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Paleo Day 19 – Sold on Paleo!

Posted by cavewomanrunner on November 10, 2008

I got up this morning at 5:45 and ran 5 miles in the dark! It felt great. I usually like to run later in the afternoon, but with work schedules, that sometimes is not possible. It’s nice to know I can still get up early and get in a nice run. I added strides the last mile and a half and felt wonderful. Grabbed an egg and some of my squash/apple/walnut mix (yummy) to keep me going this morning.

I also stepped on the scale today. I noticed the first few days of eating Paleo that I dropped about 3 pounds (from 118 to 115). Now the scale says I’ve dropped even more (down to 112). I find it somewhat amazing, since I feel like I’m eating all of the time (and sometimes high fat foods like nuts and avocados)! My goal in eating Paleo was not to lose weight. But I’ve noticed not so much a weight loss as a change in my body composition. I feel like a lean, mean, muscle machine now. My stomach is competely flat and I can see more definition in my stomach muscles and all of my other muscles. I intuitively know this is because I’m not “polluting” my body like I was doing for years with processed carbs and sugars! I keep wishing I had researched this and started eating better years ago. It also probably would have prevented me from having eating disorders. Now the only disorder I have is my OCD in keeping to my running, dancing, working, and now cooking schedules! 🙂

I’m totally hooked on this lifestyle and can see myself doing it for the rest of my life. It’s not impossible to maintain it in this society – a bit more difficult yes, and it takes more planning. But honestly I don’t miss the carbs and sugars and junk food. I crave fish, veggies, and fruit now! I support this change for anyone, runners or not, who want to be nicer to themselves and their body! Go Paleo!

My rough estimates:
Protein (ideal 20-25%): 15% (previous days: 19-20-16-25-26-11-18)
Carbs (ideal 50-60%): 47% (previous days: 47-65-54-33-27-41-35)
Fat (ideal 20-30%): 38% (previous days: 34-15-29-42-47-48-47)

Run 5 miles

Breakfast

  • 1 boiled egg
  • Squash w/ apples, walnuts, raisins

Lunch

  • Spring salad w/ tomatoes, mushrooms, sliced almonds
  • Banana
  • Pear

Snack

  • All Natural Cranberry Jubilee Mix (pumpkin seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, papaya, almonds, raisins, brazil nuts, apples)

Dance 2 hrs

Dinner

  • Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
  • Tomato
  • Pure Protein bar
  • Pistachios
  Cal Fat Sat Chl Sod Crb Fib Sug Pro
Breakfast                  
1.5 cup Squash, winter, spaghetti, cooked, boiled, drained, or baked, without salt 63 1 0 0 42 15 3 6 2
1 1 apple spiced baked apple 123 3 1 5 15 25 3 20 0
20 raisins Raisins, seedless 31 0 0 0 1 8 0 6 0
1 serving 1 Lg Boiled Egg 78 5 2 212 62 1 0 1 6
0.2 oz (14 halves) Nuts, walnuts, english 37 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
  332 13 3 217 120 50 6 33 9
Lunch                  
10 cherry Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, June thru October average 36 1 0 0 15 8 2 0 1
2 3 cups Spinach/Spring Salad Mix 20 0 0 0 130 10 8 0 4
0.7 1/3 cup Sliced Almonds 140 12 1 0 0 5 3 1 5
1 medium Pears, raw 103 0 0 0 2 28 6 17 1
1 1 medium banana 126g Dole® – Banana – fresh produce 110 0 0 0 0 29 4 21 1
0.25 cup, pieces or slices Mushrooms, white, raw 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
  413 13 1 0 148 81 23 39 13
Dinner                  
0.5 cup slices Carrots, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 27 0 0 0 45 6 2 3 1
1 1 bar Pure Protein Strawberry Shortcake 280 6 5 0 110 29 0 4 29
1 medium whole (2-3/5″ dia) Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average 22 0 0 0 6 5 1 3 1
3 serving Shelled Pistachios 300 24 3 0 210 12 6 3 15
0.75 cup (1″ pieces) Cauliflower, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 21 0 0 0 14 4 2 2 2
0.75 2 cups steamed broccoli 60 3 0 0 525 8 5 0 5
  710 33 8 0 910 64 16 15 53
Snack                  
3 serving 1/4 cup Cranberry Jubilee Mix 390 27 5 0 45 39 6 24 12
  390 27 5 0 45 39 6 24 12
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Food Totals

1845

1785
60
86

65
21
17

20
3
217

300
83
1223

2400
1177
234

300
66
51

25
26
111

50
61
87

50
37
 
  Cal Fat Sat Chl Sod Crb Fib Sug Pro

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Paleo Day 18

Posted by cavewomanrunner on November 7, 2008

Dance, dance, dance! I had three hours of dancing tonight and for most of the day was hungry. I snacked on probably way too many nuts last night while cooking up some trout and veggies for the weekend. Family is in town and I have to work, so I won’t have much time for cooking. I think that has been the most difficult challenge with the Paleo lifestyle – finding the time to cook all this good food!

My fat intake is higher than the “ideal” but I’ve also read that it’s not a huge deal since it’s good fat and I am very active so my body will use it for fuel. 🙂

My rough estimates:
Protein (ideal 20-25%): 18% (previous days: 19-20-16-25-26-11)
Carbs (ideal 50-60%): 35% (previous days: 47-65-54-33-27-41)
Fat (ideal 20-30%): 47% (previous days: 34-15-29-42-47-48)

Breakfast

  • Salmon
  • Banana

Lunch

  • Spring salad
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms

Snack

  • Pear
  • Boiled egg

Dance 3 hrs

Dinner

  • Asparagus
  • Almonds
  • Dried apples
  • Celery w/ almond butter
  • Pistachio
  Cal Fat Sat Chl Sod Crb Fib Sug Pro
Breakfast                  
0.5 fillet Fish, salmon, Atlantic, wild, cooked, dry heat 280 13 2 109 86 0 0 0 39
1 1 medium banana 126g Dole® – Banana – fresh produce 110 0 0 0 0 29 4 21 1
  390 13 2 109 86 29 4 21 40
Lunch                  
12 slice Mushrooms, white, raw 16 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 2
2 3 cups Spinach/Spring Salad Mix 20 0 0 0 130 10 8 0 4
0.5 pomegranate (3-3/8) Pomegranates, raw 52 0 0 0 3 13 1 0 1
12 cherry Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, June thru October average 43 1 0 0 18 9 2 0 2
  131 1 0 0 155 34 12 1 9
Dinner                  
6 strip (4″ long) Celery, raw 4 0 0 0 19 1 0 0 0
0.75 cup Nuts, pistachio nuts, raw 514 41 5 0 1 26 10 7 19
0.8 oz (22 whole kernels) Nuts, almonds, dry roasted, without salt added 135 12 1 0 0 4 3 1 5
2.5 tbsp Nuts, almond butter, plain, without salt added 253 24 2 0 4 8 1 0 6
1 serving Dried Apples 110 0 0 0 180 29 4 21 0
1.5 cup Asparagus, cooked, boiled, drained 59 1 0 0 38 11 5 4 6
  1075 78 8 0 242 79 23 33 36
Snack                  
1 serving 1 Lg Boiled Egg 78 5 2 212 62 1 0 1 6
1 medium Pears, raw 103 0 0 0 2 28 6 17 1
  181 5 2 212 64 29 6 18 7
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Food Totals

1777

1785
8
97

65
32
12

20
8
321

300
21
547

2400
1853
171

300
129
45

25
20
73

50
23
92

50
42
 
  Cal Fat Sat Chl Sod Crb Fib Sug Pro

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