Taco Bell’s new Cantina Power Menu Healthy?

You might have heard about Taco Bell’s new Cantina Power Menu. They are marketing this as healthier because it has more protein. I understand my needs for healthy food are different from other people’s needs for what is healthy food.

I look at this from my healthy life after gastric bypass surgery. I eat foods that are high in protein but low in carbs and low in sugar.

Here is some nutritional info for these new healthy menu items from Taco Bell.

 

Cantina Power Burrito Chicken
Calories 470
Carbohydrates 41
Dietary fiber 5
Sugars 4
Protein 28

 

Cantina Power Burrito Steak
Calories 430
Carbohydrates 52
Dietary fiber 9
Sugars 5
Protein 15

 

Cantina Power Burrito Veggie
Calories 460
Carbohydrates 43
Dietary fiber 4
Sugars 4
Protein 28

 

Cantina Power Bowl Chicken
Calories 490
Carbohydrates 49
Dietary fiber 8
Sugars 3
Protein 29

 

Cantina Power Bowl Steak
Calories 500
Carbohydrates 47
Dietary fiber 8
Sugars 3
Protein 29

 

Cantina Power Bowl Veggie
Calories 460
Carbohydrates 58
Dietary fiber 13
Sugars 4
Protein 16

 

 

So just remember, no matter how healthy this stuff is advertised to be, its still fast food. Its eating food like this that helped me get to 336 pounds. My lifestyle has changed and I don’t want to even walk down that road that took me to such an unhealthy place.
Again, these items may be fine for you, if so, that is okay. I only know they aren’t good for me.
Thankfully Taco Bell and many other restaurants make their menu and nutritional information available online. This allows me to look at the menu from home, away from the scents and sounds of the restaurant. I can check out the nutritional information and find a healthy option for my meal.

Keep Those Appointments

I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone why its a good idea to keep those appointments with your doctors, especially if you’ve had any form of weight loss surgery.

 

I have my yearly follow-up visits with my gastric bypass surgeon in January and have six month appointments with my primary doctor in July and January.

Recently I had my July appointment and she ordered blood work, as she usually does in July. I have to get blood work done for my gastric bypass surgeon for the January appointment, and I have his office fax the report to my primary doctor. That way my primary doctor is getting results of my lab work twice a year. Once when she orders it in July, and once from the lab work I do in January.

 

 

She told me everything was fine except with some elevated liver enzymes One was only a point out of range but the other was about 40 points above the high end of normal.

I checked with my surgeon’s office and they told me the numbers were elevated in January, but I don’t think they were as high as they are now. They did tell me what the numbers were earlier this year, but with my memory and a few days later…

 

 

So the next step is to get an ultrasound of my liver and go from there. From what I’ve read on the internet, this is common for people like me who were overweight most of their life. I was first aware of being overweight when I was in the second grade and didn’t have gastric bypass surgery until January 2011.

As a part of how I eat after gastric bypass surgery, I do all of the things that are supposed to be good for not doing damage to the liver. I eat high protein, low carb foods, live sugar free as much as possible, and don’t drink alcohol.
I never was into alcohol before surgery either, just my own choice.

So just waiting now for the hospital to call and schedule the imaging and we will see where things go from there.

 

This is just a good reminder why its important to keep those appointments and to share info between your doctors. If you get lab work from one doctor, ask them to send the results to any other doctors you may be seeing on a regular basis.

The Your Weight Matters National Convention – #YWM2014

 

Look around you, in your City, neighborhood, street, in your own home, obesity is a growing health problem and it isn’t going away like a 30 minute tv show where everything gets fixed and all is fine with the world once again.
If the answer to obesity was an easy one, we’d all take that magic pill and nobody would ever be overweight, there wouldn’t be any related diseases, we would all live forever.

Sadly it just doesn’t work that way. We are all individuals and what worked for me to lose weight might not work for you. Your Sister, friend, Doctor, or boss may or may not know of that one thing that will work for you either. It takes asking questions, investigating, and learning to get going down the right path for you. This has to be something about you, as nobody can become healthy for you, nobody

can lose the weight for you, and nobody can claim your success for you.

There is something very important though that others can and need to do for you, that is support. We all need support from family, friends, co-workers and Doctors to be successful in this battle. Those friends can be near you or those you know online. Along with

support, knowledge is needed to know what options are out there, where to go for help, and factual information.

