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Monday, December 8, 2014

Log Dec 8, 2014

Food: (all from the farmer's market, might not be organic):

964 grams Ladyfinger Bananas (they look more ripe than they are.. were actually perfect inside):

714 grams Pink Grapefruit Juice (second pic) from these grapefruits (first pic):

Total calories: 1,136 in caloric ratio of carbs/ protein / fat: 93% / 4.2% / 2.9%

I got caught up in computer work today and ended up not eating until later. I didn't get hungry until then either. I guess it's because of the excess the day before...

Exercise:  

Did assisted pull-ups (25), first 8-10 unassisted negatives... also did a few bench presses, sorry, don't remember the amount or weight.. used what was there at the time and forgot to record it... did some squats too until too tired, not sure how many either... will try to record these things better in the future. Oh, yes, I also did the desk cycling from time to time while at the computer. I had to use the second monitor so couldn't treadmill compute, or would have.


Detox:  

Slight salt headache from the kale chips a couple days ago. Not too bad.

Female: amber day

The Rest:

This will be a short one this time. I need to get up early in the morning and already posted something else today. I did a lot of computer work today, so don't have a lot more to report anyway. 

How I track my food these days...

I've started to try and take photos of everything I eat, weigh it, and log it in an app so that I can then share it all with y'all as much as I can.

I found weighing it in grams to be the easiest way, especially if I'm doing monomeals. (Thanks to Dr. Pam Halton trying out this diet while visiting me and tracking things that way). I can just put everything I think I might eat on a tray or in a container and weigh it. Then I record that weight. When I eat I just make sure to eat over the container and put all the compost and such back in there. If I don't eat it all I leave that stuff in the container as well... then I weigh it at the end. I can then subtract the ending from the beginning amounts to see how much I actually ate. It's pretty simple. and now that I have a nice looking and easily portable scale (Oohh, ahh, it's red! So pretty), I can even do it when on the go.

If I'm not doing monomeals, then it's a little more tricky when doing something blended or mixed, but not too bad. What I do is tare the container then add the first ingredient and see how much that weighs, record that. Then I tare the container with that other stuff in it and add the next ingredient and see how much that weighs, record that.. and so on. It takes a bit more time to do the food prep that way, but it works pretty well. I usually take the container off the scale after recording the added food, but before mixing it together.

Here's a few pictures I took of the process with monomeals to illustrate it. I think I'll have to do a video to illustrate how to do it with blended and mixed foods:

Mamey sapote on a plate before eating: weight was 2,224 grams.
Same plate after eating (there was one I didn't eat on there too as you can see in the next pic after this): weight was 1,894 grams.

That makes the total eaten 330 grams (2224-1894).

Another example without the weights:

Saba bananas before eating.

Saba bananas after eating.


So what tracking app do I use?

Well, I haven't figured out one that quite works how I want it. I have a FitBit Flex that I used to wear all the time and loved it. The wristband wore out while I was waiting for a set of them in different colors to arrive from China... and they never did. I need to order them from somewhere else but haven't gotten to it yet... which is why I don't know my sleep times so well these days. It was so easy to log my sleep with it. The only thing it didn't have that I would have wanted was a time display since it's already on my arm like a watch. Too bad the Force didn't work out. I hope they get another replacement done soon...

ANYway.. FitBit has an app you can use online and on certain cell phones to sync with it and track other things while you're at it. One of those things is what you eat. It allows you to put in custom foods too, so it's pretty handy since the phone I got as a hand-me-down from my son is one of the ones that syncs well... if I were still wearing it. LOL The app does okay, and will tell you the caloronutrient breakdown of carbs/ protein/ fat as well as your total calories. It doesn't tell you the totals of other nutrients though, so not good for that.

I recently became interested in tracking all those other nutrients, or at least some of them, again after watching Dr. Rick Dina do a talk about the nutrient values in oranges, veggies, and some nuts and seeds. (Thanks to Mei Van Walleghem for letting me know about his online courses when visiting me). I tracked things like that way back when I was doing raw vegan a higher fat way.. had gathered all the nutrition info I could from various books and nutrition sources available at the time (pre Internet USDA database availability and all). I made a custom database, converted the units to standard sizes, got RDAs, etc. and made an app in MS Access to enter my info in and see what I'd eaten and what areas I was low in for the day. This was back when I was micromanaging my diet.

