System shake-up

Hi!

After many conversations and much reading, I’ve decided to shake up my diet and go primal.

Sort of.

By principal (and from a life-long hatred of diets) I don’t restrict what I eat, but the truth is, I’m in a major food rut. 

I think I’ve eaten a bowl of oatmeal and a banana for breakfast every day for the past 6-7 months.

Even lunches were getting stale with salads, veggie burgers and yogurt day in and day out.

Time for change!

If you’re not sure what paleo/primal/caveman eating is – check out these sites:

Mark’s Daily Apple

Robb Wolf – The Paleo Solution

Here’s the food basics as I’m adopting them:

Lots of non-starchy veggies, lots of meat and eggs. Some fruits and nuts. Limited dairy.

No (or almost none of ) grains, wheat, beans and sugar.

I also realize that a core function of paleo is to eat organic, but I’m going to be making some trade-offs to keep my grocery budget down.

I’m not striving for perfection, but I will hold myself to being consistent.

To be honest, I’m not really sure what to expect weight-loss wise because I’ll still be counting calories and aiming to eat the same amount of calories.

Also, many people have said they feel more energetic and sleep better after switching to paleo eating, not to brag, but I don’t typically get tired during the day and sleep pretty well at night.

I’m excited to see how my body reacts to the increased protein and fat and already I’m being more creative in the kitchen.

Here’s what Day 1 (yesterday) of eats looked like:

Breakfast: 

Two eggs sunny side up with a sliced plum tomato and deli ham (I don’t like ham, so not really sure what this was about…it wasn’t good haha). Coffee with almond milk.

Lunch:

Half a bag of mixed salad greens with a sliced carrot, 4 oz of rotisserie chicken and 50 grams of avocado topped with 1 oz of Cindy’s Kitchen carrot and ginger dressing. Can you tell I use a food scale to measure everything?? 🙂

Snack: 

1 oz raw almonds, 3 medjool dates.

Dinner:

6 oz of salmon paired with about a cup of collard greens and half a yellow squash, satueed in 1 tsp of olive oil.

Dessert: 

4 oz Chobani plain fat free Greek yogurt with half a banana

First impressions:

I was a little overwhelmed the first day when I came back from the farmers’ market with bags and bags of produce and meat and eggs. I can’t even remember the last time I bought meat or eggs. I also suddenly wanted to eat loads of chocolate and cheese and blamed the craving as an emotional response to change and mild restriction.

After a small panic, I remembered that I’m actually a pretty good cook and creative and just began throwing ingredients together! Change is good and challenge is good.

It feels a little weird to be eating this much protein (and specifically animal-based protein) with every meal, but I’m sure my body will adjust. I also can’t wait to see how my body reacts to a drastic decrease in sugar intake.

My goal is to go week by week with paleo eating. I’d like to say that I’ll do it for at least a month, but that sounds long and scary to me haha.

I’m all about creating small changes and that’s exactly how I plan to approach paleo eating. I’m going at it with no expectations but I’ll continue to update you with what I’m learning!

– Jodi

 

My very strict no-rules un-diet

Let’s talk eats, shall we?

First and foremost, I track what I eat. I really don’t think you can effect change if you don’t know what you’re working with.

Second. If I’m hungry, I eat. no starving allowed!

Annnddd those are pretty much my only rules.

My diet consists of whatever I want it to consist of. Most of the time I eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, salads, beans, nuts, yogurt, and full-fat cheese. Some of the time I eat everything else. All of the time I record it.

Simple, huh?

My meals, while parts of them feature a lot of variety, don’t really change much week to week.

In the summer I was making lots of smoothies for breakfast. They typically consist of a banana, some sort of frozen fruit, 4 oz – 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk, as much spinach as could fit in my magic bullet and either some protein powder or chia seeds or peanut butter. Now that it’s colder out I’ve been eating oatmeal or making oat pancakes.

Lunch is usually the same. Salad topped with whatever I’m in the mood for that week. Lately I’ve been making them with beets and goat cheese and hummus, but I tend to get creative! My favorite toppings are almonds, broccoli, veggie burgers, beans, or even left over dinner from the night before. Anything you can put between bread or on a plate will usually work on a bed of lettuce. I also make my own dressing with a mixture of oil + vinegar, lemon juice, salt + pepper and mustard whisked together.

Dinners are quick and easy. Veggies, protein (sometimes vegetarian, sometimes not) and usually something starchy like a potato or quinoa. Nothing fancy here!

I also usually crave something sweet after dinner and fulfill that with either some sort of fruit/cocoa powder combo to get a chocolate fix! I try to limit bread and sugar for no other reason than I find it doesn’t sustain me as well as other food. I also happen to really enjoy fruits and vegetables. Really. So it doesn’t feel like any sort of sacrifice eating fruit for desert, or having veggies as a snack.

This is what works for me. Over the last year, I’ve transitioned from eating a lot of processed foods (ie. lean cuisines) to cooking 99% of the food I eat. It’s helped me save money and made me healthier!

I wanted to give a quick overview of how I’ve lost the weight so far, but I promise…more detailed posts about all of these topics are coming soon!