Blogging and Dieting, a Follow Up...

A couple weeks ago The Washington Post ran an article about weight-loss and blogging, and, I had the privilege of being included—yeah, it’s still pretty cool!

The article also featured Shauna from The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl and Deborah of Drop the Fork. Now, I asked Deborah and Shauna to do a follow up post on DiseaseProof.

And here it is! Each of us tracked our diet and exercise habits for one week. So, let us know what you think. First up, the amazing Diet Girl, take a look:
Sunday, May 18th
  • Breakfast: Wholegrain toast with natural peanut butter and apricot jam. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: 4 mini falafel bites, hummus, salad (spinach, watercress, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grated carrot, green peppers, and lemon juice).
  • Dinner: Tomato, spinach and yellow lentil curry with basmati rice and a dollop of plain yogurt.
  • Snacks: Apple, 2 cups tea.
Monday, May 19th
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter and tea.
  • Lunch: Leftover spinach and tomato curry with rice.
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon, stir-fried spring greens with garlic and lemon juice.
  • Afternoon snack: Apple, walnuts, and tea.
  • Exercise: 1 hour kickboxing class.
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter and tea.
  • Lunch: 4 mini falafel bites, hummus, salad (spinach, watercress, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grated carrot, green peppers, and lemon juice) and 1 wholegrain tortilla.
  • Afternoon snack: Orange and tea.
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon, stir-fried spring greens with garlic and lemon juice.
  • Evening snack: Hot chocolate (made with 1 cup 2% milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 tbsp cocoa).
  • Exercise: Yoga DVD, 30 minutes.
Wednesday, May 21st
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter, apple, and tea.
  • Lunch: Whole meal pita bread, 2 boiled eggs, salad, and Dijon mustard.
  • Afternoon snack: 35g Green & Blacks chocolate bar and tea.
  • Dinner: Salad with green lentils, arugula, roast vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini), balsamic vinegar, and a poached egg on top.
  • Exercise: Boot camp circuit training DVD, 1 hour.
Thursday, May 22nd
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: Apple and cup of tea.
  • Lunch: Whole meal pita bread, 2 boiled eggs, salad, and Dijon mustard.
  • Afternoon snack: Slice of carrot cake and cup of tea.
  • Dinner: Chinese takeaway (beef and veggie satay, rice, and a spring roll).
  • Exercise: 5 mile walk.
Friday, May 23rd
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: Handful of cherry tomatoes and tea.
  • Lunch: Lentil and vegetable soup and wholegrain toast.
  • Afternoon snack: 1 mango.
  • Dinner: Homemade butternut squash and red lentil dahl, brown rice, chapati, dollop of each mango chutney and plain yogurt.
Saturday, May 24th
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with milk and banana, 2 slices wholegrain toast with peanut butter and apricot jam, and tea.
  • Exercise: 16 mile walk.
  • Exercise snack: Snickers bar and water.
  • Lunch: Pita pizza (wholegrain pita, sun-dried tomato pesto, mushroom, peppers, onion, olives, and low-fat mozzarella), and tea.
  • Dinner: Homemade vegetable lasagna (green lentils, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, cottage cheese, whole-wheat lasagna sheets, and parmesan), and steamed green beans.
  • Dessert: Homemade peach crumble (peaches, oats, brown sugar, flour, and butter) with plain yogurt.
Awesome! Thanks Shauna! And good luck with that marathon—go Aussie go! Okay, now here’s Deborah from Drop the Fork. Check it out:
Sunday, May 18th
  • Breakfast (on the bike): Tall skim no-whip mocha coffee, “black-n-white” bagel, toasted, lite cream cheese; 643 calories.
  • Snack (post-ride): 1 cup chocolate soy milk and cherries; 193 calories.
  • Lunch: Buffalo chicken sausage kabob (onion, peppers, and cherry tomatoes), Trader Joe’s Masala Naan, white rice, mango black bean salsa, apple, and 20 grapes; 705 calories.
  • Afternoon snack: Thomas’ Lite muffin with 2 Laughing Cow lite cheese wedges; 170 calories.
  • Dinner: Baked wild Chinook salmon with Dizzy Pig “Raging River Rub” seasoning, gorgonzola/parmesan polenta, stir-fried broccoli and asparagus with garlic, cracked pepper, and sesame oil, and 1 glass Vouvray; 809 calories.
  • Exercise: 18.6 mile bike ride (13.6 mph pace), 1.25 hours rollerblading; 1016 calories burned.
Monday, May 19, 2008
  • Pre-breakfast: Grande skim no-whip mocha coffee; 223 calories.
  • Breakfast: Blueberries and raspberries, Thomas’ Lite English muffin with orange fig spread and Laughing Cow Lite Garlic ‘n Herb Cheese; 337 calories.
  • Morning snack: Cheerios; 139 calories.