I haven't felt the need to do that, but I have become curious in calculating it again for a while. I'm actually thinking of doing an app myself so that I can get what I want from it. In the meantime I've been checking out other options.

Diet Master seems pretty good in some ways, excellent in many actually, however it doesn't seem to allow for custom foods, which is a problem since I eat a lot of foods not in the database. I have an Android phone, and it works on there which is nice.

I'm currently trying out CHRON-O-Meter--was planning on trying it online at first, and then on my phone.. but it's got really bad reviews for the phone version. The online version seems adequate so far. I may try the Android app soon anyway.

So, I've ended up tracking the stuff in FitBit's app as it goes, then transferring the info into CHRON-O-Meter online just before entering it here... I do think I'm gonna' do an app. I know a few people who were developing apps to do similar things, however it's been a long time and nothing has come of it. I don't wanna' wait anymore... so will do it as I can between things I guess. I'll let y'all know if/when I actually complete something usable so you can use it too.

I used to use some other online trackers, but would really prefer something I can use on my phone on since I'm on the go more these days than back then. Thank goodness I'm not at the computer as much as I used to be. It makes my life much nicer, but a bit more challenging to keep y'all up to date. Sorry about the irregularity. I'm trying to publish something (blog post, writing, video, etc.) every week, and more often whenever possible.

Speaking of which... I may do a video about how to easily track your food intake later on as well. Hopefully I'll have a better app solution by then too.

In the meantime, enjoy the ease of using a scale and measuring weight in grams... almost all nutrition data will include some version in grams, so it's the most universal measure.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Log Dec 7, 2014

Okay, I'll try to get back into logging other things now that I'm kinda' getting into the habit of the food... a bit.
 Food: (everything is organic unless specified otherwise)

356 grams Starfruit (carambola) from our farm:
 743 grams Sunrise Papaya from our farm:
451 grams Ladyfinger Bananas (forgot to take a pic of them-these are similar ripeness, a little less volume) these were from the farmer's market, and probably not organic:
1,125 grams Tangelo Juice! All from our farm!!! Our biggest tangelo harvest ever! :) :) The first picture is of all the tangelos we juiced, and below is the juice it yielded before we mixed it and Darrel took half. The weight mentioned here is just the part I drank. I also ate some of the sections after juicing:

Then I made a salad with the following ingredients:
  • 442 grams romaine lettuce hearts (from store)
  • 70 grams raw tahini? (from store)
  • 342 grams tomatoes (from friend's farm)
  • 78 grams Meyer lemon juice (from our yard)
And I then drank the rest of the lemon juice from that large lemon: came to 72 additional grams. I love lemons! Yes, I have an unnatural culinary fondness for lemons...


Total calories: 1.906  Carbs / Protein / Fat caloric percentages: 74.2 / 7 / 18.8

Yes, it's a tad high on the fat for a day, but it felt fine. I'm actually not certain I measured the tahini weight properly. It doesn't really matter 'cause I'm probably gonna' be going over fat-free again soon. Oh, and there wasn't nutrition info on tangelo juice so I just used orange juice for the calculations, and the same goes for ladyfinger bananas.. used bananas (which is probably Cavendish) instead.

 Exercise:  
 
I did some pushups again, and did a lot of carrying of things in and out of the farm. The road is too muddy to drive my car in right now so we haul things in and out of there by carrying them. I'm not sure how far it is, but we made a lot of trips. We carried tables and chairs, papayas, tangelos, and other things we harvested, as well as our bedding and inflatable bed, and miscellaneous tools and such.

Detox:  

I didn't have much trouble with the salt headache today, thank goodness. I thought I was gonna' have trouble from those kale chips from yesterday. I guess the dancing helped get rid of some of it or something... maybe it's just a bit late and I'll get it tomorrow... we'll see...

Female:

I'm not using the Baby-Comp to track this anymore. Once my bleeding became farther and farther apart, I found it not so useful. It was great for letting me know when I wasn't fertile, but it was so conservative that it only ended up telling me the 5 days after I started bleeding were safe to not conceive. When my cycles were 90 days or more, this was not working for me so well anymore.

