My background in Nutrition always makes me very interested in all of the latest diets/food trends/etc and I keep hearing about the paleo diet. A friend of mine kind of follows the diet, I’ve listened to a few pod casts and done a little researching on the internet. In my most basic definition, here is the paleo diet: heavy on protein (meat, fish, etc.), fats, and vegetables; no to dairy, grain, sugar. (Please correct me if I’m incorrect!)
One of the things I find interesting about the paleo diet and why I wanted to try a day of it is because I struggle with dairy (eat too much) and sugar (get addicted immediately). Grains I have no issue with and I could never imagine life without sprouted bread, oatmeal and my sprouted tortilla pizzas. But I can try for a day. I also wanted to keep track of the nutrients so I can look at the day as a whole and see where I am with protein, fat, etc. A day of vegan eats is coming soon and I’ll be doing the same.
6:30 am: start the day with coffee + coconut creamer
Continued working on unpacking and organizing our new place! We are making good process and will hopefully done today!
Breakfast: 2 eggs + 2 cups arugula dressed with vinegar and a teaspoon of olive oil. This is where I would normally have a slice of sprouted toast but I was definitely ok with arugula.
Snack: handful of nuts and dried fruit while working outside. (I’m not really sure on how dried fruit fits into the paleo lifestyle…anyone?)
Lunch: Spaghetti squash + butter and herbs + deli meat + brussels sprouts.
And an apple for dessert.
A workout was on my afternoon schedule, but instead, I spent two hours on the phone trying to get the internet sooner than next week. I’m lost without the internet!!!! Because I was really crabby (seriously, maybe I have a dependence issue) I spent the last part of the conversation walking to Whole Foods and wandering around the aisles and it was just what I needed to relax. I was really craving some cheese and crackers but picked up some olives and salami to munch on with some wine. (No cheese on paleo plan!)
Dinner: Wild cod + tartar sauce + kale. (Again, I’m not sure if tartar sauce is ok for paleo, but I figured since it is egg based (mayo) it would be ok.)
Nutrients: 68.4 g protein, 91.3 g fat, 88 g carbohydrates, 23.7 g fiber, 43 g sugar, 1,650 calories
Thoughts on my day of paleo: I’d like to eat similarly to this on a regular basis as I do best with a diet comprised of mostly proteins and fats. (And vegetables of course!) I wouldn’t be able to completely give up grains, and I’d like the fiber to be higher, but I think I could increase that if I made an effort. There were a few times when I thought, oh, I’d like cheese or I’d like a bite of that ice cream the taster is eating, but I had some olives instead of the cheese and sugar cookie tea instead of the ice cream, which both worked as great replacements. It was the first day in a while that I didn’t have an upset stomach and I felt really good this morning. Maybe I should eat this way a little more often….
Have you heard of the paleo diet? Are you familiar with it? Thoughts?