Yesterday I talked about beans and the important role they now play in my diet. Well, I think I cooked waaaay too much –so today I’m having tons of leftover beans. And I finished them all today finally.
Because of these beans, I hit my fiber target of 25g (I consumed 33g today!) and added more to my protein requirement.
But what “scared” me today (scared in a sense that I will be ruining my diet) was spending the afternoon in Starbucks. But before I tell you more about how I managed to limit my calories while I was there, here are my metrics for today:
June 18, 2017
Goal: 1200 calories
-Food: 1294 calories
+Exercise: 90 calories
=Remaining: -4 calories
I happily burned 90 calories today by doing some light/moderate cleaning for 20 minutes, and walking at moderate pace for about 10 minutes.
No, working on my laptop does not seem to count. I couldn’t find it under any activity category at MyFitnessPal, whether under cardio or strength.
Back to my Starbucks story. So, Starbucks was my office for this afternoon, and while working I was sipping on some cappuccino with some brown sugar -just finished half of my 80z drink. Then, I ordered the banoffee pie, and ate only the bananas (with some chocolate) and left all the rest (whipped cream + graham crust).
I was still feeling a li’l hungry and wanted some meat. Yes, the meat lover me is ever present. I looked for some sandwiches and found a turkey ham sandwich (using a whole wheat bun with some seeds on top, probably flax seeds) with an herbed egg white omelet and some fontina cheese.
You can really find healthy options at Starbucks. It’s just there!
Breakfast: coffee + a slice of hungarian sausage I popped into my mouth
Morning Snack: roasted almonds, 20 pieces
Lunch: Brown rice, Green Mung Beans Soup with Moringa Leaves
Afternoon Snack: Starbucks Cappuccino, Banoffee Pie, Turkey Ham+Egg White+Fontina Cheese Sandwich
Dinner: Brown Rice, Green Mung Beans Soup with Moringa Leaves, Salad (green lettuce, grilled chicken breast, avocados, apple cider vinaigrette), a few pieces of Chippy
You may ask, “What’s Chippy?”. Well, here’s a confession. I’m so addicted to Chippy. The Original Red variant is my fave chip of all time! I can’t imagine my life without it so I found a way to work around this. Portion control.
I used to gobble an entire 110g-pack in just 30 minutes, which is pretty extreme. As I age, I realized I need to make progress in controlling how I consumer this sodium-laden snack popular labeled as junk food.
Today I consumed 1086 mg of sodium, which is within allowable. Major health organizations recommend the following:
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): 2300 mg
American Heart Association (AHA): 1500 mg
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): 1500 to 2300 mg
American Diabetes Association (ADA): 1500 to 2300 mg
Another change that I made because of this weight loss project: I stopped using bouillon cubes.
Just so you know, 1 piece of Knorr Chicken Cube contains 2260 mg of sodium
I used to love this product because an instant bouillon cube is very convenient. But then again, there ARE other ways to enhance the flavor of food when cooking. If may take some extra steps but in the long run, it’s worth it.