Fast Food dies a slow sad death

Let’s talk about what I USED to love the most, in order of priority:

Culver’s North Atlantic Cod Fillet Basket with crinkle cut fries

Burger King’s Whopper with ONLY Heavy mayo, heavy tomatoe, and cheese (no onion or pickles) with a large side of onion rings and the onion ring sauce.

McDonald’s Fish Fillet sandwich with fries and a chocolate shake.

Hardee’s Big Ham and Cheese sandwich with Curly Fries

Arby’s Roast Beef and Cheddar, regular size with curly fries

Do you know which of these items I can now eat?  NONE OF THEM!!!!  No, it has absolutely nothing to do with me restricting what I eat.  What it has to do with, is what I WAS restricting myself to eating a month ago, and before that.

I have come to the really sad conclussion that I can no longer eat fast food.  Let’s talk about all those nasty things we don’t say in public, shall we? Diarrhea, constipation, severe stomach cramps, nausea and burping and bloating, oh my.

My formerly favorite Big Hot Ham and Cheese can now bring me to my knees, in pain, not pleasure, in a matter of 3 minutes from the first swallow.  It’s a nice way to remind myself to stay relatively true to my diet.  I still cook dinner a few nights a week, drink diet soda, and apparently don’t eat fast food anymore.  All in all, not bad.  I’m holding steady at 161.5 pounds still, which equals AWESOME since my cruise is in t-minus 10 days, boo yeah!!!!!

My goal is to be able to eat all the epic food on this ship, and yes really, that’s gonna be my view!  So we’ll be looking at: Sushi, Steak, Buffet, Chinese, Teppanyaki, Chuccacaria or something, French and Italian, as well as all the fun bar food and Alaskan sea food I can manage to stuff into my face…for 7 days…as well as 4 days traveling to and from Seattle, then Vancouver back to Seattle, and finally back home.

My former iron-lined stomach is letting me down, but I refuse to pull a Titanic and tell my fast food “I’ll never let go, I’ll never let go”! 😉 Haha, made myself laugh.

100 carbs of apathy on the wall…and a Sears Plus card

So yesterday I was bad, and today, I didn’t jump on the scale.  Instead, I’m laying on my couch as my dogs run amuck in the living room, one of whom keeps dropping a ball under various pieces of furniture (thanks Dante, you’re an ass).

Yesterday was a kind of stressful day for me, mostly because my tennis elbow is flaming on like the Human Torch and I was trying to be extremely productive at work. My husband and I went to Applebee’s for lunch, and I’m embarrassed to say I crushed a solid 50 carbs (exactly, actually) by eating the “Roast Beef and Bacon Mushroom Melt” and “French Onion Soup” in their little lunch combo thing…no I didn’t realize it was 50g of carbs until this morning, but it still wouldn’t have stopped me.  That sandwich should have its own religion.  So we get done with lunch, and my day is significantly improving, so I decide “Let’s go to Sears (right next door) so I can try on some sexy new jeans!”  My husband is extremely supportive, so he agrees, and off we go.

My day then goes back to shit, starting with an evil biatch at Sears who didn’t want to accept my credit card, saying it was only for “Major appliance purchases”.  It didn’t help that her English sucked-ed-ed-ed…can I emphasize that any more?  Probably not.  Now, normally I’m not a heinous bitch to customer service folks, but this woman was standing between me and a pair of Junior size pants that I could ACTUALLY fit in again…and a super cute pair of new pants to replace the army which are turning into parachute pants…It took me less than 3 minutes to ask for a manager, and as the woman smugly said “alright then” I knew I was going to win this one.  The manager came over, and the clerk actually started arguing with the manager when she asked “Well, did you try seeing if it would accept the card as payment?”  The woman actually responded with “Well I know it would work, but it’s not supposed to because it’s for a major appliances only, Ma’am, would you like to open a normal sears charge card?” At this point I pretty much lost it…I won’t lie…I was that evil bitch no customer service person likes to deal with.  “No,” I replied. “There is no way I’m opening another card, when for the past three years, everyone else has accepted this card, and this is the first time I have ever heard of this card only being for major appliances.  Are you telling me every other person who has ever cashed me out has been wrong?”.  And yeah, I baited her, but she still was dumb enough to say “Yes.”

