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Trying to eat (mostly) paleo
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:31:39 PM »
Hey guys!

As an intern, I hardly ever have time for a proper meal when I'm in the hospital. I try to stay paleo, except from the fact that I do eat some dairy: it's got plenty of proteins and fat and as a Dutch girl I've been practically raised on cheese. I've managed to quit all grains, starches and refined sugar cold turkey, but I'm fine with keeping a little bit of dairy in my diet. This dairy is organic, from grass fed cows.

I've been doing this for almost a month and I've lost quite a bit of weight already. I don't want to lose much more, I wasn't overweight anyway. I'm now at 145 lbs, and I'm 6ft tall.

I would like to get some points of improvement from you guys, based on what I've eaten in the past few days. I think these days were quite average, so I'm curious what you think!

Day 1:
Breakfast: Fresh juice, blended 250g of raspberries with the juice and pulp of 5 oranges.
Snack: home made 'energy bar' made with almond flour, chopped figs, apricots, eggs, raw honey, roasted omega seed mix and pecan nuts.
Lunch (late, was in the OR until 3.30 pm): smoked/steamed mackerel, mixed with home made mayonnaise and pepper on slices of cucumber.
Dinner: fresh bell pepper soup, roast trout with fresh herbs.

Day 2:
Breakfast: just some fresh orange juice and its pulp. Didn't have enough time.
Lunch: Dutch liver sausage, cherry tomatoes
Snack:  one of my 'energy bars'
Dinner: Salad with mixed leaves, smoked chicken breast, crispy bacon, avocado, tomatoes, pine nuts, pomegranate and a lemon/mayonnaise dressing.

Day 3:
HUNGRY!!
Breakfast: spinach and sheep feta frittata with a glass of fresh orange and pomegranate juice.
Snack: an apple
Lunch: bacon omelette and some salad
Snack: another apple, not really that much available in the hospital
Dinner: entrecôte steak (250g), steamed broccoli with nutmeg and old gouda.


Except from my morning juice, I don't drink anything sweet: just water, green tea or herbal tea and about 2 (glorious) cappuccino's a week.
I may enjoy a good glass of red wine in the weekends every now and then.

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Re: Trying to eat (mostly) paleo
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 09:45:01 AM »
Good start.  Some people may pick at your use of juice, bell pepper, tomatoes, and even a bit of feta but not me.  I think you are doing well for starters.  If those thing I mentioned do not bother you then I see no issue except they are not pure paleo.  Good luck.


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Re: Trying to eat (mostly) paleo
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 08:35:12 AM »
Thanks Bearso!

I know some people don't want to eat tomatoes and (bell) peppers because of their (presumed) effect on the gut.
I've never had any trouble with my immune system or my bowels, so I've chosen to continue eating them.
 Money is also an issue here: tomatoes are rich in lycopen and bell peppers in vitamin c and folic acid AND they're cheap. I'm on a student budget (even more so due to an unexpected €400 on books this month. Damn.) and although I usually get my ingredients at a farmer's market, I still have to be somewhat economical when planning my meals.

This is also one of the reasons to keep cheese, butter and cream in my diet for now: they're rich in proteins and fats, they don't cause me any (direct) trouble as my genes are as Germanic as they get and it's cheaper than the organic/free range meat I eat. And, I'll admit it: I love the taste and texture.

When I'm a doctor and the cash starts pouring in (oh, how I long for that day  :P), I may cut them out entirely, but right now I can't really afford to avoid these foods.

So, tonight I'm making a really thick bolognese sauce (onion, garlic, zucchini, bell peppers, peeled tomatoes, ground beef, pancetta, a splash of red wine, fresh basil) and I will eat that like a stew, with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmigiano. It may not be pure paleo, but it will sure taste great and it's still 10x better than the variety containing actual spaghetti.  ;D

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Re: Trying to eat (mostly) paleo
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 12:17:28 PM »
Stews of all varieties work great with Paleo.  Slow cookers do a smashing job also if you don't have time to cook.  You cut up some stuff toss it in then just set it and forget it and when you get home....steamy hot meal.  A great way to make really cheap cuts of meat tender as a babies bum...