Day 16 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 29th

Day 16/28

Today was a lovely, peaceful day. I edited and uploaded a Youtube video in the morning, and spent the afternoon reading a psychology book for a class at a cute, classy cafe that I haven’t been to in a year or so. Their menu included a hummus and avocado veggie sandwich on whole wheat, and I was there from 12-2pm, so I decided to try it despite the fat content and whatnot. It wasn’t as good as I’d anticipated, but I was a fan of their basil hummus–so it gave me an idea for my future hummus exploits!

The funny thing is, despite the fact that the sandwich was just as calorific as–if not more than–my usual lunches, I found myself craving sweet potato and bananas immediately afterwards. I’m convinced that carbs (and maybe protein) are responsible for actually feeling satiated, whereas fat is just there for fun 😛 (Backed both by studies and my own experiences!)

However, I will say that the macros I hit today are pretty ideal for me for general maintenance purposes. I think once I’m done with this experiment, I’ll go back to something like 70-80% carbs, 10-15% protein, and 10-15% fat. Just because I’m not sure that under 10% fat is great long-term unless you’re eating a TON of calories, because at my intake, 10% is about 20 grams. But very low fat is great for hunger-free weight loss as long as you’re getting your essential fatty acids, which can be done with less than 5 grams, and it is summer cutting season after all. (Since I am sort of a bodybuilder–“cutting” is bodybuilding terminology for cutting fat to reveal muscles underneath, by the way!)

Anywho, those are my rambling nutritional thoughts for the day 😛  


Macros: 70% carbs, 15% protein, 15% fat

Exercise: biked for 15 minutes, ran for 40 minutes

Breakfast

  • Apple pie grape nuts
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Hummus-avocado veggie sandwich

Pre-run snack:

  • Chocolate nicecream

Dinner

  • Pulled BBQ carrot romaine wraps
  • Roasted russet with pinto bean dip

Calories eaten: 1780 | Calories burned: 1760 (according to Fitbit 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

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Day 15 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 28th

Day 15/28

Barbecue pulled carrot in romaine wraps is AMAZING. I’d argue they’re even better than in a bun. Something about the crispy romaine with the soft caramelized onion and carrot inside… they’re going to be a staple. I made a huge batch a few days ago and I’ll be eating them all week–so convenient!

I also came up with a new fun veggie dish for lunch today: cauliflower mac n cheeze with fat free roasted red pepper “cheese” sauce based on potatoes. It was creamy and comforting, while also being crazy healthy and nutrient-packed!

I’m not so good at eating plain vegetables, so all these delicious concoctions are seriously increasing my veggie consumption.  


Macros: 71% carbs, 18% protein, 11% fat

Exercise: biked for 45 minutes, walked for 45

Breakfast

  • Blueberry banana smoothie
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Soy latte
  • Seitan sausage
  • Cauliflower mac n cheeze (fat free!)

Pre-run

  • Chocolate nicecream

Dinner

  • BBQ pulled carrot romaine wraps
  • Sweet potato fries with cinnamon sugar

Calories eaten: 1675 | Calories burned: 1765 (according to Fitbit 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

Day 14 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 27th

Day 14/28

Today was the last meeting of the graduate seminar I’m in–someone presents a chapter each week, and today was my day, so I thought it was fitting to make and bring donuts. So I came up with a recipe for maple “bacon” donuts made with coconut bacon, and I think they’re my favorite so far!

I know I’ve been eating a bit too many non-Starch Solution friendly foods in the form of 2 donuts and 2 cinnamon rolls during this challenge, but it’s sort of an end-of-the-semester (and graduation) phenomenon! Also, it just goes to show that with high carb, there’s some wiggle room for treats that still allows for weight loss 🙂

I’m looking forward to getting back into my whole foods groove now that I’m all done with events that call for donuts. Although, I would like to use up the rest of my flour and sugar and oil so I don’t have to throw them away when I move out in 2 weeks, and I would like to keep working on recipes for my donut ebook… but I don’t crave donuts per se, and would be just as happy with a banana. I’m conflicted! 

