Spending Cinqo De Mayo With Joe – Part 1

Joe Cool in SombreroSo, like I said yesterday, I’m doing one of my (rather rare actually) Spending The Day With Joe postings, giving a bit of insight in to what I eat in a typical day. And on top of that, there’s a number of folks taking the time today (or yesterday for some of them) to do the same… I’ll link to them all again at the end of today’s posting.

Now, had I been more prepared, I would have actually done this yesterday and had it posted for you today… but yea, I’m not usually that coordinated. So instead, I’ll be working on this post throughout the day…. likely posting it when I eat dinner later (it’s 8am as I’m typing this now).

The last couple mornings I sort of got back into my usual routine. See, a couple weeks ago I got a … something. I don’t know if it was a slight stomach bug or what. I had a day where I was running a low fever all day, and for about a week after that, the amount of food I could eat was drastically reduced. On the plus side, I’m pretty sure I lost at least half of the 9 or so pounds I put on over the winter.

Before this, for about the last year, my typical breakfast (at least 5-6 days a week) was a bowl of quoatmeal. I had made a couple of changes since I first posted about it though – I’ve been using chia seeds the last couple months instead of flax seed, and I’ve taken to soaking the oats. Basically I put the oats and chia in a bowl with some water and put it in the fridge before going to bed… also adding dried fruit if that’s what I’m planning for. The next morning I add the cooked quinoa, a splash of milk and heat up in the microwave. After cooking I stir in some of my unflavored protein powder and I’m good to go (adding it before cooking causes it to clump up usually).

The last couple weeks my breakfast has been a protein shake – typically a cup of lite soy milk, scoop of protein powder, then maybe some frozen fruit, or cocoa powder, or peanut butter, or maybe all three (ie peanut butter, chocolate and banana). Well, yesterday and today I was back to the quoatmeal. Yesterday with dried cranberries, today with raisins and cinnamon.

Cinqo de Quoatmeal

The quinoa is a mix of white and black… along with the cinnamon it gives it the darker color. Oh, and to dolloped on a spoonful of yogurt too – mostly to make the photo a tad more interesting.

Now, I would say I might eat a bit more than your “typical” WLS post-op. I don’t count calories. I don’t “diet”. I have a pretty good understanding of the average protein content of the foods I eat. And yes, I eat carbs. Complex carbs by and large, but are some simple ones that are there. For example, I don’t use (much) artificial sweeteners. I have some granular Splenda I use here and there, cause I have to use it up. But I sweetened my quoatmeal this morning with plain sugar. Just over a teaspoon I think. I also use honey, agave, and stevia… depending on what it is I’m sweetening.

Most of my cooking is done with whole wheat flour, though I have some stone ground white I use for the occasional loaf of bread. I don’t like whole wheat pastas, I don’t see any benefit to them over regular, so when I do decide to have a pasta dish, I’m fine using regular (though I’ve also been doing “vege-noodles” lately and loving them!). I believe one can eat healthy without deprivation. It’s how I’ve been eating for over a year. It’s how I’ve been maintaining my weight for over a year. Yes, I gained 9-10 pounds over the winter, but that was due to changes in (lack of) exercise more than it was what I eat.

Quick side note: Vitamins! I typically do my Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium, and B-12 in the morning before eating my quoatmeal.

Anyways, I was thinking of just posting the entire day, at the end of the day… but I could see this getting rather…. well, wordy. So I think I’ll break this up in to a few postings through out the day. So stay tuned… and in the mean time be sure to check out the other bloggers taking part in this lil party.

image credit: Peanuts Collectables

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About Rob

I had RNY Gastric Bypass on April 8, 2009. I went from my heaviest of over 380 down to a low of 188 (for about a day!) before working on rebuilding muscle and such. Now I maintain at about 225. WLS has changed my life in so many ways, including my career as I now tackle nutritional coaching and other obesity education issues and is also a co-host on The Wake Up Call, a health and wellness radio show.