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Got Milk? Day 23

Today’s bread is Franz Organic 100% Whole Wheat bread—delicious and nutritious! Talking about nutrition, I was listening to the second episode of our podcast ‘Pitching a Loaf’ with my nutritionist, Connie Evers, where she reminded me that my calcium and potassium intake is rather low. I guess if there is truly a weakness to my diet, it’s the inability to consume enough dairy products for the calcium.

Franz Bakery's 100% Whole Wheat bread.

Franz Bakery’s 100% Whole Wheat bread.

I was lactose intolerant growing up, and therefore never really developed a taste for dairy products. I don’t like yogurt, I cannot get low fat milk past my nose and I don’t eat pizza, so I probably consume cheese or dairy products like once a week. Well, unless its ice cream or baked into some heavenly goodness with a foreign sounding name (like Tiramisu).

Getting my calcium

So when Connie said, “You have to increase your calcium intake, Lin” I was quite panicky and I told her what my problems were. She proceed to lecture me on the effects of aging on bone loss and the need for calcium to prevent osteoporosis.

It’s true, I’m a head taller than my mom, and two heads taller than her mom. They have experienced significant bone loss over the years. I see my future, and it is not looking good. She told me to avoid cream cheese since it contains almost no calcium, and to add almond milk and ricotta cheese to my diet.

Honestly, I have not tried ricotta cheese by itself. I thought it would taste like cottage cheese, but I am pleasantly surprised. It actually doesn’t have much taste to it. I scored! I started using it as a spread like mayo. I soon realized that it is an “extender.” When mixed with pesto, jam, nut butters or Nutella (my favorite), it gives these combinations a fuller body and I need less of the high-sugar or high-salt spreads.  Why didn’t I discover this sooner! My whole world has changed. Or at least for the next 77 days!

Here’s what I ate on Day 23 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Franz Organic 100% Whole Wheat 11 slices (43g) 1100
Ricotta Cheese 1/4 C 100
Justin’s Nut Butter 2 Tbsp 190
Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 4 Tbsp 80
Ham 2 oz 60
Homemade Pesto 1 Tbsp 80
Avacado 1/2 cup 184
Orange 1 orange 45
Calcium Supp
Bike -100
Total 1739


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The Calorie Police: Day 21

Franz Bakery's 100% Whole Wheat bread.

Franz Bakery’s 100% Whole Wheat bread.

Ok, look. I’m not shy about what I eat, or reporting the sinful things that I eat on this blog. I was at a reception today, and was about to take a bite into a delicious fruit tart when a friend said “Are you supposed to eat that? This doesn’t substitute your bread consumption, right? You can’t cheat that way.”

People, people, people, relax! I’m not cheating. I’m still eating a pound of bread, and this luscious and sinful dessert is counted on top of that.

The usual response I get after explaining my diet is, “how do you get to eat so much? Doesn’t bread take up all your calories for the day?” The answer to this is NO. The calories from a pound of bread is about 1100. That leaves room for dessert cheats within the range of 300-400 calories. If I threw in a 35 min cardio in there, I could still safely consume another 1000 calories on top of a pound of bread. This gives me plenty of options to consider while consuming my bread throughout the day.

Bread every day

So, while I do appreciate your concern about my diet and policing me on it, also know that I eat a pound of bread every day to meet the minimal requirements of this bread eating challenge. Remember, every day, for 90 days.

Today, I finished up my whole grain white bread, and opened a new bag of Franz® Organic whole wheat bread. I wanted to compare eating a whole grain white bread to a whole wheat. After all, they should be similar.

The difference is very subtle. If you closed your eyes, or if you’re color blind, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference because these two breads taste very similar. So yes, you are getting the whole wheat goodness in both bread.

Here’s what I ate on Day 21 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Franz Organic Whole Grain White 4 slices (40g) 400
Franz Organic 100% Whole Wheat 6 slices (43) 700
Tilamook Butter (Salted) 3Tbsp 300
Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 2 Tbsp 20
Tillamook sliced cheddar 1 Slice 45
Orange 1 orange 45
Sauteed Spinach 1 C 48
Fruit Tart 1 300
Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 2 Tbsp 20
Fried Fish Dinner 1 C 300
Banana 1 105
Run -300
Swim -200
Total 1783


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White Bread is Bad: Day 20

Great Seed Bread.

Great Seed Bread.

I love the bakers at Franz Bakery. I walked into my office and there was a box full of fresh bread just sitting on my chair waiting for me. Today, I choose Whole Grain White and Great Seed. These are just amazing tasting breads.

