Kristin + Corey Paleo Log Blog


March 31, Day 31 :: Mission Complete.
April 1, 2010, 11:42 pm
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On the 31st day of the Crossfit Vancouver Paleo Challenge, I wanted to make an awesome breakfast.  I got up early and started cracking eggs because I wanted to make Paleo Eggs Benedict.

8:30 AM Breakfast Paleo Egg Benedict with the Tomato and Kristin’s Blood and Tears

OK, here’s the thing: you’ll note the sauce is kind of solid.  Holy god is it frustrating to make hollandaise without butter or salt. I had to ditch two batches because they kept hardening.  I used extra virgin olive oil instead of butter, but it made it tricky.  In the end, the hollandaise was solid, but tasted damned good.  I sliced organic Canadian back bacon thin and then covered it with a perfectly poached egg and ripe tomatoes.  This felt like luxury.

At lunch, I was starving because of a Crossfit workout that included three timed runs, but I had no interest in tackling something complex — benedict covered saucepans still littered the kitchen.  We grabbed a few turkey slices, a fruit smoothie, and some carrot sticks and that tided us over till dinner.

6 PM, Dinner Imaginative Streak Over

I think I burned out a bit on the complex meals.  Dinner was scrambled eggs with onion and mushrooms, sliced turkey and a dollop of the staple tomato pesto

Typically satisfying and non-typically quick to prepare.

I am pretty proud to have made it through this month.  I wasn’t sure I could do it: I have a killer sweet tooth and cheese is one of my favourite things on the planet.  I did it, we did it, and did it well and we both feel really good about it.  Having each other’s support — and the fact that we work from home and can easily prepare our own meals — really helped, too.

Overall:

Cons

  • Meals can be time consuming.
  • Paleo is expensive if you choose to eat organic, grass-fed and locally raised meat and dairy.  Our grocery bill went up about 4x our average this month.
  • There is a lot of planning and creativity required
  • It’s hard to go out for dinner and stick to a strictly Paleo diet, unless you open yourself up to dairy and butter, which we did not.
  • Since everything is fresh…a lot of grocery shopping and creative use of produce that you need to use right away because of a limited shelf life.
  • The first week was hard as all hell.  It’s almost like I envision withdrawal from drugs.  It sucked and there’s no way around the suckage.  Eat some dates.  But they don’t really help when your body is screaming for rice pudding.  Ignore the screaming and it’ll be worth it.

Pros

  • After the first week, you’ll start to feel kind of…peppy and happy and you’ll wonder why and realize that your diet controls your moods way more than you ever thought.
  • The meals are truly delicious – simple and fresh = really good eating.
  • Noticeably improved energy.
  • Noticeable improvements in leanness.  Corey was already ripped to holy hell, but his back is even leaner and than before, and his abs are showing through like I’ve never seen them before.  His legs have also added muscle.  I was never  ripped, and I am starting to be.  I can see my top stomach muscles now, and my arm muscles are bigger.  My stomach is flat and taut, none of the bloat I used to carry around.
  • Quality time: it’s fun to cook and come up with new recipes together.

We don’t own a scale, but I’d be willing to wager I actually put on a few pounds this month.  We did do before and after pics and I posted them on flickr if you’re interested.

I’ll keep writing here even after the contest wraps, when I do a meal I’m particularly enamoured with, or when I have something Paleo to share.  Corey is going to develop a bit of a recipe application on the aqufit site, so stay tuned there too.  We are going to continue to eat this way because we like the way it makes us feel.

Thanks for riding along on this journey with us, you guys!

***Edited to add: I didn’t properly note our inspiration for all of this, Coach Lu.  We went to Crossfit one afternoon after a bit of a scrap; I was sick of the gym and Corey was deservedly tired of my whining.  I wanted us to seek new avenues, and Corey went along with me.

Dave inspired us with his openness and immediately evident enthusiasm.  He was the one who got us on the Paleo track and the dude I can credit with keeping us on it.  He is a stellar coach and a really good human and we are both grateful for him.



March 30, Day 30
March 31, 2010, 5:12 am
Filed under: Daily Not Bread, Effect on Workout, Emotions, Food Log

Our workout yesterday was a bit of a doozy, and I wondered if that’s what was making me so ravenously starving this morning — I woke up feeling like I could eat a truck.

We decided against doing that, but we did rustle up a hearty breakfast:

9AM Breakfast – Steak, Eggs, and Sliced Tomato and Avocado

We used the rest of the mushroom peppercorn sauce from last night on the steak.  Eggs over easy.  Was awesome.

Our grocery delivery comes on Tuesdays, so we were a little low on fresh ingredients today, so Corey grabbed what was in the fridge and made lunch.

1PM, Lunch Lettuce Turkey Wraps with Leftover Curry Sauce

It was very simple and surprisingly delicious.  Key was the type of lettuce, we don’t know what this stuff is called but it worked perfectly.

We wanted a curry dish for dinner, we’re mildly obsessed, and Corey had found some Vindaloo spice that would be perfect with the free-range chicken chunks that arrived in our delivery today:

7PM, Dinner Chicken Vindaloo over Spaghetti Squash

We expected to have leftovers to take for lunch tomorrow but no such luck – this was amazingly delicious.

