July 12, 2014 by Leave a Comment
It’s one thing to be watching calories and another to live on a plant-based diet but when you combine them, you obviously create a smaller list of foods that you are comfortable eating. For years I struggled with the potato. I absolutely love potatoes (any way and every way) but with the whole anti-carb hype, anti-”white” hype, I limited them for quite a while, reserving them for days of indulgence.
I admit I dreamed about an optimal nutritional plan that would include the potato, but all the “experts” made me pessimistic about the reality. Then, a dental woe temporarily caused me to further limit the foods I could comfortably eat and I had to include baked potatoes. In fact, for a few days, I was eating them more than once a day. I was so happy. And because eating was challenging, the scale dropped, no doubt because my calorie intake was lower than usual.
This prompted me to reconsider the white spud and I have been eating them a few times a week, ever since. And the scale continued to reflect weight loss. What I found was that by continuing to keep my calories at about 1500 a day (I approximate all this) I can still get in all my nutrients, keep from being hungry, sustain the energy I need for my athletic day AND enjoy my potatoes, too!
We all know that sweet potatoes are a great food for everyone and they are still a smarter choice, but for me, nothing compares to the plain old baked potato. If I am feeling more indulgent, I will cut them up and toss them with some olive oil and kosher salt and grill them in a tin. That side dish is always a treat and goes a long way when feeding a family or company.
So while there is no consistent info on the potatoes nutritional value (because no 2 spuds are quite the same) it is enough to know that a medium sized one is somewhere around 160 calories, provides about 1/4 of your days needs for all important potassium, about half your days needs for Vitamin C, and about 1/3 of the vitamin B-6 you require a day. It is cholesterol free, fat free and eaten with the skin, gives you close to 5 grams of fiber, which is a lot for one food! Remember, fiber is not only necessary for a healthy digestive system, but also helps us to continue to feel full well after a meal is over. Though the potato is a high carb food, it provides about 5 grams of protein as well. We need to stop thinking of foods as just carbs, or just proteins and understand that foods are a combination of nutrients and we need them all!
Clearly is you are on a high protein low carb diet, a potato will give you way too many carbs. I am not a big fan of those diets, personally for a bazillion reasons, but that’s what works for me and I am a big fan of choice.
If you are a fan of the potato, don’t be afraid of it. Instead watch what you adorn it with! I use a bit of Earth Balance “butter” and lots of nutritional yeast which I love and gives me a lot of added nutrients. That said, I could just as easily enjoy one whole, like an apple. As my father-in-law always says, “You have never met a potato you don’t like.”
So I will simply sign this,
Mrs. Potato Head
Yes, I am sad about King James leaving our Miami Heat. I am not bitter. Like I said, I am a fan of choice and I wish him and his family well, though I will miss him as he has been my favorite!
Yes, I will be at the gym this morning for class. Next Saturday class is cancelled as I will excitedly be attending my soon to be daughter’s bridal shower. 3 weeks till the wedding!!! WOW
June 20, 2014 by
So Dr. Oz is up on the hill, supposedly helping to sort through the swamp of marketers claiming their supplements are the miracle solutions to weight loss. Oh, Dr. Oz. I (and many others) think he, himself, might be the biggest part of the problem. Way, way back in the day, I looked forward to the doctor’s appearances on the Oprah show. Once a week, he had a lot of valuable info to share. Even when his show began, it has some valuable information and I still found him credible. Over the years, I quickly began to get impatient with his show as it became mostly a show about miracle weight loss supplements and foods. He contradicts himself so much, often within the very same hour, certainly from day to day. It makes me crazy when he says things like “yes, today I am giving you permission to eat _____________.” (fill in the blank with fat, sugar, caffeine, etc.) And don’t even get me started on his demonstrations and animations. They confuse the life out of me, even when I totally understand what he is trying to show. It’s a crying shame, because he often has some super interesting people on like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Furhman and Dr. Ornish. My guess is, those people, if they have an ounce of integrity, won’t be making future appearances on the show. If you still enjoy watching (and trust me, I dvr the new episodes to skim through and look for my favorite guests) please be aware of the products he is pushing as they relate to the advertising sponsors. (Notice how he tells us regular fiber isn’t good enough and how we have to take Metamucil …etc.) So watch if you like, but be smart and BEWARE!
Another show I have grown detached from, that I once loved, is Extreme Makeover Weight Loss with Chris Powell. I had NO clue, when I blogged a few weeks ago, and mentioned that I felt Heidi was going to be a bigger part of the show, that she was going to be his co-trainer aka co-host. She is sweet and in awesome shape, but it totally changed the dynamics of the show, at least for me. Now, it’s like the “Chris and Heidi Hour.” I don’t need to watch them working out in their garage. That’s not why I tune in. Additionally, 2 weeks ago when the guy had a goal of 100 pounds in 90 days and he was shy by ONE pound, Chris’ reaction made me want to jump through the tv and ring his neck. He looked sadly at the young man and asked, “Dude…what happened?” WHAT HAPPENED????? HE LOST 99 POUNDS in 90 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That should be totally applauded!!! I also dislike how “cookie cutter” like the format of this show is. It’s just a fill in the blank situation in the editing room. No creativity at all. GIVE ME BACK MY BIGGEST LOSER!!!!!
Well, thanks for letting me rant. I try not to do it very often, but this upbeat, peace loving, fitness chick has her moments just like the rest of us!!! And I don’t like to see people being misled or mistreated. As for my gripe with the Dr. Oz show, it clearly doesn’t boost ratings to just remind people that healthy nutrition, watching calorie intake and daily exercise are the only real safe way to achieve and maintain goal body weight, but it’s the truth and a reputable cardiologist like Dr. Oz, should not be telling people fairy tales. It’s just wrong. And Chris Powell, shame on you for making someone feel they failed when they took off over 1 pound a day for a solid 90 days in a row.
“With great power, comes great responsibility” (from Spiderman)….These people need to use their power in a much more positive way………..
I’ll be at the gym for my regular 11:30 class today, 9:30 tomorrow and for both of my classes as well as to sub Ellen’s class on Monday morning. The service for Ellen’s dad is this Sunday at the Star of David at noon. She will be back to teach the rest of her classes after Monday.
If you are doing the ab challenge, today is a rest day. Enjoy it…and have a happy Friday one and all!
May 28, 2014 by
Wow. When I said I thought Heidi Powell would be doing more this season, I had no idea she would be doing THAT much more. What an incredible transformation!!! While the show started with 2 people being “chosen,” only the woman made it to the end. She looked AMAZING at the finale and that was PRE skin removal surgery. She was proof of what determination and follow-thru can add up too (or subtract, as in her weight). As for the guy, he was in it for the wrong reasons and that clearly didn’t work for him. I did think Chris was a bit hard on him when his goal was to lose 130 pounds, and he was 1 pound short. He should have gotten on the scale 3 or 4 more times…that always works for me :) Best line in the show for motivation was when Chris threw out the quote “fall down 7 times, get up 8.” It is that attitude that results in success….for anything.
I also loved this quote that I just read this morning by Robin Roberts:
“Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Makes it easier when the tough times arrive. You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”
She surely keeps on getting up! What a great role model she is.