Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ok, today wasn't perfect, but was alright. I went slightly off track when I ate 5 marshmallows. I also had a crappy lunch (as in, waterlogged veggies and flavorless shrimp), so I ended up running to the grocery store and picking up a pack of Oscar Mayer Carving Board chicken and eating about half of that (it's sooo yummy, but of course not nitrate free). I also had two Larabars today, 'cause I love them.... though I'm going to try to cut back to one or none a day. Dinner was a salad with ham, turkey, walnuts, tomatoes, and cranberries.
I thought we were doing spinning at my BeFit class, but Bre wanted to use some new medicine balls that the gym just got, so we did about 45 minutes of stuff with those instead (and stretches and warm up of course- class was an hour tonight). I used an 8 and a 12 pounder... my arms are sore! Burnt 525 calories.
I tried making a paleo pancake today for breakfast. It came out more like a crepe, so I chopped up a few strawberries to roll up in it with a drizzle of honey. It was good... a nice change from eggs, but it took a while to make so I'll probably only make it on days I really have a lot of spare time in the morning.
Chloe got a bug of outdoorsy stuff for Christmas, including bug catching jars. Joe just caught a huge spider and they are looking at it. I am hiding in the bathroom until it's dead- I HATE SPIDERS. We had a -huge- orb weaver living outside of our living room window all summer... it was terrifying.
Anyway, I'm off! Need to bake up some chicken for lunch tomorrow.
oh, PS- down a pound since yesterday. :-D
Monday, February 25, 2013
I made a tumblr so I could keep track of my friend who is also doing Paleo (as she has one)... lissaslosinit.tumblr.com :)
Today went pretty well. I had a few bites of potato and I don't think my meat intake was very paleo (all rather salty), but, it was a good start I think! I'm rather hungry right now, but holding off on eating because I'm really trying to not eat after dinner, and obviously we've already eaten (it is 7:30 pm here).
For dinner we had ham, scalloped potatoes, and broccoli/carrots/cauliflower. I had a couple small pieces of potato while trying to encourage Spencer to eat- usually he'll try something if he sees me eating it. It didn't work in this case, haha. He's so picky! He did eat a few pieces of ham and some carrots willingly. Yay.
Anyway, I'm rather tired. Time to make something for lunch tomorrow and get ready for an early night.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Here's what I'm planning for today:
Breakfast: 1/2 c. egg beaters scrambled with 1/2 c. mushrooms, spinach
AM Snack: apple
Lunch: salad with turkey, sunflower seeds, and veggies
PM Snacks: cheese stick, raw veggies, 1 oz. nuts (will have to eat at home as work is nut-free)
Dinner: Ham, some form of veggie (probably broccoli)
Evening snack (if necessary): Larabar
I know the meat and cheese make it not 100% Paleo, but, I don't really want to give up cheese and should be fine as I don't overdo it, and as mentioned before, the meat being nitrate free, organic, whatever really isn't that important to me. Maybe someday it will be, but right now I'm okay. I feel like I might be somewhat hungry today so I'm going to see if I can come up with a few other healthy snacks- maybe just some cooked veggies. Anyway, off I go. I'm going to weigh and measure (*gulp!*) today for an accurate starting point.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
We made it to the grocery store. I had printed out a helpful list of Paleo-friendly foods and bought:
-celery, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, a bunch of spinach, and a big bag of salad mix
-apples (two types!), grapes, strawberries, bananas
-chicken breast (not organic. I'm honestly not too worried about the whole meat being organic thing, and we can't afford it)
-a small baked ham
-individual servings of turkey and chicken lunchmeat to toss on salads (again... I'm being kind of lenient on the meat front. I don't really eat much of it as it is.)
-natural walnuts and almonds
-organic almond butter
-coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, and EVOO
-egg beaters (we already had eggs)
-Larabars! I'd never had them. They were on sale 10/$10 so I bought 10. Split half of one with Chloe- it was yummy!
possibly a few other items I forgot to mention. all in all, I think it was pretty good for the first trip. We have fish in the freezer and I'll buy more next time... :)
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I have decided that this is an eating plan I really want to try. The Fast-5 plan I mentioned in an earlier blog is still something I'm curious about, but I don't think at this point in time it will really help me. I think my friend had so much success with it primarily because she was eating a lot of unhealthy foods the majority of the time. And while I'm nowhere near perfect, I tend to make healthier choices most of the time. I DO want to limit my eating in the evening, and maybe hold off on breakfast until later in the morning, so I might try to increase the amount of time between my evening meal and my meal the next morning, but I won't be doing the 19 hour stretch of fasting right now.
However, Paleo really interests me. I have already had moderate success with a lower-carb/lower-sugar sort of diet but haven't stuck with it long enough to see lasting results. I do tend to notice that on weeks where I limit my carb and sugar intake, I lose more than weeks that I don't. I think my body really does react negatively to the carbs and the sugar. Paleo in it's purest form is a little too extreme for me, since I don't think I can completely omit dairy, but there are a lot of recipes that seem very South Beach-esque that I want to try. I already know the basic principles of a low-carb eating plan, so Paleo shouldn't be an enormous stretch. It's really a matter of avoiding the starchy, carby, sweet snacks I crave. True Paleo eating includes only grass-fed meats, which are okay to avoid if your budget can't afford them. No grains, processed foods, sugars, etc. The basic breakdown is similar to South Beach- here's what I found on the Paleo site:
Fresh fruits and veggies
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
Legumes (including peanuts)
Refined vegetable oils
I am going to do some more research and recipe digging, and I've already sent my friend an email asking her to guide me towards some of the info she found useful. I've let Joe know I want to try this and also made a Facebook post informing my coworkers (since I snack a lot at work) and asking for support from my friends and family. I'm NOT going to make my kids start eating Paleo because that's not fair to them. Joe probably won't do it with me, and that's okay with me. Maybe if I have success he'll switch, but for now, I'm focusing on myself.
I'm also going to talk to Bre and Stacey (trainers who teach BeFit) about it and see if they have any info for me.
I'd like to go shopping today, but it's snowing, so, I might have to hold off. I can still try to implement a lower-carb/sugar-free plan in the meantime even if I haven't stocked up on Paleo-foods, since really all I need to buy is a healthier oil and maybe some nuts to eat at home (can't have them at work). We're out of chicken but I can hold off on that for a few days and just have salad.
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