I woke up to the smell of rich ham stock.
Last night I cut the rind and bone out of my house cured ham and put it in the crock pot with water. In another bowl I have red beans soaking.
I am going to leave it for a few more hours before straining it and skimming the fat.
Coffee with cream .15
Carbs 58 grams, top of my limit
I had to wait a few hours before eating again to give my body time to cope. Fortunately I ate this at about 6 a.m. so at 10 I can have a snack.
I am not immune to all the internet food stories about ball game snacks. I won't be watching but I had creamy bean dip the other night and today a version of nachos will be had soon.
The power of suggestion is strong.
I had my second course of the day....Nachos.
I finely chopped some of the ham, sprinkled it on chips and added cheese making hot in the oven.
Then there was my real lunch.
I took 5 of the Chinatown dumplings and some water and spinach and fashioned a soup.
I had them with a smoothie, a puree of one apple and one orange. The apple was leftover from a meeting and free, but mushy. I dislike an apple that is not crisp but no food gets wasted, so a smoothie it was to be.
5 dumplings .90
Spinach (from frozen).25
Apple, event leftover free
Carbs 46 grams
I did okay. After I drank my smoothie I got worried about whether I had calculated a small apple and orange correctly in my head, but all was well.
AFTER I had my dinner I checked e mail and saw a note from the nutritionist I have been consulting with.."I need you not to rely on pasta, I know you are measuring the portions carefully but your reliance on pasta is not spurring creativity, which is part of why you are doing this."
Keeping in mind I read this after my dinner of pasta...should I feel guilty?
It is very hard to feel guilty after even a small bowl of spaghetti carbonara, especially when it has been loaded with greens and flax seeds for nutrition and fiber.
I used the remainder of the Gai Lan leaves (stalks are for Sunday dinner) 4 yes 4 slices of bacon, my 1.5 ounces of spaghetti, cheese, egg, fresh basil from the windowsill and flax seeds.
A little bowl of heaven.
Gai Lan .40
Total 1.71 (an expensive indulgence)
Carbs 51 grams
I am pleased that for the first day since I have been doing this I broke 2,000 calories. My goal was to get 2,400, but that is pretty impossible on this budget if you want any pretense at healthy food.
Let's see how I did with my dollars. I had 1.48 leftover so I began the day with 5.73. 4.40 was spent giving me 1.33 to carry over.
Let's check the nutrition for the day.
Finally almost as much fiber as I like,however the trade off is that I went over in carbs for the day.