Surprising Results from Testing Quinoa and Pork Chops

Even after my quinoa breakfast yesterday morning, I showed a weight loss on the scale this morning, so I get to move quinoa over to the friendly foods column.

I’m also free to test another new food today. I wasn’t exactly prepared for this. In the past, I haven’t had this much luck with the foods I’m testing and have had to interject rest days to wait for the inflammation to subside. But now, with four passes in a row, I’m out of foods to test. 

That’s not to say I have no more plans to test foods, it's just that I don’t have any available in the house right now. But I’ll hit the store a bit later and find something I can test today.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying my flax seed granola for breakfast and vegetable soup and salad for lunch.


Ok, I’ve returned from the store and have decided that tonight will be the night I finally test pork chops. 

I’ll reveal the results in the morning.


Wow, first of all I want to say that I love pork chops. YUM Sorry, Mom, but growing up I never had a good one. I don’t know if the difference is that I only buy happy pork from humane sources, and you always just got them from the grocery store, or if there is a big difference in the cooking methods, but the ones that I make are so juicy and tender and full of flavor.

And... NOT INFLAMMATORY!!  I’m actually a bit surprised, because pork is one of those foods that tends to be highly inflammatory for lots of people. I guess I’m not one of them.  At least not for chops. I'm well aware that slow cooked beef can be inflammatory when steaks are not, so I deduce that the same would be true for pork. This morning, my weight was down again, which indicates no inflammation and that I can include pork chops in my friendly, weight-loss, happy body diet, but perhaps pork roast, which would require a separate test, won't fare as friendly. Remains to be seen, of course.

It’s interesting to learn that I can safely eat pork chops and unsalted potato chips on my ‘diet’, but if I eat tomatoes or wheat bread, I’ll gain weight.

So, much to my surprise, I’m in a position to do another food test today.

The other day I was looking over my notes as I entered my body weight into my chart. And I noticed that I showed a bit of a weight loss on the day that I was testing my Capitol Hill Bars with all the nuts and dried fruits.  I was surprised because, I was considering those bars as having failed the test. I was confused until I went back and read my blog entry for that day. I had forgotten that I experienced a return of a mysterious back pain that occasionally haunts me. It hadn't been bothering me for weeks and then, the day after eating the bar, it was back. So I considered that information more important than the small amount of weight loss (which was only 0.2 pounds). 

But now I think this calls for at least giving the Capitol Hill Bar a second test to make sure I have repeatable results. I wouldn't want to condemn a healthy snack under false pretenses. 

So today I’m having a Capitol Hill Bar as my afternoon snack and the rest of the day's food will all be from the ever-growing friendly list.

I'm interested to take note of two things tomorrow. One is that I'm curious if my weight loss trend will continue at almost a pound every day, or will it finally come to a halt by only showing a measly loss of 0.2 pounds. Or perhaps even a gain if it truly is an inflammatory culprit. And the second thing is I'll be looking for a return of that pain in my back.

If neither of those markers indicate inflammation tomorrow, then I can exonerate the Capitol Hill Bar and add them back into my life. 


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