I performed a mini-experiment this past week. I cut out cottage cheese entirely from my daily meals and limited dairy to just the remaining yogurt I had in my fridge, which amounts to a paltry 4 T. in my daily shake. I also ran out of the homemade cran raisin bars which contain dry milk at the beginning of the week, so that source of dairy was cut, too.
You see, I’ve noticed that every time I have a cottage cheese and fruit meal, my abs seem to lose any hint of definition they might have, so this past week was a deliberate experiment to see if my feelings were correct.
The upshot of this experiment is that I am ditching the cottage cheese for the rest of the P&P challenge and cutting back slightly on the yogurt, too–4 T. in a shake is okay, but no full cups as a carb portion. Also, no more bars that contain dry milk. I’ll be taking two calcium + D supps a day now instead of just one as well. I still reserve the right to have ice cream in either of my two free meals each week, but no more daily 2+ servings of bloat-inducing dairy products like CC and milk.
Now don’t take the dairy out of your diet just because I’m doing it. Recall that I am lactose intolerant, too, so my body may react in a stronger manner to dairy products than that of a person who is not LI. If you come from a long line of efficient dairy-processors and don’t notice any wacky side-effects from having cottage cheese three times a day, by all means keep on doing what you are doing. I’m just doing what is best for my own body and current goals.
Speaking of individual biological diversity and tastes, has anyone ever noticed that some brands of plain old-fashioned rolled oats taste better than others? I’ve heard this said about brands of cottage cheese and am willing to believe it since I’ve tried at least six different brands of fat free cottage cheese in the past year (It’s a toss up between Wal-Mart and Target as to who produces the nastiest store-brand–they both have a scent reminescent of feet. Albertson’s CC with its milk-like flavor is the tastiest to me, while Publix and Winn-Dixie make acceptable but not notable cottage cheese.), but you’d think that rolled oats would just be rolled oats. Not so! I just polished off a tube of Target’s rolled oats and am now on my first tube of Albertson’s, and I must say that Albertson’s oatmeal is MUCH better than the Target or Publix brands that I normally buy.
Maybe being able to taste the difference between brands of PLAIN oatmeal is the ultimate rite of passage into confirmed health nutdom.
5/27/05 P&P Challenge Report
Consecutive Perfect Days = 4
Total Perfect Days = 26/62
– 1492 calories eaten / -551 deficit
– 49.3% carb, 27.5% protein, 22.6% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
Nutrition: 2000-2100 calorie high zig zag day
1: 1 scoop whey, 1/2 bag lite popcorn
2: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal
3: 3 oz. skinless roasted chicken thigh, 1/2 c. rice, 1/4 c. black beans, 1 c. Romaine lettuce
4: 3×1 spinach omelette, WW bagel, 1/2 c. broccoli, 3 baby carrots
5: Strawberry lime yogurt protein shake, 1/2 c. broccoli, 3 baby carrots, 1 T. flaxseed oil
6: Cappucino banana yogurt protein shake, 1/2 c. broccoli, 3 baby carrots
Total: 2004 calories, 48.7% carb, 32.0% protein, 21.7% fat
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum
8:00 PM P90X Kenpo X
9:00 PM Cardio – Treadmill (4 mph/10% incline/30 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing. Back in the saddle again!
1. Gave Karaoke database a test run last night.
2. Down to 134.4 lbs this week.
1. Create P90X HanDbase module.
2. Plan out non-dairy diet.
3. Cook more rice and roast chicken.
4. Pick up 20lb bag of Nutro Max cat food for the boys. ($21.99 for 20 lbs at Petco.)
5. Get more groceries–go to Costco first.
6. Create SGX module.