Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 8 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 21st

Day 8/28

Today was my last lab meeting of the semester for the animal behavior research group I’m a part of (we mainly study wild squirrels, who volunteer to participate in our studies for peanuts and can leave at any time–no captive animals!), and therefore my last ever meeting with them. It was a bittersweet moment: I’ve been with this lab for two years and I’m really going to miss everyone (and the squirrels), but I’m also looking forward to finally going to graduate school and being in charge of my own research. I’ve been loving the process of doing my own honors thesis study this year, and I can’t wait to do research full-time starting this fall!

Anyways, the point of that spiel is that in my world, final lab meetings mean that baked goods are required. I’ve been working on recipes for a donut ebook I’m planning to publish this summer, so it was a perfect opportunity to test a new one. I ended up making a batch of rocky road donuts to bring to the meeting, and they were a hit, despite being baked and vegan! (Since everyone was omnivores who are used to standard fried donuts.)

I had a donut too of course, so my fat intake is a bit higher today than usual. No regrets!


Macros: 71% carbs, 13% protein, 16% fat

Exercise: biked for 20 minutes

Breakfast

  • Apple pie grape nuts
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Mashed rosemary-garlic yukon gold potato
  • Rocky road donut

Dinner

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Russet “breakfast” potatoes with fat free hummus

Night snack

  • Sourdough with pumpkin butter*

Calories eaten: 1750 | Calories burned: 1500 (from Fitbit HR data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 7 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 20th

Day 7/28

My legs are pretty sore today from yesterday’s squats! Usually once I get back into a regular lifting routine like I have been lately, I don’t get sore anymore…  although I did do 6 sets of squats yesterday, so I guess it makes sense that I’d still get sore from the higher volume. Plus I had a bit of insomnia and only got 8 instead of my usual 9 hours of sleep, so maybe that has something to do with it. (One of my interests for graduate school is sleep neuroscience and I’ve taken classes on how important it is for pretty much all of your functions, so I’m a stickler for getting 9 hours a night!)

Despite the soreness in my quads, I went for my run anyway. 🙂

Veggie unfried rice with sriracha

Macros: 84% carbs, 11% protein, 5% fat

Exercise: biked for 20 minutes, ran for 30, walked for 25

Breakfast

  • Apple pie grape nuts
  • 2 slices of sourdough with pumpkin butter*

Lunch

  • Unfried rice with shiitake mushrooms, green beans, peas, and corn
  • 2 slices chocolate zucchini banana bread

Dinner

  • Carrots and a tomato
  • Russet “breakfast” potatoes with fat free hummus
  • Half a butternut squash
  • Half a slice of chocolate zucchini banana bread

Calories eaten: 2060 | Calories burned: 1760 (from Fitbit HR data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 6 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 19th

Day 6/28

I’ve lost another quarter inch off my waist, so in 6 days it’s gone from 25 inches to 24.5 inches, while I’ve been eating as much as I want of my favorite foods (which is a lot of food–I had 2700 calories today!). Not to mention, my grocery bill is halved eating this way: I biked to the store today and got a week’s worth of food for $30, despite the fact that here in the Bay area groceries are about 20% more expensive than the national average.

Also, for any nutritional naysayers out there: today I got 200% of my daily iron requirement and 90 grams of protein (my RDA is 40g) without trying! (In addition to 100%+ of everything else I need)

Apple pie grape nuts

Macros: 79% carbs, 14% protein, 7% fat

Exercise: biked for 20 minutes, lifted weights for an hour

Breakfast

  • Apple pie grape nuts
  • Half a slice of chocolate zucchini banana bread

Lunch

  • Peach ginger green tea
  • Carrot sushi bowl
  • Chocolate banana smoothie

Post-lifting snack

  • 3 slices of sourdough with pumpkin butter*

Dinner

  • Pulled BBQ carrot burger with a seitan patty
  • Baked yukon gold fries

Night snack

  • 2 black bean bliss balls
  • 2 slices chocolate zucchini banana bread

Calories eaten: 2685 | Calories burned: 1730 (from Fitbit HR data)

(*Everything is made by me except those with a * –feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 5 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 18th

Day 5/28

I had a pretty relaxing day of working on my honors thesis (due in a week!) and napping, until I decided to make chocolate zucchini banana bread and go for a 6 mile walk/run at night.