Thank god, another customer came over in that moment and the clerk had to turn around to help them.  While looking at my Driver’s License for confirmation, the manager quickly checked me out and apologized for any inconvenience, stating she knew the card would work, and has seen other managers accept it as well.  I’m hoping the clerk gets some additional customer training because hers kind of sucked.

We return to work, and I’m bombarded with a huge task that actually makes me break out into a sweat I feel so overwhelmed.  It’s an area that I don’t have much experience in, a huge project, and a crazy fast deadline.  My arm is killing me (stupid elbow) by 3:00 and I just want to curl up into a ball and die.  We get off work, go to Walmart (yes I’m going to hell, I know), and get our groceries, at which point my husband makes the executive decision of getting me one of those tennis elbow support braces that look like a sweatband with a dishwashing detergent pouch stuck inside of it.

We get home, and I find out my youngest (Nero), who is a moron (dog) managed to not only take, but puncture as well, my ice pack which I used last night on my elbow.  Good news is, the dog isn’t dead.  12 hours later he’s still kicking.  My night improved, but I still had Taco Bell for dinner, which was another 48g of carbs (my bad) which I had thought would be better than McDonalds, did you know I was wrong?  Jesus, I could have had a Grilled Chicken Sandwich for almost 20 fewer grams of carbs, hardly any additional calories, and an additional 16g of protein!  Lesson learned.

Now, I just have to find a way to not dream about that damn sandwich…

The Salty Truth (also a Page)

Or rather, the sodium truth…

So today I’m looking up information regarding sodium, because 1/2 tsp of salt is required on the Ideal Protein Diet, and I think to myself…why?

Well, turns out, that 1/2 tsp of salt = 1000mg of sodium, and the MINIMUM recommended amount of sodium for a person is 1500mg/day.  The downside is that the recommended MAXIMUM amount of sodium recommended is only 2,000mg/day … so basically you have a 500mg window, which when you think about a lot of our favorite foods, that’s not much.

A Big Mac, for example, is 1010mg of sodium, so that’s over half way to the sodium goal of the day.  Oh wait, you had a medium coke with that?  8 Ounces contains 30mg sodium, but since you’re getting it carbonated, you’re only getting about 15mg…Oh, and you had this as a Value Meal?  Let’s add some medium fries with that, 270mg of sodium.  We’re not even looking at the carbs (Although that’s 48, 56, and 46g so totals about 150g).  So far during lunch you’ve had 1010+15+270mg of sodium (that’s 1285mg for non-mathletes)

So basically you’ve kissed your sodium intake and carb intake for the day, all in the span of your 30 minute lunch break.

Now let’s take a look at Ideal Protein products.  I’ll pick three packets, one from each category (Shake, Soup, Pudding)…

Cappuccino = 180mg sodium

Chicken A La King Soup (very popular) = 630mg sodium

Milk Chocolate Pudding (sounds safe) = 110mg sodium

So our total intake for the day so far is 920mg of sodium, leaving a deficit of 680mg sodium for the minimum amount to have…guess what…they say to have 1/2 tsp of salt, which is 1000mg of sodium, so we are now at 1920mg of sodium for the daily intake, when 2,000 is the maximum considered healthy.  I would like to point out the items I chose were in the middle to low range of each category, although there were items significantly lower in sodium.  Fun fact, eh?

Ahhh, and we forgot our vegetables!  Canned vegetables are significantly higher in sodium than fresh (go figure, salt preserves things) so we’ll do a quick comparison:

Asparagus: 4spears<canned> 207mg , <raw> 6 mg (no I’m not kidding)

Broccoli: 1 cup<cooked> 64mg, <raw> 20mg

Celery: 1 stalk<raw> 32mg

Lettuce, Romaine: 1cup<raw> 4mg

So when in doubt, go with lettuce 😉 Although it’s free and this would help explain why.

In conclusion: Ideal Protein has sodium in its packets for preservation and flavor, but not in contents quite high enough to justify the need of so much salt in a given day.

With that said, pass the salt please.

Sodium In the Diet