Archive for January, 2012

January 26, 2012

Day #11 – movie night follow up

Today, approximately 24 hours after seeing the movie and eating some crap, I had some stomach upset, and have had a headache this evening. I also feel more congested than I think I did yesterday. I don’t know if I should necessarily attribute all of those things to eating a bunch of corn products, but I’ll be sure to make a note of the next time I have these types of maladies.

So far, for food today:

My version of alambres
1/3 of a banana – I was peeling it and the other 2/3rds  just broke off and fell on the carpet. I can’t put that in my mouth.

Scallops and Leeks in Champagne Sauce (French Women Don’t Get Fat has a lot of good recipes that are basically primal or easily converted, by the way, and I’ve liked all the recipes I’ve tried.) And god damn those scallops were expensive as shit. I should not have asked for eight (I only used four tonight). Oh, I also used only ghee, no olive oil. The scallops in ghee where amaaazing.
Apple

I’m about to have something else because I’m hella hungry. Maybe reheat the rest of my alambres and take care of the raspberries and blueberries in the fridge. Or maybe I’ll make a coconut milk smoothie…who can know? That sounds good.

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January 25, 2012

Day #10

Despite only going to jiu jitsu twice over the past ten days, and being basically 100% sedentary the rest of the time with a terrible sinus infection, I’ve lost 3.4 pounds. It was the sickest I’ve been in a long time, a disease graciously donated by my roommate. Perhaps all of a sudden being no carbs, no sugar, no dairy made things worse, I don’t know. But I’m feeling better now.

On Saturday, I went to a dual birthday party thrown by my former roommate and her boyfriend. She is an incredible baker and cook, so I decided, as it was a super special occasion and I rarely have access to her concoctions, I would have one of the chocolate merlot cupcakes she made. It was very, very good – dense, not crumbly, and not super big. Even better, it didn’t have frosting, more of a little bit of glaze – I hate frosting. Surprisingly, I found it a little too sweet – good thing it wasn’t very big. I also had two corn chips, one with spinach artichoke dip (she made that) and one with queso (I just love liquid cheese). That was the extent of my cheating. Afterward, my roommate and I went out and I had a bunch of Primal food at a restaurant here in Seattle called Peso’s, where they apparently feel comfortable charging $6 for two large sea scallops.

So, after we got home, my stomach was rumbly, and I had heartburn. The next evening, my left hip and leg were sore, and I realized I hadn’t felt that at all the entire week prior. That’s something I attributed to having short legs that sometimes cause my feet to not touch the ground when I sit on couches, putting more stress on my hip and knee (why it would only be the left side, I don’t know). It was bothering enough that I took some ibuprofen, and have felt fine since.

Today, I went to jiu jitsu. I have been thinking a lot about whether I should really be going 100% on the diet 100% of the time. I decided it probably wasn’t necessary to ensure success, and I felt that I wasn’t likely to use one indulgence as a gateway consumption to backslide. So, since I have been missing popcorn so, so much, AND wanting to see a movie, that I decided I’d go to one of the Landmark theatres around town, get both, and also get a soda. They have some of the best popcorn, IMO. On the way there, I realized their nachos sounded really, really good too. Salty, crispy, and liquid cheese. I got all of these things – nachos, a small soda, and a kid size popcorn (maybe 3-4 cups?). For both the nachos and the popcorn, they didn’t taste as good as I remembered. Did they always taste that way? Did the nachos just not have enough salt? Did I just get a dull batch of popcorn? I don’t know. I will have to test this next at Majestic Bay, where they have my favorite popcorn in the city. As for the soda – I’ve been craving Coke in particular, despite Mountain Dew being my poison of choice, so that’s what I got (not that they had Mountain Dew anyway – although Majestic Bay does!). It was quite sweet. Obviously, soda being sweet is nothing new, but I think maybe I did find it a bit excessively sweet.

I debated ‘cheating.’ I was worried I might be using it to give into cravings, but that’s not how I felt – I didn’t have a super strong, crazy craving for any of those things (despite missing them), and would’ve been okay not having them, too – that’s what really made me think it would be okay to indulge. Now it’s been one minor cheat, followed by a considerable cheat three days later. That’s got to be enough cheating for a while.

Within ten minutes of starting to eat the popcorn and drink the soda, I felt a little headache, specifically on the right side near the front of my head. I haven’t had any headaches since the caffeine reduction headaches back at the beginning (and sometimes I wake up with one, if it’s been ~24 hours since my half a caffeine pill), and my stomach got rumbly. Now, after the movie, I feel a little bloated, but otherwise okay. We’ll see how I feel over the next couple days. Maybe I am ruined for movie concessions completely!

Besides that, today I’ve had a banana, a kiwi, and my own alambres concoction. Senor Moose, one of my faaaavorite restaurants in Seattle, and my favorite Mexican restaurant ever, offers this Oaxacan dish. It is listed on the menu as “Shredded beef, chorizo, bacon, green bell pepper, and poblano chile grilled together and topped with cheese. Served with refried beans.” I made mine with pulled pork that I made yesterday (it was lackluster, unfortunately), bacon, chorizo, and onion. I threw in some other spices but didn’t have any peppers or chiles. Oh, and obviously, no cheese, and no refried beans. It was not the same as Senor Moose’s dish, but it was good, and I wanted to use up my lackluster pork. This is a good way to do that. I just fried the bacon until it was partially cooked, threw in the chorizo and onions, and then when that was cooked, added the pulled pork and let that all fry together for a while.

Another difference I have noticed since starting is that when I get hungry, I’m not gripped by a need to eat IMMEDIATELY. Not only that, but I don’t have really strong cravings for anything, including carb stuff. That is a really lovely change. I am naturally not overeating, because I’m not hungry. This is awesome!

