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« Reply #350 on: March 06, 2012 11:00:00 PM »

I'm sorry Miss Whitney. How disappointing!

I know some people doing paleo and there are some things about it that just bug me. If it works for them, that's cool, but let's just call it low carb and not pretend it's something new, ok? Also, I don't really think the cave men were eating a lot of coconut oil. Now that I think of it, it's very possible that I'm just bugged by a certain person I know who's doing it lol!
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« Reply #351 on: March 06, 2012 11:17:42 PM »

My main concern with paleo is that the main source of protein is animal proteins, no high protein grains like quinoa, or beans, or tofu. Not only are there some ethical questions regarding the consumption of that much animal product, but it doesn't really sound representative of a cave man diet to me. Humans are at the top of the food chain because we are omnivores, not carnivores. But perhaps I don't know enough about the diet to speak to it properly.

Anyways, trying to find the motivation to get back on the wagon.
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« Reply #352 on: March 06, 2012 11:18:32 PM »

I'd hop over to the dessert board, grab a recipe and treat yourself!  You've done great.  Don't let others or others' diets deflate your motivation.
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« Reply #353 on: March 06, 2012 11:27:50 PM »

I'd hop over to the dessert board, grab a recipe and treat yourself!  You've done great.  Don't let others or others' diets deflate your motivation.

Great advice! There's some nummy stuff posted too!

Yeah the no beans thing is what really gets me...plus the person I know who's doing it is also not eating fruit which I think is wack.

Anyhow, I've had a rough couple of days, eating wise, but at least managed to track my food for today and only went over my calories by about 350, which isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I've pre-logged some of my foods for tomorrow (the majority of them, but still have a bit to play with.) Here's my eats for tomorrow!

B-Pear, English muffin with 2 eggs, pat of butter
L-Instant miso soup, 1 red pepper, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 cup of the light ranch dip I made
snack-cottage cheese
D-Salad with feta, sunflower seeds, and TJ's ff Balsamic dressing. A one pot dish of low fat smoked turkey sausage, garlic quinoa, and Southern greens (nice pre-washed, cut mix from TJ's)
snack-apple

I'm fairly happy with my mix of nutrients. Feel free to analyze Grin If I'm extra hungry at lunch I'll probably add some tuna since I'm not quite meeting my protein goal. Does anyone else pre-plan or pre-log their whole menu? I used to do it more often but think I need to get back into the habit again!
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« Reply #354 on: March 07, 2012 08:50:17 AM »

The original palio diet was a life style.  You were supposed to walk everywhere, be outsdie most of the time, swing from your arms from tree branches, and drag heavy things around in the back yard.  Not just eating what they did, but trying to get as much (and similar) exercise as a caveman might.  I'm betting the wreack-a-meal folks took a car to the restaurant and haven't picked up anything more then a 10 pound weight at a gym in there lives.  They are just palio enough to make themselves feel superior.  I don't think cavemen were that rude Grin
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« Reply #355 on: March 07, 2012 09:16:03 AM »

I'm not at all familiar with that diet, but even with own [fairly strict, I think!] regimen, I'm able to customize something at almost every restaurant.  The key is to ask.  If you don't ask, you obviously won't find it out of the box/on the menu.

For example, my parents were visiting last weekend and we took them to Smokey Bones.  I created a salad from scratch and it was delish!  A bed of fresh spinach leaves, sliced strawberries, hard boiled eggs, onions, lemon wedges (I squeezed them as dressing), salt and pepper.  I even made fresh lemonade at the table with a glass of water, lemons and Lemon Stevia.  No one even batted an eye.  My plate was full just as everyone else's, and I had a happy tummy.
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« Reply #356 on: March 07, 2012 09:25:13 AM »

I don't think cavemen were that rude Grin

I agree, suereal Smiley.

I'm so sorry that you weren't able to enjoy what should have been a well earned fun night out, Miss Whitney. I hope you can treat yourself to something special. It definitely sounds like your way of eating is much healthier than any fad diet.

sweets - that's great advice. I think most places are willing to accommodate special requests. I've also found it really eye opening to look at the nutritional facts at restaurants. Sometimes the things you think are healthy are actually the worst on the whole menu!
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« Reply #357 on: March 07, 2012 09:45:04 AM »


Maremare, sounds good. That's already a lot of protein you've listed, r u sure you need more? Have you entered your daily into a nutrition tracker like fitday? I can't remember if you said you did that or not...

Yep, I've got it entered and I'm a bit shy of the 30% a day I'm aiming for. I stay full longer and don't binge eat when I get more protein, so in the long run it saves me a lot of calories!
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« Reply #358 on: March 09, 2012 04:24:01 PM »

Here's another quinoa recipe I found on MFP. I'm a good girl so I'm not going to hotlink the pic Grin

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Apple Walnut Quinoa Salad

1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
3 cups quinoa, cooked (about 1 cup uncooked)
2 apples, peeled and cut in 3/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
6 green onions, diced or snipped, bulbs discarded
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, a fruity one
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
sea salt and fresh black pepper

Instructions

In a small skillet over medium heat toast walnuts about 5 minutes stirring often. Remove and allow to cool. Add olive oil, 1/3 cup of the toasted walnuts and lemon juice to a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl combine quinoa, apples, cranberries, feta cheese, green onions and the remaining walnuts. Pour dressing over top and stir well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Best eaten at room temperature.


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« Reply #359 on: March 09, 2012 11:00:52 PM »

So, I kinda fell off the face of the planet (but not the bandwagon!) the last week or two. Sorry guys.

My fiance and I are "going vegan" for a month. He's doing it mostly to prove he can, I'm doing it to see if it is a sustainable choice for me for the future (2.5 months vegetarian now). Yesterday marks the start of week 2, and it is HARD. I already think this isn't going to work in the long run, but I keep telling myself that maybe I just don't have enough GOOD vegan recipes yet. We keep trying to "remake" old tried-and-true recipes and MAKE them vegan, and it just isn't working (btw, vegan cheese is AWFUL). We need to start trying out actual vegan recipes, or we're never going to make it through this...

Maremare, you asked about pre-planning and pre-logging foods. Since we're doing our vegan "challenge," I haven't been logging my food and counting calories. However, the night before we go grocery shopping, we plan all of our meals for the week. Breakfast is easy (I eat puffed rice cereal, and he eats oatmeal). Lunch is pretty consistent (baked quinoa patties or sandwich for lunch, with several healthy snacks like apples, carrots, granola, and roasted nuts). Dinner is where we get to be a little creative. There's almost always a pasta night of some kind, and usually a salad. And we also try out at least one new recipe a week (sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes we find it needs work...).

Last week our new recipe was a cherry tomato couscous. Neither of us had tried couscous before, but both of us liked it a LOT. We weren't crazy about the cherry tomatoes and cucumber in it (though it did give it a refreshing flavor. Perfect for a hot summer day!), but even having another whole grain that we really like and can experiment with is good.

This week we will be trying TWO new recipes. Brown rice + barley (probably won't have a problem with that one. It's a "safe" recipe), and a recipe for black eyed pea fritters. That one will be the real experiment. Hopefully it goes well.

As for HOW I keep track of all these meals, I have 2 copies of the dinner schedule. One is on a whiteboard in our room (white boards are perfect for those trying to go 'no waste'), and the other is on a notepad in a cabinet in the kitchen (so I don't have to go upstairs to remember what's for dinner). The notepad also has a column on the side so I can jot down NEXT week's grocery list as we run out of stuff. Being more organized has really been helping in the kitchen, and in the wallet!
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