My temperature was not a very good indicator either, because it was so irregular. So, I turned to the saliva testing method I'd used years ago. It worked great for a while, and the reader was quite handy and transportable. After I'd used it for quite some time I began to think it wasn't as reliable as it used to be because of how it was constructed. It was a beautifully simple instrument that work wonderfully overall... except for the slide area... It had tape around the glass where you would deposit the saliva (by licking it). The saliva seemed to sort of collect at the edges there and it was difficult to clean entirely. I felt like the samples were getting contaminated too much to work. So... I looked into getting a new one, or see if there were newer versions that were constructed a bit better for that. I did find some, but ultimately decided that I just wanted to use slides and a microscope... and ended up finding a much more useful solution. I'll write more about that separately another time.

In the meantime, just know that I've been measuring my estrogen levels via dried saliva for fertility awareness. It's been a year since any sign of menstration or spotting or blood like that of any kind, so I'm probably in the clear and not at risk of pregnancy... but I'm gonna' confirm it with an ob/gyn appointment in a few days, just in case. I'll write about the results of that and about "the change of life" separately as well another time.

In the meantime I'm still monitoring my potential fertility level signs that are still of any use, and I use the red, amber, green code with it. It's a handy system (green is safely not fertile, red is potentially and/or probably fertile depending on your stage of life, and amber is somewhere between that... the obviously green times are the only times we have unprotected PIV sex, and choose other sexual activities at the other times).

Today was an amber day.

The Rest:

It was a busy day today. I had a beautiful morning with Darrel, and then I did a tech support phone call up until it was time to gather everything and go for the day. We were going to the farm to get our campsite fixed up again, put up our tent, and set up our inflatable bed, and put all the bedding on it again so we could spend the night more often. We were also going to problem-solve the solar electricity (it wasn't working), do some weeding, run the water more, fix up other things, and harvest of course. We also wanted to clean up a folding table and chairs to take to a discussion group we were going to at the beach in the middle of the day. We got an important phone call just as we were getting ready to go to do all that, and got delayed further. That meant that we needed to just quickly drop off our bed and bedding, and such, clean up the folding table and chairs, and haul them out to the car. We got it all done just in time to make it a couple of minutes before the discussion group started. Whew! That was a close one.

It was a terrific discussion and we went back to the farm after that to do the rest. We were losing light so didn't end up fixing the electricity or doing some of the other things we planned. We did a few other things we hadn't planned too though. We gave the Muscovy duck, named Madu, that hangs around our farm a treat of a papaya that the birds had eaten most of already. He really loves them and tears into them with vigor every time. It's a joy to watch his glee--the little tail wagging and the purr like sounds and all. :) :)

We ended up using the solar lights we had to fix up the platform, tromple down the invading buffalo grass, sweep, and set up our new tent. It is so awesome to have a place to stay there again! :) It was so romantic to be there with Darrel again too! :) <3 farm="" i="" love="" much="" p="" really="" so="" the="">
As mentioned above, I harvested the most tangelos we've ever harvested before, so yay! Our little tree is starting to pump 'em out, and we love it! It was the best tangelo juice, ever, and the freshest too! :) Okay, well, I have had it this fresh and wonderful before from that tree... but not in that volume. It was actually enough for both of us to get full on. Nice! :)

I want to be at the farm so much more than I have been. I miss that... I want to take care of all our trees, plant more and take care of them, and plant our greens and tomatoes and celery and such again too... and of course harvest and eat it too! :) My cotton trees need help and/or replanting and I miss spinning their cotton and making things from it as well. Oh so many things to look forward to now that I've decided not to do so much traveling anymore!!!

It's so awesome that Darrel's on that same page too. It's kind of amazing how we seem to go through big shifts in our lives and what we want to do, in the same ways, at the same time periods... and even did this before we knew each other. We're so lucky that we found each other so we can do it all together! :) :)

Okay, well, that's enough of an update for y'all for now, at least.

Hope your days are happy and joy-filled as well! :)

Aloha!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Log Dec 6, 2014

Food:

Opened 3 coconuts and shared some with Darrel:


Here is what I drank of the water (with the flesh aside for later, that I didn't end up eating):
This is the rest of the water from these coconuts which is what Darrel drank:
So, my share was 1,482 grams of coconut water.

