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Offline Mr Pete

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Getting started...
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:46:39 AM »
Today:

Breakfast: I had packaged "Paleo granola" with coconut yoghurt. Unfortunately the coconut yoghurt had some crap in it. Baby steps here... The granola claimed to be "activated", although there was no visual evidence...

Lunch: Spinach, carrot, beetroot salad, dressed with my own mix of EVOO, balsamic, mustard powder, S&P. About 200g of beef meatballs.

Dinner: Grilled kangaroo steak (yes, that's a thing here...) with garlic, S&P, and mixed salad. No dressing. With a pint of ginger beer (hey, I'm working on the whole alcohol thing).

Through the day I snacked on a banana, an apple, and a couple of kiwi fruit.

I also made about 3.5L (3.7 quart) of beef bone broth, with scallion, garlic, ginger, S&P for use in soup and as a base for soups. I like to take this stuff to work each day in a thermos flask for smoko (that is, morning tea in Aus speak).


It was about 27C/80F here today; I drank around 2L of water.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2018, 04:52:34 AM by Mr Pete »

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 11:21:18 PM »
Good job on starting a food journal, and especially admitting to the nonpaleo parts of it.  Looks like a good start, and it looks like you know some of the things you need to work on.

If you have time to cook breakfast, you could switch to bacon & eggs or the like.

What's S&P?


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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 10:48:33 PM »
Thanks.

S&P is Salt & Pepper...

I often have eggs for breakfast, which is a big thing for me. I was fed cereals for breakfast as a child and it never sat well with me. As I didn't realise it was the grains causing the problem at the time, it put me off breakfast altogether until recently. Bacon is something I love - and I cure it myself - but I'm looking for a good paleo bacon recipe without sugar or curing salts. NaCl is the only salt I really want to use. This also means I'll have to change my recipes for beef jerky and biltong.

Anyway: yesterday was eggs for breakfast, morning salad of mushroom, tomato and basil with balsamic vinegar, EVOO and S&P (now that's a great salad), lunch was a mixed greens salad (same dressing as before), dinner was another roo steak with leafy salad. I skipped drinking alcohol in favour of soda water with a squeeze of lime.

Today was eggs for breakfast, a peach & a plum mid-morning, for lunch I went out with Mrs Pete to a burger place (I ordered mine to be plated without the bun, so not a disaster but still not 100%), and dinner will be roast pork belly , broccoli, and a few other vegies (capsicum (I think you call it "bell pepper" in the USA), tomato, probably an apple). No coffee today, so I'm told I was grumpy all morning.

Unfortunately our berry season has just ended here, so they're of reduced quality and frightfully expensive. Stone fruits are still excellent and affordable for the time being, so that's the go for the moment. We'll be in apple, pear, persimmon, etc season soon.

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2018, 01:15:54 PM »
I love wild berries!

I also love Warren's suggestion on eggs + bacon.  So tasty

Welcome!

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2018, 05:36:36 PM »
Good job on skipping the alcohol!

Kangaroo meat is pretty lean; if you're cooking for the kids they might need more calories from fat or fruit.  Roast pork belly should be good, though.


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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2018, 04:18:47 AM »
That's the thing... the wife isn't interested in trying paleo, except for the occasional meal. She's addicted to bread, pasta, muffins, chocolate, cake, jam sandwiches, ice cream, etc. I'm trying to convince her that that type of crap is poison for her and the kids (especially desserts and jam), but as she grew up on it she thinks it's okay. She has a massively sweet tooth which I regret the kids have inherited.

I'm guessing the trick is for me to lose a heap of weight and hopefully she'll see my point... and lose some herself (am I allowed to say that?).

Anyway... roast pork was delayed until tonight due to time constraints yesterday, so last night I had a beef rump steak. Today I again had paleo granola, mushroom/tomato/basil salad, leafy salad, and a peach with two pears. I had a 300mL (about 10oz) bottle of pure pomegranate juice, but realised that it contained 16.9g (0.59oz) of sugar, so I'll stick to eating fruit and drinking water in the future...

