If you’ve read any of my post over the last little bit, you’ll see I’m making a big change to eating via The Primal Blueprint. Honestly it is something I’ve considered and planned to do for nearly 2 months and I’m excited to jump in feet first (or mouth first, in this case). It’s a daunting change and day one proved to be fairly easy to handle overall. I’m probably a ways to perfection, but I can honestly say I ate well!
Of course, the entire concept of eating Primally is to eat similar to how Grok did, which may mean you do not eat 3 times a day. And while I ate three “meals” (or just 3 separate times), they all occurred between the hours of noon and 8pm, a very similar schedule to an intermittent fasting regiment. Intentional? Nope…stayed up too late last night from New Years Eve, slept in this morning, and just could not squeeze breakfast in by then.
I started out by exercising: P90X Kenpo X. Having not done this one in a while, and exercising in a fasted state, I was pleased that I had enough energy to complete. Not a problem.
And then, it was time to start eating. Three egg omelet with onion, bell pepper, some cheese, topped with homemade salsa, and a few strawberries. A great primal start (and a tasty one too).
That was a fairly small meal. It was very, very low carb. So for an afternoon snack, I had to concoct something with Shakeology. I knew I needed the carbs, the shake has 17g of it (all healthy carbs), and I had plenty of wiggle room. So I did a shake with 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 8oz almond milk, and 1 tbsp almond butter. It was very good, but I do not like the taste of sucralose in the whey protein. Time to order some of Beachbody’s whey with fructose (slightly more carbs, but anything is better than chemical sweeteners).
For supper, it was time to dine well. We decided to do a beef pot roast (more specifically, it was a eye of round roast). Potatoes were off limits to me right now, but we cooked some in there anyways.
We made the mistake of not thawing the meat well, and with as tough as this roast was made us think of ideas to tenderize the next one. I’m leaning towards greek yogurt or buttermilk with spices….
Plus, since it thawed late, we did not cook it on a slower cook temp. So while the meat tasted fine, it was a bit tough. Lesson learned with the beef roast (we usually do pork roast, but this came in a rather large meat package we purchased).
Along with the roast and the veggies with it (potato, carrots, and onion in with the roast), I took some butter and a veggie meddly and sauted it all up (had broccoli, cauliflower, zuchinni, squash, and carrots). But for the experiment, I made a gravy….primal style!
This was quite an interesting event. The basics were all the same: butter and broth. But, the problem was avoiding flour. My wife makes awesome gravy, but it has the white grain powder I’m avoiding. So I used some arrowroot instead. It worked wonderfully! The viscosity and consistency was a bit like egg whites, but it coated the meat well and was very tasty! Now that I know I can do it, it will be a staple in the diet.
Now, I can tell I’ve eaten less overall. And I can tell I’ve had much less carbohydrates today. I did have one piece of 90% dark chocolate and one strawberry post supper for dessert. But my overall calories are in check, my carbs are definitely in the Primal Blueprint 50-100g range, and I feel fine.
I expect the wall to hit around day 4-5 though. I’m mentally prepping myself for it (my wife is bracing for me to go through it too).
Speaking of all of this, admission time (I don’t mind telling on myself):
I gained quite a bit of weight back over the last 3 months. Actually, I gained a LOT back. Most of it came within the month of December. Cruise, Christmas, parties, just a bad thing.
But more than anything, I ate grotesque amounts of sugar laden desserts! I knew coming into today that not only the reduction in carbs would be hard (as well as weening myself from caffeine drinks again), the detox from all of the sugar would be a pain. So far, no major issues.
But, before measurements were done, pictures taken, and I hope that the combination of P90X and Primal Eating will produce some great results over the next 3 months. A lot of people notice changes within the first 30 days of Primal eating. I’m on day 1. 29 day days left!
Grok on, and BRING IT!
P90X, Primal/Paleo Eating