Party Time!!

July 3, 2008

It’s all downhill from here. A long weekend followed by one last week of class. Aced my test this morning (I think!) and had a great workout at Winthrop’s gym. I did 45 minutes on the ET while catching up with my Sports Nutr. reading and then some full-court sprints and abs in the weight room.

I had 2 handfuls of trail mix at 11 before my workout, as my stomach was starting to rumble for lunch a little early –

After doing my jock duties in the locker room, I stopped by EarthFare for a salad.

They didn’t have any salmon or tofu or beans (without onions) on the salad bar, so I got half a piece of Adobo-Apricot Salmon from the deli case to put on top. It wasn’t the best I’ve had, as it was cold and kind of tough.

  • Mixed greens + spinach + low-fat raspberry dressing on the bottom
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchini + squash
  • Purple cabbage
  • 2 potato pieces
  • 5ish olives
  • Sesame kale
  • 3 jumbo croûtons
  • 2 cheesy cauliflower
  • 1 pesto tortellini
  • 1 broccoli salad broccoli
  • 1/2 tbsp soy nuts
  • 2 tbsp bleu cheese
  • 1 small piece adobo-apricot salmon from the deli case

I also had 2 bread samples!

I asked the deli case about the BBQ Tofu – you guys were right! It is deep fried . While I will still be eating it when it’s on the salad bar, I’ll stick to smaller portions than last time. I wonder what the nutritional info even is? You could tell me 25 kcal a piece or 200 and I’d believe you.

Since my classes are wrapping up, I don’t have too much work to do this afternoon and am patiently waiting for an emailed Chem test for the weekend.

I’m making a bean + kale salad for the symphony tonight this afternoon too. See you late tonight!

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1 Amy July 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

What is “jock duties in the locker room”?! Sorry, it just sounds gross! :)

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2 Justy2003 July 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Boo for deep-frying “healthy” items.
Kinda like how Friday’s has fried green beans (ewe). And they had the fried macaroni & cheese…as if it isn’t bad enough as it is! Those commercials always grossed me out.
Have fun at the symphony! We’re headed to one tomorrow night for fireworks! :)

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3 magpie July 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm

The weekend is here! Enjoy :)

Too bad about the BBQ Tofu – it’s so hard to guess nutritional info with something like that when you don’t prepare it yourself! But I’m sure it’s delicious :)

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4 Leah July 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Hey, does anyone ever get an upset stomach from broccoli?? Is there anything in it that could cause this? I noticed it before but thought maybe it was just something else I ate during that particular meal, but then I had it tonight for dinner (mixed in pasta) and my stomach is sore so it must be the broccoli. :( I cooked it from frozen if that makes a difference but I doubt it??

Anyone else??

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5 Kath July 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Amy ,
I always joke about feeling like a jock in locker rooms – I think it’s fun to have a locker and get dressed and put on make-up in them. Anyways, sorry to make it sound strange.

K

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6 Allison K. July 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I wish I liked getting ready in the locker room! Our gym is crowded in the mornings, not enough outlets for all the hair dryers! It’s my only option though….the gym is 8 miles from my house, but only 1 mile from work. So straight from the gym to work I go….five days a week.

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7 caitlinbo July 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

leah – its all the fiber in broc… your stomach gets used to the fiber after a while.

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8 caitlinbo July 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

oh and the deep fried green beans at fridays actually taste AWESOME :P

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9 Leah July 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Caitlinbo- I don’t think it’s the fiber.. to be honest I get a lot of fiber in my diet so I know it’s not that. Maybe i’m just super sensitive to the broccoli for some reason, who knows. The sore stomach isn’t a bloated one.. it’s a nausea one..

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10 Biz July 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm

1/2 cup (or 3.5 ounces) of bbq tofu is only 70 calories and 2 grams of fat. Totally worth it!

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11 mh July 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm

broccoli is a very gaseous (sp?) veggie so that could be it! I love love broc and cauliflower but often has gas or bloating if I eat too much of them at one sitting (which happens often! ) haha!

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12 pepper July 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Hi Kath – Maybe you’ll cover this in your lab class, but I’ve always been curious about deep-fried food. I’ve heard that the temperature used for frying really determines how much oil get into the final product. I’m wondering how variable this usually is? “They” say the tempura-style frying does not allow as much fat into the food, whereas the same food fried at a lower temperature would be greasier. I’m a scientist and I would love to set up my own experiment to figure this out, but I know I never will.

