I moved to Paleo from Atkins ultra low carb, because I was since July 2013 on 20 net grams of carb per day, I was counting everything like crazy. I used to obsess about my scale number, about the number of cups, grams, ratio’s and percentage of fat and protein in my every meal. I strived to get me a perfect meal, doesn’t matter the taste. It had to be the best, most perfect amount in nutrients and the carbs were the bad thing. This used to drive me crazy! So I thought to hell with it, I haven’t lost a gram/pound since I went back on the wagon. I might as well enjoy my meals and try to obsess less about food. I was too dogmatic and it was killing me. Paleo came as a great solution, I could still stay on track (that is no sugar and no gluten), I could eat what I want (or more of it actually) and I would still feel good besides the damn scale number (still working on it). The most attractive part was not counting anything… Well… I still didn’t loose anything with Paleo, but I started eating starches and fruit and even white potatoes, making recipes I like (smoothies and desserts). I still don’t like to make desserts and breads and pancakes too often, but once in a while I do it without guilt. I mean own made chocolate is the greatest, but the whole nutrient dense, vitamin filled food is better, because I can stuff myself with chocolate and it will replace the nutritious salad I had planned and all those good things I get from the whole foods.
I thought if I will stop counting and will start eating all those ‘bad’ carbs (starches and fructose full fruits, like banana) it will be the end of it, because I have gained half of the weight I lost on low carb, so I would most definitely gain the rest of it back. Well… it didn’t happen. I still eat potatoes and banana with fear that next day I will gain a kilo back, and yes I still obsessively weight myself everyday (still working on it). That didn’t happen either. What did happen was that my weight is already for 5 months the same, I still fit in my cloths I bought at my lowest weight range, my moods are way better than they were (no dooms day scenarios playing in my mind), I have more mental clarity, I have less hunger and teeth wrenching, I sleep better (without the magnesium pills), my hair doesn’t fall out that much anymore, I get to learn myself way better and the most important thing - most of my binging episodes went away. I was flabbergasted! I realised that the low carb I was on for a few years was too low for me and I needed starch! Especially if I was also going to work out and move more!
For the lowcarber in me it all sounds like a blasphemy! Think of all that carb overload I’m having with eating banana smoothie or making pancakes with raw honey (oh the sugar!) and the potatoes! It’s the death itself. And it’s true, probably if I want to loose those kilos again, I should go back on lower carb side, but now I’m thinking what it would cost me? I don’t want another binge episode or my hair falling out in the name of being less overweight. I try to convince myself it’s not that bad to be overweight if I’m feeling healthy and good. I’ll still gonna die from something, it might as well be from a sweet potato since I don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol.
I don’t eat sweat potatoes everyday either, I eat starch mostly on my strength training days and I’m still experimenting with myself. I want to lean out without loosing muscle and since I also want to tone down and be stronger than I was before I started Intermittent Fasting a month ago. This means I’m fasting for 16 hours (most of it during sleep, which is natural to our body) and I eat between 12 and 20 hour window. I must say that at first it felt weird to not eat in the morning, and it still feels weird not to do that, because it’s a social happening for me and my husband, but I make breakfast for him and I make bulletproof coffee (coffee with coconut oil and butter), which is a breakfast by itself. Here is where after long rambling I arrive to the point of this post, what do I eat.
I get some remarks from my friends that I'm following this weird Paleo diet and eating probably weird things. So I thought I will post what I eat on regular basis.
I usually make recipes I find on internet and in the sites I follow. So I’ll just post the links.
Today is Saturday, that’s one of the days I’m strength training and eating starch and fruit. I follow Les Mills Body pump lessons. It means I lift heavy weights for an hour according to music. I train all the muscle groups with help of basic body movements: squat, lunges, plank, push ups, I do dead lifts, bench press etc. All within one hour, using various weights and according to the rhythm, so you get not only eccentric slow movements, but also high intensity quick movements all changing according to the rhythm. Ever since I do it I noticed I get my muscles toned, I get stronger and leaner because of intermittent fasting too. I am finally able to do push ups without the knees on the ground. I hope I can one day manage a pull up. Yup, this is my new obsession! Anyways, I’m rambling again. So, Saturday, I start the day with bulletproof coffee, I run to do my strength training in a fasted state. I come home and break my fast with breakfast at 12 o’clock and usually lunch at 15 or 16 and dinner somewhere between 19 and 20.
Today I had an exception, because I wanted to make pancakes for my husband, usually I eat something else for lunch.
Here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast: 2 fried eggs in butter, 1 whole avocado, cucumber and 1 whole small tomato.
You can’t really say it’s all boring diet food he!