Rye Loaf from Bread & Cie

IMG_1657After eating 6 pounds of corn tortillas last week, I felt like eating a pound of bread yesterday. I picked up this rye loaf from Bread & Cie on University, near 5th. I ate 500g of it for dinner, with an avocado, tomato, some onion and butter. I also had some bean & vegetable soup, and all of it must have totaled near 2000 calories. It felt like the right amount of food, after a pretty serious bike ride that morning.

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Fresh Corn Tortillas

IMG_1628I bought 3 lbs of fresh corn tortillas from a Barrio Logan grocery, and have been eating them warmed up, with a little butter, over the last few days. They’re pretty good, but I might try to find even thicker, doughier ones, or make my own from masa harina. I dab some water on the tortillas before I heat them up in the pan, which give them that just-made steaminess.

I pretty much ate a pound of these a day (450g/day) until they were gone. I ate a few with beans, but mostly I ate them with a little bit of butter. Usually, my rule is to eat my starches with fiber (e.g., lots of vegetables), but these were really good with just a bit of fat 🙂 Luckily, I still lost weight over the last few days, so they can’t be that bad for you.

Paleo Snack

81ogcJlr-GL._SL1169_When I was 10, a good sugary breakfast cereal was the most important thing in the world. Now, 40 years later, I have to force myself to choke it down. But, it’s Paleo, so I thought I’d give it a try. (Careful, Fruity Pebbles are not Paleo.)

I haven’t eaten this kind of thing for 30 years. It’s funny how important this was to us as kids, on a visceral, existential level. When your kids scream that they have to have it, they’re not kidding. You could not reason with me back then over this (look, it’s Wholesome!). And if you instead bought the generic store-brand sweetened cocoa-flavoured puffed rice, I would have had an epic temper tantrum.

I wonder what Post paid for the licensing rights to use the Flinstone characters for their cereals. I wonder how much of that Fred Flintstone actually saw.

Foratini al Pomodoro

IMG_1605I was hungry for a big plate of pasta today, so I headed down to Assenti’s to pick up some fresh noodles and roma tomatoes. I made the sauce the traditional way (blanched the romas and removed the seedy part; puréed them, and fried it up in olive oil seasoned with garlic and fresh basil). I ate 200g of the pasta, which probably totaled around 500 calories. The thick, doughy noodles really hit the spot. If you don’t know by now, this is how I lose weight.

One Loaf, One Sitting

IMG_1600Here’s the problem with a loaf of white bread. It’s not the gluten, and it’s not the 42 chromosomes. It’s the 500g (1.1 lb) serving size. Of course, I didn’t intend to eat the whole thing in 15 minutes, but when it’s soft and fluffy with no fiber to slow you down, and there’s a couch and a tv, what do you expect to happen?

There may be something to that “insulin spike”, because I felt sick after eating it, and crawled into bed to sleep it off. A few hours later, I woke up dehydrated and regretful. The good thing is that at 1500 calories, it’s not too much more than my normal 1000+ calorie dinner. But I’d never feel sick like this after eating 1500 calories of my normal, unprocessed food.

Lesson learned, I’m not going to buy a loaf of white-flour bread again. I never see any dark, heavy whole-wheat loaves, so I guess I’ll stick to rye and pumpernickel.

Top Ramen Lunch

IMG_1589I thought I’d take the time to actually cook the Top Ramen noodles for once (instead of eating it out of the bag), and made a nice, healthy 400-calorie lunch. Does this look fattening to a low-carber? I bought this kale yesterday, at a fellow shopper’s suggestion. She said to sauté it in “ghee or coconut oil” (cult alert!). She obviously wanted me to ask her what ghee was, so she could tell me about her Paleo diet, but I didn’t bite. I said I just had “regular oil”. I admitted it was canola oil. Luckily, she didn’t give me the omega-6 lecture. I told her I was going to eat it with Udon noodles, and she just smiled and bit her tongue.

What is it with this internet echo-chamber?! Before, a new fad diet would have to be relatively simple (i.e., “carbs are bad”). Now, with the internet, blogs, and message boards, these diets are incredibly specific. I have to sauté in grass-fed ghee? I have to limit my protein intake because of glycogenesis in the liver? I have to avoid exposure to all artificial light sources while I sleep?

Oh well, if you want effective magic, you have to follow all the steps exactly as written in the spell book.