Subway Veggie Patty good alternative for Heart Disease Patients?

swvgptI’m a big fan of Subway sandwiches.  They are simple and easy and can be a good source of healthy nutrition for Heart Disease patients like me.

A few years ago I heard that Subway was trying a Veggie Patty meat alternative in California.  It looks like it finally made its way to the rest of us.

I’m always on the lookout for a good low Saturated Fat meal so I was initially intrigued.

The question is, “Is it safe for me?”  Let’s look at the specifications:

sbwntrtn

  • Although the Veggie Patty IS low in Saturated Fat at 1g, I was hoping for Zero.
  • The Total Fat is actually higher than all the other Fresh Fit sandwiches.  That’s not necessarily bad since that includes Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated which may be good for you.
  • It has 70 Calories from fat compared to 20-45 for the other ‘wiches.
  • Cholesterol content is Lower but not the zero you would expect.
  • Sodium is higher.  That’s bad for your blood pressure.  I guess they are trying to make it more palatable.
  • Protein content is actually higher.  I believe it contains beans.
  • It has MORE calories and carbs than the actual meat sandwiches.

Technically, the Veggie Patty’s score for Heart Disease Safety is, “Meh.”  It’s not really “better” for you than a turkey sandwich or a Veggie Delight which is my usual choice.  I think it is intended more for Liberals than an alternative for Heart Health but it’s not “Bad for you” like a Philly Cheesesteak with bacon.

So how does it taste?  Not being overwhelmed with it’s specifications I wasn’t really interested but I’m taking one for the team and giving it a try just for you.

Later…

Not bad!   I read a review the other day that said that it didn’t really have a “Taste” and they were pretty much right.  I get my sandwiches with Everything on them so I didn’t really Taste the patty as much as one might if they just got the patty on bread.  That’s fine.  It added a good texture to my usual Veggie Delite and the warmth was nice too since they heat it up in the oven.  It was also quite filling which the Veggie Delight is not.

I give it a thumbs-up!  I kind of liked it and would definitely have it again.  If a Veggie Delite doesn’t work for you and you absolutely HAVE to have something like meat then the Veggie Patty is a good choice in my book.  Make it so!

Advertisements

Better now

Sleep is often the best cure.  I went to bed last night at 7:30 and slept hard for 11 hours.  I finally felt somewhat refreshed.  It doesn’t help to have to push yourself so much that you lack sleep.  It keeps you from thinking clearly.  Soon I will leave my 8:30-5:30 job behind and time will do as I please.

I got over this incident fairly well thanks to the lessons I’ve learned in the past.  Remembering them is always the problem.  One of the primary lessons is to notice that your thoughts are in control.  Control your thoughts and you will be in control.  Sometimes you need to let it out though.  Repressing thoughts can only be done for so long before it builds up to explosive levels. Google Mindfulness.  It’s not an easy technique but it is very powerful.

If the problem is chronic like loneliness due to invisibility, thoughts are not the solution, only a band-aid.  However you have to use the tools you have on hand.

Fortunately I have things to look forward to like my new land purchase, retirement and house construction.  It helps a lot to have a purpose and goal.  I think my personal social life may best begin after I move to my small town destination.  People are friendlier in a small town and I feel confident that I will have time and motivation at that point to find someone to share some my life with.  Working full time really takes it out of you.  I don’t know how the regular people do it.

Big shout out to Phillip in the UK who wrote to me about being in the same boat.  Wish you were here, Phillip. (Or I was there.)  A boat full of people is not a lonely place. (Unless you count the last cruise I went on.  Bunch of ignorers.)  Hang in there.  Our time has to come eventually.  Right?  Surely.  A wise man one said, “Patience you must have.”  I certainly hope he was right.

