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« on: August 17, 2012, 07:37:01 PM »
Let the food journaling begin. Don't let the title fool you, I don't cheat that much. I've only been paleo for 2 weeks so giving in to temptation will happen every once in a while. We'll start with today... I've been so good the past few days with only the minutest of cheats, but today was no bueno.

Breakfast: Banana
                 scrambled eggs with left over fried zucchini and yellow squash

Snack: Walnuts and Brazil nuts
             apple

*SIDE BAR* I took the kids to a farm today to check out all the animals and let them run around. They had a 'Grown on Long Island' celebration where local farmers sold their produce. The flyer listed wine and food sampling. Well there was wine, but not much choice in food. Hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, and pickles. So, I didn't really eat a proper lunch. I had a pickle and that's it. So, as you would surmise I was STARVING on the 1 hour drive home which led me to the following flaw in my new paleo lifestyle:

Lunch/Dinner: about 15 french fries and a bacon bbq burger with cheese from Burger King  :-\ I felt terrible afterward, but I was so hungry that I couldn't think straight!

Snack: Fresh pineapple that I cut myself and it was so juicy and delicious
             a small strawberry margarita that my husband brought home for me from a friends house... lol, how sweet. And sweet of our friend as well for thinking of me!

Tomorrow I will go shopping and make sure that my house is stocked with paleo friendly yumminess.

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Re: A Cheater's food journal
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 02:27:09 AM »
Let the food journaling begin. Don't let the title fool you, I don't cheat that much. I've only been paleo for 2 weeks so giving in to temptation will happen every once in a while. We'll start with today... I've been so good the past few days with only the minutest of cheats, but today was no bueno.

Breakfast: Banana
                 scrambled eggs with left over fried zucchini and yellow squash

Snack: Walnuts and Brazil nuts
             apple

*SIDE BAR* I took the kids to a farm today to check out all the animals and let them run around. They had a 'Grown on Long Island' celebration where local farmers sold their produce. The flyer listed wine and food sampling. Well there was wine, but not much choice in food. Hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, and pickles. So, I didn't really eat a proper lunch. I had a pickle and that's it. So, as you would surmise I was STARVING on the 1 hour drive home which led me to the following flaw in my new paleo lifestyle:

Lunch/Dinner: about 15 french fries and a bacon bbq burger with cheese from Burger King  :-\ I felt terrible afterward, but I was so hungry that I couldn't think straight!

Snack: Fresh pineapple that I cut myself and it was so juicy and delicious
             a small strawberry margarita that my husband brought home for me from a friends house... lol, how sweet. And sweet of our friend as well for thinking of me!

Tomorrow I will go shopping and make sure that my house is stocked with paleo friendly yumminess.


"I was so hungry that I couldn't think straight!"

The food you're eating is WHY you are that hungry.

Carbs have ZERO satiation value.

When I get hungry, and I actually do get hungry, I can hold off my hunger for a day. or more.
This was not the case before going Paleo. I would get hungry and crave and NEED to eat in order to be able to think.
Ever since eating fats... No more ridiculous hunger.

From what I can see, you're eating way more fructose than you should be and either not enough fats or the wrong types of fats.

Burger king is trans fats. This is the highway to heart disease.

Clarified Butter (Ghee), Animal fats, Avocados, Coconut oil... This is the fat you want to be eating in order to both give yourself energy and make sure you do not feel constantly hungry.
I cook EVERYTHING in Ghee. Lots of it. It has more vitamins than I can remember AND fat helps absorb vitamins because they are fat-soluble.


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Re: A Cheater's food journal
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 12:18:21 PM »
Oh believe me... I know Burger king is the devil. I guess I could have staved off my hunger for a measly hour, but like I said, I'm new (only 2 weeks in) and I'm still learning self control.  :-\. I'm not usually a fast food eater, either. I think I've had fast food maybe 3 times this whole year. By too much fructose are you referring to the fruit? I didn't think 2 pieces of fruit and a little pineapple would be too much.

This is not a typical day, though. I was rushing in the morning and then busy all day chasing after my kids at a farm, which didn't have any suitable food so, I chose not to eat. I brought the nuts and apple to snack on just in case that happened, but it wasn't enough. What type of protein rich food would you suggest bringing when you plan on being out all day?

My normal breakfast is usually bacon and eggs and every so often I will eat berries with coconut milk and a bit of honey. Lunch is usually salad with tuna or salmon or chicken, sometimes leftovers from the previous nights dinner. Dinner is usually meat based (steak, porkchops, chicken) with roasted or sauteed veggies.

