Getting back into calorie counting (goal: under 1,200 calories per day) and starting a new exercise regime (My Fitness Coach on the Wii for 15 min every weekday) has played havoc with my scheduling. You’d think I would start to get the hang of this. I also decided to take photographs of my food but mainly because lunch was just so damn pretty.
1 cup of milky coffee: 30 cal
1 cup of orange mate tea with no calories (well, I think no calories, it’s got little bits of orange peel in it but you strain them out – how exactly does that work? Where do calories live? )
15 minutes with Maya doing core training or something like that. It involved jumping around for a bit and then doing lots of crunches.
For lunch, I made this mushroom soba soup based on a recipe I found on a vegetarian site. It’s layered, with the noodles on the bottom, then the mushrooms, then all the other bits and pieces. Doing it this way is a little bit of a pain as you have to cook each individual thing for adding to the bowl but I did like the end effect.
|1 tablespoon oil||120|
|20g dried shiitake||60|
|2 eggs, boiled||140|
|50g soba noodles||168|
|60g fresh mushrooms||15|
|dried daikon (?)||50|
|5g grated ginger||4|
Glass of diet coke: 1 cal
Bowl of mushroom soba soup: 310 cal
Around 5pm I began feeling energetic and slightly down. I glanced at the time, thinking I’d make a note of it and see if a cup of coffee helped. In the end, I got distracted by other things and by the time I had time to wonder whether or not I needed more food, it was time to make dinner.
I had a glass of iced tea with lemon and sweetex (I’ll count these at 10 calories each to be safe) before going into the kitchen, thinking it would help so that I wouldn’t feel starving as I cooked.
I was somewhat disappointed in how many calories are in lentils! I’d planned to serve twice as many but luckily I looked up the calories before I mixed everything together.
I’ll have to go to the shops and see if there is much variance between the different types of lentils (I was surprised to see as much as 100 calories/100g variance in rice!)
|Meal||Food | Drink||Calories|
|Lamb||340g meat, fat trimmed||700|
|Lentils||1 tablespoon oil||120|
|65g raw lentils||230|
Dinner: 591 calories
Despite cutting down the amount of food, it was a good meal and I didn’t feel hungry at the end of it (more than I can say for lunch). It’s just occurred to me that if I grill the onions before peeling and chopping them, I bet I’ll save a lot of oil! I’ll try that next time.
I planted a lot less chard this year and today’s dish pretty much cleared the crop. It’ll grow back (and I left some baby leaves to mix into salad) but it is definitely more manageable levels this year.
|Options Hot Chocolate||80|
I had to remind myself at bedtime that it was OK to feel hungry.