Later today:

I’m feeling much better now.  Perhaps it was just being around people at work to help one not feel lonely.  I may be in trouble when I retire in this respect.  Fortunately there are other ways of being around others.  I will still get a part time job to help fill the lonely hours and there’s also volunteering at places.  I just have to make sure I don’t end up sitting at home alone with a gun in my mouth.  Nah. Never happen.  I’ll never own a gun.

 

One-Man Naked Volleyball Rules

During my stay at a nudist resort I took some time to play on the sand volleyball court. It was a slow weekend with few people around so I was alone. After practicing serving and volleying for a while I saw the scoreboards and decided to play a game. Here are the rules I came up with.

1. Get naked. Because that is the way volleyball was intended to be played.

2. Serve from one side. If the ball goes out of bounds then the other side gets the ball. If it stays inside then it is in play. This works best if the sand is rough so the ball doesn’t roll too easily.

3. Throw the ball up in the air backwards then volley it over to the other side.

4. If it passes out of bounds then that side gets the point. If it stays in then it is still in play.

5. Continue to volley until it goes out of bounds on one side or the other.

6. Keep score and play until one side reaches 15 points or you run out of energy.

I had a great time by myself and got a pretty good workout. Let me know if you ever want to play. Even though one-man naked volleyball is fun, playing with two or more naked people is much more enjoyable.

 

Star Ranch Weekend 2018

It has been a really long time since I’ve had a vacation day as well as having gone anywhere. We only get two weeks of vacation a year at my job and it goes quickly leaving you months of straight drudgery without relief. A new year has begun so it is reset and BONUS… Now we get three weeks. The best thing ever!
My poor RV has been sitting all alone in storage all winter. I usually go somewhere before it gets too hot but summer is coming fast. It’s the beginning of April now and the weather isn’t too hot yet so I squeezed in a day off on Monday, loaded up the RV and took off for the weekend to Star Ranch near Bastrop, Texas.

I went there last year and had a relaxing time. For those of you who just don’t get it, going naked is very relaxing. The other people there are much more friendly than the closed-minded clothing impaired people everywhere else. If you’re not a nudist, I cry for you.

It was about a two hour drive from San Antonio to Star Ranch but the time went by quickly. I’ve made this trip a number of times now and it has become a blur as I listen to my podcasts. The old 1982 Holiday Rambler motorhome purred along nicely. I just love old engines from back in the day before they got complicated. They are just simple engines and they work. It only gets 8 MPG but who cares. I don’t drive it every day.

I checked in and drive to a nice shady spot among the pine trees. After leveling out and hooking up I had a quick lunch composed of a fresh turkey sandwich and Cheetos. I lifted the 2nd half of the sandwich and the wind blew my paper plate containing a few Cheetos so that they spread all over the ground. Oh well. I shouldn’t be eating them anyway. Bad for you.

I grabbed my kindle paperwhite, a towel and my Yeti cup and walked over to the pool area where I found a lounge chair in a nice shady spot. I’ll get plenty tanned over the summer so no point in overdoing it right away. I enjoyed reading my book and watching two little boys who were the only ones brave enough to swim in the cold water. Kid’s don’t care. The two naked brothers kept us all entertained.

It was the day before Easter so they had an Easter egg hunt where you go out and write down the numbers on the eggs as you find them. The first one to find 25 eggs wins. I didn’t play. Maybe I should have. It would have been good for me to be more social.

After a few hours I went back to my RV and grabbed my volleyball. For some reason there is no ball on the volleyball court so I made a note last time to bring my own. Nobody was in the area to play with me but I didn’t let that stop me. I started practicing my serves and some volleys. It has been probably 20 years since I’ve played. Fortunately it looks like I’ve not lost my touch. Since I was all by myself I invented a one-man volleyball game. The rules will be described in a separate posting on this blog. Eventually the North Side won the game 15 to 11. It was a good game and I really enjoyed running around naked in the sun and shade that fell across the court. The whole time I hoped someone would show up but I had a great time by myself.

