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Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jun 13, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Kombucha Fermented Tea -Brand Reviews by Jackie!....

Brands in order of my favorite preferene (in order of my favorite, which is Kevita Master Brew, #1): 

1. Kevita Master Brew Kombucha: Calorie-wise, the BEST option. Whereas all the brands below has around 80 cals per bottle, these guys only have 40 cals per bottle (20 cals per serving of the drink!). These are ridiculously a good bang for your calorie-buck.  Also, the flavors are nice and sweet, they use stevia. Less sugar in this brand compared to all brands below. I think this brand came out this year or so.  Never saw these bottles in stores by me before this year or so.  Flavors are all tasty. Tart cherry is good, grapefruit, lavender melon, even a pineapple peach flavor!  They are all good, in my opinion, and I love that they are only 40 cals per bottle. But interestingly, I haven't been able to find them in stores for at least the past two months.  For some reason, the health food stores stopped selling them...

2. GT's Kombucha: this was the original brand I tried that got me hooked. For years, this was the only brand every available to me at the health food store i'd go to way back around 2005-2006.  I used to just go by calories, and only buy the ones with 30 cal per serving (60 cal per bottle).  I really like the Trilogy flavor and when it's out I still get it. Problem with this brand is that I've had it so much, it's not new to me.  Otherwise, calorie-wise, i'd definitely recommend this brand as one of the healthiest and with the lowest calories. There's a Citrus flavor that is awesome here too.  As well as Cosmic Cranberry, a Strawberry Flavor (70 cals, still pretty low!) as well as many other flavors that range from 60-80 cals per bottle. This is one of the lowest cal brands. They now also offer drinks with chia seeds, but I don't buy them as they are also higher calories.

3. Reed's Kombucha: most unique flavors. Many contain ginger and sometimes I'm not NOT in the mood for ginger.  Calories are more like 70 per bottle. Sometimes the store only has this brand so I do buy these when it's all the store is selling...Flavors are all tasty.  Not too gingery or tart. Flavors are on the sweet side.

4. Health Aid Kombucha: found this recently in stores as a good alternative to try new flavors. Flavors are exotic. Usually around 80 cals per bottle so I usually am not interested in trying these...because I know that the brands above have lower cals. However, I tried a couple interesting flavors.  Beet wasn't that good but I did love the apple flavor.

5.  LIVE Kombucha Soda; I don't really like these, the flavors are sorta wacky. Like Orange Soda, Ginger, Root bear. Not for me...And even the packaging of these, in my opinion, makes it look fake, not healthy, and unappealing. Just not a fan of this brand and flavor options.  I've tried root bear and orange and didn't love them.



Banana 120

Kombucha 80

Fiber one 180 with almond milk 30..210.


healthy natural bar, fruit, 270


lunch: veggies and tofu 300, wheat thins

And a chocolate bar. 300. 1600....sorta high.

calories before dinner: 1650.

dinner: too much. probably around 1000.

total today: 2650, i'm sure.yuck...pms-ing and gave into temptation because ordered thai with my best friend....and ate extra rice of mine with curry and ate some of hers too - fried rice and 2 small fried vegetable spring rolls. too much today. it's ok. I sorted needed the extra fat / carbs / food. I think i'll feel better tomorrow. Also, I sorta have enough meat to last me thru Wednesday, sorta. Lots of extra salmon and chicken from what we ordered.

tomorrow's plan: fasting...YES, i'm going to do it this time. enough is enough. Tomorrow I want to fast till sometime early afternoon before I go to the gym. Then, I may just stay away from bulky foods tomorrow...and have lighter things like frozen yogurt. Yeah, I had enough lately of veggies. I know I sound weird.  I may even just have frozen yogurt before the gym, who knows!


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/13/2015:
Have a great weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2015:
you too!

Umpqua on 06/13/2015:
I hope you have a nice weekend and I'm looking forward to your kombucha reviews when you have time :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2015:
your request has been granted...above...please let me know if you need any further info on Kombucha :)

puddles on 06/13/2015:
I was glad to hear that you are feeling better and almost back to normal. Wishing you a great weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2015:
thanks puddy...in general, I do feel better.