Next I had 1,377 grams of papayas:

And later I had 809 grams of saba bananas:
And later I had juice from these 7 navel oranges, which turned out to be about 3.6 Cups and weighed 930 grams:


I was going to have a romaine and katuk salad with a mango, tomato, celery, basil dressing, but was so full from the orange juice that I didn't end up eating before I went out for the night with Darrel. I would have LOVED that salad! Note to self: make the salad and take it with you anyway next time.

There was a Art Walk in Kapaa, and we had a blast. We parked our electric car about a mile-ish down the road where we could charge it up and walked down to everything. When we got there I had to pee a lot (from the OJ right before the drive), and Darrel went into the health food store to get OJ of his own (not sure why he didn't just have some with me at home). ANYway... I had gotten hungry by then and decided to get something too. Hmm.. was a learning experience I guess I'll say here. I used to have a weakness for kale chips that they sold at the health food store Darrel used to work at, but I usually had to recover from them because of the salt and such. I'd try to get the most simple versions, but they still were never quite like when we were growing our own kale and making my own chips... Alas. I'd decided not to have them anymore, however I saw that they were on sale, almost half-price and decided to have them. I wasn't really sure what I'd get anyway, so I guess that's part of the reason why. In retrospect I would have been happier with a cucumber and/or baby carrots. Usually I wouldn't have to deal with the effects of them until the sinus headache the next day from the salt.. but this time I had some issues from the spices on our walk back. Yep. Good thing probably 'cause I don't think I'm gonna' get them again... or at least not for a very long time, possibly years.

I didn't take a picture of them, but I can grab their info online. I had 4.4 ounces of them. Oh, and I had two baby carrots at a buffet thing a friend had out at their place during the art walk.

We danced a lot, and looked at things, and saw people we haven't seen in a while and "talked story" as they call it here. It was a good time and nice to be out on a sort of date with Darrel. <3 <3

Okay, so total calories eaten: 2,459 in carb / protein / fat percentage: 77.8 / 7.3 / 14.9

Yeah, not the best, but it averages out. I hadn't had any overt fats for a while before that. I did have consequences, but they didn't ruin anything, just helped me decide no more of those pre-made kale chips. I just can't get any plain enough.. not even the ones labeled plain. LOL Oh, and I wasn't able to get a nutrient count on saba bananas, so just used regular bananas for the calculation. I think the sabas have more calories. They're also supposed to have a similar nutrient profile as potatoes, but I don't know which nutrients they're looking at for that... I'm working on finding out more about their nutrients for future calculations now that I've figured out what variety they are, and have a few leads.

Fitness/Physical Activity:
I did some pushups before lunch (about 25) and did some desk cycle pedaling when at the computer (not so much for exercise, but more for entertainment actually). Let's see, we walked a bunch for being in town and danced a lot too... maybe about 3 or so miles of walking and a couple of hours of dancing.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Food Log Dec 5, 2014

I'm working on getting back into the swing of posting things here again, and appreciate your patience with the ebb and flow of it all. :)

Today I photographed, weighed, and logged what I ate as a start on this. I'll do some videos of this sort of thing in the future as well as other areas once I get more efficient at editing them.

People want to know what kinds of things I'm eating these days, so here's a day's worth of food... on a day I did mostly computer work.

You may notice that I'm not eating very many calories in comparison to what I used to. This is partly from a lower activity level overall, and today specifically. I've also found I seem to be utilizing the calories more efficiently than I did early on with this diet. It's been a gradual process over time. I don't seem to need as many calories for the same activity levels as I used to. It turns out well, because I used to love that I could eat so much and now I love that I don't need to. Nice. :)

Okay, so today... everything is organically grown, not GMO:

Starfruit (carambola) from our farm: 476 grams

One persimmon from health food store: 108 grams


Papayas (sunrise) from our farm: 1,068 grams (pic on left minus ones on right left over)
One cucumber (marketmore) from a friend's farm: 298 grams (it's magic! naa.. just messin' with Lightroom)


Mamey sapote from the farmer's market: 330 grams


One head heart of romaine lettuce from grocery store: 1,302 grams


Juice combo of (pic on left became juice on right):
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit: 152 grams juice
  • 3 honey tangerines: 192 grams juice
  • 3 Valencia oranges: 380 grams juice

This totals 1,670 calories in the following caloronutrient ratio: 86% carbs, 9% protein, 5% fat