I have to say – both Corey and I felt a bit off today – somber mood and a little draggy.  We tried to analyze if it might be something we ate (as we’re realizing now that everything from morning mood to sex drive seems to be related to what we put in our body) – but couldn’t figure it out.  We concluded we need a vacation. To somewhere hot!  Where we can wear our new bathing suits!

The challenge ends tomorrow.  I wonder if anyone has been as obsessive about this as us.  At stake is a 6 month gym membership at Crossfit, which would come in pretty damned handy.  Fingers crossed.



March 27, Day 27
March 28, 2010, 5:07 am
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We originally had intentions of skiing today, but we woke up late and our legs were kind of writhing in pain from our Crossfit workouts — we’ve been going hard lately.

So instead we opted for a leisurely shower, breakast, and wander.

10:00 AM, Breakfast Snowboarder’s Breakfast (avec modification)

I was starving this morning.  Yesterday was a rest day, technically, although I spent 3 hours slicing through slushy snow on the mountain.  The cooler mountain air plus snowboarding plus some time spent in the hottub = relentless hunger.  I ordered the snowboarder’s breakfast – 3 eggs with sausage and bacon — and asked them to hold the hashbrowns and toast.  They brought me fruit and sliced tomatoes with peppers instead.  Awesome.

Breakfast was kind of brunch-ish in it’s girth, so we didn’t actually have a real  lunch.  Full confession: we rolled home and went to bed again. Lazy weekends breed increased laziness, which is kind of awesome.  We then went for a massage which was amazing and awesome.  I know, my life is hard.  Sometimes I wonder when the Universe will see that it’s given me way too much and lunge in to snatch some of it back.  I’m ridiculously lucky.

We snacked on dried banana and hazelnuts, and then Corey made a chicken curry + spaghetti squash dinner, which has become a fave around here.  Each time it’s a little different:

, Chicken Curry on Spaghetti Squash, with assorted veg

I had a sweet tooth afterward, and whipped up a Warm Coconut Pudding with Sliced Banana + Coconut Shred

Coconut Pudding Dessert

2 egg yolks

2 tsp almond flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

Few tsp. agave nectar or Stevia

Heat on low till thickened, then pour in 1 can lite coconut milk.  Heat to a  boil.

Reduce heat.  Slice up banana at the bottom of two pudding dishes, then add some shredded unsweetened coconut.  Pour pudding mixture over top and enjoy while warm.  Heaven!



March 26, Day 26
March 28, 2010, 4:25 am
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We woke up sometime after 9, in a gigantic king size bed.  The bed was so massive that Corey had no need to build a sheet moat during the night to protect himself from my blazing inferno.  Awesome.

We decided to do a half-day of snowboarding, so we could linger and wander and eat an awesome breakfast – maybe sit in the hottub?

Breakfast, 9:30 AM: Bacon, eggs & fruit

Breakfast is pretty easy to order Paleo: just nix the toast and hashbrowns and you’re good to go.  Bacon is a fattier meat than we would normally eat but we knew we’d be burning a lot of calories on the hill, so we indulged a bit.

We skipped lunch because we were shredding up the mountain, and were pretty hungry when we came back off the hill at 3:30 or so.  We decided to go for a super nice dinner at Araxi, one of the best restaurants in Whistler.

I can’t be sure the mushroom sauce was 100% paleo, but the dinner was pretty in line with what we’ve been eating: a roast chicken breast in a mushroom truffle sauce.  We had oysters to start.  So good, and pretty, but sadly I didn’t take pictures.  Araxi is not the kind of place where you whip out a camera at the table.

We wandered the town and decided to go back to our room to have a hot tub but we stocked up on a few groceries before we headed back: beef jerky, sliced pineapple, pepperoni, salmon jerky.  A paleo late night binge! It’s less guilty.



March 25, Day 25
March 28, 2010, 3:59 am
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We went to the crack-of-dawn Crossfit this morning, 7am before the birds were out and the black had snapped back.  I had purple luggage under both eyes and we didn’t manage to get coffee in before we hit the gym.  We had an Americano at 8:00 and then I made breakfast as soon as I got home.  I don’t know what you call it, exactly, but it was savory and awesome.

Breakfast, 8:30 AM Pan-fried chicken chunks in tomato pesto topped with an egg. Accompanied by crushed avocado and peppered tomatoes.  It’s a Jack of All Breakfasts

Actually, Corey really liked this.  My inspiration was eggs benedict, with no sauce and no bread, and this is what ended up on our plates.  It turned out to be a happy surprise.

I’d taken Friday off work, Corey and I were going up to Whistler and Nolan was venturing on a ferry to spend the weekend with his grandparents, so lunch was a few turkey slices, some carrot sticks, a few hazelnuts.  We were starved by 4:00, so we stopped for late sashimi in Horseshoe Bay.

