Paleo Week 1...A Work in Progress!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I have been playing around with the Paleo thing for the last few months since a friend introduced me to it!!! As some of you might remember, I did a 30 day VEGAN cleanse at the beginning of the year and extended it to 90 days to get me through training for the LA Marathon in March!!! After the marathon, I took some time away from running before I started ramping up my miles for Hood to Coast...in the interim I was doing 2 hours of bootcamp daily!!! The funny thing is...with all this working out, I was still gaining weight!!! I decided after returning from Portland and again giving myself some recovery time to really clean up my diet...I mean really really clean it up!!! Also while in Portland, I bought myself an Ipad2...this allowed me to venture into the world of Paleo podcasts!!! This is where I really started to gathering an understanding of the Paleo lifestyle!!! So after seeing another week of weight gain...in fact, a 6 pound bounce in one week, I dug in and decided to track my intake and workouts and do my best to incorporate the Paleo principles into my daily life!!!

Eating Plan:

1) Eat within one hour of waking up...still a hard one for me
2) Eat protein and fat with some veggies at every meal and snack...still looking for take-along protein options
3) Limit fruit to 1 (or 2) pieces daily...need to work on bananas...but have been date free for 11 days!!!
4) No grain or legumes...so far so good, with the exception of sprouted beans and seeds in salad
5) Limit nuts to 1 oz daily or eliminate all together...none so far
6) No processed or refined carbs...Veganise is my last processed product
7) No dairy...will limit to occasional whey, yogurt and cottage cheese
8) 3 meals and 1 snack ONLY...still trying to regulate my evening eating

Workout Plan:

Monday 7-8:30 ST with PT
Tuesday 30 minute speed
Wednesday 7-8 and 3:30-4:40 ST with PT
Thursday 30 minute hills
Friday 90 minutes yoga
Saturday LSD with running group

WEEK 1 9/14-9/21

Wed 9/14 Weigh In 166.6
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Mac 3
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Greek yogurt and raspberries (dairy)
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Chicken leg/thigh, sweet potato, red bell pepper and mushrooms
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Mac 3
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Salmon, cauliflower, tomato and avocado
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM Cottage cheese and nectarine (dairy)

Thu 9/15 Weigh in 162.6
7:30 AM - 7:45 AM Onion, mushroom, pepper and basil omelet [1/2 before run]
8:30 AM - 9:10 AM Aero [30 minutes]
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Rest of omelet after run
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Green salad with sprouts and cucumber, sweet potato and chicken leg and thigh
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Vital smoothie with glutamine, Maca and omega 3 (whey)
6:45 PM - 7:10 PM Salmon, cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, Veganise (no Paleo)

Fri 9/16 Weigh in 160.8
7:30 AM - 7:45 AM Scrambled eggs with avocado red bell pepper and strawberries
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Yoga 2 [Jade Apple]
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Apple after yoga
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Bison burger roasted veggies and greens with Veganise (not Paleo)
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Turkey jerky (organic cane sugar)
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Chicken breast and butternut squash

Sat 9/17
7:40 AM - 7:55 AM 2 eggs and cantaloupe, grapes and raspberries
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5k+ run walk
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Grilled Salmon Salad with oil and vinegar dressing (restaurant)
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Turkey jerky (organic cane sugar)
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Bison burger with roasted vegetables, greens and avocado, tomato and Veganise (not Paleo)
8:00 PM - 8:10 PM Frozen banana, vital scoop, protein powder and almond milk (banana and whey)

Sun 9/18 Weigh in 160.8
6:00 AM - 6:05 AM Lab test (adrenal stress index)
7:15 AM - 7:30 AM Scrambled eggs with roasted vegetables and nectarine
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM Cycling 22.5 miles, 1295 calories
12:00 PM - 1:35 PM Huge salmon salad with lemon mustard dressing with Veganise (not Paleo) [1/3 at 12, 1/3 at 12:30, last 1/3 1:30]
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM Roasted chicken leg and thigh, sweet potato and roasted asparagus with coconut oil

Mon 9/19
6:15 AM - 6:20 AM Vital scoop, Maca, glutamine, paleo powder, almond milk (whey)
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Mac 4
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM 3 hard-boiled eggs and nectarine
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Shredded chicken with onion, tomato and cauliflower cooked in coconut oil and curry
5:00 PM - 6:35 PM Chicken breast wing, steamed broccoli carrots zucchini Cole slaw, cabbage soup, yam with coconut oil

Tue 9/20 Weigh in 161.4
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM 2 scrambled eggs in coconut oil and strawberries
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM Fartleks [30 minutes]
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Chicken leg and thigh, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash and cherry tomatoes
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM 1/2 chicken breast, 3 servings of Cole slaw made with Veganise and a banana (banana and not Paleo)

Wed 9/21 Weigh In 161.0
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Mac 5
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Chicken breast and nectarine
12:35 PM - 12:55 PM Short ribs, salad with Veganise and avocado and sliced tomato (not Paleo)
3:25 PM - 3:30 PM Apple before workout
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Mac
5:50 PM - 6:20 PM Chicken breast and wing, butternut squash and steamed broccoli, zucchini and carrots with chicken drippings
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM ½ medium cantaloupe (fruit at night)

I'm still trying to regulate my sleep and evening eating since I have been waking up at around 2-3 am feeling very hungry!!!

If you are interested in listening to the Paleo podcasts, check out Balanced Bites, Everyday Paleo, The Paleo Solution and The Healthy Skeptic, all free on ITunes!
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    I know nothing about the Paleo Solution but will check it out. I can't imagine giving up my fruit of grains though. Life without Polenta or Grits, oh my!
    3602 days ago
    Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on this approach to nutritional needs. Keep posting for us!
    3602 days ago
    Very interesting...oatmeal is out though huh??? I may have to try this---won't give up my Shaeko though...
    3603 days ago
    Very interesting! I don't think Paleo is for me, but I know it works for some!
    3603 days ago
  • TEKRU1
    Thanks for posting this. It's interesting to see how it all fits together! I'm definitely looking more into this. So glad to hear you're feeling better eating this way!
    3603 days ago
    Jackie, you are having GREAT results! Seems like this is working for you. This also proves my point that one size does not fit all when it comes to eating and exercise. You have to investigate and do trial and error till you find what works for you!

    3603 days ago
    Cherri...I was eating a lot of carbs and nuts and a lot of processed gluten free things in the beginning!!! I did great for about the first 60 day but I was hungry,sore and tired a lot!!! I needed the aminal protein and fat to help with my muscle recovery, hormone balance and blood sugar regulation!!! Now that I have cut back on my workout and am working on stress reduction, I feel so much better!!! I'm sure as I continue on this path, the weight will continue to go!!!
    3603 days ago
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    How interesting - and it's great you have kept such a great log so you can analyse what is happening. I hope you get what you want from the program and enjoy it!
    3603 days ago
    Good Luck Jackie!! You can do it.

    So suprised you were gaining weight on Vegan diet thought - what were you eating? typical day? Were you tracking your calories?

    I decided to go Vegan just recently, and I did a juice fast for a while and then stuck to vegan diet afterwards, and I'm down 10lbs this month!! I'm beyond excited!! (but I miss cheese)
    3603 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    WOAH girl!!! Keep us posted, this is a very interesting program! Rootin for you hon!!
    3603 days ago
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