I think my 4th of July intake was fairly consistent with the Primal guidelines. If you're into Primal eating and see anything in my menu that's NOT Primal, would you leave me a comment? I am learning, and reading, but also don't know exactly every food that is considered Primal or not. Or Paleo for that matter, which might be where I am heading. No matter what you call it, I am working at eating more produce and 'real' foods while being grain free, legume free, and nearly sugar free (I say nearly, because it is my understanding that a bit of very dark chocolate is considered healthy by Primal advocates.) I have to watch myself though. Primal gives me a bacon license which is nice since I have always enjoyed a strip or two with breakfast eggs (35 calories a slice) but I could and would eat a whole package of the real, thick sliced, hearty stuff if I thought it was 'okay.' That's not 'okay' in MY book, so I don't do it.
Anyway, here's what I ate yesterday. My calories went a bit higher than I was aiming this week, but I also had several 1200 calorie days so I think it all evens out. I also know that a German sausage is not exactly an ideal protein and is 'processed' but it was my best (only? besides a hot dog) grain-free, un-sauced, sugar-free option where I was. And it was yummy :)
omelet made from 1/2 c EggBeaters (using these up) and 1 oz shredded cheddar cheese
2 strips of bacon
1/4 of an avocado
1/3 of an apple
1 German sausage (no bun)
1 packet yellow mustard
2/3 c sauerkraut (super salty, so I rinsed it with my bottled water!)
home brewed iced coffee w/3 Tbsp half and half
1 banana w/1 Tbsp natural almond butter
caramelized coconut chips (recipe/picture coming! no sugar, all natural.)
1 c fresh spinach
1/2 c cucumber slices
1 sliced hard boiled egg
1 sliced cold baked chicken thigh
1 crumbled strip of bacon
3/4 of an avocado
1.5 Tbsp blue cheese dressing (no carbs)
1/3 oz walnuts
1 square extra dark chocolate
I forgot I had a watermelon in the fridge! That will be a special treat for today.
Totals for yesterday: 1605 calories, 73 g protein, 73 g carbs, 120 g fat (yikes?!)
The fat, wow. Sixty five percent of my calories came from fat!! That seems like an awful lot. I usually get about 45-50% of calories from fat when eating Primal and I think that is about right. A lot of it came from healthy sources (58 g total from the avocado, coconut, egg, and nuts) but a good chunk came from meat, dairy, and dressing. I will keep an eye on this. Most meat and dairy fats are okay, I think, but not as healthy as others.
Today I had a smoothie and some coffee for breakfast. The smoothie was just frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries), Greek yogurt, a bit of milk and 2 oz of POM pomegranate juice. I still have a headache, and the scale still says 216.
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