Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After a long (and hectic) winter break full of travel and far too much dark chocolate, I am ready to get back to my regularly scheduled life...

M and I made a pact to eat clean and healthy this year. A lot of people started out 2014 with a Whole30, and we are doing a variation on that--just not as strict, because we find that being Paleo-Zealots makes for a difficult life, and life is difficult enough without the added stress of trying to be perfect. We prefer a more balanced approach to life and to food. That being said, we will still be avoiding all the main "non-paleo" foods: grains, beans and sugar. M is following a stricter Paleo plan than I am--avoiding dairy pretty much completely, but eating fruit most days. He eats lunch and dinner and usually skips breakfast.

I am including grass fed and organic dairy products in my diet because I am doing a strict ketogenic diet and I find adding cream or butter or sour cream to my meals makes it much easier to keep my fat high enough. I am limiting my carbs to 20-30 per day, my protein to 70-100 grams per day, and aiming for 75-80% fat each day. Over the holiday I read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living,and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, two Keto cookbooks (Dana Carpender's Fat Fast Cookbook, and KetoDiet Book by Martina Šlajerová). I started off the New Year ready to go!

I think that this year I will be able to lose the weight I need to lose, and still be able to maintain the well balanced Paleo diet my husband loves. I have had a lot of fun looking up new recipes and coming up with ideas for lunches. M works in a very physical job, so he needs daily lunch sustenance. I have taken some paleo kids lunch ideas from around the web and converted them into adult-sized portions. I am trying to take pictures so that I have a record of what we are eating so that I can blog about it later. We also like to drink wine from time to time, but have stopped buying it and bringing it home--on our "date nights" however we have dry wine and eat out. We focus on eating steak and veggies or a green salad with chicken or shrimp. One of our favorite places to go is JJ Mahoneys in Redmond--they have a yummy steak on the menu that we get (without the Guinness gravy) and with extra veggies no potato or bread. A fair Paleo meal, and low carb enough for me, even with a glass or two of wine!

For my next blog post, I will share with you some of the meals I have been making for M. In the meantime, for those of you on Keto, I know how hard it can be when your friends, family, and workmates are not doing the same thing as you. Good luck. Keep Calm and Keto On! For those of you on Paleo, I will be posting some awesome new recipes soon, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Morning commute...

I walked with MapMyWalk! Distance: 1.80mi, time: 31:41, pace: 17:36min/mi, speed: 3.41mi/h.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thoughts on my Whole30

I'm glad it's over. 

I think it is good to shake up the way you eat from time to time, but for me having been Paleo for a long time, I seem to do a lot better on Paleo with dairy and wine than on the stricter Paleo path.  I gain weight if I replace heavy cream with coconut cream, mostly due to the carbs, and no doubt the calories.  (To get the right milky balance in my coffee, I need a lot more coconut cream than I do heavy cream...)

I've tried to switch to just plain tea, but it just doesn't do it for me unfortunately...

During the past 30 days, I ate a lot of the same thing. Due to that fact that I commute two hours each day, I find that my time gets cut to the point where when I get home the idea of jumping in the car and going to the store to get the ingredients for something exciting just doesn't appeal to me. This could be avoided by planning, but planning also takes time and so does grocery shopping, and I find it far easier to fall back on one or two staples that I can remember to pick up the ingredients for on the weekend. I know, it's kind of sad really...there are so many great Paleo recipes out there, this would have been a great opportunity to try them out! But instead I stuck to what I was good at--roasting chicken, sauteeing veggies and ground beef, searing steak, throwing together salads, stir fries, slicing tomatoes and baking, scrambling or poaching eggs.

The other thing that sort of got in the way of my enjoyment of it is that I really don't enjoy the paleo pure fat sources that I need in order to do a well balanced ketogenic diet. In my usual paleo with dairy, I use butter and cream and sour cream liberally.  For paleo it is straight animal fat, avocado, coconut milk (and oil) and nuts.  It is really easy to overdo nuts, coconut milk and avocado when you are relying on them for fat and need to limit your carbs...Also trying to keep the appropriate ratio of O3 to O6 is tricky when you include nuts...

So long story short, the Whole30, while a good exercise in practice, actually worked against me a little this time.  But it gave me some goals, and made me reflect on what I eat...I am motivated to make bone broth and eat more pro and prebiotics as I carry on!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day Thirty!!

Sorry, not many pictures for the past several days. My last couple of Whole30 days were pretty uneventful.  Breakfast on my last day was bacon and eggs followed by a sort of Paleo moussaka--ground lamb, tomatoes, spinach and eggplant topped with cauliflower puree.  It may be that a little goat cheese got in there, but I won't tell if you don't... ;)