I bought a few too many zucchinis over the weekend, and was in the mood for chocolate and banana bread, so I had to think of a way to combine them… and chocolate zucchini banana bread seemed like the natural choice! I ended up coming up with my own recipe and it turned out deliciously–fudgy on the inside, almost crispy on the outside. Not to mention, it’s fat free and full of veggies! The loaf came out at 5pm, so I ended up having half of it for dinner because it was fantastic straight out of the oven and I didn’t feel like cooking anymore… then it gave me a big energy burst to go for the 6 mile walk/run. So that’s the explanation for my weird dinner 😉


Macros: 82% carbs, 10% protein, 7% fat

Exercise: walked for 45 minutes, ran for 35 minutes (exactly 6 miles total!)

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat chocolate pancakes

Lunch

  • “Fried” rice with green beans, peas, corn, and shiitake mushrooms

Dinner

  • Half a loaf of chocolate zucchini banana bread

Calories: 1830 Calories burned: 1900 (from Fitbit HR data)

(Everything is made by me unless otherwise specified–feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 4 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 17th

Day 4/28

I weighed myself this morning, and I’m down from 121.5 lbs on day 1 (3 days ago) to 119.5 lbs today, and lost a quarter inch off my waist! And the shocking thing is I have definitely been eating the same or more calories (and WAY more volume of food) over the last 3 days than I was before, and exercised slightly less than usual thanks to my rest day. I’m sure plenty of that change is water weight, but the weird thing is I usually gain a pound or two the day after lifting weights (and I lifted last night)… but instead my body decided to not only not gain weight, but to actually lose it after upping my carbs for some reason. Have I mentioned how great carbs are?

And now, mini rant time about low carb diets (I almost never rant here but here we go):

It’s always annoying to me when people claim carbs are horrible because they make them bloated or magically cause them to gain weight instantly, because the only way this could happen is if they weren’t having enough carbs before! To me, it’s equivalent to someone going on a “low-water” diet, losing weight through dehydration and being sick (aka ketosis), and then blaming water for weight gain when they start drinking it again. Here’s why: the “bloating” that carbs cause in dieters/low-carbers is merely the refilling of emptied glycogen stores (which bind to water, hence the weight change), which were never real lost weight to begin with. I’m convinced that the whole reason low carb is popular is because it results in fake weight loss and instant gratification through the glycogen loss that happens in the first few days, and then punishes you with weight gain for going back to a more normal, carby diet–so people are forced to stay on it if they want to keep their results. (I have studies to back this up!)

When I have my occasional high fat days, on the other hand, there are no repercussions!

(And the reason I care at all is because low carb diets kill even more animals than the standard american diet…)

End rant.

Pulled carrot sandwich (inside view this time) and yukon gold fries

 


Macros: 80% carbs, 11% protein, 9% fat (almost an 80/10/10 sort of day)

Exercise: walked for 35 minutes, ran for 30 minutes

Breakfast

  • Banana chocolate oat smoothie

Lunch

  • Pulled BBQ carrot burger with baked yukon gold fries
  • Peach ginger green tea

Snack before running:

  • Orange-mango juice
  • 2.5 black bean brownie bites

Dinner

  • Roasted cauliflower with buffalo sauce
  • Sweet potato wedges dipped in cinnamon sugar

Night snack:

  • Chocolate banana smoothie

Calories: 1980 Calories burned: 1800 (from Fitbit HR data)

(Everything is made by me unless otherwise specified–feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 3 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 16th

Day 3/28

Over the course of the last week, I’ve been ravenously hungry regardless of how much I eat (and was eating more fat than usual), and constantly craving cinnamon rolls but then never actually wanting to go get them. But this morning I woke up and the feeling was gone! It feels like storm clouds clearing. Thank goodness for carbs.