I haven't been able to locate any Ghee in my local stores... I have to drive to Whole Foods 20 mins from my house to get it. I just learned that cooking with olive oil is no bueno. I cook with grass fed butter (Irish butter) a lot, though. I do plan to buy coconut oil on my next trip to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

I know I have a lot to learn so, I'm taking it one day at a time.

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Re: nbrinkley15-newbie
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 08:57:51 PM »
As you can see, I changed my subject name. I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression. I AM serious about following a paleo lifestyle. But, I'm not going to lie and say that I have never cheated in the 2 weeks that I've been part of the paleo movement. I guess I shouldn't have started my first food journal entry with my biggest misstep to date. LOL. Today was much beter with zero cheats!

B'fast:
2 eggs scrambles with spinach and mushrooms
5 pieces of bacon

Lunch:
Red leaf lettuce, cukes, toms and tuna with olive oil and balsamic vingar

Dinner:
London broil steak-peppered w/sauteed onions and mushrooms
grilled yellow summer squash with butter
a small piece of baked sweet potato

Dessert:
2 oz chopped macadamia nuts with sliced banana, a bit of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon in coconut milk
*SUPER YUMMY*

Is that good enough for you CETANU? Did I eat enough protein? Did I eat too much 'fructose'?

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Re: nbrinkley15-newbie
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 05:49:17 AM »
P.s.- I just saw Mr. Cetanu's introduction post. He just joined yesterday and says that he has been paleo for 17 days, so about the same amount of time that I have. HA. I think it's funny that I'm getting criticism from someone who is just as new to this as I am. Just, sayin.


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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 04:12:34 PM »
Good for you for recognizing and admitting your Burger King cheat.  Knowing where you're vulnerable is one important step towards avoiding it in the future.

Sweet potato isn't really paleo, by the way - it's a starchy agricultural crop, just as grains are.  Not a big deal, but I thought I'd mention it in case you didn't know.

I personally bring a big bag of walnuts to snack on if I'm going all day without a meal.  Other people may prefer other things, or nothing at all, though.

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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 07:18:43 PM »
I had a feeling that sweet potato wasn't really paleo, but I've seen it in a lot of recipes on paleo sites. I only ate a small piece-about 3 bites worth. And Burger King isn't even a vulnerability... like I said I've only eaten fast food a few times since the beginning of the year. I guess the lesson learned is that I just have to man up and be hungry for a little while and then eat a proper meal full of protein, fats and veggies.

Today's Journal:

B'fast:
banana
2 eggs scrambled with left over steak, mushrooms, and onions

Lunch:
left over tuna on salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Dinner (Includes appetizers and main meal-sunday dinner at gram's house):
roasted red peppers, mushrooms, artichokes in olive oil (antipasta)
3 small chicken wings-baked

2 small saugages- 1 pork and 1 chicken with peppers and onions (not sure if saugage is paleo, but it is full of protein and fat)
cole slaw (not very paleo as I'm sure the store bought sauce was full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup)
1 small piece of eggplant parmesan (I know... bread crumbs and cheese  :-[) it wasn't even as good as I was expecting it to be.
1 small piece of london broil-grilled.

Dessert:
2 pieces of dark chocolate
2 glasses of wine (yeah, not paleo, but a girl's gotta have a drink every once in a while. Sue me.)

So today was good and not good. The neo items that I consumed were very small; I just wanted a little taste. The good news is that I ate a lot of protein and good fats (olive oil, fat from the saugage, eggs and steak, tuna).

I still haven't gone shopping this week so that is the first thing on my to do list tomorrow.

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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2012, 07:36:09 AM »
YESTERDAY:

B'fast:
3 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and turnip greens

Lunch:
2 chicken saugages with peppers and onions

*didn't eat an actual meal for dinner-just picked throughout the night*
buttered (grass fed) broccoli
about 5 strawberries
walnuts, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds

2 glasses of wine.

Yesterday was the first day that I noticed I stayed fuller for longer. Before paleo I would be hungry 2 hours after eating! I bought all my veggies and fruits for the next 2 weeks and now I just have to find new ways to prepare them. I bought baby bok choy that I'll make with some chicken and yellow squash. I've never had bok choy, though. I'm trying to taste new veggies.

