Chicken Thigh Week – Sunday, The End

Another short post today. There’s too much bracketball to watch today.

Breakfast – Roasted chickpeas and veggies

Lunch – Ampaipitakwong Fried Rice (aka Pete’s), egg roll (yes, it does resemble last night’s dinner)

Dinner – Chicken fajitas

I enjoyed tracking my meals this week and learned a lot.

I no longer need to track consumption like I have in the past. The habit and behavioral changes have stuck around.

My snack last night was grapes and crackers. They found my mouth after I posted.

The very ripe spotted bananas seemed to ripen faster when residing in the same bowl as the once rock hard green avocados that are now ripe enough to eat hence fajitas for dinner tonight.

I made Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (updated). See above.

Snack – muffin?

For the week 1/3 of my meals were meat based. Time to rename The 90% Solution The Nearly 70% Solution.

Still not a vegan.


Chicken Thigh Week – Saturday

Short post today. The Boss is Back and there will be Boss directed activities to be done today.

Even More Things I Learned This Week

Rock hard green avocados ripen faster when placed in a bowl with very ripe spotted bananas.

Fresh grapes satisfy my sweet tooth.

I forgot to weigh myself this morning. “Daily weighing may be key to losing weight.” ScienceDaily. (accessed 03.25.23). My OCD may be getting better.

Keeping a food diary/journal makes me more aware of what I’m eating and provides opportunities for improvement.

The Boss noticed the brownie supply in the freezer was smaller than when she left. I have no idea what happened to them.

I forgot to include some snacks in my meal count.

Today’s Meals

Breakfast – Low sugar box breakfast cereal, added raisins, low fat cow milk

Lunch – 2 shrimp tacos, cup of black beans, green beans, 4 french fries

Dinner – Ampaipitakwong Fried Rice (aka Pete’s), egg roll

“Do not worry about immediate results. More and more you must concentrate on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.”

Thomas Merton

Chicken Thigh Week – Friday

Friday 3/24

After 47 years as a cardiologist with 200,000 patient visits, I can firmly say that vegans are my healthiest patients. I certainly agree with you it is not easy. My position is that 90% vegan which is 19 of 21 meals a week will do just fine. Foods should be, prior to preparation, ideally organic and unprocessed whole foods exactly as they grow up out of the ground and in the field.

H Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

I found this quote in the comments section of an online article years ago. The 90% Solution has been my targeted balance of meals ever since. Yet the older I get the more I realize things are never that simple nor easy. Life is never simple nor easy. Too many of us don’t know what we don’t know.

More Things I’ve Learned About Myself

Over time I’ve revealed more personal information. At first I hesitated to share personal details about my journey. Now I’m much more relaxed about my privacy than in the past.

My personal journal remains my primary journal. My blogs have become journals as well. They’re all me. Remember what is here is only a part of me.

I write differently in my personal journal than I do in my public journals.

Writing in a journal has incredible health benefits so Keep a Journal (not just about food). Going back in time develops wisdom.

For the first time I’ve taken a deeper dive into where I’ve been in this blog. Some of what I discovered surprised me. I sometimes don’t follow my own advice. It is always easier to say rather than to do. It’s been quite some time since I posted Keep a Journal/Food Diary. I can’t remember the last time I tracked my meals.

When The Boss is away I listen to more jazz when working.

I’ve taught myself how to write more in my journals during the day when taking work breaks.

Today’s Meals

Breakfast – Buttered whole wheat toast, oatmeal with raisins, milk

Lunch – Two soft beef tacos

Snack – crackers

Dinner – Black bean chili, Texas Corn Bread

No Chicken!

Chicken Thigh Week – Thursday

Thurs 3/23 Update 5:25 pm

I’m learning a lot about myself this week from tracking my meals. Since The Boss is away my meals and eating habits are totally my own. I don’t have to think about, shop for, plan or cook with someone else’s preferences in mind. I like not having regularly scheduled meals. I much prefer to Eat Only When Hungry. Last night I didn’t have a big dinner meal, just a cup of homemade chili beans.

Things I’ve Learned About Myself

I spend far more time at grocery stores than I realized.

I like spending time in grocery stores.

I tend to shop the sales and plan meals around what I end up buying with basic pantry items already in the house (ahem, Chicken Thigh Week?).

I do not like wasting food and will eat leftovers until I get sick and tired of them. I’ll also incorporate food items into several different meals to reduce food waste. For example I picked up a tub of organic greens for $1.49 (yes, you read that right) which I’ve been eating all week. The tub got eaten up today.

Although I once said I’m incapable of creating a 7 day meal plan I think I’m getting better and feel I can now plan a full day ahead.

I eat a lot of peanut butter.

Today’s meals –

Breakfast – Strawberries, banana and full fat Greek yogurt. Two Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes.

Lunch – Toasted Irish Cheddar Cheese sandwich with organic greens and mustard.