Many people have lectured me about not eating white bread because it is bad. Now, before any of you condemn this white bread, remember: not all white breads are created equal. The recent surge on the market shows a new line of bread that is made from white wheat.

Whole Grain White Wheat by Franz.

Whole Grain White Wheat by Franz.

Did they bleach the wheat?

No, this flour is from whole grain white wheat.

Is this white wheat GMO?

No. it’s been around for a long time (Wait, before you go there, remember, there is no GMO wheat!). Red wheats are more common, and whole grain red wheats color the bread brown, which is traditionally your brown whole wheat bread.

Now that I’ve explained the difference between white and red wheat, you should feel comfortable eating a whole grain white bread, because it is as nutritionally good for you as the regular whole wheat bread. Go eat your bread white!

Here’s what I ate on Day 20 of EB90:

Franz® Whole Grain White 5 slices (40g) 500
Franz® Great Seed 6 slices (43) 660
Tilamook® Butter (Salted) 1 Tbsp 100
Ham 2 oz 60
Tillamook® sliced cheddar 1 Slice 45
Apple 1 95
Kale and sausage soup 1C 200
Quesadilla 1 Slice 400
Fried homemade dumplings 5  pieces 300
Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 2 Tbsp 20
Run -300
Bike -200
Total 1880


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Keep it Simple: Day 17

Today, I just wanted something simple. A plain whole wheat bread from Franz®. It was organic as well. It was a slightly sweet bread with all the nutrition of whole wheat. The bread was lighter compared to the artisan breads I ate yesterday, so I had to eat 11 slices of it.

I am actually getting very skilled at getting down all this bread by 5 p.m. So that when I get home, I can still have dinner with my family. Tonight, we had Salmon and green beans. I also had a little Pistachio gelato left in the freezer. Consider that gone!

Here’s what I ate on Day 17 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Franz® 100% Whole Wheat 11 slices (43g) 1100
Deli Chicken Breast 3 slices 50
Strawberries 1/2C 24
Berry whipped cream cheese 2 Tbsp 50
Dickinson’s® Lemon Curd 4 Tbsp 240
Siggi’s® Skyr Vanilla 1/2 C 60
Pan Fried Salmon 6 oz 371
Green Beans 1 C 50
Green Apple 1 80
Gelato 1C 400
Run and Bike -450
Total 1975


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A 5K Every Other Day: Day 15


I remembered running my first 5K seven years ago, after my third child was born.  It was a horrid experience; I wanted to puke my guts out after the race. I found running to be extremely tedious and today it’s still my weakest leg in a triathlon. Why? Because I was never a runner. I swam extensively in high school, and my husband taught me how to ride 20 miles on the flat roads in Kansas. I’ve never done cross country, so running is all self-taught. I find the best way to kill time, is to have my friend, Diane, run with me. We’ve worked up to an easy 5K since we started running together last season. Now I challenge myself to run a 5K every other day to build my stamina for my next triathlon.

Why Triathlons? Because I can’t do marathons. I’m envious of people who can run half marathons but I just don’t have the capacity to do it.  I’ve done six sprint triathlons between Ohio and Oregon. It gives me a good goal to train towards at the end of fall.

Love for the sport

I can’t really explain the triathlon spirit, but every triathlete I’ve met on course has always been helpful and inspiring. Well, it’s not inspiring when a 30-year-old over takes you at running or biking (for those unaware, participants in triathlons have their ages written on their legs, so we can see each other’s age).

However, there is something to be said about running up to an 80-year-old woman, and encouraging her to keep going. Then hearing her story of how she has run 40 Triathlons starting in her 40s. True story! I’ve been in situations where I’m almost out of gas and triathletes would just slow down and encouraged me. These athletes are about the nicest people in the world.

Triathlons, as a sport is very inspiring and rewarding, and that is why I will keep doing it. However, for me to not crash and burn on race day, I have to keep doing my 5K every other day, and swim or bike once or twice a week.

Fuel up!

What better way to fuel this activity than with a loaf of Good Seed Thins from Dave’s Killer Bread®! On checking its nutritional statement, I was pleasantly surprised that its protein was higher than its sugar content. This is good. All the nutritious grains and seeds that would meet my dietary needs for the day is in 16 slices of bread. I’ve also learned that it is a lower calorie version of one of their best-selling breads. Although it may be low-cal, it is still packed with whole grains, protein, fiber, and omega-3. So, I laid it all out below to show you what a day’s worth of consumption looks like.