  • Lunch: Health Valley No Salt Added Black Bean Soup, Banana, and 3 Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate mini’s; 491 calories.
  • Afternoon snack: Tall skim no-whip mocha and 1 oz dry-roasted almonds; 326 calories.
  • Dinner: Salmon and shrimp in red Thai curry sauce with asparagus and orange bell peppers, rice, sliced heirloom tomato, and stir-fried mushrooms; 727 calories.
  • Snack (post-lifting): 1 glass Silk chocolate soymilk; 137 calories.
  • Exercise: 9.36 mile bike ride (13.6 mph pace), 5 minutes incline treadmill (warm-up for lifting)
  • 30 minute lifting session (beginning Phase II of Alwyn Cosgrove’s workout in “The New Rules of Lifting for Women,” by Lou Schuler); 433 calories burned.
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Breakfast: Blueberries and raspberries, Thomas’ Light English muffin with Orange fig spread and Laughing Cow Lite Garlic ‘n Herb Cheese; 347 calories.
  • Snack: Skim no-whip mocha coffee; 169 calories.
  • Lunch: Buffalo style chicken sausage kabob with peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, rice, salad greens with light dressing, 1 banana, and 1 Hershey’s Special Dark mini chocolate; 506 calories.
  • Snack (firm meeting): Chocolate chip cookie and mini chocolate-covered pretzel; 279 calories.
  • Happy Hour (after meeting): Hefeweizen beer; 215 calories.
  • Dinner: Roasted salmon, polenta with gorgonzola and parmesan, and stir-fried broccoli with olive oil; 493 calories.
Wednesday, May 21st
  • Breakfast: Skim no-whip mocha coffee, raspberry scone, and strawberries; 722 calories.
  • Lunch: Turkey wrap on whole-wheat tortilla with tomatoes, carrots, avocado, peppers, and cucumber, almonds, and 1 banana; 751 calories.
  • Snack: Skim no-whip mocha coffee; 167 calories.
  • Dinner: Shrimp curry over toasted whole-wheat bread and sliced tomato; 409 calories.
  • Snack: Silk chocolate soy milk; 140 calories.
  • Late night snack: Wine; 124 calories.
  • Exercise: Bike ride; 615 calories burned.
Thursday, May 22nd
  • Breakfast: Skim no-whip mocha coffee, raspberry apricot thumbprint scone, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries; 551 calories.
  • Snack: Cheerios; 139 calories.
  • Lunch: Progresso lower sodium minestrone soup, King Oscar sardines, Reeses chocolate miniatures, and 1 Banana; 688 calories.
  • Snack: Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies and skim no-whip mocha coffee; 245 calories.
  • Dinner: Royal Red sockeye canned salmon, success brown rice, and carrots; 430 calories.
  • Late-night snack: Potato chips and Chevre and crackers; 290 calories.
  • Exercise: Bike ride; 329 calories burned.
Friday, May 23rd
  • Breakfast: Hell’s Kitchen spicy peanut butter on light English muffin, blueberries and raspberries, and skim no-whip mocha coffee; 566 calories.
  • Lunch: Korean lunch buffet (variety of foods: rice, spicy chicken wing, fried fish, dumpling, tempura, stir-fried veggies, and salmon); 748 calories.
  • Snack: Gettysburg Mud ice cream from Kilwin’s in waffle cup, wine-tasting at Adams County Winery (wine and crackers); 568 calories.
  • Dinner: 2-egg omelet with Chevre and light Laughing Cow cheese wedges, and salad with shredded parmesan and light feta dressing; 462 calories.
  • Snack: 2 glasses of wine and Cheerios; 389 calories.
  • Exercise: Cycling in the Gettysburg battlefield; 629 calories burned.
Saturday, May 24th
  • Breakfast: Panera chocolate chip bagel with raspberry cream cheese, fruit cup, and orange juice; 692 calories.
  • Lunch: “Provence en Boite,” restaurant in Brooklyn (Crêpe salée with Swiss cheese, béchamel sauce, and mushrooms, lamb sausages, and salad with vinaigrette); 1106 calories.
  • Snack: Egg cream (no egg, no cream: chocolate syrup, milk, seltzer water) and raspberry truffle; 199 calories.
  • Snack: Happy hour (1 glass of wine at an Italian enoteca); 150 calories.
  • Dinner: Rain, a pan-Asian restaurant (veggie chips, Singapore curried rice noodles with shrimp, egg, chicken, Vietnamese spring rolls with sauce, 1 slice of roasted duck, mixed Asian vegetables, and wine); 1,265 calories.
  • Exercise: Hours of walking; 780 calories burned.
Wow, thanks Deborah and big ups for cycling the Tour de Brooklyn and your fastidious calorie-counting (Deborah's pictures from the tour). Okay, my turn. Here’s my food and exercise for the week:
Sunday, May 18th
  • Exercise: Elliptical stepper machine (5 minute warm up: Max incline and max resistance) and 5k treadmill run (1.10 miles at 7mph, 1.50 miles at 7.5mph, and .50 mile at 8mph: 25:30 minutes).
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, pineapple chunks, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of steamed baby spinach with a tomato, garbanzo bean, VegiZest, unsweetened plain soymilk, tahini sauce, and a glass of Silk Light chocolate soymilk.
  • Dinner: Flounder cooked with stewed tomatoes, onions, and capers, Asian stir-fry vegetables, roasted potatoes with olive oil, and water.