Snack – apple

Lunch #2 – cup of soup, PB on whole wheat bread

Dinner – Roasted Chickpea and Veggie Burrito (see Veggie Burrito Spice Blend for the seasonings).

Five healthy habits net more healthy years — Malheur County Health Department

Are healthy habits worth cultivating? One recent study and a previous similar study suggest healthy habits may help people tack on years of life and sidestep serious illnesses, such as diabetes and cancer.  Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that five low-risk lifestyle habits are critical for a longer life expectancy. The more of […]

Five healthy habits net more healthy years — Malheur County Health Department

Chicken Thigh Week – Monday

Monday 3/20

A faithful reader of my blogs mentioned a 7 day meal plan would be nice to have. Initially I thought that was a good idea. But when I sat down to create a 7 day meal plan I realized I never know what I’m making to eat until I see what looks good at the store. I probably go grocery shopping 3-4 times a week. I’ve been working from home since 2006. Food shopping gives me an excuse to get out of the house.

I love leftovers. Last night I roasted four chicken thighs with the idea there would be leftovers to toss into a quesadilla or chicken salad, or any of a number of dishes you can make with leftover cooked chicken.

I ate them all (they were small).

Back to the 7 day meal plan. Since I’ve never planned for shopping and making meals for 7 days straight I thought I’d simply document my meals for the week. Hopefully this will help with my Writer’s Block so I can write another chapter of The Future Best Seller. This also provides a glimpse into my current dietary habits (which are far different than the 370 pound me).

Breakfast – Strawberries, banana and full fat Greek yogurt.

Lunch – I made Semi-Organic Vegan Split Pea Soup for lunch but didn’t have it for lunch. Instead I had a baked potato with butter, salt, pepper and a salad topped with marinated artichoke hearts. Yes, I made this one up today with apologies to Martha Rose Shulman. My Garlic Vinaigrette pays homage to Martha’s recipe.

Snack – Peanut butter. Yes, peanut butter.

Dinner – Breaded Chicken Cutlet (thigh, of course), egg fried rice, salad.

I went back to the store that advertised boneless chicken thighs for $2.99/lb. Still no boneless thighs. And no bone-in chicken thighs either. But since I bought some bone-in the other day it’s still Chicken Thigh Week.

Ten Random Thoughts – February 2023

  • I’ve had one of those nasty “Non-Covid Illnesses” for half of the month. This explains my paucity of posts.
  • On the bright side, I’ve lost five pounds.
  • There is much truth to Tiny Humans as Potent Disease Vectors.
  • I’ve made and eaten lots of soup this month.
  • The whiskey stock has not been touched.
  • Beer on the other hand has been quite valuable in keeping my throat moist.
  • Reheating leftover brussel sprouts in the microwave will make them explode.
  • The Boss has this Non-Covid Illness too. This is the first time in years we have been sick simultaneously. Togetherness.
  • With little motivation to do much of anything I’ve read and/or finished six books so far this month. I may have not started a book in the same month I finished the book but this is better explained in a post on ADD.
  • My Chicken Meatloaf was Tiny Taste Tester Approved. It’s a nine year old post.

OK, back to my throat medicine.

Understanding Your Body’s Defended Fat Mass

Jastreboff’s research focuses on novel anti-obesity medications, specifically nutrient stimulated hormone therapeutics. She believes that a critical need in the field is to better understand obesity pathophysiology, especially how the body signals to the brain how much fat an individual should carry to store sufficient energy to function optimally; this is called the defended fat mass… Jastreboff cites the environment as a cause of obesity, specifically what she and other scientists call the obesogenic environment. “It’s not just the food, it’s not just the fact that we lead fairly sedentary lives,” Jastreboff explained. “It’s the stress, it’s the lack of sleep, it’s the circadian rhythm disruption, it’s things in our obesogenic environment that have led to this elevated defended fat mass on a population level.”

Yale Endocrinology Obesity Medicine: Approaching Obesity as a Complex, Chronic Disease —

You can now add your body’s defended fat mass to your personal list of reasons why you just can’t lose weight.

I must to go now. Super Bowl pig out starts soon and I have to adjust my defended fat mass set point.

Don’t Eat More of Anything (Until You Decide What to Eat Less Of) — A Country Doctor Writes

A year ago this week, I made a stir with my post about five common weight loss myths. Today I had a patient conversation I have had so many times before: Someone was trying to eat healthier and lose weight at the same time. They are not necessarily the same thing.

Don’t Eat More of Anything (Until You Decide What to Eat Less Of) — A Country Doctor Writes:

Saturday morning. Coffee, clean the shower, catch up on news. Later I’ll work for a few hours on my Future Best Seller rewriting and editing my essay on changing habits, food choices and emphasizing what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. Well, The Country Doctor wrote a nice post on this topic.

Thanks Doc.