I also experimented with a new recipe (what else is new?), and made my own version of Veganosity’s pulled carrot burgers with spicy barbecue sauce, on a whole wheat bun. They were so flavorful I could hardly believe it! Not to mention, they’re a great snack option for when I’m in a rush–I’ve got leftover filling in the fridge, so I’ll just toast a frozen bun and scoop it on whenever I want one.

Exercise-wise, I had a fantastic hour-long lifting session that was mostly back and arms-focused. Oddly enough I still found myself seriously craving a run afterwards, but couldn’t because a) my muscles were very tired out and b) I pulled my hamstring a bit from reintroducing romanian deadlifts. (Curse my genetically weak ligaments/tendons)

Photo Apr 16, 7 05 30 PM (1) edit
Gratuitous selfie in the fortunately lit gym bathroom with no one around, because I can’t bring myself to take an actual gym selfie with people around 😛
Pulled carrot sandwich

Macros: 77% carbs, 14% protein, 9% fat

Exercise: biked 20 minutes + hour-long lifting session

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat carrot cake pancakes

Lunch

  • 2 slices of toast with strawberry jam, + iced tea (at a cafe)
  • Pulled BBQ carrot burger

Dinner

  • Chana masala with mushrooms, kale, and jasmine rice
  • Black bean brownie bite

Night snack

  • Chocolate banana smoothie

Calories eaten: 1915 Calories burned: 1660 (from Fitbit HR data)

(Everything is made by me unless otherwise specified–feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 2 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 15th

Day 2/28

For the last few days, whenever I go to bed, I crave oatmeal for the next morning. Then when I wake up, I crave pancakes.

So I make pancakes.

It’s a weird phenomenon, though–I wonder what’s going on in my body at nighttime versus morning that makes oatmeal versus pancakes so appealing?

In other news, I ate half a (large) loaf of sourdough for part 1 of my lunch. No regrets! And even though I woke up with some residual soreness, I wouldn’t be stopped this time–I went for my run!


Macros: 81% carbs, 12% protein, 7% fat

Exercise: walked for 45 mins, ran for 35 mins

One of my favorite foods: sourdough with pumpkin butter

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat carrot cake pancakes

Lunch

  • 4 thick slices of sourdough with pumpkin butter
  • Mashed rosemary-garlic yukon gold potatoes

Dinner

  • Zucchini noodles with my spicy marinara
  • 5 big celery stalks with barbecue sauce
  • Sweet potato dipped in cinnamon sugar

Night snack:

  • Chocolate banana smoothie

Calories eaten: 2120 Calories burned: 1860 (from Fitbit HR data)

(Everything is made by me unless otherwise specified–feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche

Starch Solution, Years Past: Food & Exercise Diaries

Day 1 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 14th

Day 1/28

So far, my week has gone like this: Sunday run and bike ride, Monday run and bike ride, Tuesday lifting session, Wednesday run and bike ride. My legs are still very sore from the lifting–I didn’t know it was possible for upper glutes to be this sore–so despite my constant craving for a good run (I would even say I’m a bit of an addict at this point), I decided today needed to be a rest day.  I even got as far as changing halfway into workout clothes, but thankfully stopped myself after changing into shorts but before putting on a workout shirt. I looked odd, but I was comfortable 😉

In terms of food, now that I’m back to counting macros, I’m a bit surprised by how much a tiny bit of fat ups the overall fat percentage–it looks like adding chocolate chips to my pancakes put me past my 5% goal! I’m not too worried about it though, since 5% fat is more of a “let’s just see if I can do this for fun/science” type of goal, not a “my self worth and progress depend on achieving this” type goal.


Macros: 78% carbs, 14% protein, 8% fat

Exercise: biked 15 minutes, and wished I was running


Breakfast

  • Whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes

Lunch

  • Sushi bowl with carrots
  • Slice of sourdough with pumpkin butter

Snack

  • Orange-mango juice

Dinner

  • Zucchini noodles with my spicy marinara
  • Russet “breakfast potatoes” with my black bean hummus

Calories eaten: 1615 Calories burned: 1400 (from Fitbit HR data)

(Everything is made by me unless otherwise specified–feel free to request recipe posts for anything you’d like to know about 🙂 )

Thanks for reading!

Miche