I just wish my ankle didn't bother me so I could walk, walk, walk, walk. oh well, it takes time. :/ just wanted to feel lean by summer and constantly needing to cut my food intake doesn't really cut it for me - I prefer exercise to help me lean out....it's just so much easier for me, personally. except facing the facts, it seems it's not the easy way if I can't do the cardio.

really I should look at my diet and fix it up...but...it's really not that my diet is so terrible, it's that i'm not exercising enough.

Umpqua on 06/13/2015:
Thank you SO much for this! I've seen the Reed's sodas at my grocery store so that may be my only option there. I will also check the health food stores - if I find something I like I can get it in bulk through my co-op. I appreciate you taking the time to do this since I'm clueless, I will definitely be trying some of these!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/13/2015:
welcome, oh, it was fun for me to do. but this is why I needed some time, needed to look at the brands online to remember all of them. :) yes, you can get it in bulk...always used to save me some money when a certain health food store I used to go to - they'd give a discount whenever I bought a case, a long time ago.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jun 12, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

maybe as much as 2400.

20-30 min walk at lunch.

ankle is starting to get better, but still a little weak.

tomorrow i'm getting a hair trim at the early hour of 9:45am followed later on by a dr apt at noon so that he can write me up to get bloodwork.  I'm going bc I was feeling dizzy a few weeks ago at work (I think just due to stress)..

tomorrow afternoon i'll do laundry.

planning for low calories tomorrow, maybe even fasting in the morning hours.

need some low calorie days....badly especially bc i'm not doing any cardio.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jun 11, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

2050 cal.

extra hardcore weights!

no cardio :)

all is good.

it's been a good week....left work earlier than usual everyday except Monday. boy does it make a HUGE difference...

...will not be able to do this always, but hope to keep an earlier schedule for awhile.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Wednesday Jun 10, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

1300 before snack after work.

300 snack.

650 dinner.

another higher cal day, but not out of line :)

2250 :)

exercise: half hour walk. and physical therapy. it was a great day.

giving myself a break this week with calories.

dinner was once again a lot of pita chips (4 servings, 550 cal), some veggies, tofu.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Tuesday Jun 09, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Kombucha 170. (basically had two...trying to get my freakin digestive system moving along this morning...for the past month or so it's been so sluggish! I can't take it!) maybe it's due to all the pita chips last night. It wasn't that much fiber with the tofu.  But I even had cauliflower. ah, whatever.

Did good today. Had green tea in afternoon at work and suddenly needed carbs...maybe too much caffeine. Anyways, doesn't matter. At least I stayed in calorie range. Every day can't be perfect. I am happy with what I ate today and everything.

Calories before snack after work 1500

Snack before gym: banana 120, small plums hopefully not more than 100, granola bar 200. Carbs, yes. No caffeine, good. 420 or so.

Dinner: small bit of tofu 50, and some cooked cabbage in some oil / tomato sauce with carrots (it was from a supermarket and was excellent.  Definitely a bit of calories though...guessing 200 at most. so 250 here. nice.

Total today: around 2200. nice.

Exercise: walked around the building at lunch 1x - approximately 5 - 10 minute walk. Weights routine after work.

Ankle is starting to get better, once again. I am guessing tomorrow is a great time for the start of PT. Hoping to really nip this in the bud so that I can enjoy summer walking around a bit (no running till fall, for sure!)

I left work just a bit after 4:30 today. Man did it make a huge difference in leaving so early - I am able to do so much more and come home at a decent hour after the gym! So nice!

