The Primal Holla!
I'm starting this journal to compile delicious primal recipes, and to keep track of what I'm eating and doing and how it affects my health. Hopefully, I'll be able to find my ideal diet, and eat some awesome food while getting there.
Two years ago, I was obese. My weight was going up but I had no idea to stop it - I was eating "healthy" foods, running a couple days a week, and felt like I was always hungry. Pretty much on a whim, I started counting calories, and started losing weight just by eating a couple hundred fewer calories than I calculated that I was burning. But, as I tracked my food, I noticed something strange: I felt much less hungry when I ate a lot of my calories from fat, and not that many from carbohydrates. I became interested in high-fat diets and started reading up on the science behind them. At the same time, I was starting to eat more and more "clean," cutting out most processed foods. Just doing that, I lost 45 lbs. I see primal as the next logical step, as I work on cutting body fat and building muscle.
Last edited by theholla; 09-13-2010 at 07:02 PM.
Oh...two things I should probably mention:
- I'm a pescatarian. I was raised vegetarian, and never developed a taste for most meat. I don't have a moral issue with it, it just seems kind of gross and gives me digestive issues. So, I probably eat more nuts and dairy than is ideal.
- I'm not an all-or-nothing type. So, I will occasionally talk about eating non-primal foods and even enjoying them. I'm ok with looking like someone who takes really good care of herself instead of someone who looks like she takes insanely good care of herself.
So, today's primal journal:
Breakfast: 2% fat Greek yogurt (it's a long story), pecans, apple, cinnamon, vanilla
Lunch: BAS! spring mix, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, black olives, feta cheese, HB egg, dressing (probably not primal)
Snack: 2 handfuls Tamari almonds
Dinner: Special dinner because it's our anniversary - salmon tartare (made from this recipe, but with no spring onions, a really big bunch of chives to compensate, cut salmon to 12 oz, reduce soy sauce to 2 tsp, reduce fish sauce to 2 tsp), sauteed asparagus with butter and crispy garlic. a couple sips of Mr. Holla's Chivas. 1 Medjool.
Activity: 70 minutes walking, light housework
Last edited by theholla; 09-14-2010 at 08:07 AM.
I made it to work on time, and realized I left my lunch at home today. I was totally looking forward to it, so I think I'm going to hop the trolley home, eat my lunch, and then walk back to work (assuming things aren't too crazy here). I'll pick up some bonus low-level aerobic activity and midday sun in the process! Anyway, here's the plan:
Breakfast: 2 eggs + dash of whole milk scrambled in butter with raw goat chevre, asparagus sauteed in butter with paprika and sea salt, chunk of frozen mango
Lunch: BAS! spring mix, arugula, cucumber, red onion, crazy purple heirloom cherry tomatoes, roasted cashews, tiny shrimp, miso-ginger dressing (white miso, apple cider vinnegar, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, ginger). Yes, I still eat fermented soy products.
Snack: tiny apple with almond butter
Dinner: We have a ton of collard greens from last week's CSA, so I'll be boiling those up, which means soul food! So, collards w/olive oil and spices, fried catfish with buttermilk almond crust, 1/2 yam with butter. I'm not thrilled with all the Omega 6's in today's menu, but catfish is freakin' delicious.
Activity: 90 minutes walking, busted out a set of pushups before work, BWC workout this evening
Last edited by theholla; 09-14-2010 at 08:08 AM.
Reason: fixed formatting
So, I didn't get in my BWC workout, but I had a spectacular time sitting around a fire pit drinking Chilean red with some neighbors while the collards were boiling. It was totally impromptu and very primal!
The soul food dinner came out marvelously, and Mr. Holla was in heaven. I skipped the buttermilk, but will probably use some egg next time to help the almond crust stick better. It is amazing how sweet a yam can be, especially with some butter and cinnamon. Mmmm.
Breakfast: 2 HB eggs with my secret blend of herbs and spices (not actually secret - just chili powder, smoked paprika, and sea salt), about 2/3 of a granny smith apple with almond/flax butter
Lunch: BAS! red lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, roasted cashews, tiny shrimp, miso-ginger dressing
Snack: Teeny piece of the big boss's birthday cake. Sardines in olive oil with sriracha. I'm going to learn to like sardines goddamnit, and today is the day. Scratch that. Today was not the day. Handful of almonds.
Dinner: Not sure yet - will add it in later! Recovery smoothie with mango, Greek yogurt, whole milk (was going to be coconut milk, but it had gone moldy ), vanilla extract
Activity: 60 minutes walking, BWC workout this evening (for realz this time) Nope. Weather was gorgeous and I had energy to burn, so I went running instead, then did some pushups.
Last edited by theholla; 09-16-2010 at 10:44 AM.
Reason: the best laid plans...
Primal Blueprint = Powerthirst?
