Things Discovered: Halo Top

So… in my (current) never-ending quest to find low-carb foods that I can eat, I came across a few winners today. At the top of that list… Halo Top ice cream. It’s very low calorie, and best of all low-carb. The normal (1/2 cup) serving size only has about 14g carbs, and if you cut that in half to a 1/4 cup, then it’s only 7g carbs. Plus, I also found Mrs Thinster’s Waffle Crisps, which are these little pieces of waffle cone – yum!!! But, the best part is that a normal serving size is like 15 crisps (120 calories / 22g carbs), which is great if I ever have a serious craving, but for average consumption, I can cut that into thirds to pair it with the ice cream and it makes for a nice treat that fits well within my food budget (71 calories/14 carbs/3g protein – there’s a bit of fiber in there too, so net carbs are even less) .


Another keeper… Special K Crustless Quiche. Great for a quick meal or snack – 140 calories, 7 carbs, 2g fiber and 11g protein.



Note to Self: Revisited

In my original post, I noted how awful certain flavors of my meal replacement shake tasted. Upon reflection, I think that it was more that my taste buds were so used to super-sweet flavoring in everything, that they rejected the not as sweet flavors as being “gross.” I say this, because I’ve noticed this week that most of the shakes, even the ones I mix (the Iced Mocha and Vanilla, in particular) don’t taste as bad, and the chocolate one, which has been my “go to” for most days, actually tastes like chocolate milk (which it didn’t really, in the beginning).

Makes me wonder what other food flavors we are missing out by adding so much sugar to things, or even the non-sugary stuff we eat, our taste buds are so over saturated that it changes the way things taste, in general.

Something I Want To Try…

In my desperate search for things to eat, and to find ways to replace the yummy things I miss (like pizza), I will occasionally post recipes and ideas here that I want to try. This week – I’m going for some sort of low-carb version of pizza (or a pizza-like substance)…

Things I Need To Buy

  • Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread – 100 calories per pita / 3.5g fat / 125mg sodium / 16g carbs / 7g fiber / 8g protein
  • Sargento Shredded 6 Cheese Italian – 90 calories per 1/4 cup / 7g fat / 200mg sodium / 2g carbs / 0 fiber / 7g protein
  • Hunt’s Tomato Sauce w/Basil, Garlic & Oregano – 20 calories per 1/4 cup / 0 fat / 360mg sodium / 4g carbs / 1g fiber / 0 protein (only need a spoonful or so though so even less of an impact on the actual recipe)

Note (if making something like a quesadilla instead) – the 4 Cheese Mexican blend has 110 calories per 1/4 cup / 9g fat / 170mg sodium / 2g carbs / 0 fiber / 6g protein. Also look for low-carb tortillas.

So just slap sauce and cheese on the pita and bake for a bit. Then YUM!!! Could also add some spinach (which is negligible in terms of calories and carbs) for a little something extra.



So Hungry…

Ok, it’s not really that bad, but having to watch every single thing I eat is really annoying. And, even though I don’t have diabetes, he put me on a low-carb diet and OH MY GOD do I miss carbs. Also, everything has freaking carbs in it (someone please explain to me why kale has carbs), so finding things to eat is hard. Even with the slice of apple pie last night, I came in under my daily calorie goals, but that of course jacked me over my carb limit (it was Easter… at least I didn’t eat any chocolate bunnies). Having braces also makes things difficult, I mean – carrot sticks and celery are great for snacking, except when you have to take extra care not to pop a wire. Guess all I can say is this road is going to be long.


Playing Catch-Up

As you may have noticed, I disappeared for 5 years. I’d love to say that in that time I lost all my excess weight, but that would be a lie. In truth, I’ve gained about 15 more pounds and am officially at my wit’s end.

Somewhere in the last 2 years, I developed heel spurs in both my heels, along with chronic Achilles tendonitis in both as well. So any grand plans for getting better at exercising (I even joined a gym last year), kind of went right out the window. Walking, or even standing, is pretty excruciating a good bit of the time, which of course, limits the sorts of exercising that I can do – I mean, it’s hard anyways, at this weight, and generally, walking is recommended, but when you can’t even do that, it really sucks. I’ve seen several doctors about the issues and none of them have been very helpful. A lot of… well it should clear up if you lose weight… but no real suggestions on how to do that properly, if I can’t actually exercise.

I came to the realization recently however, that if I keep on the way that I am, I’m going to be wheelchair-bound within the next year or so, and with an active 16-year old autistic son, this is not an outcome that I can accept. After much consideration, I’ve decided to have bariatric surgery. It’s not an ideal solution, and the idea of having to take nutritional supplements for the rest of my life seems like a daunting prospect, but I just don’t see any other way. It’s clear that regular diet and exercise aren’t going to work (I’ve been eating less, cutting out sweets/sodas. etc… without much success) so taking more drastic measures are all that is left to me.

I do have to spend the next 4 months on a fairly restrictive diet, due to my insurance requirements, and I can’t gain any weight during that time. Once my insurance does approve everything, my doctor is going to do a DS Switch. Anyways… I will be documenting my whoos and woes here as journey on my way.

Starting weight: 390 pounds.