Day 7 (12/01) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 7 – 12/01

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I was doing great all day with no cravings or desire to snack–it was my first day without them actually–but I went to a mostly-vegan Indian buffet at night since my friend and I had been planning to go for over a week. It was pretty healthy as far as restaurants go, but definitely involved oil and flour. Sometimes I have the worst timing.

I feel like I haven’t made progress on this experiment considering it’s already been a week–I’m struggling to just stick to simple foods despite my usual love of them. I feel like I shouldn’t even be calling it MWL yet because I haven’t been able to adhere to the guidelines yet. I’m sorry about that, but I’m trying my best and post my honest food diaries here even when I fail!

I got my probiotics, so I’ll keep you updated on how that affects my appetite–and I have a part 2 to my gut bacteria spiel if anyone’s interested.

Exercise: biked 30 mins, ran 2 miles and walked 8 miles (according to my new garmin… I don’t think that’s right, but its 13,000 steps!)

Breakfast:

  • Baked pumpkin oatmeal (no chocolate chips this time!)
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Red potatoes with barbecue sauce

Dinner:

  • Indian buffet: lentils, spinach, coconut curry, chickpea curry, naan, rice

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Day 6 (11/30) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 6 – 11/30

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It seems like the more chocolate I eat, the more I crave. Back in September/October, I never craved or ate chocolate really–my standard day was pumpkin steel cut oats for breakfast, red potatoes and hummus for lunch, and some kind of bean curry/chili for dinner! That was it, I didn’t want or need snacks or treats or anything. I miss the simplicity.

The difference between that and a day like today is a bit bewildering. Today I ate over a pound of potatoes for lunch (much more than I ate for a meal in September/October) and was totally stuffed but still craved chocolate/treats afterwards, it’s bizarre.

Lately I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that my fluctuations in cravings and appetite over the course of weeks/months have to do with gut bacteria. Today I did a lot more research on it, and as a result am a lot more convinced in this hypothesis–because as a PhD student, I naturally have to throw science at all my problems. I’m going to try taking a probiotic and report back. (Because we can’t come to any conclusions without a good ol’ fashioned experiment of some kind!)

My typical lunch in lab–with hummus, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce

Exercise: Biked 1 hour and walked 2.5 miles

Breakfast:

  • Sweet potato hot chocolate
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Trader Joe’s maple cookie
  • Baked russet potato and red potatoes (over a pound) with hummus
  • Soy mocha

Dinner:

  • Spaghetti squash with mushrooms, broccoli, & homemade seitan and tomato sauce
  • Apple
  • Pumpkin mug “cake”

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Day 5 (11/29) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 5 – 11/29

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Had the sweet potato hot chocolate for breakfast. Soo easy, cozy and filling!

I craved corn after my run for some reason, so most of my dinner was just a plain can of corn because it tasted so good on its own! I also got Trader Joe’s maple leaf cookies for the first time to bring to a lab meeting, and they were good. Too good. Making baby steps towards MWL eating, I suppose  :P

Also, I think I’m going to stop adding food amounts here. Unfortunately, the semi-subconscious calorie counter in my brain is very accurate and very automatic, so weighing my food is getting in the way of intuitive eating, which is my main goal.

Exercise: ran 2 miles and walked 2.5 miles

Breakfast:

  • Sweet potato hot chocolate
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Baked russet potato with barbecue sauce
  • Mint clif builder’s bar

Dinner:

  • 2 cups of corn
  • 3 Trader Joe’s maple cookies
  • Small red potato
  • Sweet potato hot chocolate

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Day 4 (11/28) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 4 – 11/28

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Put my food in Cronometer today to look at vitamins, and apparently I got 4000% of my DV of vitamin A. And 200% fiber. Gotta love being vegan :D

The chocolate cravings are still going strong, and I’ve been meaning to try it forever, so I made sweet potato hot chocolate. It was kind of unbelievable. Much more delicious and creamy than hot chocolate made with any kind of milk, but with way more nutrients and without all the fat!

I also made tomato sauce and seitan sausage from scratch to have on my spaghetti squash for dinner. Attempting these diet experiments always gives me the cooking bug!

Exercise: biked 35 mins and walked 3.5 miles

Breakfast:

  • Pumpkin chocolate chip baked oatmeal (1c oats)
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • 5 small red potatoes with hot sauce

Dinner:

  • Spaghetti squash with mushrooms, broccoli, and seitan from scratch
  • Sweet potato hot chocolate
  • 1/2 apple

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Day 3 (11/27) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 3 – 11/27

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I quickly figured out a current favorite whole-foods dessert/decadent-tasting meal: pumpkin pie oats, in the form of pancakes and baked oatmeal! I need to phase out the chocolate chips though…

Exercise: ran 2 miles and walked 2.5 miles

Breakfast:

  • Pumpkin chocolate chip oat pancakes (1c oats)
  • Coldbrew coffee with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Kale salad mix with 300g red potato,1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 4 tbsp cranberries

Dinner:

  • 2 big carrots, roasted
  • Boca vegan burger
  • Baked pumpkin pie chocolate chip oatmeal (3/4c oats)

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Day 2 (11/26) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 2 – 11/26

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Weight: 116 lbs. (-.5)

I had a bit of a milestone day: I went to one cafe in the morning with one friend, then another cafe in the afternoon with another friend. The milestone part of it is that both cafes had delicious looking vegan food options, which is incredibly rare, and I resisted them completely–the first had a vegan mozzarella sandwich, and the second had a huge selection of vegan muffins and donuts (a samoa donut, even!). And it wasn’t even difficult!

I’m starting to feel like my old self again, the self that craves things that actually have nutrients. (Because biologically that makes more sense anyway, doesn’t it?)

I did, however, enjoy a lightly sweetened, soy pumpkin spice latte at the first cafe.  :)



Exercise: walked 6 miles

Breakfast:

  • 50g mashed butternut squash with cinnamon
  • 300g japanese sweet potato

Lunch:

  • 300g red potato with 1/4c hummus
  • Soy pumpkin spice latte
  • Peppermint tea

Dinner:

  • 3-4 big carrots, roasted with balsamic vinegar
  • 150g red potatoes with 3tbsp hummus
  • Butternut squash soup with 200g squash
  • Veggie patty (Don lee farms superfood patty)

Night snack:

  • 200g steamed japanese sweet potato

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Day 1 (11/25) of McDougall Maximum Weight Loss (MWL)

Day 1 – 11/25

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Starting weight: 116.5lbs.

Day 1 was a good day–it felt wonderful to have so many veggies after eating so much oil the night before at Friendsgiving. I had some avocado in my big lunch salad because I had an avocado around and couldn’t let it go to waste… plus I feel like they count as perfectly healthy despite the fat content  :P  

I went for a run with Maia at the arboretum we have on campus, and it was lovely! Although I got an impromptu shoulder workout trying to stop her from lunging at all the squirrels and dogs.

Exercise: walked 2 miles and ran 3 miles

Breakfast:

  • 350g mashed butternut squash with cinnamon
  • English breakfast tea with soymilk

Lunch:

  • Kale salad mix with 1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 4 tbsp cranberries

Dinner:

  • 3 big carrots, 3 celery stalks
  • 375g red potatoes with 1/4c hummus
  • Turmeric tea

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