Because I'm starting to feel uncomfortably energetic!
Sitting at my desk is torture. Yesterday, I missed my usual 30 minute/1.6 mile commute to work because I was running late and hopped a trolley instead. So, I took a sunny, brisk 40 minute walk at my lunch break to try to burn off some extra energy. No luck - I just felt like moving more. I walked 30 minutes home. I was still buzzing. I was planning on doing the BWC workout I missed the day before, but the weather was so perfect I put on my new racing flats and went out for an easy 5k with some sprints at the end. It was unreal - I was still fidgeting while I ran, singing songs in my head and drumming on my thighs to keep the beat. I normally take days off between runs, but I'm still craving more action today. EEP!
The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.
You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout
Breakfast: Eggs scrambled in butter with crimini mushrooms and horseradish cheddar chevre. Amazing!!!
Lunch: Ojingeo dup bap (squid and vegetables in spicy sauce), hold the rice, kimchi. Not quite primal since the sacue was a little sweet, but delicious.
Dinner: Cottage cheese w/sliced banana, handful almonds, handful cashews, sardines with sriracha (still think they're gross), frozen mango chunks
Activity: 75 minutes walking, cleaned the downstairs to get ready for Ma and Pa Holla.
Have I mentioned that I'm ass over teakettle in love with my new racing flats?
Mmmmmm. And they were on sale! I actually went back to the store and thanked the guy who recommended them to me. He was happy and surprised to get the positive feedback.
Yom Kippur: 26 hours of fasting and getting my repent on
Breakfast: Eggs scrambled in butter with aged gouda, green beans sauteed in butter with smoked paprika
Lunch: BAS! weird & spicy Mennonite salad mix, cherry tomatoes, green pepper, roasted cashews, tiny shrimp, miso-ginger dressing
Dinner: Chili-lime salmon sauteed in olive oil, guacamole, pico de gallo (cilantro, onion, tomato, lime juice, hot sauce), bite of challah, smoothie (coconut milk, Greek yogurt, mango, banana, vanilla)
Activity: 45 minutes of walking
Dinner: Egg salad (HB eggs, garlic mustard, mayonnaise, black pepper, chives), fruit salad (peach, banana, apple), smoked trout, a couple concord grapes, bite of challah
Dessert: Primal ice cream (blended frozen mango, coconut milk, splash whole milk), sip of Chivas
Activity: "restorative yoga"
The fast was fairly easy. I drank some water when I started to get a headache, and took a short nap in the afternoon. Only the last two hours were bad - I was getting some strange hot flashes and feeling a bit queasy. I think that a 20 hour IF would be a piece of cake, if I ever tried it.
The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.
You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout
Is paleo-pescatarian eating inherently expensive? I feel like I'm dropping a whole lot more cash on groceries now that I'm not making beans a couple nights a week, and am packing salads for lunch instead of sandwiches. But, I've also started dropping weight again, and am at an all-time personal low: 134.5 lbs (BMI 23.1). In the short term, I think I'd like to drop another 10 lbs or so of fat and add another 5 lbs of muscle (at least). The biggest improvement though is that my energy levels are intense and my stomach is feeling pretty ok.
I'm still feeling a bit wired. It's a major sports-on-the-TV day, and I can't stop eating a ton of primal junk food. Or maybe I'm just extra hungry because of yesterday's fast.
Breakfast: Latkes fried in butter & olive oil (the hubs was craving hash browns so I made these instead - shredded new potatoes, shredded yellow onion, egg, sea salt), eggs scrambled in butter with epic amounts of chives and horseradish cheddar chevre, frozen mango chunks
Post workout: smoothie (coconut milk, Greek yogurt, strawberry, banana, and vanilla)
Lunch: A couple tamari-roasted almonds, smoked oysters w/sriracha, crab-stuffed crimini mushrooms (canned crab meat, aged gouda, parmesan, cream cheese, garlic, red onion, parsley, butter), carrots, more frozen mango chunks
Dinner: Probably grilled albacore tuna with a ginger-miso glaze, grilled asparagus with garlic and butter
Activity: 30 minutes run/walk/jog/walk at midday to get some sun (wanted to do HIIT, but realized I'm still a bit dehydrated from yesterday and decided to take it easy), body weight circuit, yelling at the TV (go Phils!)
I used to work at a running store and I loved the Green Silence. They are really great for a traditional running shoe and have so many neat design features that Brooks has worked in. I'm glad you like them. :P
Originally Posted by theholla
Thanks, lcme! The guy who sold them to me was wearing a pair himself
I haven't been journaling lately so here are the highlights:
Last week, I met up with a primal acquaintance from the board who happened to be in town. We walked all over and ate exciting things, and I generally had an superb time. It was nice geeking out with someone awesome who is actually interested in the same bizarre things I am (like, say, not eating grains). I love showing people around Philly, since it always helps me see it with fresh eyes. Plus, she taught me a SWEET new way to fold shirts. Laundry day will never be the same.