There is a very good source for this and much more. Its the Obesity Action Coalition. Their web site is a great source of information and

their annual convention is a great way to get information in person, talk with real people who have been there. You’ll hear from people

who are just starting their journey, people who may not be obese anymore but still fight the battle every day, and professionals who are there with us every day with information and guidance.

The next annual convention is coming up on SEPT. 25-28, 2014
and will be in Orlando, Florida.
To learn more or to sign up visit:

http://www.ywmconvention.com/

Here is just a little bit about this wonderful oppurtunity to learn, connect, and help yourself and others in your family, community, and

make a difference.

 

The Your Weight Matters National Convention – #YWM2014

The Your Weight Matters National Convention is the largest National meeting dedicated to providing evidence-based strategies for individuals impacted by excess weight and obesity, proudly brought to you by The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). As a National non-profit organization, the OAC is dedicated to helping the millions of Americans impacted by excess weight and obesity through education, advocacy and support.
The OAC’s National Convention is a 3-day educational event designed to bring together all individuals who struggle or are concerned with weight-related issues. The entire weekend is dedicated to presenting a comprehensive agenda, comprised of diverse topics that are designed to help any individual who has ever had a concern about their weight.

We bring-in the country’s leading experts on weight and health and give you the RIGHT tools to be successful in your lifelong journey with weight.

More than 50 educational topics, from the basics of nutrition and available treatment options for weight, to behavioral health issues like food addiction and mindful eating, to childhood obesity and family dynamics.
The country’s leading experts on weight and health, dedicated to presenting evidence-based information.
A strong fitness component, offering an array of group fitness classes designed for all abilities.A strong community and the ideal environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
A National Advocacy Training Day where we train our next set of advocates to go to Capitol Hill and A Beginning Advocacy where we will help individuals discover the simple ways that they can be an advocate in their local communities and help make a difference.

The National Convention welcomes individuals from all over the country to learn more about your weight and health and come and connect

with others along the same journey.

 

 

To learn more about The Obesity Action Coalition go to:
http://www.obesityaction.org/

Tried Atkins Frozen Meals

While browsing through the online version of the weekly grocery ads from my favorite store, HY-Vee, I saw that Atkins Entrees were on sale. I checked out some of the nutritional info and decided to give them a try.

 

 

Mexican-Style Chicken and Vegetables

http://www.atkins.com//Products/Frozen-Meals/Atkins-Frozen-Meals/Lunch—Dinner/Mexican-Style-Chicken-and-Vegetables.aspx

 

33g Protein

No Sugar Added

360 Calories

Only
7g Net Carbs

 

 

This was easy to heat in the microwave. I got the directions from
the bar code finder program I have along with an external bar code scanner. The directions said to cut a 1 inch slit in the film, heat for 3 minutes, pull back the cover, stir, then replace film and cook for 2 minutes. I think next time I’ll only cook for 1 minute for that last step, at least with our microwave.

It smelled great as I was taking it out of the microwave. Our neighbor came over while I was carrying the tray to the table and she said it smells delicious. There were several large chunks of chicken and the sauce tasted great. It was very yummy and as you can see from the nutritional info, very healthy for someone like me who has had gastric bypass surgery. I will be buying this one again and looking forward to the other frozen entrees that Atkins has.

 

 

 

The other frozen item from Atkins that I got this week at the grocery was a breakfast sandwich. I really had to check the nutritional info on this one, since it was a breakfast sandwich. Yeah, I know its Atkins, and I didn’t think they would do something sneaky and use some biscuit or bread that I couldn’t have but one just has to investigate these things, instead of finding out later that the reason I got sick was because of something I ate.

 

 

Canadian Bacon with Egg & Cheese Sandwich

http://www.atkins.com//Products/Frozen-Meals/Atkins-Frozen-Meals/Breakfast/Canadian-Bacon-with-Egg—Cheese-Sandwich.aspx

 

18g Protein

No Sugar Added

230 Calories

Only
5g Net Carbs

 

My trusty bar code finder didn’t have this one in the database, so my Wife read the directions for me. There are two sandwiches in the box, each individually wrapped. The directions say to remove the wrapper and wrap a paper towel around the sandwich. Heat on half power in the microwave for two minutes and let it sit in the microwave for two minutes after cooking. I checked the middle of the sandwich after letting the sandwich sit in the microwave and it was still a little cool. I put it back in the microwave without the paper towel for about 15 seconds and all was fine.

