Things are going great here in Paleo land. I have to say that I have really settled into this "new" way of eating and find it satisfying. Being a skinny guy I went Paleo for health benefits not for aesthetics but my girlfriend on the other hand has lost 7 pounds! Here's what I ate today:
Bfast: 5 strips of bacon, 2 eggs over easy and a bowl of spinach with olive oil
Lunch: Roasted chicken, a peach and sauteed cabbage with cilantro
Dinner: Lamb sausage with peppers
Snacks: sunflower and macadamia nuts and a couple pluots
I had mentioned previously that I injured my back squatting. I am almost 100% and have started working out again. I am going to start working on my press and try to get it up to my bodyweight (160lbs). I will also start doing some light deadlifts as well and see how my back likes it. I squatted the bar the other day and it felt just fine. To make up for my lack up time pumping iron I have been working on some gymnastics stuff, trying to get my handstand locked in. I recently read an excerpt from Methode Naturelle and found some very interesting stuff on posture and jumping and climbing I have been putting to use as well. Erwan Le Corre of MovNat incorporates a lot of stuff from it and he has a really great program that I would love to experience someday. If you haven't heard of it be sure to check it out here: www.movnat.com.
Til next time.
I started out doing Paleo plus dairy and have since changed to strict Paleo which means no grains, legumes or dairy. Since I do not have an auto immune issue I will still be eating nightshades which include potatoes and bell peppers. I will however be peeling the potatoes since the bad part is in the skin. I was concerned I would not get enough calories without my dairy but it has not been an issue. I will say I miss my post workout milk but have substituted sweet potato and left over meat for this meal. Sweet potatoes are delicious as well. I never knew, and they are cheap! I injured my back 3 weeks ago because I went to the gym even though I was sick and did some back squats with poor form due to having a foggy brain. I could barely stand up straight for a week and could hardly go the day without popping Advil. Sitting for 8 hours a day at my job really exacerbated the condition as well. I have been stretching and have ran and jumped and done some wallballs. I have no pain during the activity but my low back is sore the next day. This week I will take all week off and just do some mobility work. It is very frustrating to be so inactive but I know it is for the best.
My gf and I started a strict Paleo diet 2 weeks ago and she has already lost 4 pounds. She is someone who loves her pastries and sugar so it has been a struggle finding alternatives to a certain degree but seeing results so quickly is quite a motivator. She also has suffered extensively in the past from intestinal discomfort and that has improved dramatically since kicking the grains
Last night I had shrimp tacos wrapped in lettuce instead of tortillas. I had some chipotle pepper sour cream, cheese and avocado to top them.
Morning meal: Coconut milk, half and half, 3 eggs, cocoa powder and 2 tbs local honey.
I had some stomach issues a couple hours after drinking this. I have not had that before. My guess is it is due to the half and half I used instead of whole milk. I wonder what the underlying cause was? I will have to investigate.
For Lunch I had an avocado and some leftover roasted chicken, probably 6 oz. I also munched on a few macadamia nuts and some deli turkey for snacks throughout the day.
Dinner consisted of some chicken I made in a pot. I seared the skinless breasts in butter then added chicken broth, onion, shallots, garlic carrots celery and cabbage and prunes with some various spices. It turned out pretty good but could have been better, it was missing something and I think I know what, potatoes. So potatoes are a nightshade and apparently ok to eat sans skin but the yam tends to be a better starch of choice whenever I listen to the Robb Wolf podcast he recommends them over potatoes though I don't know why. Perhaps they have more vitamins? Anyhow next time I will put some purple yams in the mix to give it a bit more mmmmph!
I have been logging my meals on FitDay and it looks like I am maintaining a rough average of 60/20/20 fat/protein/carb.
I cheated over the weekend and had some Chinese food with the GF but have remained Paleo friendly since then. This morning was another Coconut Milk shake with 3 raw eggs this time, cocoa powder and 2 tbs of local honey. The honey made it even tastier! I find this High Fat shake to satiate me through late morning much better than the breakfast burrito I used to eat did. The burrito consisted of a flour tortilla, 3 eggs scrambled in butter and some cheese. It was zone enough for me but I like the shake better. I have also been eating bacon and eggs and find that good too. The "carb angst" as I will call it is dwindling. I was feeling "hungry" for bread even though I was getting plenty of calories but that seems to be subsiding as I get more used to running on Fat.
Hello running buddies. I wanted to point you to a great website for Paleo Info. I'm sure you have heard of Robb Wolf, if not check out his site and listen to his podcasts. They are fun informative and free. http://robbwolf.com/category/podcasts/
Also have a look at http://www.archevore.com/ and google Paleo 2.0. That is Kurt Harris' take and explanation of the Paleo diet.
When I heard about eating paleo it jived with me right off the bat. It was like when I read the "What is Fitness" article, it made sense. I think I heard about it in the Crossfit Journal. Eating minimally processed foods that we were evolved to eat just made sense. I was an easy sell. Archevore gives the scientific details that prove it is a better way to eat and that should help most skeptics. It's not about eating like a cave man, it's about eating a more well rounded nutritionally dense fashion. Anyhow, I am no scientist so go to those sites if you want more details about the hows and whys. This blog is about my experience. I have decided to give the Paleo Plus Dairy thing a try and today is day 2. I may eventually get off the dairy but the #1 thing to do to improve health and performance is to get rid of the gluten (bye bye bread).
Yesterday I had a headache for about 6 hours. It could have been because I was overtired or because I had not eaten bread. I lean towards the former as I have not been getting enough sleep the past few days (that will be fixed tonite). For breakfast I had a shake that consisted of coconut milk, 2 raw eggs, cocoa and cinnamon. It was pretty tasty and filling. For lunch I am going to have deli meat and hummus and some olives and an apple and dinner will be a roast chicken and broccoli. I must say I fell a bit sluggish and though I am not hungry, I have certainly been getting enough calories, I do feel like a pastry would really hit the spot :). I can't really explain it but I certainly miss the bread and notice a difference in eating more fat and less carbs.