Friday, September 14, 2012
I gave in.... during our very busy week (2 away volleyball games, Siberian Husky with allergic reaction and one dr. visit due to daughters red inflamed eyes) my husband complained ad nauseum that we can never for the rest of our lives get fast food. This is a story ( whine, whine, bitch and pout) that I have heard many times before. I always have snacks and can tie us over until we get home. Today however we ended up at Del Taco. I even picked the place because it seemed like I could get a taco salad without much damage.
I know you are laughing right now, but I really put some thought into which poison would be worse and chose tacos.... What I didn't do was research. I am blaming my husband but really 100% goes to me. I could have had an iced tea and gone straight home... BUT I PUT THE FORK IN MY MOUTH LOADED WITH TACO SALAD. Oddly enough as I was sitting there an overwhelming sense of uhh-ooh came over me. It felt wrong and yet I listed off all of the things in the taco salad. Ground beef, lettuce, cheese, tomato, guacamole, sour cream. I did not order beans or eat the taco shell. The rest is all Primal. Couldn't be that bad?
Then I came home and logged on and went over to Del Taco nutrition page so I could track my food for the day. As I sat down my stomach did a huge gurgling flip flop. I am so bloated! Then I broke down the ingrediants after I fell on the floor from the calories and carb counts. A whole taco salad is 845 calories. 69 carbs and the sodium is 2470. Seriously 2470. If this wasn't bad enough, I clicked on the nutrition info for the ground beef. Among the ingrediants were this....
Hydrolyzed corn gluten, wheat protein, soy protein, silicon dioxide, sugar, oats, isolated oat product, caramel color....
SHOULDN'T THIS HAVE SAID GROUND BEEF??????
I haven't had soy, wheat, corn, sugar or oats in almost 2 months. I feel cheated and silly for not doing my homework. I am the kind of person asking the local butcher the precise ingrediants for his turkey jerkey. I made him go in the back and check the recipie, then I down fake meat and eat a day and a half worth of carbs......
My husband shrugged it off. No big deal, I'll burn it off tomorrow. He's clueless - I got so mad that I sent him to Walmart to look for an item I know they do not have. Bought me 2 hours to get over my misktake and decide if I want to unlock the door when he comes home!!!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
At the Farmers Market last weekend I purchased two big bunches of kale - curly leaf - organic apples, organic carrots, organic strawberries, an onion, two zucchini, and a bunch of garlic. The organic strawberries were the most expensive, but so worth the money. Sweeter than anything I have had in a month!
The curly leaf Kale is new to me. This was always garnish under my super fattening dinners at overpriced restaurants. Now I am enjoying experimenting with so many different foods. My kale discoveries:
1. Seriously washing the tiny bugs out of the kale was a pain. Twice in the sink bath. I will have to develop a system for washing vegetables. The curly leaves made this a pain.
2. I do not like kale in my green smoothies. Weird I know, but it did not taste good. I am in love with the spinach/ fruit combinations and have cut way down on the amount of fruit. But the kale I had a hard time with. Even with the coconut oil, the kale smoothie didn't do it for me.
3. I love kale cooked and in soups. This week I made chicken vegetable soup with loads of kale in it. I also put it in my chicken stir fry and with the coconut oil and garlic it was delicious.
4. I'm in love with kale chips. First batch was way too oily and salty. Second batch was just perfect. I melted 1 tbs. coconut oil and then tossed 3 big handfuls of kale to coat and lightly sprinkled with sea salt - then baked for 20 min at 350. WOW. These were crunchy and delicious. I even crushed some up on my salad the next day. My girls said they tasted like brussels sprouts. Love them!
Other discoveries this week.... I am getting better at going into the grocery store and grabbing something quick that is still primal. Volleyball season is underway and twice this week I found myself without a snack and lunch. Going into the grocery store hungry is not good. It wasn't even the bakery or super deep fried food - it was the cheese. Strange I know, but I wanted to hoover a block of cheese. Instead I grabbed a small bag of mixed veggies (the kind for stir fry) raw, a hard boiled egg and a chicken breast out of the deli. It was makeshift, but it worked. And I left the dairy behind.
I am still swimming as much as I can because summer is going to come to an end soon. Our family seems to perk up in the Fall. We love football and volleyball and have a lot of activities around these events. I am going to set aside some time this week to plan Primal type meals that I can bring to tournaments and prepare for the girls. Football weekends will be another thing. Hubby loves the chip and dip, little smokies in bbq, etc. and so on.. Maybe I will search for Primal tailgating ideas...... What have you folks made for occasions like this?
I am happy that my weight is still decreasing, but a little anxious too. Fall is our favorite and we love to bundle up, light a fire and eat. I need to be strong about setting new traditions and keep on going ! ! I hope all is well with you.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
With all of my questions about Paleo / Primal / Low Carb / Healthy fats and such my lack of a gameplan meant that my weight stalled. I had lost 20 lbs. at this point and kind of flipped out. What if that was all my body was capable of losing? I was really bummed and needed a plan that I was going to stick with... something I could see myself doing forever.
I started to research Paleo and of course it was the coffee creamer that did me in. For now I seriously look forward to my morning coffee. I couldn't imagine going cold turkey on morning coffee. So my new mindset was, if I can't imagine doing it then it most likely is not going to happen. Setting myself up for failure. Then while searching Paleo recipes I came across Mark's Daily Apple. OMG - like the curtains were drawn back and I could finally see a lifestyle. This is doable. But results?
I bought the book The Primal Blueprint and was so excited. It was like I was back in school, got the highlighters and post it notes for later references. Then I put the plan into action. Hit the Farmers Market in Puyallup, WA with the same budget that I would have used at the grocery store. Had to extend the budget a bit and went to the butcher shop in a neighboring town. This was kind of a pain because I thought... am I going to do this routinely? Then I purged the fridge and started chopping veggies. CAN I TELL YOU HOW DELICIOUS GRASS FED BEEF IS? And how wonderful Kerrygold butter is? Real bacon and chicken sausages made on site. I bought exactly enough meat to feed my family for a week - and added real beef jerkey on top of that. Still have some left over because my portion sizes have gone down considerably. I made thai coconut curry chicken, asparagus wrapped in flank steak on the grill... seriously good stuff!!
The good news: SERIOUS ENERGY. I can not tell you how much better I feel. WEIGHT LOSS. I have come off the plateau and am down 3 lbs. this week. RECIPES. There are so many wonderful combinations that we are enjoying.
The bad news: Can't get husband to give up bread. Slow transition I guess. I just make sure that when he tells me he is completely exhausted at the end of the day that most likely it was something he ate. Every chance I get I explain how the granola bar and ham and cheese on wheat bread are not doing him any good.
So Primal it is! And it seems to be working...
Hope everything is going well for you!
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