Diet and exercise don’t mix.

Week 5: Diet and Exercise Don’t Mix…Or Do They?

In order to move on from this plateau, I need to add more activity to the picture. After all, I sit in front of the computer all day! So I started with 30 mins everyday before I woke up the kids. This is hard. I mean, I’m sacrificing sleep for 30 mins of exercise.

I started with 30 mins that become 20 mins then 11 mins. It’s hard to just run for 11 mins. It’s almost like not running at all because I don’t crack a sweat.  I wanted to do the most minimal exercise to see if I can jolt my metabolism without going overboard and making myself hungry.

Making diet and exercise work

I think it is working. My body feels so much better. I am not famished after the exercise. My body doesn’t feel lethargic during the day either. So, I am quite confident that I have found a good balance between exercise and dieting.  Hmmm, maybe they do go together hand in hand. It is possible to lose weight on a high carb diet and exercise!

Honestly, I’ve done nothing new here. Nutritional research has shown for decades that anyone can lose weight as long as there is a caloric deficit. I am really digging this diet because there are literally no cravings. The high amount of complex carbohydrates found in bread keeps me satiated all day and has really deprived me of any cravings to do with candy, chips or chocolate. This is one of the amazing things I have found with this diet.

A great sprouted grain bread

This week, BBU Brazil sent me a line of Nutrella sprouted bread. It was slightly sweet and high in fiber. Their clean label sprouted bread lines include whole wheat bread, whole wheat and fruit bread and whole multigrain bread. Thank you BBU Brazil! You made my week five diet wonderful:

Food Portion Calories
Sprouted bread

4 slices


Turkey sandwich

2 slices



2 Tbsp


Orange juice With Calcium and Vitamin D

8 oz








Steamed broccoli





Total calories



My weight at the start of the 90 days.

The first weigh-in: 147.4


Week 5 weigh in: 144.0 lbs.

Week 5 weigh in: 144.0 lbs.

sprouted wheat

Art, Science, Love and Sprouts: Days 40, 41 and 42

“It’s a little bit art, a little bit science, and a whole lotta love.” That is the baker’s creed at 20 Shekels. I received the Ezekiel, the Muesli and the Chocolate blackberry bread in the mail. Made from sprouted flour, they were very heavy and hearty breads that will take me 3 days to finish. 20 Shekels believe in baking all their products only from sprouted flour. So even their line of cookies are made from sprouted grains.

Their Ezekiel bread is based on a recipe found in the Bible that was given to the prophet Ezekiel as his only substance for 390 days. The Ezekiel bread, made from lentils, pulses and grains, has a complete amino acid profile. This bread is a perfect little nutritional package and 20 Shekels has fine-tuned the flavor perfectly. I can literally live off this bread for the next 90 days days of my journey if I wanted to. Seriously, I can.

Ezekiel Bread 20 Shekels sprouted bread

The Ezekiel Bread uses 6 key ingredients that makes this loaf a protein and nutrient dense loaf.

The  Muesli bread is also made with 100% sprouted wheat flour. Sprouted flour has a lower effect on blood sugar, and 20 Shekels has a loyal base of customers with diabetes. The breads that I tasted here were not too sweet, so I doubt if these breads would have a high glycemic index.

Muesli bread 20 Shekels sprouted bread

The Muesli has 4 different fruit and 6 different nuts that give it its savory and sweet profile.

I spoke with 20 Shekels’ owner Marni Atherton and she shared her passion for her breads with me. Each and every bread is crafted carefully to provide great nutrition that is aromatic. They just recently launched their on-line sales of bread and things have taken off.

20 Shekels fruit bread

The chocolate blackberry loaf is loaded with rich dark chocolate and tart blackberries.

This is due to the fact that her customers love that their breads are baked fresh especially for them. Batch baking each flavor allows 20 Shekels to cater to the demands of an ever-changing population of bread lovers.

Here’s what I ate on Days 40, 41 and 42 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Day 40
Ezekiel Bread 5 slices 500
Muesli Bread 6 slices 600
Chocolate Blackberry Bread 2 slices 240
Coconut water 2 C 100
Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Smoked Ham 4 Slices 60
Homemade Pesto 1 Tbsp 80
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Strawberries 20
BBQ Pork 4oz 420
Bike -100
Total 2160
Day 41
Ezekiel Bread 6 slices 600
Muesli Bread 5 slices 500
Chocolate Blackberry Bread 2 slices 240
Salami 6 Slices 180
Hummus 2 Tbsp 100
Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Roasted Vegetables 30g 60
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Nutella 1 Tbsp 100
Blueberries 1/2 C 40
Coconut water 2 C 100
Dumplings 8 800
Spring rolls 2 100
Total 2460
Day 42
Ezekiel Bread 2 slices 200
Muesli Bread 2 slices 200
Homemade Pesto 1 Tbsp 80
Chocolate Blackberry Bread 7 slices 840
Peanut Butter 1 Tbsp 95
Yakisoba 1C 300
Butter 2 Tbsp 200
Lemon Tart 1 slice 300
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Nutella 1 Tbsp 100
Blueberries 1/2 C 40
Coconut water 2 C 100
Run -500
Total 1995