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/09/2015:
I have to try Kombucha one of these days, I always mean to and I've heard such good things about it. Any recommendations on flavor/brands? I hope it does the job for you. I've had good success with "Smooth Move" tea in these situations but be careful, it can have opposite effect!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/09/2015:
I will DEFINITELY give you the scoop....on practically EVERY brand...but it may take a few days or till the weekend :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/09/2015:
That's a good idea with the tea. I have had it, too. There's also the chocolate flavor smooth move. Good idea for the morning, actually. So thanks for the reminder. That and senna tea.

liza36 on 06/09/2015:
Hope today is a good one!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/09/2015:
It was :)

supercheeseme on 06/09/2015:
Any chance to come home early I will. I dont htink I've ever left work before 6 pm :( Maybe friday Ill give 4:30 a chance!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/09/2015:
oh man...when you leave early...you can just get so much more done! at the gym, that's the reason I suddenly had so much energy. It wasn't 6:30 when I was starting, but only around 5:15, big difference! and then instead of a protein bar, or some crap, I came home and decided to actually have dinner, since it was still before 8!

Horn_Of_Plenty - Monday Jun 08, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

750 cals before lunch and 650 at lunch - indulged - 1400.

fruit 50, at work. (2 small plums)

Dinner: pita chips, many servings, 460, tofu 100, and some cauliflower, lets say around 40 cal.  Total here: 600, fine.

Total cals: 2050, good.

exercise: 10 minute walk at lunch, and ankle still does hurt.  But my boss is making me take an hour lunch, saying that I will not be getting paid OT for working a half hour bc everyone is getting the hour unpaid (which is not true - there are some folks with half hour lunches). but, I don't care, soon ankle will get stronger and i'll be happy to go outside for a half hour again!


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/08/2015:
Have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/08/2015:
thanks Puddie, it did end pretty well.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Sunday Jun 07, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

exercise: full weights, back, abs.

calories: probably 2200, big dinner out to eat with family, including some dessert.

Good Morning :)

Last night was a lot of fun.  My guy friend came over around 5:30 and it was 8pm by the time we finished dinner and picked up a movie.  It was a good movie - The Theory of Everything.  It's about a famous scientist, who I believe is still alive today, suffering from ALS. Steven Hauking is the scientist / mathematician.  We actually watched the whole movie, which is pretty darn amazing in itself as usually I get distracted...by this same guy friend...but now i'm 32 and the movie was actually enjoyable to watch....so I made sure I behaved!  

He left around midnight bc he works a job that is not typical office hours.  He works in the food industry and had to be at work today, very early, around I think 5:30 or 6am. ouch.

But for some reason, even though I was tired, I stayed awake online till around 1:30-2am.

Got around 7hrs sleep, went to bed around 2am & took sleeping pill.  I thought i'd be able to sleep in late again, like yesterday, but even with the pill I was up at 8.  I think I was able to get around one more hour after that as I tried to go back to sleep. But then my dad called and after our conversation, I was fully awake! haha.

8am: chips 170

10am: Kombucha - coffee flavor! it's a really strong flavor, I probably wont' be getting it again but it was worth trying! 70 cal

11am Fruit: 100

350 or so cal.

1:30 Lunch: fruit and veggies around 200, roast chicken on roll 350 with mustard. 550

900 :)

out to dinner with my parents, sister & her fiance tonight.  Parents are picking me up at 5pm...it's almost 2pm, so will get to the gym soon after I digest lunch!


Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/07/2015:
Sounds like you had a good time - good for you.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2015:
Thanks Puddie ;)

grannyannie on 06/07/2015:
Love that movie!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2015:
yeah, finally, a good movie from the red box!

ohioraven on 06/07/2015:
Yep, seen it. Good One.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2015:
and the perfect length...not too long, not too short. but I sorta thought it ended very abruptly.

Umpqua on 06/08/2015:
Sounds like you had a nice weekend and I want to see that movie!

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
I recently saw that movie - very good. Have a good week.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Saturday Jun 06, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Exercise: 20-30 minute walk bc I knew it would help things move along digestively-speaking, and I was right.  Ankle still not good though (it's weak / it hurts / I feel the arch of my foot not being properly supported), so besides that half hour walk today, i'll prob not do more of that until next weekend / we'll see.  maybe just 10 minutes here and there these next few days.

8am: Gatorade, leftover veggies, natural high fat / protein bat 400. Kombucha 100 So around  500.

