Okay, so this paleo eating thing is pretty cool. I still haven't done enough of my homework but I'm following what guidance I've gotten. I'm keeping dairy in, but avoiding sugar and grains like the plague.
I turned down a home-baked banana chocolate chip muffin today! My colleague brought them in, bless his heart, his girlfriend made them and it was his first "gift" food-sharing with the office. (It's a bunch of ravenous vultures in my group, I swear... so food is the ultimate in friendship!) I was feeling awful this morning, crabby and tired and weak. I didn't get to eat my breakfast til I got to work (still warm!) so I was hungry. When he offered... I took a muffin. I smelled it. It smelled soooooooooo good. Banana-y and sweet. I combined two little tupperwares of nuts, wiped out the empty one, and dropped the muffin in. I brought it home and Max ate it for dessert tonight, while I had a perfect sweet little tiny plum. Okay, okay, I had a little tiny bite of the muffin, but I felt like I deserved it after so much self-discipline! This is so unlike me... I'm usually so much weaker in the face of sweet delicious baked goods! Everyone who knows me (particularly on Spark) knows that cake is my Kryptonite, and if this muffin was anything but a cupcake, then I'm a fool. White flour and lots of sugar... chocolate chips on top. A banana cupcake, let's call it. And I outwitted it.
(I outwitted a cupcake? Wow I'm a genius!)
Anyway. Back to the fatty-fat-fat part. So here's my nutritional breakdown for the day, all paleo-style:
I realize that's blurry, but for the kids at home, that says 20% carb, 20% protein, and 60% fat. Um... 60% fat? I'm following the rules here, but that seems extreme.
Breakfast: 2-egg omelette with peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and a bit of chevre, plus a leftover zucchini fritter from yesterday's brunch.
Morning snack: 3 tablespoons of mascarpone with an ounce of chopped pecans, a coffee with milk
Lunch: green salad with leftover chorizo-mushroom-onion hash from yesterday's brunch
Afternoon snack: 2:30pm - apple with natural PB (I know, I didn't have any almond butter at work, I'm still transitioning out of the PB!), 4:15pm - 2 leftover zucchini fritters (little guys), not sure if I was really hungry at that point but they were tasty, and a bit of cheese at about 6:30 when I was staaaaarving and Max still hadn't come home from work.
Dinner: stir-fried veggies (plain) and salmon patties (canned salmon, an egg for glue, garlic, onion, S&P, some other spices)
Dessert: yummy baby plum as mentioned above.
So really - it doesn't look that bad, does it? I guess if I'm not powering back the carbs, the calories have to come from somewhere! And I'm still sitting around 1750, which would be a low day for the "normal diet" me, yet it's a moderate-workout day and all.
Speaking of, I did 20 minutes on the bike trainer - trying to ease my knee back into it - and some upper body weights. I started with push-ups and pull-ups... got to start with the moves that recruit the most muscles, right? But omigosh. It was like somebody flipped a switch. I've been doing my own weights routine for a couple of weeks now, and P90X before that, and between the two of those, omigosh omigosh, I was doing REAL on-the-toes pushups like there was no tomorrow! I did set after set after set! It was AMAZING! I don't know what happened, I almost wish Max had been home to see it because I'm not sure it was real! And the pull-ups... the first one I did was without a step and only with the teeniest little off-the-toes boost. Not even a jump. Mind you, that was just the first one or two, then I had to go get the step to rest my toes on and take a bit of weight off, but WOW! Fatty-fat-fat's packing the big guns!
(Okay I shouldn't refer to myself that way, just my diet, haha!!!)
Soooooo Martha, I'm going to defer to you here... is that what your ratios look like? Or do I need to tone down the nuts and tone up the low-fat proteins? I kind of get the feeling the paleos like their high-fat proteins. Anyway - groceries were gotten today (they magically appeared! Haha!) so there's 1% cottage cheese and fat free greek yogurt again... phew. Been missing those!
And for Lori, I'm usually pretty happy packing leftovers for lunch, so this won't be much of a change for me. For example, lunch tomorrow will be a salad with a leftover salmon patty. We're pretty good about making enough for lunch-leftovers when we make dinner. Add in an apple, some nuts, and greek yogurt and/or cottage cheese (typically with berries mixed in to either) and I'm set for the day.
Alright my lovelies, it's 10pm and I'm tired, so off I go. I was pretty wiped out today, but I think I'm just getting back on my feet from whatever bug that was. I don't want to blame the low-carb day (89 grams... is that enough?) because I was feeling the same way on Thurs/Fri with my old diet. Although I never really had any symptoms besides exhaustion and a bit of tummy upset, so hopefully it was actually a bug and not my wonky thyroid returning to haunt me. Knock on wood. We'll see if tomorrow I'm feeling perkier!
And if the scale's going to show me something good!