Today is Saturday, and I woke up feeling a wee bit guilty for "cheating" and having a gross but tasty meal instead of a salad. I started the day listening to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Latest in Paleo. And no, I'm not eating Paleo, but I both like the host of the show, Angelo Coppola, and I like the topics and guest he covers on the show. This episode's topic was fasting, with the authors of a book titled The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittant, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. I enjoyed the episode and plan to purchase the book. Also, having woken up feeling guilty over the (I admit it) cheeseburger I ate last night, I decided to extend my "fast" by skipping breakfast and "eating" light after a late morning trip to Costco for vitamins, batteries, and a few grocery items.
The other night I had picked up a variety pack of Naked Juice. I opened them today and decided to have a single 10 ounce bottle for lunch. I'd considered doing a full "juice cleanse" using these, but after reading the labels more carefully and seeing all of the varieties included in the pack are primarily fruit juices with a bit of vegetables thrown in (see the label below) I'm not so sure. 42g of Carbs and 35g of Sugars, even if all the sugar is naturally occurring within the fruit, strikes me as kinda high, and I'm not sure I want to drink nothing but that for a day or two - especially when I can either make my own juice with a high veggie to fruit ratio or just buy a juice cleanse like that from a juice bar.
Still, the Juice Smoothie tasted good and was nice and thick, not thin and watery like most juices I've tried at juice bars. At only 170 calories, it didn't exact fill me up, but it did make me feel less hungry. This was around 1pm.
Post-Lunch Workout (Walk)
My wife and son weren't feeling well today, so when they settled down for an afternoon nap, I decided to go for a walk. I walked out of my neighborhood and around a large church and it's property several times. I typically try to walk for at least a half hour each day, but figured I'd push it today. So I queued up a documentary interview on Netflix (The Lost Interview of Steve Jobs) and just let it run while I walked. I wasn't trying to walk at any particular pace - just whatever felt natural, but looking at the workout breakdown from my Apple Watch it looks like I spend up for each of the 4 miles.
I wasn't tired or hurting (any more than usual with two bad knees) when I decided to head home - I was just immensely thirsty and feeling pretty dehydrated. Sometimes I carry a bottle of water with me when I walk, but may try to order something like this Camelbak Hydrobak since I'd like to start taking longer walks.
For dinner I started out with a delicious pizza my wife made. We still use the Udi's Gluten Free crusts, which aren't the greatest, but they're not bad. Would love to hear of better store-bought options. I guess I could try to make my own by making GF flour in my Vitamix, but that's a bit out of my league still. This pizza was Vegan as well, since we buy (for me anyway) the Daiya Mozzarella Shreds. They're OK - would also love to hear of better alternatives. What makes this pizza is the tomatos, peppers, and onions. And I'll admit, I enjoy eating pizza, even GF thin crust pizza. If I could find a way to have real Chicago Style GF Vegan pizza I'd be in Heaven.
I wasn't really full after the pizza (surprise - had only eaten 170 calories for lunch and burned 400-600 during my walk) so I sliced an Apple and ate it with some Peanut Butter. Then I sliced another apple and ate it by itself. One thing I love about having drastically changed my eating habits is simple natural foods like apples taste so freaking good now. I eat them with peanut butter sometime to make them fill me up a little more and to get some more protein, but the apple is the star of the show.
My son and I shared our usual bowl of Grapes tonight - which reminds me I will need to buy more organic grapes tomorrow. [2 seconds to have Siri add them to my grocery list in AnyList.]
Then I did something I do too often, or at least often enough that I figure it has to actually slow down my weight loss but on some nights I just don't care. I like popcorn, and what I really like is the terrible for you movie theater popcorn. [And if you know what book this quote is from, we can be friends. "I want some of that white stuff, please. But none of the pee."]
Since I can't have movie theater popcorn very often, as the parent of a small child with no family around to babysit when I get cravings, I buy microwave popcorn. I've tried all of the brands Kroger carries, and the one that I like the most also happens to be the one I believe (right or wrong) is the least unhealthy of the bunch, aside from the ones that are just flavored with salt. And yes, I know butter isn't Vegan. I'm on a journey, not an evangelist. Find me some good Vegan-friendly quick-to-make popcorn and we can talk.
Anyway, I had a bag of microwave popcorn because I'm a bad person. [Not really. The cheeseburger I ate last night made me a bad person.]
So I've been reading about vegans, particularly long-term vegans, dealing with B-12 deficiencies. And since I have a friend who recently had to start B-12 shots (although she's not a vegan), I asked my doctor to check my B-12 level when I saw him last week for my 3 month follow up.
My level came back, as he described it, as "low normal" - with a recommendation to begin taking an OTC B-12 supplement. My level had dropped 25% since my last test before I started eating a predominantly plant-based diet, and my doc actually was unaware I was already taking a B Complex supplement that included a smaller dosage of B-12 than he recommended. So I figure I'm actually low low based on diet alone, not low normal .I did some more reading and since I don't use soy milk in my smoothies (don't care for the taste), am trying to eat gluten free, which makes fortified cereal a no-go, it seems like a supplement is the easiest thing to do.
I get most of our vitamins from Costco, and the Kirkland B-12 was highly reviewed, so I decided to give it a shot. I don't know if I'll notice any impact from taking this, and if I do it probably won't be for a while, but I'll report back. My thought is that I'm starting to take B-12 as a hedge against future drops in my levels as I eat a (mostly) vegan diet in the coming years.