I was really tired after that. I must have played for two hours. My right hand is bruised from serving so much. I guess I won’t be playing tomorrow. I brought a tennis racket. We’ll see if I can find someone to play tennis with.

I was tired, sweaty and sandy so I went back to the RV and took a shower in the nearby shower building. Why use the tiny one in the RV when you have a real one right there. It felt good to be clean again. I got a little sunburned. It will turn into a nice all-over tan. Remember to use sunscreen tomorrow.

After returning to the RV, I popped a pre-composed stuffed salmon and broccoli dish I got from the grocery store into the toaster oven. In 25 minutes it was ready. I had been wondering if they were any good and now seemed like a good opportunity to try one. It was OK. I probably won’t get anohter one though.

It was starting to get dark so I decided to watch Forrest Gump. A co-worker had been talking about it and it has been years since I’ve seen it. Damn. Don’t have that one in my library. I watched Drumline instead. I was in the band in high school so I always enjoy watching this movie.

I went outside to see what the night was like. I could hear music in the distance. Something must be going on at the clubhouse. Not for me. I looked up to see the stars and immediately saw a satellite drifting gently through the sky. Not many stars were visible because the full moon shown brightly through a soft filter of clouds and pine branches.
Tired. Good night!

DAY 2
I slept rather well but had to turn on the Air conditioner. It was cool enough but the humidity was getting worse as the night went on. Glad I brought my earplugs because the A/C is loud. I imagined how I could redesign it to be quieter and not blow so hard all the time. Stupid engineer!

I woke up with the sun enjoying the view of the pine trees out my window and no other sounds but the birds chirping. (Once I turned off the A/C.) This is nice.
It was overcast with the occasional whisp of blue sky through the passing cloudcover. I imagined all the things I might do today but maybe I’ll just do nothing. I’m a bit sore from the big volleyball game yesterday so I might just take it easy and let the day flow. That’s the good thing about camping alone. You don’t have to entertain a guest or beg them to do something fun. You do as you please. Or not.

I had an egg for breakfast and watched some of my old episodes of Makin Stuff. I made five eipsodes a few years ago when I wasn’t working and had spare time. They are pretty good. I enjoyed seein them and it kind of motivated me to mabe make a few more. I love editing video.

I took it pretty easy today. Watched some TV, sat around inside and outside. I took a few walks around the grounds. This place is pretty neat. There are old cabins all throughout the woods. Some still abandonded, some fixed up and some in the process of being repaired. You can live here if you like. There are large green fields of flowers that are beautiful to behold. It’s something you don’t see every day. I appreciated my naked walks through nature. Also something you don’t get to do every day. In a better world everyone would be naked and it would’t be an issue.
I saw very few people here today. Today is Easter Sunday which seems to mean something to the regular people who have families. That’s fine. It was kind of nice having the whole place virtually to myself.

Day 3
I slept even better last night. I left the windows wide open and the fan on me so it was nice and comfortable under a light blanket. By morning it got quite cold and I grabbed another blanket and turned off the fan.

It was overcast, rather cool and dreary. A good day for going home. I stowed my stuff and checked out. The driive was smooth. I made sure that since today is Monday, I timed the rush hours in San Antonio so as not to be sitting in traffic wasting gas. I stopped at Buckee’s for a lite lunch and drove the rest of the way home stopping for a little extra gas as I entered the city. It was sunny and starting to get rather hot. Cold and hot on the same day. Can’t it just be perfect all the time?
I decided to try something different on the way home. Since my route took me past the RV storage yard, I parked the RV first and loaded all my stuff into the car. I cleaned the RV before I left so this would save me some trouble later. Worked out great.

It was really getting hot now. The first thing I did after unloading was rip off all my clothes so I could evaporate. How do you clothed people stand it?

Overall, it was a nice, relaxing mini-vacation. Two nights was more than adequate. Even though I relaxed I never did shake the feeling of being alone. That’s a tough nut to crack. In a better world, it would not be so difficult to find a friend who gets it.

