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? 

 

Comments

  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!

  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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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???

  10. 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. :)

  11. 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 : )

  12. 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?

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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%.

  16. 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 :)

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