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My day’s worth of bread laid out.


I did leave two slices untouched, for dinner to accompany my home made spaghetti meat sauce.

I folded them onto a pile that sat next to my desk the whole day.

Here’s what I ate on Day 15 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Dave’s Killer Bread® Good Seed 16 slices (28g) 1120
Weight Watchers® Whipped Cream Cheese Spread 2 Tbsp 60
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Lox 2oz 120
Artichoke Bruchetta spread 2 Tbsp 67
Pine nuts 0.5oz 90
Capers 5
Nutella® 2 tbsp 200
Apple 1 pc 95
Skippy® Peanut Butter 1 Tbsp 95
Orange 1 pc 45
Ice cream 1/2 Cup 210
Home made spaghetti meat sauce 1 Cup 350
Run -340
Total 2157


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Eat Bread All Day, Anywhere: Day 10

Franz® Organic Nine Grain.

Franz® Organic Nine Grain

I figured how to make my jams and spreads portable. I must spread them on the slices every day before I leave the house. Today I dug into my bag of wholesome Franz® 9 grain bread. It’s loaded with different seeds and grains, yet it is not overly dense. Its slight sweetness makes it an easy bread to eat all day.

So, I used various jams and spreads to create my sandwich pile this morning. This is what it is going to look like from now on—says this bread bag lady.

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My bread pile for the day. On-the go-bread, anywhere, everywhere!

I’ve found it is easier to fold the bread into halves because I can take it out and eat it without any mess during meetings.  The people around this office are so used to me eating and talking all the time, so something would seem amiss if I don’t do this.

Tonight, we cooked pork bulgogi with vegetables and rice. I didn’t consume the rice, but I did place some sriracha sauce over it and made a sandwich out of it. Yummy!

Franz® Organic Nine Grains made a delicious Pork Bulgogi Sriracha sandwich.

Franz® Organic Nine Grains made a delicious Pork Bulgogi Sriracha sandwich.

Here’s what I ate on Day 10 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Franz® Organic Nine Grain 12 slices (43g) 1440
Tillamook® Salted Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Kroger® Whipped Greek Cheese Spread 1 Tbsp 22.5
Justin’s Nut Butter 2 Tbsp 190
Nature’s Hollow Sugar Free Strawberry Jam 4 Tbsp 80
Orange 1 orange 45
Nutella 1 Tbsp 100
Kelp soup 1 C 10
Pork Bogulgi 4oz 250
Calcium Supp
Total 2337.5


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Raisins and Water: Day 9

Klosterman Organic Raisin Bread.

Klosterman Organic Raisin Bread.

The pain in my finger seems like a distant memory, now that I drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Hydration is key.

While I continue to keep a close eye on my sodium intake by not consuming too much deli meats, I try to stay away from high sodium spreads like cream cheese and peanut butter as well. Over the last two days, I realized that if I stayed away from sodium, I replaced it with sugar instead.  This is not easy. Sugar-free jam, you’re my next best friend.

The fruit breads do not have as much sodium as their non-fruity counterparts. So I had no problem eating buttered raisin toast all day. Good raisin bread is best eaten this way, and the Klosterman’s brand had so much raisins in it, it tasted so good! I could have eaten the whole loaf itself, but I had to pace myself.

Buttered Raisin Toast from Klosterman's.

Buttered Raisin Toast from Klosterman’s.

I also had to watch my sugar, so I had to eat half a loaf of the Organic whole wheat. This paired well with the savory items I had on my menu today like the tri tip steak. Thanks to my friends at Klosterman’s, this day was very enjoyable! I love your raisin bread!

Caramelized onions and steak sandwich on whole wheat bread.

Caramelized onions and steak sandwich on Klosterman’s whole wheat bread.

Here’s what I ate on Day 9 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Klosterman’s Organic Raisin Bread 6 slices (40g) 660
Klosterman’a 100% Organic whole wheat 6 slices (40g) 600
Tillamook® Salted Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Almond Breeze® chocolate almond milk 1 C 40
Steak 3oz 158
Ham 1oz 30
Salami 1oz 50
Brussel sprouts 38
Squash soup 1 C 20
Flan 200
Papaya 1C 67
Total 2063


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Setting the Gluten Myth Straight: Day 4

I have met many concerned individuals these days. Some of them keep telling me the gluten myth: if I consume to much, I’ll develop an allergy. Really guys, if you studied my numbers, the amount of gluten (which is protein) in a pound of bread would be no more than 68g or about 2oz.