Tuna and Salmon Sashimi

One of the foods I’ve really missed on this diet is sushi: spicy scallop rolls, avocado rolls drenched in soy sauce and smeared with nose-tingly wasabi.  Corey has replaced sushi with sashimi (hold the soy sauce) – and I keep trying but I just can’t like it.  I don’t get the point of raw fish without soy sauce, and it’s always an effort to choke it back. I keep hoping I’ll enjoy it but so far, I need my fish at least a little cooked.

Corey brought snacks for the drive up to Whistler: raw carrots, apples, a grapefruit and a banana.  Not going to lie: I miss you, roadtrip Doritos.

We checked in to our room and explored a bit, then sat down at the White Spot across from our hotel and proceeded to inspect the menu for something legal.  I ended up ordering a BC burger with no bun and no Special O sauce and no fries, salad instead, no dressing please.  Corey ordered a chicken salad with no dressing and didn’t eat his side of pita bread.  Our server looked at us like we were insane and we kind of are.  Admission: eating Paleo in restaurants is a bit of a bitch.

But I can’t complain, because, snowboarding + hot tubs + languid naps plus the general awesomeness of Whistler, you know?

(Not Whistler, Horseshoe Bay where we the three of us hung out before Corey and I climbed the Sea to Sky.  We’re so lucky to live here, you know?)



March 24, Day 24
March 25, 2010, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Daily Not Bread, Effect on Workout, Emotions

Internet, if you would have whispered psychically to me one year ago (when I was a single fatskinny vegetarian)  that  on March 24, 2010,  I would be tossing back a large sausage for breakfast, prior to my intense daily workout,  beside my totally ripped computer genius boyfriend?  I would have twisted your nose, slipped you a twenty, and offered you immediate friendship.Because I have a soft spot for lunatics.

Breakfast, 8:30 am: Spicy organic sausage with pumpkin seeds and pecans

As I mentioned, our Crossfit coach has been extolling the virtues of a high protein + fat breakfast and had me semi-convinced that this was a semi sane idea.  But in fact, it wasn’t really.  My brother came upstairs to fix the fire alarm I brought him the battery while knawing on sausage; he eyed my preposterous breakfast and said: “You’re beginning to do really weird things.”

But he also said last week, “Your muscles are kind of embarrassing.”  He used to be the fit one.  We’ll get him back on the bandwagon yet.

We had a noon Crossfit workout, and then I was swamped with work and if there is one detriment to the Paleo diet, it’s that you can’t just open the fridge and eat.  Everything requires mad preparation and yesterday I just didn’t have time. Lunch was a few sliced turkey slices, a handful of walnuts, and several tomato slices.

Dinner made up for the slack lunch, though.

Dinner, 7:30 PM:  Coconut Curry Turkey with Mushrooms , Orange Pepper & Sundried Tomatoes on Spaghetti Squash

There were no leftovers.

(I did have a Lara Bar before bed.  Cocoa coconut.  Mad goodness, and also mad calories)



March 23, Day 23
March 24, 2010, 3:58 am
Filed under: Daily Not Bread, Effect on Workout, Emotions, Food Log

We were going to do a 7am Crossfit workout this morning but my back was still a bit sore and sleep felt too delicious and we decided to do a night class instead.  After having company for a week, I didn’t feel like making a complex breakfast, so I did up an easy one – still tasted fab.

8:30 AM, Breakfast Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie + Almond Raspberry Muffins

I’ve finally mastered the muffins so they come out fluffy and delicious.  Cinnamon sprinkles are key, as is one tbsp coconut flour added to the almond flour.  I use 3 eggs instead of four for a batch of 12.

Lunch, noon Homemade Chicken Soup

I was all proud of my mad domestic roasted chicken making skills last night (I won’t tell you about how I made Corey carve it when it was still pink in the middle, crap) — and I decided to push my boundaries and transform the carcass into soup.

Holy shit, you guys.  This was wicked.

I’d give you the recipe because man it was awesome but I don’t know what I did.  I just hucked in all the vegetables in the fridge, plus some sundried tomatoes and corn, a bunch of leftover chicken and a whackload of fresh herbs (thyme, basil, rosemary, sage, etc.)  Then I simmered it for 3+ hours. Bonus: the house smelled divine.

We did a 5:30 Crossfit after a quick visit to the chiropractor at 4 (my first time, and he popped my rib back in about 5 seconds flat).  Then came home and Corey through steaks on the barbie:

Last night while I was roasting the chicken I made a whack load of the tomato pesto stuff.  We eat it on salad, on top of meat, as a dip for snacks like steamed broccoli and raw carrots.  We still have some left to last us the rest of the challenge.

I bought a bunch of seeds and nuts and dried fruit at a store I discovered on Lonsdale today.  For the last part of the challenge, we’re going to try to eat meat and seeds for breakfast – apparently this gives extra fat and strength for the day. I am dubious, but we should probably go out with a bang for our last week, right.  Wouldn’t be us if we didn’t.

Have a sweet tooth right this minute and am going to knaw on a few dried bananas.  After nearly a month of eating like this, I’m finding that fruit is mostly conquering my mad sweet tooth. But I can tell you that for sure, this time next week, I will be scarfing mad brownies.