I was so busy yesterday I didn't get to post. But I did get to weigh in.
Yesterday morning I weighed 217 pounds. That is a one pound gain from last week. I went back and looked over my food logs and calories, and my average per day was around 1500 calories and 50% of calories from fat. I stayed grain-free and legume free (including peanuts) as part of my Primal experiment. I stayed *mostly* sugar free, and I say mostly because I allowed a square (or occasionally 2) of very dark (88%) chocolate. But I did not eat sugar aside from that. No honey or maple syrup, just fruit. I usually had 2 servings of fruit per day.
I got several comments and emails that told me a few things I am eating are not Primal, namely, the chocolate and the bacon. I have been using Mark's Daily Apple/Primal Blueprint as my 'authority' and reference guide to Primal eating; if there is another source that is more reliable please let me know. I am new at this and still learning. But according to that site, very dark chocolate is okay in moderation and bacon is fine. In fact Mark at one point wrote "you can never eat too much bacon" and some people kind of jumped on him for it, so he came back saying that was a bit tongue in cheek, but bacon in itself is fine on the Primal plan. Note, Primal is not the same as Paleo; for example, there is no dairy permitted in a Paleo diet.
Now, I personally have always thought of bacon as more of a condiment; I bought the thin sliced, pre-cooked Hormel frozen stuff so I could take out a slice and nuke it for 35-calories of intense flavor. I love to crumble a piece into salad or have a strip with my eggs. But yeah, after reading much of the forums and Primal articles I defrosted some thick sliced bacon and cooked up a whole pound in the oven and used it liberally last week. I felt like I had 'permission' to eat plenty of bacon if I wanted to, and while it was yummy and fit into my calories okay, I kind of had this nagging voice in the back of my head telling me that this much bacon is not healthy for me. Lots of salt, lots of nitrites. And from what I have read, the nitrite-free bacon that is cured with celery juice actually tests as having *more* nitrites (naturally occurring in the celery) than traditional bacon. So there's no really healthy bacon. I think in this case, I need to go back to trusting myself/my body and laying off the bacon... not completely, but as a food group. A piece with eggs or as a condiment here and there is still a good use of 35 calories, just not every day.
So I am quitting the bacon habit, quitting the dark chocolate habit (simply because it is becoming something I think I *need* every day) and quitting with the lattes. There is nothing inherently *bad* about a latte; it is just milk and espresso (unless you are going for one of those 400 calorie Starbucks drinks). But it is 160 or more calories each, and I could eat a lot of veggies for that many calories. I can have an iced coffee for NO calories and I can make those anytime at home.
My plan for this week: keep up with the Primal eating, eat more veggies, stay under 1500 calories a day. I'm also going to prep way more food for the week so I don't run out. Today I will hard boil a dozen eggs, wash and chop many, many containers of veggies, cook a chicken in the crock pot and shred the meat for use in salads and as snacks. I think I will thaw some steaks as well, and make a double portion for dinner. Then I can slice up the rest and use that for later lunches and dinners too. I also will make sure I have yogurt, tuna, and string cheese on hand.
One other thing I am quitting is roasted nuts. I really used them as a crutch last week; when I was hungry it was easier to grab a serving of macadamia nuts than to cook up some meat. Those salted, roasted ones are easy to overdo! Hundreds of calories of nuts in a day do displace other, more filling and nourishing choices. So I'll stick with the raw almonds and other raw nuts I might find, and use them as snacks when I travel.
This morning's breakfast was a salad of greens, mozzarella, and black olives with oil and vinegar dressing.
Enjoy your Monday!
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