$10 a day challenge: 6,7 of 31

1/8/2008:

Despite the annoyances, I intend on finishing this challenge.

Some of the things I’ve realized in the first week so far:

  • Keeping track of each drop and morsel consumed is a pain in the neck.
  • Caffeine is a hard addiction to break
  • Not drinking alcohol makes this a bit easier
  • There will be waste & spoilage with bulk purchases (calculated later)
  • It can be done healthier (with more effort)

So what happened in the past two days? Yep, I was on the receiving end of some freebies, but that’s the way the chips fall. What are the odds on 411’s heart attack now?

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See the painful details after the break.

(continued..)

Here the total for past two days: $14.31

I’ll summarize my awful diet (my schedule has been mucked up)
Sunday & Monday:

  • Free whole blimpie grilled chicken sub (friends turn to buy during Sunday Football)
  • 1/2 burger left over from freebie at Hudson Tavern Saturday night
  • 1 oz peanuts (Trader Joe’s)
  • (13) 18oz Toddy coffees (D&D Hazelnut + skim + 1 sweet n low)
  • (40) grape tomatoes (Trader Joe’s)
  • (1) Indian Garlic Nan Bread (Trader Joe’s – Very good!)
  • (1) Homemade Hoboken411 pocketless pita pizza (see day 1 for more on that)
  • (2) Thomas’ fiber muffins (1 was thrown out – see picture below)
  • (2) XL D&D Hazelnut coffees (this morning after midnight – ran out of coffee at home.. brewing new batch of TJ’s Breakfast Blend.. ready tomorrow)

I didn’t bother calculating Nutrition Facts. I think I’ll save that for the meals I concoct out of various products.

Here’s some photo commentary:

Thomas’ Light muffins suck!

These friggin things annoy the crap out of me. They’re “fork split” but they crumble to pieces if you try to separate them. You need to slice open with knife, thus ruining the “nooks and crannies.” I got so fed up when it dissolved in my hand that I rolled into a ball and whipped it at the window at 80mph. Never again. I’ll stick with regular muffins or fiber toast. To hell with these.

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Hudson Tavern Burger – Tasty!

The burger was hefty. Too much to finish in one sitting. I’d recommend this burger with no additional toppings (bacon, cheese) because of the size. A bit too much to handle.. plain ‘ole meat on bun. Delish!

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Nan bread – a winner!

This bag of (4) garlic Nan breads from Trader Joe’s is fabulous for a carb-fix. Fluffy and flavorful. Cost per piece is around $0.55. Recommended.

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Dunkin Donuts folks are generous

I was having a major caffeine crunch this morning (at around midnight..) bought both an XL iced coffee and hot coffee. I almost bought a “Box of Joe” ($13.90) but stuck to just 2 large cups. The girl at the 7th St. store was nice and gave me a donut and a munchkin at no charge. Hundreds of processed calories for free. Great!

It’s amazing I’ve made it this far in life with no cavities. My dentist rocks! (He’s not in Hoboken)

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Portioning your food makes sense

I decided (for purposes of calculating the cost of what I consumed) to portion some of the bulk items I bought. In this example, I took 16oz of dry roasted Trader Joe’s peanuts and put them in 16 individual servings. Not sure if I felt like a drug dealer, or a single dad prepping school lunches for my kids. Either way, the bags will get re-used for future salty nuts.

Portioning also helps curtail the amount eaten. I’d probably eat half the bag if I had free reign.

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Day #6 & 7:
Total Spent: $14.31

January:
Monthly Total: $36.97
Budget Left: $273.03

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21 Comments on "$10 a day challenge: 6,7 of 31"


Easy-E
Member
8 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”61032″]on the subject of carbs…

sorry to go on about this but you did ask… it’s not the majority view, but there is a very good case to be made that carbs are the bad guy, not fat, cholesterol, etc. You say your numbers are good, but did you take a good look at your triglycerides? high trig. means you have lots of small dense LDL, which is bad. On a low carb diet, triglycerides always plumet, way way way below the recommended upper limit. When this happens, your LDL is mostly the safer large fluffy kind.

A recent book by Gary Taubes called Good Calories, Bad Calories that examines where we got the notion that fat was bad, and explores the loads of science that points far more convincingly to carbs as bad bad bad![/quote]

I read a book called “The Abs Diet” which explained a lot of the chemistry involved in digesting carbs and sugars and how they affect your weight and metabolism. It’s a “diet” book for guys and really is geared towards making lifestyle changes, eating better and understanding the processes that either store fat or burn it.

Easy-E
Member
8 years 8 months ago
When it comes to carbs, whole grains and oatmeal based products are best. White Potatoes, rice, bleached flour and white sugar all flood your bloodtream with sugar all at once. Contributing to issues such as diabetes, and weight gain. While the former take longer to digest, thus releasing their sugars over a longer period of time. Sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar are better than processed sugar and especially high fructose corn syrup for the same reasons. That sugar shock you get is your body struggling to cope with so much all at once. Where possible, keep away from those items I listed, including hydrogenated oil. You would be better off eating something with more natural ingredients cooked with lard than you would with Hydrogenated oil. Basically, it’s the lesser of two evils. I’m no fanatic about it, I just look at labels and choose alternatives when I can. I also happen to love the whole grain stuff anyway so it’s really easy for me. In the past I have put on a couple pounds per year as I have gotten older, since I have made a conscious effort to try to make changes where I can, I have been the same weight for the past 5 years. No easy feat when you hit your 30’s. I only wish I had learned more about this stuff years ago. Anyway, 411, here’s a great recipe for Lentil Soup, it’s cheap and it’s filling. I make a batch and freeze 1/4… Read more »
oceanbloo
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oceanbloo
8 years 8 months ago

411 said: “I truly believe stress and worry contribute to health issues more than you think.”

I absolutely agree with this as well.

I once had a professor try to convince our class (unsuccessfully) that smoking was actually not bad for everyone. His argument was that smoking calms some people down and reduces their stress levels, which ultimately improves their health. Study after study has shown that smoking is detrimental to one’s health, but the prof was making an interesting point. If you’re actively stressing out about every little thing you eat, maybe you’re canceling out the positive effects of eating better?

mrfreddy
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mrfreddy
8 years 8 months ago

on the subject of carbs…

sorry to go on about this but you did ask… it’s not the majority view, but there is a very good case to be made that carbs are the bad guy, not fat, cholesterol, etc. You say your numbers are good, but did you take a good look at your triglycerides? high trig. means you have lots of small dense LDL, which is bad. On a low carb diet, triglycerides always plumet, way way way below the recommended upper limit. When this happens, your LDL is mostly the safer large fluffy kind.

A recent book by Gary Taubes called Good Calories, Bad Calories that examines where we got the notion that fat was bad, and explores the loads of science that points far more convincingly to carbs as bad bad bad!

also, a low carb diet is supposed to be good for IBS as well.

btw, I’ve been eating medium rare burgers from any restaurant I can find and never had a problem. Some folks are just nervous nellies about these things.

kooky kat
Member
8 years 8 months ago

Everyone is different when it comes to diet, which is why it is so annoying that one person is telling you “don’t eat carbs, you’ll die!” (all the while eating a pound of bacon and a cheese every day, gross) the other “don’t eat rare meat, you’ll die!” It’s so annoying. 411 isn’t fat, he comes from an excellent gene pool, he walks miles daily, and he hasn’t had any real health issues pertaining to his “eating habits.”

This is what you get for putting your diet out there for everyone to analyze, 411. Suck it up, I am just waiting for the anorexic to come on and tell you that you can live on 25 cents a day if you cut back to merely eating ONE apple all day long. 😈

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