Kristin + Corey Paleo Log Blog

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.

March 22, Day 22
March 23, 2010, 6:01 am
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My intention was to get up early this morning, it was Corey’s parents last day here and I was thinking maybe a special frittata or maybe some steak and eggs.

But, that’s OK, don’t make anything for us, we’re good with coffee, said Corey’s Mom this morning and quite honestly I heaved a bit of a sigh of relief.  One thing Paleo cooking is not is quick and easy.  Every meal takes some time and some effort.  It’s almost always worth it, but sometimes, yeah.  I just don’t feel like making breakfast.

After his parents left (and we bought them coffee) – I made Corey and I a pumpkin pie smoothie.  I neglected to take a picture because I was listening on the phone while scooping and blending (on mute) – but this is a good treat.  I used half a can of pumpkin, a bunch of spice, a whack load of ice, some almond milk, vanilla extract, and a package of Stevia.  A super yummy treat.

This held us till noon, when we headed for Crossfit.  Though Fran was the workout of the day, I received a modified half Karen.  My back has been bothering me, and I think it’s making me generally out of sorts.  I’ve been adhering strictly to the diet, but I’ve been feeling a little “off” these last few days.  Lethargic, and I wasn’t on my game today for the workout.

Lunch, 2 PM: Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Cauliflower

Tried this one before, liked it even better this time now that the cauliflower wasn’t green! (no green onions added to the cauliflower)

Had some grapefruit in the late afternoon before we took Nolan to his swim class.  I didn’t start dinner till 6:30, which was kind of dumb in retrospect, because I decided to cook my first whole chicken tonight.  A year ago, I was burning kraft dinner.  I have asked myself multiple times in the last week: who the hell have I turned into?  I’m not sure, but she cooks hella better than the girl I used to be.

8:30 PM, Dinner: Roasted Chicken with Fresh Basil, Rosemary and Thyme

I stuffed the olive oil and herb mixture underneath the skin of the chicken, pulling up the goo and totally ramming it in there like some kind of savage beast.  What the hell?

Also, it was worth the insanity.  Good god, that was good chicken.  I served it with a baked yam and salad with tomato + avocado.  We also whipped up a fresh batch of the omniscient tomato garlic and onion pesto.

March 21, Day 21
March 22, 2010, 5:20 am
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The rain pounded down this morning, grey and bleary, and we’re on Day 5 of house guests and since I’m an introvert loner at heart, I was a little stressed this morning.  Actually, Corey and I both were, and we were thinking that it was odd that we were both feeling discombobulated – perhaps it was the diet? But I think it’s just the change in our routine.  Cooking for more than 3 of us, especially on this diet, is a little hairy.

8am Breakfast: Coconut Almond Crepes with Fresh Mango, Strawberries, and Bananas

(I was in a rush, hence the blurry)

(I served Corey’s parents yogurt + maple syrup with theirs.  Corey and I just ate ours plain)

These were a bit of a bitch to make, but they’re delicious.

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 banana, mashed super fine

2 eggs

1/4 cup egg whites

1 tsp. pure almond extract

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk.

Heat element/flame to high, then pre-heat pan with a bit of olive oil.  These are thin, so scoop only a little.  Mine spread unevenly but flipped well after about 4-5 minutes on med-high heat.  This made about 8 thin crepe like pancakes.  Heap on the fruit on top and they’re filling enough to tide you till lunch.

I had an epic nap at noon.  Almost two hours.  It was awesome and I was going to run afterward but you know..I’ve worked out hard 5 days this week and my back is a bit sore and though Friday was my rest day this week…I decided to make it 2 rest days this week.  I think my body needs it.

We were suddenly starving at 12:30 or so and Corey made me a snack while he made lunch.  For normal people, a snack is a hunk of bread or a cookie or perhaps some cheese and crackers.  My man made me some weird Chinese broccoli with tomato onion dip and I am getting used to this shit because it tasted perfectly delicous:

Then he made lunch:

1:00 lunch:  Ground Curry chicken lettuce wraps:

We then went bathing suit shopping, because we’re going to a beach at the end of April.  For the first time in my adult life, it wasn’t an excruciating experience.  I am not horrified by the state of my body.  This feels good, you guys.

We picked up some stuff for dinner and made

7pm, dinner: Butter Chicken on Spaghetti Squash

Did you know you can have butter chicken legally on the paleo diet?  OMG, either did I?  You just need to make a few modifications:

1) Light coconut milk instead of cream

2) Extra virgin olive oil instead of butter

3) Spaghetti squash instead of rice/bread

The spices in butter chicken are cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, cloves – all Paleo friendly.  We bought ready-made butter chicken spice mix at Whole Foods – no added salt or preservatives.  We then just chopped some onion, garlic, and chicken in a pan, added spices, then light coconut milk, and voila.  This was an instant favorite.

Dessert was sliced grapes, apples, and dates.  Super delicious food day.

March 20, Day 20

I startled awake at 6am, which is super insane, because we were up well past midnight and there was no real reason for me to be up before 7 (my son’s Dad was dropping him off at 7am)

So I put on a load of laundry and set to work baking coconut blueberry muffins.

Caveat: these sound better than they tasted, and I was a bit disappointed.  They were sweet and tasty, but too dense and, as Corey said they “suck all the moisture out of your mouth)

Next time I’d add more applesauce and maybe some almond flour instead of pure coconut flour.  I used:

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 cup apple sauce

1/4 cup plain almond milk

1 mashed banana

1 cup frozen blueberries, dusted in coconut flour (to prevent blue bleeding into the berries)

Mix all ingredients in bowl, blueberries last, and place in muffin tin.  Makes about 12 big muffins.

We went to the 10am Crossfit workout, my back still a bit sore but not noticeably. The workout was “Chuck Norris”, a killer of a workout with a long list of excruciating exercises done 50 in a row.  I modified knees to elbows to a v-sit, which sent pangs of pain up my back until I stopped lifting my head as much.  The jump pull ups were also killer on the back, but everything else was kosher.

We were starving when we came home:

12 noon, brunch: Chicken avocado omelette with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and garlic

I had a few dates as snacks, and an americano mid afternoon, but saved my appetite as we were making dinner for Corey’s parents:

7PM, Dinner: Seared Ahi Tuna with Garlic Lemon Asparagus on fresh Spinach, with Sundried Tomato Onion Dip

Corey bought some fresh ahi tuna steaks at the Dundarave Fish Market last night.  They were pricey (40 bucks for 2 thick steaks) but they fed four of us well and they were so perfect on their own, all they needed was a tiny bit of pepper and a little bit of heat.  The tomato dip has become a staple and is always delicious.

We’re moving into our final week of this!  I am really amazed at the differences in my body.

Today at the gym, my hernia was rubbing against my shirt and driving me insane as usual so I took off my tank top (had a sports bra underneath) and when I was doing my Good Mornings, I could clearly see my abs, defined and pretty void of puffiness of any kind.  This has never occured before.  I have to credit the diet, because I’m not doing much different, activity wise.

I’m with Corey now, I think.  I’ll continue this way of eating.  It’s pretty smart.

(PS I also made dessert for everyone tonight – banana coconut pudding with raspberries and banana slices.  I used the rest of the coconut muffins crumbled on the bottom, it was pretty rad. )