  • Snacks: Fresh blueberries, 1 tangerine, pineapple chunks, and water.
Monday, May 19th
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), and weight training (chest, back, and abdominals).
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, pineapple chunks, and water.
  • Lunch: Veggie sushi (with avocado, brown rice, carrots, cucumber, and nori) and water.
  • Dinner: Steamed broccoli, carrots, beans sprouts, with a garlic, unsweetened plain soymilk, tahini, and garbanzo beans sauce, and water.
  • Snacks: 1 tangerine, 1 golden delicious apple with peanut butter.
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), weight training (legs, back, and abdominals), and 90 minute Saraswati Yoga class.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of baby spinach, 2 oranges, and water.
  • Dinner: Lentil soup (with carrots, potatoes, celery, and spices), 1 boiled corn on the cob, and water.
  • Snacks: 5 chocolate Pop’ems, 1 tangerine, and 1 apple.
Wednesday, May 21st
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), weight training (shoulders, back, and abdominals), and 90 minute Ashtanga Yoga class.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of baby spinach, 2 plums, and water.
  • Dinner: Escarole with white beans, garlic, and olive oil and water.
Thursday, May 22nd
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), and weight training (arms, back, and abdominals)..
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of baby spinach, 2 peaches, and water.
  • Dinner: Steamed broccoli, celery, Bok choy, carrots, snow peas, scallions, and mushrooms, steamed edamame beans, and water.
  • Snacks: 1 orange, 5 chocolate Pop’ems, and a glass of unsweetened plain almond milk.
Friday, May 23rd
  • Exercise: 90 minute Saraswati Yoga class.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: Chopped fresh pineapple and a glass of Silk Light chocolate soymilk.
  • Dinner: Chicory with white beans, garlic, and olive oil and water.
  • Snacks: Fresh cantaloupe chunks and water.
Saturday, May 24th
  • Exercise: 60 minutes of yoga done at home.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, some fresh pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, and water.
  • Lunch: 2 tangerines and water.
  • Dinner: Steamed asparagus, carrots, 2 golden delicious apples with peanut butter, and water.
  • Snacks: Some cherries, strawberries, and water.
Alright, so there you have it, three different people with three very different diets. Now, it's time for you to play the nutritionist. How’d we do? Is there room for improvement? Any suggestions? Go ahead, be brutal.

