A Rose with Starry Eyes

{March 12, 2010}   CRON

Random post of a person who does CRON: http://www.optimal.org/peter/mycron.htm

He is male, 5’10” and weighs 132 pounds; I consider this to be the male equivalent of my goals.

General Habits

  • He shops at normal supermarkets and rarely cooks, other than steaming veggies or tossing salads.
  • At restaurants, he orders a starter or shares it with someone.
  • He stops eating BEFORE he is full, which is good because it takes the brain 20 minutes to realize you’ve even eaten!
  • He drinks a lot of fluids to stave off his hunger and hydrate himself; mostly cold water with lemon, although also green tea, black tea, or Rooiboos tea with a 50 to 100 calorie snack.
  • About 10% of his calories come from unhealthy foods.

What he usually eats:

  • Numerous snacks (6 or 7 per day) of tea together with low or non-fat crackers such Ryvita or Ak-Mak plus non-fat cottage cheese & tomato, peanut butter & banana, unsweetened applesauce, or some other topping.
  • Strawberries (about 8 to 16 oz), sometimes with a little plain, non-fat yogurt & a sprinkling of cereal.
  • Romaine lettuce with cottage cheese topped with other fruit, including blueberries, pink grapefruit, dark grapes, orange, cherries, mango, or whatever else is seasonal .
  • Other snacks: Almonds, raw carrots, red pepper, red cabbage, corn (air popped or on-the-cob), etc.
  • Several times a week I have salad – either at home or eating out (I have found a number of restaurants that have really great salads). Sometimes I’ll have chicken-breast or turkey with it. One of my regular salads comprises spinach, mixed greens, tomato, red pepper, a few nuts & low-fat dressing (‘Follow Your Heart’ Low-Fat Ranch Dressing is great).
  • Several times a week I have steamed veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, tomato, onion or whatever else is available, topped with a little ground flaxseed and ‘Follow Your Heart’ dressing, or fat-free mayo (‘Kraft’ is great), or marinara sauce. May also add some turkey or chicken breast.
  • Salmon twice a week: Once at home, and once a week eating out: teriyaki, all sauces on the side.
  • Five bean chili soup
  • A great eating out option is ‘Thai Lettuce Wraps’ from the Cheese Cake Factory (believe it or not). I order it with half serving chicken, half serving portabella mushroom.
  • An occasional treat is steel-cut oats with skim-milk, banana, strawberries, raisins & cinnamon.
  • Once a month, I may have pasta, pizza, lox & bread or bagels, or a Thai rice noodles dish specially prepared for me with very little oil.
  • At times when I really feel like baking, I make a really yummy apple-raisin strudel with phyllo dough, virtually no fat (I have 2 servings of 110 cal earecipe avail.)
  • Another healthy recipe is a great coleslaw with raisins, non-fat mayo, non-fat yogurt (210 cal for a huge helping – recipe avail.)

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