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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2012, 07:05:44 PM »
TODAY:

B'fast:
3 scrambled eggs with one chicken saugage, onions, and green peppers-OMG, so good!

a few grapes

Lunch:
no lunch

coffee with a bit of whole milk (I'm not drinking coffee anymore once I run out which will be very soon).

Dinner:
Chicken, carrrots, onions, and shallots- cooked all together in one of those oven bags... it was super yummy!

Dessert:
No bueno... a very small piece of lemon cake.

small kiwi
handful (about 8)walnuts
celery and green peppers with homemade zucchini hummus

*I finally bought coconut oil to cook with, but still no luck finding any ghee.  >:(
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Re: nbrinkley15-newbie
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012, 08:56:49 PM »
I don't know if you're into cooking, but making clarified butter isn't very difficult. I make spice clarified butter (niter kibbeh) for cooking quite a lot.


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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2012, 07:34:05 AM »
I was thinking about making my own, but how much ghee can you yield from 8 oz. of butter? I feel like I would have to spend double the money to make a small amount of ghee.

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 07:24:54 AM »
oh boy... I took a little hiatus yesterday and had a sugar and carb overload. It's not the end of the world. I had a very small sliver of cake in the afternoon. Then, in the evening I had guacamole with crackers immediately followed by 3 cookies with milk! The rest of the day was paleo, but I lost myself for a little while. Well, I paid for it. My stomach was upset and this morning I woke up with the dreaded gas.  :-[ I've been up for 3 hours and I'm still not hungry for breakfast. Today I'm going to be extra cautious and give myself a little pep talk if I feel the urge to eat junk.

Good news: I made tomato sauce from scratch, starting with fresh whole plum/roma tomatoes. It turned out okay but was made better when I added some ground beef. I put that over spaghetti squash 'noodle' and it was amazing. I think that's what I'll have for brunch today. Definitely a recipe to keep handy.

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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 09:29:16 PM »
Today: (well, technically yesterday, I'm just up way past my bed time)

Brunch:
Left over spaghetti squash 'noodles' with meat and tomato sauce

Snack:
4 slices of turkey bacon with avocado and tomato (lil guacamole sammies)

a lil later:
3 Brazil nuts

Dinner:
Chicken thigh with a little skin-cooked with a little coconut oil, lemon and herb seasoning
sauteed zucchini in grass fed butter
1/2 sweet potato (not totally paleo, but better than rice!)

Dessert:
~2 oz macadamia nuts (chopped) with 1 med banana, cinnamon, honey, and coconut milk

Go me! I'm proud of how well I ate today  :laugh:. However, I'm worried about tomorrow; we were invited to an engagement party that starts at 1 pm and lasts till IDK when. I really hope they have some plain meat and veggies so I don't starve! Wish me luck? :-\


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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2012, 07:10:53 AM »
So the engagement party was not so paleo friendly. It was all Italian food and you know those Italians love their bread crumbs, pasta, and cheese! I stuck to the sausage and peppers, shrimp, half a piece of chkn marsala (lightly breaded), tried a meatball but it was to peppery and probably full of bread crumbs anyway. I started out eating just fruit for dessert, but then ended up eating 5 small cookies! Tsk Tsk Tsk... sweets with be my biggest obstacle to overcome. Plus, I had 3 glasses of wine. So, we are going to say that Saturday was a fail.

Yesterday:

B'fast:
Bacon and scrambled eggs with bok choy cooked in goat's milk butter.
coffee with a little milk and sugar (last cup; my coffee is now officially gone!)

Lunch:
left over meat sauce over spaghetti squash 'noodles'

Dinner:
steak with sauteed mushrooms and onions, zucchini sauteed in coconut oil.

Dessert:
attempted to make a pina colada with fresh pineapple and coconut milk, but it didn't turn out so well b/c all I had was spiced rum. I only drank half (about 4oz).

4 brazil nuts and 8 walnuts.

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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2012, 01:17:56 PM »
Yesterday:

B'fast:
strawberries and blueberries, chopped macadamia nuts, a little honey, and coconut milk- delish!

Lunch:
packaged salmon with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (not very tasty)
1/2 cup of kids mac and cheese! (woops)

Snack: walnuts and brazil nuts

Dinner:
some grilled london broil
some grilled chicken
1/3 of a hamburger-plain
grilled yellow summer squash with butter
 :blank:one bite of spinach dip with one cracker
 :blank:5 low salt potato chips

no dessert.. I was so full from dinner