Towards the end of the week, I developed a deep hunger that could not be satisfied by normal means. It led to some moments I'm not entirely proud of, like frying up eggs and cheese at midnight, after eating about half a bar of Green & Black's 85% and a pound of frozen mango. I was distressed at first, but relaxed after I realized it was almost certainly hormonal. This is my first cycle off the hormonal BC in a while.
Mr. Holla and I went out for a belated anniversary celebration Friday evening, finally getting a chance to check out a swanky Mexican place I'd been eying up, thanks to its reputation for awesome ceviche. I ate pseudo-primally for the most part, though I did have some black beans from the complementary nacho platter they sent out after taking forever to seat us. I tried a tortilla chip, out of curiosity - they used to be one of my major weaknesses. I was surprised to discover that it did nothing for me, so I just went back to eating the guacamole and ceviche with a fork. I did have a couple margaritas, without the syrup or salt. They were delicious and refreshing. Ultimately, the food was great, as was the company. I can't believe we've only been married for 2 years. It's hard to remember what it was like before we were together. Also, I think we're one of the rare couples that got sexier after marriage :P Seriously. I'm fatter in my wedding pictures than I'd ever been in my entire life, though it didn't change how awesome that day was in the least. It's right up there with seeing Neil Young at Jazzfest and the Giants winning the Super Bowl (both experiences I shared with the hubs, btw) as one of the happiest moments in my life.
One of my favorite humans on earth (we met in college) came to visit over the weekend. I don't see her nearly enough, as she lives in a cabin in the woods up in Vermont. It was her birthday weekend, so I adapted my mom's crazy hippie carrot cake recipe to the PB. It was a bit bizarre, but totally delicious. I still need to refine the recipe a bit, but I'll definitely post it once it is foolproof! We did a walking tour of my neighborhood and the old cemetery where we gathered what we thought were chestnuts, but turned out to be non-edible horse chestnuts when IDed on the interwebs. We wound up discussing my current way of eating after I warned her of the cake's gluten-free nature. She was surprisingly receptive, and it turns out she's been getting into Nourishing Traditions and Wild Fermentation - kicking it WAPF style! We've often found that our lives dovetail in interesting ways.
My friend, the hubs, and I grilled on the patio while listening to the Phillies on the radio and drinking unsweetened mojitos. We mixed cocoa and sriracha into the BBQ sauce, and it was amazing. We met one of our new neighbors and had a drink with him as well. It was crazy fun. We wound up getting kind of trashed, which isn't exactly a good thing, but it was an encouraging indicator of gut health for me: as recently as a month ago I would instantly get nauseous if I even had one drink. Now, I am physically capable of drinking enough to be stopped by my better judgement rather than my innards. I even had coffee the next morning without digestive issues! I also ate my first [tiny] intentional bites of steak and bacon. I understand why people like them, but still think I prefer some nice raw fish.
*Warning: Lady stuff in this paragraph* This week, I've basically felt like crap. I haven't had a period this bad since before my surgery. I had to call in sick from work today because I had such bad fatigue and pain - another thing that hasn't happened since before surgery. So, I'm going for an ultrasound soon to make sure that the tumor hasn't come back. Other than that, news from my doc was good. Assuming I'm still tumor-free, I'll get an IUD put in that can decrease menstrual bleeding up to 75%, which should help. Blech. I really hope I don't have to live like this until menopause, and am starting to look into alternative treatments. Haven't had much energy for exercise other than the daily commute, but I've done some pushups, body weight squats, and stair crawls just to stay limber.
In fun and non-gross news, I made ghee today. It smells and tastes amazing. I think I'm going to fry some apples in ghee with cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla for dessert tonight. I also got a sweet deal on a nicely-fitting fall jacket and two work shirts the other day (25% off sale + my 15% education discount). I have to say - it's a lot easier to shop for clothes in the new body than in the old one.
Breakfast: eggs scrambled in butter with crimini mushrooms and raw goat chevre, tamari almonds, frozen mango chunks
Lunch: zucchini crab fritters (zucchini, canned crab, diced onion, mustard, eggs, fresh black pepper, fish sauce) topped with pseudo-tzatziki (Greek yogurt, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, olive oil, but no cucumber to accommodate the hubs) and teeny tomatoes, baby carrots. Mr. Holla was a huge fan.
Dinner: albacore tuna sashimi, soy sauce, wasabi, spring mix with avocado and carrot ginger dressing
Dessert: winesap apple baked with fresh ghee, cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla, topped with mascarpone cheese
Activity: cleaned some stuff, but mostly sat on my bum and rested