Daily Menu June 22nd, 2008

Breakfast:

Pepper jack omelet with chunky salsa

Lunch:

Leftover roasted chicken leg and thigh. Because the skin comes out flabby when you zap leftover chicken in the microwave, I always peel it off and lay it in a skillet. I warm it over medium-low heat till it's crispy again, and eat it as a treat after I'm done with the meat.

Snack:

Pea salad
Sugar-free dark chocolate

I had this weird craving for pea salad. This is not haute cuisine -- indeed, it's about as Middle American mid-century as it gets. Also not terribly low carb, but it's got enough fiber and protein that it's relatively easy on my blood sugar levels, and it keeps me full for hours. Too, if you look at my daily totals, you'll see that even eating the whole batch -- which I did -- didn't blow my day.

Should you want some Middle American Mid-Century Pea Salad, it's easy:

1 can peas, drained
2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1/4 cup shredded cheddar
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise, regular or light
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons Splenda, or stevia/FOS blend to taste

Just plunk everything in a bowl and stir it up. Takes no time at all, which is part of its appeal for me. I tend to eat it right out of the mixing bowl, since nobody's watching.

Dinner:

Pineapple Brined and Glazed Pork (I'll post the recipe next; it's good enough to deserve its own post)
Green beans with bacon and Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Daily totals: 1493 Calories; 93g Fat; 96g Protein; 54g Carbohydrate; 21g Dietary Fiber

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exercise idea

Hi Dana, My weight has been gradually creeping up the last few months as I have not been exercising as much as is usual. Life has been crazy for me as it seems for everyone I know. I was getting desperate since I know that it would be so easy for me to gain back the weight I have lost and I will not let that happen! It seems the closer I get to 50 the harder it is to keep my weight down even eating low carb with no major changes. I was visiting my aunt who fell and who has been doing physical therapy. She has the pedals of a bike attached to a stand that she uses for therapy. I bought one and put it under my desk in my study. Now I find I am pedaling around two hours a day while I'm working and it's no problem at all to do. SInce I am able to work while I am exercising, I can work more of the exercise into my day. My weight is creeping back down since I started the pedaling. Just wanted to pass the idea along for anyone else who might find it helpful. The one I got is called an "In Stride Cycle XL" but I know there are a variety of different kinds. This one was $44.00 and I got it at a sporting goods store called Dick's.

Dark Chocolate

Hi Dana Cindy here , I wonder where do you get your Dark Chocolate ? I like to have some once a day but need to find a good one .

Dark Chocolate

Excellent question! And I've been meaning to update the column I wrote about chocolate. I'll do that in the next day or so.