Have a great weekend.

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13 Deb July 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Hmm the breakfast didn’t hold you as long? Yet 1/4 c of yogurt really isn’t that much protein. Plus the splash of milk. The rest was grains and the PB. Perhaps next time a bit more yogurt would hold you?

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14 Biz July 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Pepper:

Martha Stewart did a show on fried chicken. She said that as long as the temperature is hot enough to “sear” the outside of the chicken, not much gets absorbed.

She measured out the oil before she added the chicken, cooked the chicken, and then measured the remaining oil, and discovered only about 2 tablespoons of oil had been absorbed for 8 pieces of chicken. Hope that helps!

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15 pepper July 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Oh, Martha….. Thanks for the info Biz!

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16 foodie911 July 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm

HELP! i’m going to a bday dinner at a vietnamese restaurant tonight. i am not familiar at all with vietnamese food! what are some healthy/tasty choices?!

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17 oatmeal July 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I’m always amazed at the salad comboes you throw together! Who says salad can’t be fun and interesting?

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18 Tracy July 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Hey Kath – I’ve been reading for several months but never commented! Do you mind sharing what type of pumpkin you buy? I’ve never cooked with pumpkin before but that wrap looks amazing!

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19 lara July 3, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Kath,
With all the exercise you do, do you ever feel the need to consume more protein? Have you ever eaten protein bars or protein powder shakes? What do you think about these products?

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20 caitlinbo (in FL) July 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm

lara –

i will answer for kath because i’ve heard her response on this a few times and i agree 100%. The FDA’s Recommended Daily Allowance for protein is roughly 0.4 grams per lb of body weight. So, a 120 lbs girl such as Kath would require (according to the FDA) a mere 48 grams of protein a day. 6 oz of chicken breast has over 50 grams of protein in it alone. 1 cup of skim milk has 9. so you can see, it would be very very easy to go over the .4 grams per lb of body weight for most women.

personally, i think the whole protein thing is overrated. low carb diets work because youre restricting your overall calories, period.

plus, i dont know about anyone else, but after a hard workout i want to shove whole grains in my mouth, not chicken :P

if you ever get really bored one night, check out http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/ . I don’t always agree with what the government tells us to eat (read “in defense of food” if you want to see why), but its a good guideline and grounded with what we know (and understand) about food.

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21 caitlinbo (in FL) July 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

ps happy fourth of july everyone! i will think of KERF as i try not to blow healthy eating at the BBQs :P

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22 caitlinbo (in FL) July 3, 2008 at 8:38 pm

lol i just re-read my post… i didn’t mean ” i will answer for kath “! kath can answer for herself as well, obviously! im just bored, on the couch, and watching the whole 1st season of heroes in one lonnnnng swoop.

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23 Kath July 3, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Biz ,
Thanks for the interesting oil info!

Tracy ,
Libby’s 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin.

lara ,
Caitlin said it just as I would have (thanks Cait!) except the recommendation is actually 0.8 grams per kg of body weight. So I definitely get more than enough. After taking a whole course on sports nutrition, I can also report that there is no conclusive evidence that athletes need any more than the average person either. They MAY need a little more, but really protein is very overrated. Our bodies need a minimal amount to repair tissue and build things – we need energy from carbohydrates!!

Kath

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24 Deb July 3, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Q for Kath…why is it now considered such common knowledge in “lifting” circles and magazines (such as Oxygen and Muscle and Fitness) that someone who lifts is supposed to have low GI carbs/prot (little or no fats) pre-training, then have High GI carbs and quite a bit of protein (again little or no fats) within 30-60 minutes of training to replenish glycogen stores? Are those just urban myths that are being perpetuated? Is there any science to back it up?

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25 Kath July 4, 2008 at 8:24 am

Deb ,
The reasoning behind low-GI is to avoid the insulin spike of too much glucose at once. But studies have shown that exercise cancels out this effect, so it’s really a big factor. The high-GI after is in fact to replenish glycogen, but doing so quickly would only be important if you had another event/workout coming up in a few hours. Otherwise, normal meals made of up 50-60% carbohydrate would sufficiently replenish glycogen for the next day’s workout.

Hope that helps,

Kath

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