January 25, 2012

Day #3 (1/18/12)

Breakfast:
2.5 eggs & 2/3 louisiana hotlink scramble, prepared in a little bit of bacon grease
1 apple
1 pear
water with lemon

ah, I forget what else I had this day! oh well, that’s bound to get boring.

January 18, 2012

Day #2

Breakfast:
3 slices uncured bacon, pan fried – ~3 oz, 1/4 of $6.50 package = $1.63
2 eggs, fried in the bacon fat (I love using one pan!) – unsure of original cost, I’ll round up and say $.50/ea = $1.00
1 kiwi – $.78
1 banana – 4 oz @ $.98/lb = $.25

Total cost for breakfast: $3.66. What a deal! I’d spend more on that per day to meet my fountain Mountain Dew fix.

Lunch:
~7 oz fresh rock fish, sauteed in bacon grease, with the remaining sauce from yesterday
A couple handfuls of baby spinach, golden raisins, and almonds prepared with bacon grease
Raw broccoli – I don’t know if it’s my tastebuds or what but after the first few limbs it started tasting really bitter. It’s been ages since I’ve had raw broccoli, does it always taste like that?

Snack: Walnuts

I strained the bacon fat at breakfast through a mesh strainer but there’s still bits of stuff in it. Do I need an even finer mesh strainer? I guess I’ll just use it up really fast. Hopefully. There was a considerable amount of fat from just those three slices; I’m excited to start using animal fat regularly! I like ghee a lot so far, but maybe it won’t even be necessary, which would be nice since a small jar (unsure of size, 8 or 12 ounces?) was almost $6.

I went to a jiu jitsu class tonight, where we did escapes from back mount. Whether you’re attempting to escape or attempting to restrain your partner, it requires a fair amount of exertion. At least, for me it does! Typically, after a class, I would go get a Mountain Dew. This was my first class since going primal, and I certainly had a sweet craving afterward. However, I wasn’t hungry at all, and in fact think I ate too close to class because afterward I was tempted to vom (this feeling has happened before, it’s my own fault), so I’m going to ignore the beast.

I started getting a headache last night, and have had one ever since. It got painful last night, and then when I got up today I popped half a caffeine pill and it’s still there, but not as bad. That’s 100mg of caffeine; I’m not sure how much I’d been getting before but that’s the equivalent of a little less than 24 ounces of Mountain Dew. I’m sure I was drinking twice that per day when I was not restricting myself to one fountain soda. So, perhaps it is just caffeine withdrawal. Hopefully, at some point, I can cut my caffeine pills down even further and eventually stop them. But given the terrible headaches I’ve gotten in the past when trying to drop caffeine, I’m not going to take that on just yet.

Oh, I also had a dream that I was eating a cheeseburger. This wasn’t a craving dream; in it, I was like, ‘Wait, what am I doing? Why did I decide to eat this? It’s on a bun!’. I was really confused what rationale led me to be eating a cheeseburger. Incidentally, it was from Lunchbox Laboratory, which makes the best burgers I have ever, ever had, and they do use really good buns. But I don’t go there for the buns, so they don’t have to be completely off the table! I will really, really miss their mini corn dogs. Also the best corn dog of any size I have ever had. I’m not huge into corn dogs, but I think they put heroin in that amazing sweet white corn batter. I better stop thinking about them.

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January 16, 2012

Day #1

Here I go. Time to get primal. Very intimidating. I have dedicated myself to 100% for 30 days!

Breakfast:
3/4 louisiana hot link sausage from local company, uncured, fried in some butter (hadn’t gotten the ghee yet)
1-1/3  free range eggs, prepared in the remaining butter and fat from the sausage (oh my god, they were amazing)
1 kiwi
1 banana

Snack:
Coconut Dream beverage (unsweetened)
Almonds

Lunch
Buttery Catfish in Creamy Shallot Sauce: ~7 oz. catfish prepared in shallots sauteed in olive oil and ghee, with pan debris, coconut milk, and lemon juice sauce. I even managed to burn most of the shallots (what am I doing wrong? I halved the recipe and used a small pan but they still burned), and it still tasted awesome. I inadvertently used the entire 1/2 cup of coconut milk the recipe called for, instead of 1/4th cup, meaning the lemon juice in it was half of what was called for – I recommend this change, as it was plenty lemony. The sauce was amaaaaazing. I highly recommend this recipe.
Kale, prepared with garlic sauteed in olive oil, but I managed to burn it so I didn’t eat much.

Snack:
Walnuts

Dinner:
2 eggs fried in ghee
1 navel orange

The Primal Blueprint suggests consuming certain fruits in moderation due to the sugar content, but as I train Brazilian jiu jitsu 4-5 times a week, I will, initially, consume fruit indiscriminately. As long as it’s accompanied with plentiful vegetables. Okay, so far, not doing great on that front, but I haven’t strayed so far from being Primal.

Besides having a headache and being kind of tired, I feel fine. No huge carb cravings…yet. Anyone who knows me knows three things: 1) I am addicted to caffeine, 2) I don’t drink coffee or tea, and 3) I love Mountain Dew. I’m going to hold off on confronting the caffeine addiction, but obviously the Mountain Dew part had to go. I have been attempting to answer the craving for sweetness with fat – part of telling your brain, “look, buddy, we’re going to use FAT as fuel from now on, not glucose, so get used to it,” and have so far managed to do that and have the craving satisfied. Brain and body, I have faith in you! You have treated me very well despite the crap I have fed you, so I have no doubt that you’re going to pick up what I’m laying down ASAP now that I’m giving you awesome stuff.

Wish me luck!