Weigh Day! Today I am at 170.9.
Although that's ever-so-slightly up over last week, I am still calling it a big win, because this past week was NUTS, and I don't mean the kind I can grind up to make paleo oatmeal.
I had a 2-night out-of-town trip with my husband for our anniversary, visiting in-laws, at least one big party, cocktails... and there was an encounter with an egg-rich flourless chocolate blackberry torte.
However, I did also pack primal food for my trip -- a bunch of coconut-nut squares, avocados, sheep milk feta cheese, and hardboiled eggs... so I could skip two restaurant meals and just have my primal snacks instead. Coconut-nut squares are just coconut oil, gently heated on the stovetop and mixed with chopped nuts and unsweetened coconut shreds, then allowed to cool in a pan. Each little square is almost pure fat, and although it's not sweet, it's very satisfying to that same part of my taste that craves candy and brownies.
I do regret the few bites of grains that sneaked their way in there this past week -- a dab of sushi rice here or there, half a cup of polenta underneath some bourbon-brown-sugar-sauteed cherry tomatoes, etc. Oh, and Mother's Day was in there, too! So I definitely went off strict primal this week... but it was all totally worth it! :-D
I am still reaping the benefits of cutting out (most) sugars and grains. I feel really great -- my jeans fit and are even a touch loose (!). I am looking better naked, in my own humble opinion. I have more energy. I'm moisturizing with coconut oil now, and that stuff is magical. My early-morning aches and pains are gone -- now I spring out of bed ready to go and do stuff; no more walking around gingerly trying to ease out the kinks in my bones and muscles. My hair is not falling out as much as it used to. I am starting to see definition in my stomach area and in my inner thighs -- as though there is muscle somewhere down there, beneath the shrouds of subcutaneous fat! Amazing!
Last night I packed up a bunch more lettuce for my Salad in a Jar lunches, and am looking forward to a cool, crisp romaine lettuce salad for lunch today along with an avocado, some omega-3-rich albacore tuna, and maybe a dollop of cage-free-egg lemon-pepper aioli.
My omega-3 levels are pretty good, according to the journal I've been keeping on PaleoTrack.com. But I just can't seem to get enough potassium to balance out all that sodium, even though my sodium intake is on the low side for an American diet -- about 1500 mg / day. I am not sure if I can slash my sodium even more -- I already cook almost all my own food and I never salt it, and I take care to buy low-sodium canned tomatoes, etc.
So rather than trying to get the sodium any lower, maybe I should supplement with more potassium. The problems there: (1) I read that potassium supplements aren't well absorbed. (2) All the potassium-only supplements I saw online were only 99 mg a pill -- I'd have to be popping those like Tic-Tacs to move that needle.
I found a supplement that combines potassium with calcium and magnesium -- a bone supplement -- in more hefty quantities of each. So I'm planning to stop by Super Supplements (for the first time ever!) and pick that up, along with some lemony liquid fish oil, which I read is better absorbed than capsules.
I'm still concerned about my pantothenic acid intake, as well -- it's usually under 50% of the RDA. Not sure what to do about that -- maybe a broad-spectrum supplement? I'd prefer to get it through food, but all the foods I looked up that were good sources of pantothenic acid actually had minuscule amounts of it -- I'd have to eat a pound of dried apricots, or something crazy, to get enough. Whut!
Also this week I plan to make chicken liver pate, and I'm going to include some chicken hearts as well. I bought the organ meats before I had read too much about conventional farming, and they've been in the freezer for the past month. After I read more about conventional farming I was scared to use these meats, but I've now decided that the benefits of eating more offal outweigh the contaminants from conventional farming -- at least for the stuff I've already purchased, anyway. I can't be 100% "pure" at this... only do my best.
I've started walking around barefoot more often, and am figuring out how I can incorporate going barefoot into my life more frequently, without injuring myself. I've read and taken seriously comments from people who charged into barefooting and who injured themselves. I don't want that to be me. But at the same time, my Danskos (which I used to LOVE) have started to feel like coffins for my feet.