Snacking: chips 150, more Gatorade 100 250

snack: bar 200

950, good...going out to dinner with my guy friend tonight & watching a movie afterwards. then maybe some wine I have in my fridge for like ever, needs to be used! haha

dinner: 1 1/2 spring rolls fried - around 150? (they were small), white rice 200?, soup 100?, curry with veggies and mock duck (mock duck was so-so) 250-300 total: 750, good.

lots of wine...360 calories is my estimate (2-3 glasses of wine)...and one piece dark chocolate 50 at most...400 here.

total cals today: 2100, great. good job to me.

(Hope to be able to use the bathroom this am....and then maybe still sleep a bit...may be a late night I am having a long term guy friend over that I've known since around 2008....so....7 years. We used to get together on and off like once a month or once every few months.)  lol, all the kombucha and water helped me today...I feel better now about getting together with him. lol, the pains of being me!  hahaha...

But then we sorta had a fight around a year ago, I forget exactly when. So I haven't seen him in about one year. He is laid back and has a nice personality. We are getting together for dinner and a movie, should be nice as it always was except the time when he rushed here and we had a fight when I didn't want to get dinner bc I sorta ste but told him I didn't mind going with him somewhere....and then several places were closed....so yeah, he got angry with me but it was def partly my fault. Stupid fight but I then got angry with the way he spoke to me and they was he drove me in his car - he was fuming too prob bc of traffic and also bc I was being wishy-washy and he was hungry. We both were in the wrong and just didn't communicate right.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/06/2015:
Rest up this weekend and enjoy yourself.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2015:
Thanks Puddy :) I did rest up some, and relax. It was very nice.

grannyannie on 06/06/2015:
Have a good weekend.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2015:
Thanks Grannyannie!

ohioraven on 06/07/2015:
Good job, HP.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/07/2015:
Thanks, Raven ;)

Horn_Of_Plenty - Friday Jun 05, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

1350 cal before end of workday.

1400...in fruit after work....

fruit at home 50...1450....veggies 300 - bc in sauce....

1750...chicken on half sandwich around 150..eh.

1900. decent.

Around 20 minutes walking during the day.

Forgot about the banana - so 2000 cal not 1900.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/06/2015:
have a great day.

Horn_Of_Plenty - Thursday Jun 04, 2015
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights/bike)
Weight: 126.0

Evening edit :

I will just say this: today ends on a happy note.

Did the weights at the gym and did them well. No cardio besides a walk around the block a couple times. Eating less veggies to resolve the bloating as well as more salt - it helps me actually want to eliminate. Haha yeah.

Calories thru lunch: 1250 and def not more. Snack before gym: lots of fruit 200 (yes it bloats but I have my reasons for having it - was thinkng to take tomorrow off but then changed my mind), granola bar 200.

Snack after gym: Frozen yogurt 300 at most.

Total cal: 1950, very good


still too much bloating (issues with digestion / bathroom)....

Breakfast: hot water with 2 small lemons, high fat natural protein bar. around 280. (usually i don't eat at home nut was craving the bar in a good way so i had it)

Work Breakfast: egg on wrap with avocado and lox: 350

work snack: yogurt 100

work lunch: chips 130, chicken250....maybe no veggies...



Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/04/2015:
Hope you feel better soon! Eating too much fibre maybe?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/04/2015:
yes, too much fiber and not enough exercise.

liza36 on 06/04/2015:
I'm sure you are drinking tons of water for your bloating...hope it resolves soon.

horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2015:
Thanks for the tip. I was...but I think my nerves and lack of physical movement really got me. Salt actually helped in the end....and fluids.

puddles on 06/04/2015:
Hope you are feeling better soon.

horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2015:
Thank you Puddles :) as I get thru with this ankle stuff, I know my mood and spirits will lighten up. I hope for it to be a nice summer overall for me & fall too :) even winter. I will try to own those seasons and not let so much get to me. It's a matter of time before I am walking again :)

Umpqua on 06/05/2015:
I'm glad you finally made it to the gym, woot woot!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/06/2015:
Yeah, you know, a workout can make you feel 1,000x better than sitting around all day!

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