I've boiled eggs for tomorrow's meals at work; I'm hoping the protein will ward off hunger.

My second day without coffee. Now the whole family tells me I'm grumpy...

Now I'm off to find a decent way to replicate Asian flavours without soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, etc.

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 03:37:37 AM »
Paleo granola, fruit, veg, and boiled eggs through the day. My attempt at paleo san choy bau tonight didn't work as planned - it's a hard one without soy sauce and oyster sauce. Still tasty, but not authentic.

I would probably commit murder for a coffee right now. This tells me it's been messing with me for too long.

I've noticed over the past few weeks that my tastes are changing - in particular, I can't handle the level of sweetness I used to enjoy (not that I ever had a particularly sweet tooth). I assume my tastes will "correct"  themselves once I'm completely off the excessive sugar, additives, etc that I've been used to for so long.

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 08:11:55 PM »
Yeah, I've had nurses tell me that juice is the next worst thing to soft drinks - and they weren't even paleo.  Whole fruit is the way to go for fruit.

Things definitely taste sweeter once one quits eating refined carbs.  I can only suppose that the taste bulbs get burned out by a nonpaleo diet and are given a chance to grow back on paleo, or something.

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 04:10:25 AM »
Granola, eggs, salads, veg, etc today. Tonight saw me devour a delicious fish curry made by Mrs Pete.

I discovered a quality butter made from grass-fed cow's milk. Unfortunately it's from the other side of the planet (Ireland), so I'll continue to search for a suitable local alternative. I'll go to the local farmer's market tomorrow, and hopefully resist the incredibly tasty food & coffee there.

Alcohol fail - I had a couple of drinks after a tough day. On the positive, coffee withdrawal is abating. I'm drinking "Rooibos" - a caffeine-free tea from South Africa that as a good flavour. I also have a number of herbal teas at hand, as well as quality bone broths in the freezer which I heat up each morning and take to work in a thermal container each day.

I've increasingly noticed the importance of having quality snacks at hand - as I've been eating more regularly my metabolism is increasing. I therefore get hungry more often. I was therefore tempted to use drive-thru while on the road today. I was able to stop at a Japanese kiosk and get some salmon sashimi with grated carrot. Better than Maccas...

Perhaps I should eat more meat/fish/poultry; I have three boiled eggs a day, plus about 150-200g (about 5-7 ounces) of meat/fish/poultry, much of which is very lean. Overall I'm eating better than I ever have before, but I'm wondering if I should reduce fruit consumption in favour of protein and/or fat. Sleep is something I also need to work on; I normally awake naturally after about 5-6 hours of sleep, and while I know this isn't enough I don't understand why it's happening or how to resolve it.

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 08:57:24 PM »
The amount of meat and eggs you are eating now is sufficient to maintain muscle mass, but if you felt like eating more, it wouldn't be harmful.

After you reach your goal weight you will need to eat more fat, but for now you don't need to unless you want to.  Less fruit might decrease the hunger as it would reduce the insulin spikes.

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2018, 02:14:36 AM »
I've taken to rooibos tea lately (a South African variety without caffeine). Less boring than water, less caffeinated & addictive than coffee, less sugar than fruit juice.

Same old for meals (granola, salads, eggs, etc), another roo steak & salad for dinner last night - prawns (with coconut cream, kaffir lime leaf, coriander leaf (aka cilantro), scallion, chilli, ginger, garlic, S&P) tonight. I had less fruit than I have lately (refer to Warren's previous comment). Last night I had smoked salmon for "dessert" - I've found a brand that contains only salmon, salt, and woodsmoke (most have sugar in the curing mix).

I found a supplier of excellent free range, grass fed meats recently, so yesterday I stocked up the freezer with various cuts of beef, pork, and lamb which is farmed close to home. Expensive, but a little goes a long way.

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Re: Getting started...
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2018, 05:41:15 PM »
Sounds good!