daily eats: 11.9.11 {paleo-style}

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? 



  1. says

    There is most likely added sugar in the dried fruit (if it’s a run of the mill brand) and the tartar, but otherwise I think its right..? I’m not really well educated on Paleo… I have a co-worker who claims she follows it but eats cheesecake on a regular basis, so my opinion is a bit jaded!

  2. says

    To me, the paleo sounds really restrictive, especially as a vegetarain! It definitely wouldn’t work for me – first on the protein factor and secondly on the “I need carbs to be happy” factor. Kudos to the people who can maintain this plan though!

  3. says

    I like elements of the plan, but think it would be tough to stick to 100% long term. Still – I think most people would benefit from reducing their dairy, grains and sugar.

    I’ve noticed how my cheese cravings have almost vanished since doing a little cleanse and overall just not eating much of it. But, I’d have a hard time saying I’d never eat it again, ever. :)

  4. jamie says

    sounds super interesting. i would be willing to give it a try for a day myself! can i ask what type of coconut creamer you use? i am definitely a “splash of cream” in my coffee kind of girl. i also saw your post on coconut spread and now i’m intrigued!

    • Emily says

      I use the So Delicious brand – plain flavor. I was previously (and still use if I don’t have coconut) a half & half girl and think it works as a great replacement. Try it out!

      • jamie says

        thanks so much! i went out the next day and bought both the coconut creamer (which was on sale at WF!) and the coconut spread. I am VERY happy with both of them. One of these days I will try the paleo-diet myself for a day :)

  5. Mo says

    I’ve been trying to up my protein and fat a bit (which has included a fair amount of cheese.). I also love my carbs WAY to much to ever do this plan. Good for you for giving it a go.

  6. says

    I have never heard of this diet. For the past 5 months I have greatly reduced the amount of dairy I eat (I was eating a TON each day). Within a few days of the change I noticed a dramatic difference and felt much relief from the digestive issues that I struggle with. I love dairy too much to give it up 100% although I am willing to keep on this reduced dairy plan b/c I feel like a brand new person!

    • Emily says

      Very interesting. I have a major issue with over-doing dairy and I could never give it up (cheese is my favorite food!) but I think it helps when I try to reduce it. Do you find you do better with certain types of dairy than others?

      • says

        I actually don’t notice a difference based on the types of dairy. I just know that I cannot drink cows milk, eat regular yogurt and regular cheese all in one day or I will have issues. So now I just limit my intake and pick and choose based on what I really want. :) Good luck!

  7. says

    I know someone who is doing it and she is dropping weight dramatically (she is also working out and doing a lot of strength training). I am reading The Kind Diet right now and she writes a chapter about ‘flirting’ with becoming a vegan. I love that because, like you, I find these diet trends interesting and because I think it is good to challenge ones self in order to discover new tasty food ideas. I am thinking seriously about going no-dairy. I would have told you that I could never do it, but have been reading a lot and want to try it out. I am hoping to helps my tummy troubles!

    Best of luck getting the internet…that is always such a pain.
    And what is Sugar Cookie Tea???

    • Emily says

      I LOVE the idea of “flirting” with a certain way of eating. For me, it is easier to completely restrict something like dairy then to dabble with it. I can try and not eat as much but it isn’t “strict” enough and then I find myself eating cheese on a daily basis. I don’t think I could forever restrict it, but something like no dairy during the week I just might be able to try!

      Sugar Cookie Tea is AMAZING! It is a seasonal tea, so if you can find some (at normal grocery stores, I picked some up at Wal-Mart while visiting my family) BUY it!!! My mom was really skeptical until she had some. :)

      • says

        Walmart is like Target…they have everything!
        What brand is it???

        I think ice cream and cheese on the weekends is the perfect solution!I’m only on Day two of no dairy so I’ll keep you posted on how my ‘test drive’ goes : )

  8. says

    What a fun idea, trying a diet for a day. I’m tempted to copy your approach! As a nutritionist, do you think one day gives you an accurate picture of what sticking to that diet would be like?

    • Emily says

      No, I don’t. I don’t do well with restrictions, but I knew I could handle one day! It gives a glimpse. I’m still kind of following paleo, but not 100%.

  9. says

    I’m just like you, I get so interested in the latest trends or finds when it comes to nutrition. I’ve heard of the diet, but haven’t explored it much. I guess for the most part I eat a similar diet, but I do like grains. High quality cheese is important to us too. So can see the appeal, but couldn’t follow it completely on a regular basis.

    On a side note, why have I never thought to pair a fried egg and arugula?! That sounds so good!

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