my blog and keep coming back. If you have any questions, comments or requests let me know in the comments or email me at joe@cookingtofit.com. Tomorrow I am going to try a Primanti Brothers style sandwich for lunch and pretty excited about it.