beautiful eye candy drewab & Gordo!
My dinner tonight: Click to enlarge the images.
One of the nut bowls images with shiitake mushrooms to see more of the layers of nuts
More modest lunch not depicted - mostly chile, another 100 grams of walnuts, more melons and berries, more leafy greens, etc).
Also not depicted in the photos that I had part of diner: lots of tumeric (ground fresh tumeric with lemon in my herbal tea mix... we grind our own spices that we get from the CSA and/or local coop), large cucumber, apple cider vinegar, a couple dozen spices, one clove of raw garlic.
Departure from regular dinner: usually I have a lot more variety with nuts and seeds: In addition to the pecans, pine nuts & sesame seeds, usually also have a lot of walnuts (though I had about 100 grams of walnuts with my chile and greens lunch today, only dinner is shown). Also had a ton more chocolate tonight than usual and typically only have up to a couple tablespoons of chocolate powder rather than these high sugar chocolate bars... I did this on purpose tonight to assess impact on blood glucose after lots of anerobic exercise with two gym visits today over lunchtime and after work.
What the photos actually show (sorry I did not photo everything, taking the pictures was an afterthought part way into dinner):
Greens - don't show it all as pictures were taken post-hoc from the sources but as far as variety tonight they included: regular" kale, purple kale, dino-kale, collard greens, frozen spinach (not shown), swiss chard, scalions (in one of the bowls with the chunky vegetables), micro-greens. I don't quite show it but quite massive - when removed from the sources, it ended as my usual large heaping full plate... lots of chewing ( no vita-mix - we have one but not part of my regular routine) - - easily took up most of dinner eating time.
Chunky veggies: sauerkraut, broccoli raab (typically would have lots of regular broccoli and/or cauliflower but not tonight), lots of scalions, 1 clove of raw garlic while preparing the meal, etc. This does not include the veggies in the entree dishes included below. Tonight was also unuual as usually have lots of tomatoes (equivalent of several large tomatoes but diversified with cherry tomatoes) and equivalent of one or two full large carrots but ran out of these ingredients tonight, one corn on the cob (usually avoid this high starch foods but have once in a while - it's a great prebiotic), one large colorful pepper and the green pepper with one of the dishes.
Oily veggies (technically a fruit): half an avocado (this was only a medium avocado, I usually have half to one full large avocado.
Fruit: Grapefruit cut into wedges (buried deeper in the bowl, ate with the peel tonight), blueberries, rasberries ( typically would also have berry mix which includes lots of strawberries, cherries, etc. and smaller higher phytonutrient blueberries included with the regular blueberries when possible ), and cantelope. I usually also have equivalent of 1-2 large lemons +/- squeezed lime too, but not tonight. Usually have the lemon with the peel. I figured I had plenty of citrus tonight with the grapefruit. I usually have at least 2-3 cups of various berries a day as part of my daily fruit medley (which also includes maybe an apple or banana vs more berrries/other fruit with smaller lunch not depicted). Lately I've also had nectarines and plums (not dried) as part of lunch and/or dinner. Also tried for the first time, from an ethnic store a pickled watermelon splice that dinner (not shown) - tasted mostly like pickles. See above for comment on typically having copious tomatoes, technically a fruit.
Only about 100 grams or so of nuts tonight (mostly pecans and walnuts as you can see)... you know in another thread I also often have filberts and cashews, and less often pistachios and macadamia nuts. Walnuts are my favorite with their omega 3s (does not include the 100 grams of walnuts I had as part of lunch today). I may cut back from my typical 200-300 grams of nuts a day though due to some research MichaelR he has kindly distilled for us on to high total omega-6. Digging deeper into that literature now to wrap my brain on the overall preponderance of data.
Seeds: My usual two tablespoons of homeground flaxseeds dusted over my veggies.... otherwise, only sesame seeds and pine nuts tonight, but typically pumpkin seeds are the most dominant seed besides the daily ground flaxseed.
Fungi: Shitake mushrooms, both dried, and also regular (frozen).
Copious Baba ganoush entree (homemade by my wife - aren't I lucky!) which in the photo is the amorphous chunk with the green pepper slices: It was lots of eggplant soaked in generous EVOO with a little salt/pepper, tahini (pure crushed sesame seeds), lemonjuice. The EVOO is the same one MikeR recommended in another thread. Was cooked at 350 degrees in preparation (high temperature for my preference given AGE production but not super-higher... beggars can't be choosers now, and again a delicious meal prepared my wife for the family!
Fish (sorry Dean!) - half of the 120 gram jar of anchovies in bottled in olive oil (Although I question the following... I highly suspect the olive oil the anchovies in the jar come with is not EVOO and I wonder how (un)healtiful including all that non-EVOO oil in my diet as a regular staple. I like that anchovies which while high in sodium are on one hand fairly high in omega-3, and on the other not a huge fish so not too high in mercury ( salmon is my favorite fish when we eat out - had 2-3 ounces salmon Monday/Tuesday this week but we fairly rarely buy it when we shop).
Chile/black bean stew/thick soup entree (lots of veggies in it... again thanks to my wife... onions, corn, peppers, lots of herbs/spices, etc. are part of it). My son had leftover bean sprouts (small kid's bowl) so I had those too (not photographed).
I usually also have dinner with half a cup of dry steel cut dried oatmeal ( I enjoy having it dry/uncooked, but a nice side effect though is that it has a lower GI/GL relative to cooked oatmeal).
Large multitude of different chocolate bars included in large chocolate dessert (at the bottom is 1-2 tablespoons of my more typical Hershey's chocolate powder dessert) - see above for details - very atypical for my diet. The photo is cut-off and only shows half of the dessert.... aside from about a full day's saturated fat limit (bad!) way to high in simple sugars (worse! Worthy of a CR-practitioner myocardial infarction)... but that was the point of the exercise borrowing these from my wife's pantry ... I was examining the impact on blood glucose spikes as part of my ongoing "experiment of one" research. Typically I have maybe 1-2 tablespoons of the chocolate powder alone ( I know, heavy metal such as cadmium concerns, can't win them all, don't have them every night).
Probably sounds odd but did not heat any of the dinner unless you count the herbal tea. It's a longstanding habit of mine for many years, far before I started IF.... not trying to compete with Dean and Gordo on CE experiments! Though it wasn't a consideration, nice that it happens to lower GI/GL though.
Edited by Mechanism, 10 August 2016 - 07:05 AM.