Oh, and thanks to my new buddies, Shauna and Deborah—you gals rock!
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Steve - May 27, 2008 2:12 PM

It would appear that some of the meals are pretty high calorie (over 1000 cals). Of course if one is recovering after a long bike ride or something like that it makes more sense. One criticism or rather caution I do have is to not count to the last calorie ie breakfast = 551 cals. That is "unjustified accuracy".

shauna/dietgirl - May 27, 2008 2:48 PM

For the record, none of my meals are anywhere near 1000 calories :)

Sara - May 27, 2008 10:47 PM

Frankly I find so exact numbers for calories and calories burned unlikely. How can anyone know that exactly especially at a buffet? Some of themseem low for what's being eaten.

Debbie - May 28, 2008 8:44 PM

This is Debbie -- I know the calories are not exact. I go with what CalorieKing gives me - I weigh and measure my food when I'm home, and that's accurate to 1/4 of an ounce or within 5 grams. That's quite good enough for me. I don't round stuff off, as it's pointless. What you see is what the program calculated.

When I am out, I use my Palm Calorie King database to approximate what I'm eating, and I eyeball the size and do the best I can. I "deconstruct" my plate - so much chicken, so much pasta, so much sauce. Because I weigh and measure at home, I have a decent idea of what my portions "out" are. I've in my 7th year of doing it this way (I have kept 80 lbs off for more than 4 years), and it works well for me.

Again, I know calories can't be exact, but frankly, they can't be exact even with a really accurate scale. Even the calories on food packages have been rounded off. Approximating my calories is merely a convention that I use to keep my intake reasonable.

And yes, I can eat a lot; being a biker and a weightlifter has its perks! I'm still not eating as much as I did when I was fat.

KZS - May 29, 2008 1:11 PM

This was fun and fascinating. I could easily adapt Shauna's and Debbies, but I would have some problems with Gerry's meal, mostly because I have a nut allergy.

My only question is for Gerry really. Are you getting enough protein?
I know that I would probably feel pretty hungry in a few hours if all I had for lunch was a bag of spinach and two peaches!

And kudos to you all in the exercise department.

Elijah - May 29, 2008 1:24 PM

@KZS - I too used to think protein was a big concern. I had been told that all of my life. A while ago I learned that all prtein on the planet was created by plants through the process of photosynthesis. All the animals I ate got there protein from the plant. Anyways, think about how the animals get their protein. In the end they get it from the nutrient dense plants that inhabit this planet! It all makes sense to me now.

You know Carl Lewis is a vegan? He sure doesn't have protein deficiency does he? I am going to link to a newsletter that explains the protein myths that we have heard our entire lives. It is only 8 pages so I do hope you will read it.

http://www.eatrightamerica.com/library/category/Default.aspx?article_id=368

Elijah - May 29, 2008 1:29 PM
KZS - May 29, 2008 3:21 PM

Thanks for sharing some food for thought! Will definitely check those out!

Kek - May 30, 2008 5:24 PM

I followed Shauna over here because I love seeing what other people eat. Um... perhaps I have a wee food obsession? :o) It's always funny how quick readers are to jump in and tell you YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

Anyway, it's fascinating how different people manage on totally different types and amounts of food, and even spacing it out over the day differently. As for the protein thing... it depends on your lifestyle and your goals. Athletes are a bit different to the average couch potato - and dietary requirements vary a lot amongst different sports too.

P.S. It's great to see chocolate featuring in amongst all the good stuff. :p

Colleen - June 3, 2008 4:18 PM

Hello. I came to the site through a shout out in the Lean Plate Column of the Washington Post. Thank you all for sharing your week's eatins with us.

Gerry-I was wondering about your "bag of spinach" you eat it plain? Also do you have a recipe for the "tomato, garbanzo bean, VegiZest, unsweetened plain soymilk, tahini sauce"?
Thanks!

Gerry Pugliese - June 3, 2008 4:40 PM

Hey Colleen-

Yup. I eat it plain. Like you would a bag of chips. :)

As for my sauce. Most of my sauces I just come up with off the top of my head. That one didn't come out so good. I still ate it, but it wasn't one of my favorites.

If you want to try it. Here's roughly what it was:

1/2 tomato
1/2 can garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon VegiZest
1/2 teaspoon of tahini
Soymilk to help blend

Let me know how it comes out for you. :)

Peace.
-Gerry

Jessica - June 30, 2008 11:49 PM

Fascinating peek into a few individuals' food consumption. Great idea, Gerry!

Deborah, what exactly is Hell's Kitchen spicy peanut butter? And where can I get some? I am burning with curiosity here!

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