Road trip!

Today was my re-primal road trip. Not many choices, so I had a taco salad at Sheetz (without the chips!!) at 6am. The woman definitely gave me a look like I was crazy….

Food today
Breakfast: small taco salad, double espresso with 1/2 and 1/2
Snacks: cherry pie Lara Bar, handful of almonds
Lunch: arugula, mixed deli meats (turkey pastrami, ham, corned beef), parmesan, kalmata olives, horseradish balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner(at BGR): lettuce-wrapped burger with bacon, cheddar, and an over-easy egg with dijon mustard; Mello Yello Zero (had no idea this existed!!!)

On a (Buffalo) Wing and a Prayer

I know that you’re not supposed to be focused on the scale, but it’s really important for me to stay on track and motivated. So I looked this morning, and I’ve lost 4 lbs. in the last two days! Now, granted, that’s mostly water weight, I know. But I can already tell that some of the bloating is going away. YAY!

I was planning to eat buffalo chicken for at least two meals today, but things changed a bit and I ended up with a bit more diversity (which was good!). Now I’ll just have the chicken in the freezer for the next time I come back to the cabin.

Food today:
Breakfast: Crock-pot Buffalo Chicken, double espresso over ice with heavy whipping cream
Lunch: Pulled pork with a little vinegar BBQ sauce, pimento cheese, celery
Dinner: Salmon poached with olive oil and dill, roasted brussel sprouts, a few bites of mashed roasted sweet potatoes
Activity: 2700 steps (ugh)

Wild Wings (without the Wings)

I was hankering for something “bad” today, but instead made a healthy, primal version of buffalo wings (well without the wings, but also without the bad-for-you stuff!). It took me a while on the grocery aisle to find a wing sauce that didn’t have a bunch of non-paleo ingredients, so I settled on the regular Franks Red Hot Sauce (not their wing sauce), and just added a bit of butter. Awesome!

Crock-pot Buffalo Chicken
Serves 6

3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts
4 T. butter
2/3 bottle Franks Red Hot Sauce

Layer the chicken in a crockpot, and cover with the sauce and butter. Let cook on high for 4 hours and then shred. Serve it on top of romaine leaves or celery (with a sprinkle of bleu cheese, if you want!).

Food today:
Breakfast: Double espresso over ice with heavy whipping cream
Lunch: Bison Chili, leftover pulled pork with vinegar BBQ sauce
Dinner: Crock-pot Buffalo Chicken, romaine lettuce, celery, and a smidge of bleu cheese; 2 deviled eggs (with non-paleo mayo 😦 )
Activity: 2500 steps (gross, rainy weather made me lethargic l but should have powered through….)

Back to it

Well, it’s been almost 8 months since my last post, and I’m back where I began. Well, actually, I’m in worse shape. Not for lack of knowledge of how to feel better and eat right for my body. But personal trials (especially the illness and death of my mother) put me in a tailspin of self-destruction like I’ve never had.

But enough about that. I’m back to it. And with a vengeance! I’m going full primal/paleo starting today. And I’m going to get back to doing physical activity that I enjoy. Today, I’m actually trying out my first Zumba class!

And to kick it off (which is a great phrase considering my Super Bowl binge last night), I made some Bison Chili. YUM! I love meals that are all-in-one, and this one is packed with veggies! (I saved half for myself, and then added in some beans and corn for my non-primal family.)

Bison Chili
Serves 4

2 T. olive oil
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 red pepper
1 t. oregano
1 T. cumin
1-2 T. chili powder
1 t. paprkia
2 T. red pepper flakes (adjust for how hot you like it)
1 lb ground bison
1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

Brown onion and garlic in olive oil. Add peppers and spices and sautee for a couple minutes. Add bison and brown. Then add tomatoes and let simmer until cooked through. Like all chili, I think it tastes better after it’s settled a bit and the flavors have melded. YUM!!

Food today:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs in butter with 1 sausage patty, double espresso over ice with heavy whipping cream
Lunch: 4 leftover ribs (no sauce), 1/4 red pepper
Dinner: Bison chili
Activity: 7500 steps

Continuing on

CRAZY WEEK!  My whole team is in from all over the world, so I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  The good news is, however, I’m still totally following my self-imposed “rules,” and am getting my 10K+ steps everyday. So far, I’m at 9 days in a row!!!

