Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Weigh-In: 8/12/09 & Adventures in Lunch

I'm finally on the other side of the scale: 149.6 lbs! That's down 1 & 1/2 pounds from last week. *whew*

Lunch has been quite the adventure over the last few weeks. I've taken a break from my standard brown rice/veggie lunch delights to try different things. First, being lazy, I decided to have bunless veggie patties with rice and veggies. At first it seemed fine until 2-3 days into it, I noticed that everything was just rushing through my system. I wasn't sick, I just wasn't digesting anything either. I felt tired and light headed. As it turned out, it was the damned soy in those burgers. Really, we weren't meant to digest soy in the way and quantities that we do (soy seems just as prevalent in our diets as corn/corn syrup), especially in its non-fermented form. When you think about what it takes to make tofu (basically, like making soap), you gotta ask yourself whether there aren't better, more natural food choices out there. I could turn this post into a rant and cut and past research on the issue, but I'll save that for a future blog.

Then, I moved on to local restaurant options for lunch. At first I thought I found the Holy Grail in the form of Subway's little known veggie patty subs. And they were yummy--hot veggie patty on whole grain bread with tons of veggies and spicy mustard. Mmmm. And it didn't rot my guts like straight up soy burgers did, although there was some soy in it. However, all nutritional information was suspiciously absent from Subway's website. After much researching from other sources, I learned that it's fattier than you think and contains cheese and eggs. So much for being veggie. I don't mind eggs, but I cannot verify if the eggs are free range and organic. I'm not for putting anything in my mouth that was squeezed out of the nether regions of a genetically-modified, anti-biotic pumped, caged chicken that has no will to live.

Now, I tried being creative this week with found ingredients in my fridge. What I came up with is a yet-unnamed concoction made from scrambled "good" eggs, onions and black beans garnished with hot sauce and queso fresco, served over salad mix with brown rice cakes. While the final product looks not unlike engine sludge, it was quite tasty. Score! On the other hand, I just can't do eggs like that everyday.

Last night, we went shopping at my favorite--albeit long-distance--grocery store, Mustard Seed Market. After enjoying a dinner of broccoli & cauliflower dill salad and splitting a large asiago chicken breast with the hubs from their deli, I picked up some makings for an awesome veggie & rice bowl using this spicy peanut and ginger sauce. Can't wait to taste the results!

As I'm writing this, I'm enjoying a large, plump plum that I also picked up at the Market. Thanks for the reminder, Jelly Bean!

My little toe is still broke, but hasn't really interfered anymore. Maybe it'll just fall off one day. Sometimes evolution works way too slow.


  1. Congrats on the loss! Hope your toe feels better!

  2. CONGRATS!!!!!! I wanna be on the other side of 150!!!! Ive been eating lots of those morningstar farms veggie burgers too when the men in the house eat the wonderful high-fat, high-calorie shit they love so well. They do fly through ya dont they!? accckk

  3. I dropped the cover to one of our stove burners on my big toe a couple of weeks ago. Don't think I really broke it though.
    But really, it seems doctors do not care much about foot bones. My college roommate broke her foot while playing flag football freshman year. The remedy offered up by the school's clinic? Wear sneakers, it'll heal eventually.
    Good luck with your toe! :)

  4. Congrats on the loss, hope the toe feels better!

  5. WootWootWoot!!! So happy for your weigh-in - that must feel awesome, to see the number start with "14"!

    I am interested in what you have to say on soy - I don't eat a lot of it (Luna bars and black bean chipolte veggie burgers notwithstanding) - and I try to avoid it because I've heard it's not great for us, but haven't delved too much into the actual whys.

  6. I used to eat some sort of cereal that had a bunch of soy in it and... whoo boy, did it have an unpleasant side effect. (The most obnoxious flatulence I've ever experienced!)

    For that and other reasons, I don't eat a huge amount of it, but it's amazing how many "healthy" and "natural" products rely heavily on processed soy for protein.

  7. Congrats on the loss. I'm trying to get under 150 also. I am almost there ;)

  8. Woo-hoo! Congrats for working your way over "the line!"

    I've been trying to cut back on the soy, too. It was kind of becoming a non-moderation food for me.

  9. Soy is especially not good if you have thyroid issues. I'm eagerly awaiting your soy post. Soy is going to rue the day it messed with you. Sucka.

  10. Awesome job with the weight loss this week! I totally appreciate your desire to eat natural foods. It's scary how processed everything is...

  11. You are so right about the Soy - and it can reak havoc on your hormones too!

    Fruit has been excellent this season, I'm really enjoying it. My daughter is asking for 'canonlope' every night even.

  12. Woo hoo - the 140s!! There's no looking back now. Congratulations!