So one of the difficulties I have being a Team Beachbody coach and going Primal is how to incorporate Shakeology. It has some ingredients that are not necessarily “primal” friendly, but the overall content of the shake is just too good to let 2 or 3 small amounts of ingredients ruin the entire usefulness of the shake.
So in thinking how to make this shake more Primal friendly, I had to consider the following:
1. I have to keep carbs low. 17g in the shake alone is a huge chunk to take at one time.
2. I have to increase fat content.
3. It has to still taste good.
Enter the coconut milk. I love the taste of coconut and wondered how this would end up. So I did the following:
1/3 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup water
1 scoop Shakeology
1 banana (more on this in a second)
1 tbsp almond butter
Now, this ended up with over 40g of carbs, which is high for one meal. In fact, it is WAY to high for what I wanted to take in first thing in the morning. I had planned on using only half a banana which would have taken the total carb content down to around 30g, and that would have been more in line with that I wanted. However, the last two nights I have had severe leg cramps in the middle of the night, so I thought the extra potassium may help.
But, in the future, I think I’ll go sans banana. The shake was very delicious, and the banana did nothing for the flavor. So there is a 22g carb savings.
The only saving grace is that the rest of my day was very low carb. I definitely kept in the 50-100g sweet spot today.
Breakfast – The shake, 3 slices bacon, 2 eggs over-medium.
Lunch – Leftover chicken fajita mix on top of a bed of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and salsa.
Supper – Primal friendly chili (no beans) with some….pork rinds!
I actually had to do some reading on the pork rinds. Pork skin cooked in lard (pig fat). Sounds primal enough for me! It’s actually considered a sensible Primal/Paleo indulgence: 5g fat, 9g protein, and 0 carbs in each serving. Granted deep frying probably is not the best thing, but it could be worse: I could have consumed crackers!
For my exercise, I did Ab Ripper X this morning and then 50 minutes of work with my physical therapist this afternoon. I could tell a bit of weakness from the diet during PT, but I expect this to get better.
I’ve also adjusted back to my normal routine: Up early, exercise, breakfast, work, evening activities. I woke up at 5:30 this morning and plan to push back to 5:15am from here on (reserving the 5:30am mornings if I need the extra 15 minutes of sleep). That is one area of the Primal Blueprint I’m looking forward to eventually completely fulfilling: Sleeping until I wake up naturally, and then considering afternoon naps!
Tomorrow is Yoga X with P90X. Two things I’m going to be interested in seeing: How the shoulders feel, and how much energy I have to get through it.
Got a question about P90X and going Primal? Post comments below!
P90X, Primal/Paleo Eating