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Food is my weakness, my Achilles heel- guilty pleasure, comfort food, way to celebrate, when I’m sick, when I’m bored, yadda yadda. I know I have a dysfunctional relationship food, I’ve mentioned it here a few times. I have a very angsty post on the back burner too but that’s not the point right now. Laziness is also a weakness- I eat out way too often. I try not to think about how much money I spend on food. Side note- I did set up my online banking to track pizza spending once—holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!
I am trying to change things up though so when the opportunity came up to try Luvo Inc, I thought about it. I liked the convenience but was concerned about the food. I have so many diet restrictions I have troubles remembering what is what. Then there is the fact of how picky I am outside of the restrictions. But I spent some time perusing the website and decided to go for it. Good time to step outside the box right?
So, first things first- I went with a few of restrictions but not all. So the items I received had no soy, no nuts, no fish and I no dairy? I think, not sure about that last one. Not too bad right? I received-
They looked equal parts yummy and scary. There were a few things in each meal that I was little stymied by, I won’t lie but I was looking forward to trying them. They are super easy to cook- place the bag in microwave to steam, let sit for a minute, cut open and slide onto a plate. Done!! Want to know something sad? I use my microwave so rarely, I couldn’t figure out how long to cook the meals! It got worse when I tried to use the work microwave that is about 12 years old! 😏
Once I got past my ineptitude with the microwave, I discovered that I really like the meals I got to try. The Red Wine Braised Beef is my favorite. Well, except for the brussels sprouts, I can’t stand brussels sprouts. 😛 It was also my first time eating Polenta. Sadly I had to google what it was first but I like it! I only wish the meals were a little bigger. I felt really good about my dinner choice though!
I liked that the meals were all natural and better for me than my usual dinner choices. They were super convenient and took very little time to prepare. Plus, they look pretty on your plate so I felt like I actually accomplished something. They have an Orange Mango Chicken and Chicken in BBQ Sauce that I would love to try.
Is it 10? I think it’s 10. When is Friday? Actually, is it December yet? I need a vacation. 😛
This week has been like-
I need to ramble.
So my identity was stolen. That’s fun. I got a piece of mail congratulating me on my new Discover account. Umm, no?
I shouldn’t be around breakable things. Remember that post where I talked about shattering my foundation bottle all over the bathroom floor? Yeah, did it again. 😓 Went to work foundation-less this morning and that will likely continue until the weekend. Who needs makeup anyway? Right? #destructogirl I used to have that on a c
I have new dietary restrictions. No eggs, no dairy, no soy, no seafood, no nuts, no wheat. It’s a little harder than I thought it would be. I’ve mostly figured out breakfasts and lunches but fall apart when it comes to dinner. Tonight was pizza night- oops. It’s still a work in progress.
Speaking of food, I still haven’t figured out fueling for long runs. My 13 miler last weekend was on an empty stomach. Other than running out of water, I felt fine. But maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t figured it out yet- now I can find one that fits the new restrictions. Any suggestions?
American Ninja Warrior. I love this show. Watch it shamelessly every time it’s on. I like rooting for the contestants even while some make me shake my head in disbelief. Sometimes I think I want to try obstacle style races. Then I remember that I have a tendency to run into walls. 😛
The Rock Clock. So, I kind of the love the Rock. Think he’s pretty awesome. A admit I downloaded his app- The Rock Clock. It’s my alarm for all those early morning (for me) runs. Except last weekend I learned that it doesn’t work if your phone’s on silent- kind of overslept. Oops!
On March 30, on doctor’s orders I started the Atkins diet. Yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking- “but, wait, all the yummy carbs!’. Ok, now I want a donut. Anyways, moving on. I may have spent one last weekend indulging in all the things I was about to lose. 🙂 I also bought one of the books, the newer ones- The New Atkins Made Easy. The original book was published back in 2003 and from the free preview I downloaded online, it read more like a science book. I didn’t want or need all that- I didn’t need to be convinced, I was doing this because I was told to.
If you’ve been reading awhile, you’ve seen me talk as nauseuam about my stomach and it’s stupid-ness (gastroparesis). This is not the first time I have been told to limit my carb intake, however this is the most severe it’s been. But as this current flare up has now gone on for almost a year, I made a sad face and told the doc I would do my best.