 

This was very yummy as well. It was just the right size to fill me up without it being more than I wanted. The sandwich part felt and tasted great, it wasn’t soggy and didn’t fall apart while handling. It was nice and warm and cheesy. I’ll get this again along with the other breakfast items.

 

Nobody paid me to check out these two products, no coupons, discounts etc.. other than my grocery having them on sale this week. As usual, this is something that works for me. We are all different with different likes and needs.

Rules TO Stay Safe Online

Here are some simple rules that everyone needs to follow in order to stay safe online.

 

 

1. If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it.
If you go to a web site and get a message like, in order to view this content you need to install a plug-in or your plug-in is out of date. Click here to install.
Well, you didn’t go to that site to view something, you were just browsing around or following a link from another page. Why would you want to install a plug-in for something you didn’t go looking for to watch to start with?
If you need to install Adobe’s flash player, go to adobe to download it and not easy download site.com.

 

 

2. If you have installed a program, or already have it installed on your computer, keep it updated. Many problems with Windows that allow someone to take control of your computer have already been fixed, often several months ago. But if you don’t update your operating software or programs, you can’t benefit from that security fix.
If you are using Windows and haven’t figured this out yet: Microsoft releases security fixes and updates on the second Tuesday of each month. Its called Windows Update Tuesday. The updates are usually available after 12 pm central time for those who want to check manually, but its just easier to keep automatic updates turned on and checking every day.

 

 

3. If its installed and you don’t need it anymore, uninstall it. Its just one less program to keep updated and to worry about.

 

 

4. Keep regular backups of your data. Many of the current methods of holding your data hostage can be forgotten about if you have another copy of your files. There are free methods in current versions of Windows and Mac that allow you to make a backup or system image plus a backup. The same goes for your mobile devices.

 

 

5. Gone are the days where a certain operating system can’t get attacked or taken control of remotely. Things can happen to Windows based computers, Mac systems, Android phones and tablets and even IOS phones and pads, especially when the bad guy convinces you to do something for them so they can get in or take control.

 

 

6. No bank or company is going to ask you to give your password or info via e-mail. Your bank isn’t going to ask you to open an attachment so you can verify your credit card number. Your e-mail provider isn’t going to send you a form asking for your password to reset your transfer quota limit.

Great Evening

Great Evening

 

I had a really great evening on Wednesday. Its one of those things that just happens and brightens your day.

 

Ruthie needed to make a big change and get rid of sodas, carbonated drinks, caffene, etc.. Part of this involved getting rid of all of those type of drinks so she isn’t tempted to have one.

 

We participate in FreeCycle. Its a way to give things away to someone who can make use of the item, instead of just dumping it in the trash. We have received and given many things over the years, clothes, furniture, pet food, tools, etc..
It works via an email list that is setup for your area. When you need something or have something to give, you post a message on the list. If you see something you can use, you contact the person and make arrangements to get the item.

 

Ruthie got a call from a lady named Angie who said she’d be here in about 30 minutes to get the soda. We got talking with Angie and found out she also had Gastric Bypass Surgery.

We had a great conversation of talking about experiences, swapping stories and I talked about my yummy protein drinks and of course, told Angie about my favorite place for food, healthy and fun living: The World According To EggFace.

 

It was so nice to talk with someone else who has had some of the same problems with weight, someone who has been there and someone who made the same lifestyle change. Sometimes one can feel alone out there, away from the digital world and then someone like Angie comes by and reminds you that we are all out here living life.

A Plain Wish

This is from my Wife, Ruthie Rayne Clark:

 

There’s an awesome book out right now, about a troubled teenage girl who runs away from a broken home to find a “real family” with her Amish pen-pal. My favorite quote for today:

“It was okay, except for when I got pulled over by a cop, fell off the highway, and ran over plywood with screws in the field.”

Check out this wonderfully entertaining book, A Plain Wish, by Cyndi Lord in hard copy or Kindle at Amazon
http://goo.gl/W27C3Y

hard copy or Nook at Barnes & Noble
http://goo.gl/ULi5uM