Monday, February 1, 2010

Eating the Paleo Way

Many people new to the Paleo Diet have a hard time figuring out what to eat. They often tend to eat the same thing they've always eaten, but just remove the grain. So instead of hamburger and fries, they may just have a hamburger patty. Instead of cereal and a banana, they'll have just the banana. The result – hunger!

Here are a few tips to make eating Paleo a routine part of your lifestyle:

For breakfast, make an easy omelet. Quickly sauté onion, peppers, mushroom, broccoli, add eggs (keeping only one or two yolks), and leftover turkey or chicken breast for extra protein.

Paleo lunches are easy: Make a large salad at the beginning of the week big enough to cover lunch each day. Include mixed greens, spinach, radishes, peppers, cucumber, carrots, avocado, walnuts/almonds, sliced apple/pear, etc and place in a large Tupperware container. Pack single servings each morning from the large batch; bring a can of tuna (or salmon, chicken/turkey breast, ground buffalo) to top.

For dinner, try spaghetti squash as a substitute for any pasta recipe. Top with pesto, marinara and meatballs, or simply salt, pepper, and garlic. Roasted beets, and their greens, make a great side dish for pork. Asparagus, broccoli, and spinach can be steamed quickly. Salmon, halibut, or tilapia filets grill well with accompanying foil packs full of cut veggies with olive oil and garlic.

Berries and other succulent fruits make a great dessert, and pre-cut carrot and celery sticks, sliced fruit, and pre-portioned raw nut/dried fruit mixes are easy to grab and pack for snacks.
Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

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Week 4 Cleanse

1 month down!

Another great week, feeling awesome, energy great, loving food having no "control" over me! This was the first week that I am actually starting to feel "lean" and see a difference in my body when I look in the mirror, how my clothes fit and, most importantly to me, how I feel when running the trails. Will be doing a 150 minute trail run tomorrow, gonna test again how little calories I can take in before the run and during, wish me luck.

As of 1/30/2010:

Wt loss this week: 1.2lbs
Total since 1/1/2010: 8lbs

Some solutions to eating out on this plan (let's call it modified "Paleo").....

Example of a few things I had to do this week, very busy at work with 2 nighttime presentations:

1. At my first presentation they had a buffet with salad and various deli sandwiches. First of all I ate some eggs and fruit before I went so I was not too hungry. Then I took the turkey and cheese off of 3 sandwiches and put it on a salad, no problem, easy and yummy.

2. One day I ran out of protein at work so I drove through Arby's, got the roast beef sandwich, threw away the bread and ate just the meat and an apple (high in sodium and fat, but not bad in a pinch)

3. Heather and I went out to a "dinner" at the Lobster Bar at Chops with a gift cert friends bought us - since we are on a pretty tight budget, we had already used most of this gift cert last week at the fish market, we had about $30 left. We had one drink, they brought the bread and butter and we were both starving and decided a little cheat was worth it, fantastic bread and free :-) We then shared 2 appetizers and were fine. Still cost about $40 but well worth the $10!

4. Friday night I created a new cocktail, Captain's Morgan and Coke Zero (very good and would be even better with Lime) - no sugar or added calories!

5. Making the pancakes tonight for dinner, adding protein powder to make them even better!