So in brief- Atkins is a lifestyle change that believes that a lower carb intake will help weight loss and help with some recurring or long term conditions. This is where my doc comes in. He suggested it, so I figured I would give it a shot.
Atkins has 4 phases-
Phase 1- Induction- 20g carbs
Phase 2- Ongoing Weight Loss- 25g-50g- for some people higher
Phase 3- Pre-maintenance 60-70g
Phase 4-Lifetime Maintenance 80-100g
For perspective- the normal recommended intake for carbs is 180-300g.
At each phase, you can add in more foods that were previously restricted. Like fruit and some starchy vegetables among other things. Now Atkins is primarily geared towards weight loss, I didn’t really care about that so I started at the higher end of phase 2. Now I won’t complain about weight loss if it happens but that is not the end goal here. My goal was to aim for an average of 40-50g per day allowing 2 cheat meals a week that should not send my daily limit over 100. If I stuck to that, my weekly average would be around 64g of carbs. Why cheat meals? Because Pizza. I cut way back on the pizza intake but I am not cutting it out completely.
I read the whole book but was slow in finishing it so sometimes I was a little misinformed. Like the time I was so proud during family dinner because I substituted broccoli for the pasta in Spaghetti. Too bad I didn’t realize that the sauce could hide a ton of carbs! Oops. It took me a while to join the website. But since it actually confuses me that’s not such a bad thing. I downloaded the app but really just stick to the Lose It app for keeping track of daily carb intake. I also decided to keep some notes about this little experiment was going.
Didn’t do the best grocery shopping, snacking is kind of hard. Also dinner is hard but not as hard as I thought it would be. I had a moderate headache for the first few days. Running felt hard but doable, so I just tried to take it easy. I was so tired, I had thought about cutting back on soda this week too but there is no way I would have made it through the week. It kept me from becoming a crazy person. I think I figured out how to eat out most everywhere except Mexican food. Friday night was an accidental/ intentional cheat at Taco Bell. I am usually not a fan but they had a new item that was pretty good but super carb heavy. Oops! In plus news, I dropped 5 pounds in 4 days. Not the point of this whole experiment but interesting none the less.
Weekly Average- 72g- not too bad
Started off so much better. I did a better grocery shopping the prior weekend so I felt more prepared. Monday and Tuesday were great, on track counting wise. Wednesday evening was my first weekly cheat meal but that was fine. What was not fine was the cheating on Thursday evening, Friday evening, all Saturday and Sunday lunch. Umm, yeah that was bad. So bad. I still had a headache most of the week but stomach wise I felt ok. I learned that if Lay’s are in the house, I have zero self control. But on the upside, I pulled off Thursday’s 11 miles on only 15g of carbs. This was the longest run since the dietary changes took places. Until this I wasn’t sure I could pull this off, let alone at the pace I did.
Weekly average- 106-going the wrong direction
Started the week out well, fell apart by Thursday. Why do I have such problems later in the week? I do feel like I feel better when I restrict more but it’s hard. I really want some damn potato chips. My mother asked if feeling better was all in my head and I said well that would work too. 🙂
Weekly Average- 90g
SLO race week. This was a problem. I felt conflicted between following the new plan vs the common consensus of carb loading prior to a race. I couldn’t decide what would be better. In the end I consumed more carbs than the past few weeks and it was not a good idea.
Weekly Average- 130g– Ouch
So that was month one. Even knowing that I need to buckle down and really commit to this to see if it helps, week 1 of month two has been a failure. I do fine while at work. I have actually started eating breakfasts again, I figured out snacks and I look forward to my lunches. I figured out how to eat at most of the restaurants I frequent. Even pizza, replaced a large pizza and bread sticks to share with a medium pizza and a salad to share.
I start each week with resolve but stumble hard by the end. Last week, cookie Friday proved too much temptation. I hadn’t really had many since Christmas but Friday I ate way too many. Ugh. I think the diet is helping but it’s hard to tell since I have no follow through by the week end. I have a little less than 2 months before I go back to the doctor, so I really want to try and stick to it to see how it goes. Plus I don’t have a half until mid July at the earliest, so now would be the time to figure this out. Beside the other alternative is some heavy duty antibiotics that will break the bank if my insurance doesn’t always kick in like they have warned me. Expensive like the cash price could be a down payment on a car. 😦 So Atkins and I need a little more time together. 🙂