Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Primal Blueprint Shopping List

So what CAN you eat on the Primal/Paleo/Low Carb diet? Check out Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint Shopping List!

Primal Challenge-Day 2

Primal Challenge-Day2
After it about killed me not to snack after dinner last night, I woke up STARVING today. I've already realized that I graze, WAY too much during the day, which does not mean good things for my insulin levels. I am clearly going through "grazing withdrawal" because every time I enter the kitchen I want to eat something but then realize, it's not mealtime yet!  Another thing I've discovered is that I often times mistake hunger for THIRST because a big glass of water seems to satisfy my "craving" to eat.

Breakfast- Scrambled eggs, chopped ham heated in a skillet, 1 cup of coffee.
Snack-Leftover scrambled eggs off kids' plate, small handful of cashews, 1/2 of a pear. I know, big snack!
Lunch-Leftover pesto chicken breast and green beans from last night's dinner.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What I Ate Today

Today was day 1 of the 21 Day Challenge.  I was dreading it because my goal was to only have one cup of coffee and be finished with it by 9am. Lately, I've been drinking one cup with breakfast and then putting the leftover on ice and sipping it all morning!  I hope to wean off completely again at some point, but at 45 years old and 5 kids 12 and under, surviving my day on just one cup would be a huge accomplishment!

Breakfast-3 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon and 1 cup of coffee (I was hungry!)
Lunch-Artisan Salad at JD's Coffee House, water
Snack-big handful of salted almonds and dried apples
Dinner-baked pesto chicken with parmesan cheese and steamed green beans with butter

Today, whenever I had any sort of craving for sugar, I would grab a few almonds and drink a big glass of water and that seemed to take care of it.

2/16/13-Coffee Update:
I'm thrilled to report that I FINALLY broke free of my caffeine addiction!!  It was not an easy process. Quite frankly, I thought I might die because the headaches were so bad I thought I was surely having an aneurysm! But after about a week it was finally over.  I really never thought I would be able to start my day without caffeine but the high fat, low carb eating has stabilized my blood sugar and improved my energy levels tremendously.  And now that I'm not strung out on caffeine, I don't have to have a glass of wine to help me wind down in the evening.

21 Day Challenge

As part of my efforts to "hit the reset button", I've joined a 21 day challenge offered by Mark Sisson from the popular blog, Mark's Daily Apple.  Whether small or big, it's always better to surround yourself with a support group when making changes in your diet or lifestyle.  I've also recruited a new workout partner who has similar ambitions and physical abilities, AND she's adventurous enough to brave the early morning darkness of the Nebraska countryside with me! The accountability of a workout partner is critical for me to achieve my fitness goals.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Struggling To Give Up Wheat?.....

......or not even sure why anyone would want to? Go to this link and listen to all 6 parts of Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly:Lose The Wheat, Lose The Weight" and you'll never look at wheat the same again!