 


Macros: 72% carbs, 12% protein, 16% fat

Exercise: Walked for 50 minutes, ran for 25

Breakfast

  • Hashbrowns
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Rosemary garlic mashed potatoes
  • Maple “bacon” donut

Dinner

  • Pulled BBQ carrot romaine wraps
  • Potato-zucchini tots with pinto bean hummus
  • Japanese sweet potato

Calories eaten: 1980 | Calories burned: 1900 (according to Fitbit 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

Day 13 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 26th

Day 13/28

Mildly amusing vegan-related gym story time: I got kicked out of the main weight room while lifting since they were starting a class, so I asked the guy at the lone bench in the next room if I could use his bench when he finished. I did my bench press, then later while I was doing cable kickbacks and trying to look at my form in the mirror (and make sure I wouldn’t kick anyone since it’s happened before), the same guy walked by twice and it probably looked like I was staring creepily at him–I smiled to seem less creepy, then realized that probably also wasn’t the best idea. Then he happened to leave immediately after me and offered me a yogurt drink that they were giving out for free in front of the gym, and I said “no thanks, I’m vegan” (since I never turn down food otherwise!) I always forget how new, non-vegan people react to that statement!

He ended up walking with me for 10 minutes, asking me questions about why I’m vegan and saying “but where do you get your protein?!” I answered that plants are higher in protein per calorie (check out this infographic I made about it!), that I’m ethically vegan, etc. He asked why dairy was wrong and I explained how the dairy cows are imprisoned until they’re slaughtered for not producing enough milk, and their calves get stuffed into veal crates.

Poor guy probably had no idea what he was getting into, but at least I was able to spread the message a little bit 😉 (And my boyfriend will probably find the situation amusing.)

In other news, post lifting is the best time for a gourmet vegan cinnamon roll! I went with cream cheese frosting and cookie dough on top (one of their classics), and they were so kind as to give me extra cookie dough. But it was a bit too sweet for my taste (even bananas can sometimes be too sweet for me these days)–I think my appetite for cinnamon rolls has been satisfied for the foreseeable future.  😛


Macros: 76% carbs, 12% protein, 12% fat

Exercise: biked for 30 minutes, hour long lifting session

Breakfast

  • Banana steel cut oats
  • Coldbrew coffee

Snack after biking

  • Apple
  • Russet potato & japanese sweet potato

Lunch

  • Chocolate nicecream (banana “ice cream”)

Dinner

  • Cookie dough cinnamon roll
  • Pulled BBQ carrots

Calories eaten: 1690 | Calories burned: 1815 (according to Fitbit 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

Day 12 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 25th

Day 12/28

Today was a near-catastrophe: a bound copy of my thesis was due at 4pm, and although I had planned to get it all done over the weekend (I hate doing things at the last minute), I was waiting for final feedback and thus had to wait til today. I went to the nearest copy store at noon (which was earlier than some of my fellow thesis writers!), only to find that the entire block had no power and all the stores were closed. Turns out most of the city lost power this morning, but my apartment was spared!

So instead of eating lunch at a normal time, I ran all over town like a maniac looking for a functional copy store. Thankfully, the third one I tried was open–and they told me that they had literally gotten power back 2 minutes before I got there. So I got my thesis turned in with a few hours to spare. Talk about good luck! (Except for the fact that I ran into a couple of professors I know while I was frazzled, sweaty, out of breath, and in gym clothes.)

And thankfully, I always keep a Clif bar in my backpack for times like these, so it kept me going til my real lunch.


Macros: 76% carbs, 14% protein, 10% fat

Exercise: biked for 20 minutes, ran for 20, walked for 40

Breakfast

  • Banana oatmeal
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Clif bar
  • Carrot sushi bowl with cauliflower rice
  • Chocolate nicecream (banana “ice cream”)

Dinner

  • Head of romaine hearts + a tomato
  • Roasted russet bites with pinto bean hummus
  • Japanese sweet potato

Calories eaten: 1800 | Calories burned: 1890 (according to Fitbit 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

Day 11 of Higher Carb Starch Solution: April 24th

Day 11/28

I had a 3 hour graduation photoshoot for a client, so I decided to make today a rest day (besides all the walking required for the shoot) since yesterday was a longer run than usual. Looking forward to running again tomorrow!

Also, now that I’ve had my fill of bread for awhile, I think I’ll be moving more towards a combo of Raw til 4 and Mcdougall’s “maximum weight loss” (aka starchier solution) principals: I’m thinking I’ll have oatmeal, sweet potatoes, or smoothies for breakfast and occasionally lunch, more veggies/fruit at lunch and dinner (in addition to my starch), and focus more on potatoes and beans and less on bread and white rice. I’d like to see my abs at long last! 😛

Chocolate banana buckwheat smoothie


Macros: 79% carbs, 13% protein, 8% fat

Exercise: walked 2 miles

Breakfast

  • Buckwheat banana smoothie
  • Coldbrew coffee

Lunch

  • Mint clif bar (during shoot)
  • Carrot sushi bowl

Dinner

  • Head of romaine hearts
  • Roasted russet bites with hummus

Calories eaten: 1850 | Calories burned: 1620 (according to Fitbit 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