Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sonoma Diet day two (a little late)

Yesterday was a good day. I've been starting each day with one fried egg and a Thomas' Better Start Multigrain English Muffins. These are "light", with 1/3 the calories of their regular product but 1/3 of your daily supply of fiber. Honestly, I don't know how these companies are making these high fiber and whole grain products that taste so good and have good texture. I have a feeling an expose  is going to come out to tell us these companies have been lying to us, but for now I'm going to go with it! Here are some of the nutritional facts from the Thomas':

Calories: 100
Calories from fat: 10
Total fat: 1g (no saturated, no cholesterol)
Sodium: 170mg
Total carbs: 25g
Dietary fiber: 8g
Protein 5g

Diet wisdom from at least a couple of gurus I've read say to subtract the fiber from the total carbs, and that's the number you should be worried about. That means these have 17g, which isn't all that bad for bread. On Sonoma, this is a reasonable amount. In the first wave, this is fine as long as I watch it closely the rest of the day.

Yesterday for lunch we had chicken and black bean wraps, which were totally tasty. According to the recipe, we were supposed to make a black bean spread, but we didn't have all the spices so we just warmed up the beans and put them in straight. Whole grain tortilla, of course. I loved it. For dinner we had her grilled tri-tip, except we were lazy and broiled it. It's seasoned with rosemary and I don't know what else, but it's totally delish. The key here, since it's red meat, is portion control. I think you get 4oz of meat. We had a simple spinach salad with it (baby spinach and sliced almonds), and did her recipe for broccoli, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. That we did not like. We don't really like bell peppers, but are trying to be open minded because they're one of the "super foods" she lists in the book. We can tolerate them in some applications, but this was definitely not one of them. *shudder*

In the evening, I DJed a dance (, and ended up dancing quite a bit. I've been nursing my sprained ankle and not doing a whole lot (as my friend and bludgeon Patience would say, using it as an excuse), so I'm pretty well out of shape. I danced a lot, though, and my ankle survived pretty well and isn't any worse today. I got a lot of exercise and had a great time. On the way home, we stopped for Del Taco Tacos Del Carbon. The chicken ones have only 5 grams of fat and are really tasty! If you're going to do fast food because your starving, it's not a bad way to go.

Tonight I have my 20th high school reunion. I'm not sure what's going to happen meal-wise, but I have a feeling it'll be bad. I'm going to enjoy myself but try to be modest. Have a great day, everyone!


Greg said...

I love The Sonoma Diet! It is the only "diet" where I have never experienced cravings or felt any sort of denial. The food is fantastic, and, despite that, the diet is incredibly effective. Since it is based on the South Beach Diet, it offers that much more versatility. The diet, however, is aimed at people who like to cook and eat, and I love the fresh ingredients that she encourages and the easy meal planning that is possible. Here's to achieving our optimum weights on this diet! (I don't miss bacon at all.) (Really.)

Jennifer Walker said...

It's also based on the principles of the Mediterranean Diet, but with more structure. I love it, too! Good thing you're such a good chef!