Weight Loss Reality

ftby

Being overweight is a major contributing factor to heart disease.  If you are eating so much that you are overweight then that means all that saturated fat is clogging your arteries as well as your thighs.

Some of the guys at the office are doing a weight loss challenge for the next few months and I find it interesting in the way they are going about it. Denial seems to be their main attack.

There is only one rule to weight control.  Diet and Exercise. It’s simple physics.  Energy In equals Energy Out.  Energy not used by exercise must be stored as fat.  There are no shortcuts or fad diets that will work if they violate the rule.

You can’t explain it to people either because they don’t want to listen.  They are convinced that if they cut out carbs then they will lose weight.  Since meat is not carbs they think they can go wild with a plate full of it.

Cutting carbs is good because carbs turn to sugar and sugar is a major source of energy.  That’s good for a while but is not sustainable.  For your diet to be effective you have to cut all sources of energy. (Which is measured in calories.)

As you learned in school, A Calorie is the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C.  Do you remember the experiment where you burned something under a beaker of water and measured the temperature increase?

A calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from.  If you want to be serious about your diet and not violate any of the laws of physics, then cutting calories is the thing.  They guys here don’t want to believe that meat is full of calories and won’t listen to me.

Cutting carbs is a start but don’t think that will be the end. You have to continue to manage rest of your intake.  Great physicists like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking couldn’t violate the laws of physics so what makes you think you can do it?

Pay attention!  I’m trying to help you.

Do not seek the help of others

I’ve spent the majority of my life desperately yearning for someone to help me.  50 years later, still nothing.

Don’t waste time wishing for the help of others.  They have nothing to offer and you’re just hurting yourself.  If you really look at it I’m pretty sure they withhold their help for you because they like to keep you down and in their control.  You’ll always be there for them when they need you and they like you that way.

The lesson here is that the only help you get will be the help you give yourself.  Don’t wait for others to come to you aid or you will be waiting a very long time.  Stand up and pull yourself up by the bootstraps.  Rise from the crevasse and climb that mountain by yourself because only you can do it.  Only you have the power to succeed no matter how much ill others wish upon you.  No.  They don’t care but you do and that’s all that matters.

Jump up and tell them to kiss your ass!  Fuck you and your hat!  I’m not  your bitch anymore.  The world is mine and I never needed you anyway. I win!!!

 

What?

 

External Validation

I’ve spent most of my life experiencing low self-esteem.  I blame it on the loss of my father when I was a boy and the subsequent loss of friends and family.  Yeah.  Sad story but who cares.

Even though my last job sucked, I at least had a good source of external validation.  This job lacks even that.  All I hear about is what I’ve done wrong.  There’s no appreciation for all the great things I do every day.  Perhaps because I’m not the kind of guy who toots his own horn.  I’ve always been a person who works in the background to make the world a better place for everyone else.  I don’t go out looking for appreciation.  If others are happy then I’m happy.

However… Sometimes it’s nice to be appreciated.  When you are lonely the chances of being appreciated are minimal.  The answer here is to realize that external validation, though nice, is not really necessary.  Confirming your sense of self-worth is best accomplished through inner appreciation.

I’ve done a pretty decent job of appreciating my own incredible accomplishments but I’m sure I could get to be better at it.  I’m going to make it a point to celebrate my awesomeness whenever it appears.  How, I’m not sure.  Maybe a verbal attaboy and pat on the back.  Food?  Better not.  Shopping?  Meh.  Better keep it psychological.  The point is to make something of it and make it memorable.  Maybe an achievement log.  That sounds like a good idea.  Something to refer to on those low days.

I’m not to the point of depression.  I successfully beat that a few years ago.  I think, overall, I’m handling things rather well.  I know that I am my best admirer and that’s all that counts.  Yes, it hurts when others don’t see it but you can’t force it upon them.  If they don’t get it then they are not worth it anyway.  Now I’m just rambling.  Time for bed.