Food yesterday:
Breakfast: omelet with spinach, mushroom, and bacon; iced coffee (black)
Lunch: grilled flank steak, broccoli
Dinner (restaurant): hamburger with bacon and a bit of soft cheese, arugula and cherry tomatoes with olive oil and lemon juice; a few fried mini veal meatballs with artichoke puree
Steps: 10,912

Food today:
Breakfast: iced double espresso (black)
Lunch: Chipotle salad with 1/2 carnitas and 1/2 chicken, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, guacamole
Snack: handful almonds & pistachios, iced double espresso (black)
Dinner: “The Wreck” salad (no cheese, with hot peppers and vinegar) from Potbelly
Steps: 10,000 (exactly!)

Non-Primal Hangover

So yesterday I celebrated.  I was actually completely Whole30/paleo until the evening, when I went out with a friend and my sister.  My brother and I had spent all day putting together my new king size bed and putting up two huge full-wall curtain rods (although he really did the bulk of the work, I must say – but I was a great assistant!). So when I finally got out, I was really craving a good Belgian ale.  It was a perfect summer day, and we went to a beer hall in the neighborhood. Three ales down, plus a (paleo-friendly) bratwurst and sauerkraut, and I headed home with a very happy buzz.  But we were also still hungry, so we followed that with sushi, sake, and Japanese beer.

Needless to say, I was not feeling my best this morning.  Now, that said, in retrospect, the food portion of yesterday wasn’t horrific – I had coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and didn’t have any gluten.  But I did have some sushi rice, and obviously the beer was not “on program.”  The good news, though, is that I have no desire to go do that again!  Today, I was right back to being Primal.

AND I GOT MY 10K STEPS FOR A WEEK!!  WOOHOO!  I also hit my 35 mile goal for the week. Feeling pretty awesome about that, and definitely shooting to do it again next week!

Brunch: Kale & Avocado salad with red onions, lime juice, olive oil and 2 poached eggs; double espresso; iced coffee

Dinner: Sage-Rosemary Pork Roast sauteed in coconut oil with Rhubarb Chutney, roasted beets

Reflections on my Whole30 & Going Primal

Would I do it again?  ABSOLUTELY.

The last thirty days have been challenging at times, especially social occasions where I wanted to have a drink or being out to eat and not wondering what mysterious stuff was in the entrees. But I have to say that overall it has been an amazing experience.  I feel better, look better, and have found new levels of willpower I didn’t know I had.  It’s amazing when you just say, “OK, this is it.  No slips.  No excuses.”  It certainly worked for me!

And the bottom-line weight-wise?  I’m down almost 18 pounds.  Wow.  Want to know what that is the equivalent of? (Warning: Here comes the data geek in me.)

Slide172 sticks of butter


For me, it’s a great kick-start for a much larger health goal, which will take many months and a lifetime of more conscious living.  But hey, I’d rather be moving forward from this point!

So here is my plan for moving forward:

  • I am going to continue to primarily eat more “clean” paleo/primal (no dairy, sugar, alcohol, etc.), but will allow myself 2-3 meals every week where I will have those special treats.
  • I am going to continue to eats nuts, but need to make sure that they are more the exception than the rule (based on my tracking over the 4 weeks, the times when I was relying heavily on nuts to get by, especially during travel, are times when I didn’t lose any weight).
  • I am going to focus more now on amping up my movement and improving my lean body mass.  I just finished 5 days in a row of 10K+ steps, and I’m going to shoot for a full week, and then keep going.  If I can get in over 70K steps a week (which is about 35 miles), that should definitely be a great step in the right direction (pun intended!).  I’m also going to start adding in more interval training and “lifting heavy things” (ala the Primal Blueprint), and working back in more DDP Yoga (BANG!!).
  • I am going to more consciously follow a Primal lifestyle. (I am PrimeAli, aren’t I?!?) That means getting a good night’s sleep, playing more (and playing actively), getting sunlight, etc.
  • I am going to continue this blog to document my journey, keep track of new recipes I create, and just generally share what I am experience on my adventures.

Notice that I didn’t say that I’m going to “try” to do any of that.  I AM going to do it. And I’m looking forward to feeling even better.  Grok on!