That is much less protein than a beef patty in a hamburger. Proteins are made of amino acids, and they all get digested the same way. I believe the likelihood of me developing celiac disease from eating 2oz of gluten every day is slim to none. So that deals with one gluten myth.


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Organic 100% Whole Wheat from Klosterman Organic Bakery

The gluten myth aside…

Someone asked me yesterday if I felt hungry during the day, since bread is known to cause spikes in blood sugar levels. I explained to that person that I had to eat at least a slice of bread every hour. So no, my body will never have that opportunity to be hungry.

This is because my blood sugar will not rise or fall since I am eating all the time. Was that part of my intelligent eating strategy? No. As I said, my strategy is simple: eat bread regularly all throughout the day so that I don’t suffer in the evening stuffing my face.

Today, I opened a loaf of Organic 100% Whole Wheat from Klosterman Organic Bakery.  It is a tasty whole wheat, with a great aroma. Compared to many other breads, this bread was much lower in sugar and sodium. That is a great plus in my books. Why? Because I can plaster on more spreads, silly! No, I’m really kidding. I had to actually stop myself from putting on more spreads because my caloric count would be compromised. This is a bread diet, not a jams and spreads diet.


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Curry with my bread.

This bread was such a versatile bread, it went well with curry. I enjoyed my curry tonight, but I don’t think I will do it soon again because the fat from the coconut milk in the curry took away from my total calorie count.  “But coconut fat is good for you…” ladies and gentlemen, fat is fat in my books. I’ve heard people commenting that avocado and coconut fat is superior to other fats. What is the source of that B******?

If you’re measuring and comparing the quality of fat, you are consuming too much fat.

Fat should be consumed in small amounts, regardless of source. Yes, I’d rather eat lard than coconut fat, but that’s another conversation for another day. No more curry for the next 86 days please.

Here’s what I ate on Day 4 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Klosterman 100% Whole Wheat Bread 11 slices 1100
Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese Spread 1 Tbsp 30
Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond Milk 1 Cup 100
Boar’s Head Smoked Ham 2 oz 60
Nutella 2 tbsp 200
Kale (cooked) 1 C 33
Strawberries 1C 47
Caramels 2 100
Curry 1 C 400
Orange 1 orange 45
Calcium Supp
Walk -152
Total 1963



Shitting Rainbows: Day 3

My bread for today was Franz's Organic Honey Chia.

My bread for today was Franz’s Organic Honey Chia.

After my dry bread binge, I went shopping yesterday. I went down the jams and jellies aisle, just expecting plain ol’ jellies and preserves but HOLLY LOLLIPOPS! Chia blackberry spread! Almond butter vanilla espresso spread! Hot pepper peach jam! I couldn’t make up my mind. You mean there’s more to this than Nutella® and cookie butter?  Why didn’t anyone tell me? I was so happy, I was having a:


My favorite socks.

Before you get envious, I need your empathy. Just think, “Poor Lin, poor thing, she’s just been eating boring butter, cream cheese, Nutella and cookie butter. She needs something else”. You bet I DO! So I bought a whole bunch of spreads, and salad toppings, more than I could hold in an armful. I was so happy that I found all these, I made Ana take a picture of me.


My new collection of spreads and toppings.

My bread for the day

And to top this off, I dug into a loaf of Organic Honey and Chia from Franz Bakery. OMG! What heavenly texture! I have not experienced a textured bread like this before. The subtle crunch from these little chia seeds were delightful surprises with every bite. I love this bread! I could eat it the whole day…oh wait. I have to. Man, my work makes me shit rainbows.

Grilled pork with tomato pesto.

Grilled pork with tomato pesto.


Almond honey nut butter with glazed pecans.

Almond honey nut butter with glazed pecans.


Cream cheese topped with fried jalapeños.

Cream cheese topped with fried jalapeños.

Here’s what I ate on Day 3 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Franz Honey Chia 12 slices (480g) 1080
Tilamook Butter (Salted) 1Tbsp 100
Egg 1 78
Kroger Whipped Greek Cheese Spread 1 Tbsp 22.5
Tomato Pesto 1 Tbsp 130
Strawberries 1C 47
Almond breeze milk 1/2 C 30
Justin’s Honey Almond Nut Butter 2 Tbsp 190
Fresh Gourmet Crispy Jalapeno 1 tbsp 40
Glaced pecans 1 Tbsp 50
Grilled Pork 4oz 252.5
Calcium Supp 30
Run 5K -420
Total 1630