Staying Paleo on Vacation

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“How about a 20 mile ride tomorrow morning?”,  my brother in law asked with the enthusiasm of a school kid on his first day of summer.  “We can head out about 7 AM and be back in time for the beach!”

This is my vacation.  A twenty mile bike ride on a rented, one speed beach bike did not sound fun so I politely declined while four of our other vacationers accepted the offer.  I began to wonder if my next seven days on a beach in Florida would lead me to bad eating decisions and if maybe the ride was a good idea.  After all, aren’t vacations a guaranteed weight gain?  I decided then and there that I would stick to what I’ve been doing the past two months.  Stay away from bread, pastas, refined foods, sugars and anything else I did not need. read more

How to Properly Prepare Lettuce Wraps

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I have tried for years to make lettuce wraps (thank you PF Changs) but have always had difficulty getting a large leaf that would hold my prepared food.  I constantly ripped the leaf I was trying to use, regardless of how careful I was being.  So I finally Googled my dilemma and to my surprise, there were a number of videos, all suggesting the same method.  And it was surprisingly simple!  By removing the stem and running water over the head of lettuce, the water allows the large leaf to peel off as a whole piece, eliminating the need for careful pulling and tearing as well as the frustration that comes along with it.  I have included one of the videos that explains the process.  I have used these leaves to replace just about anything that required a bun or tortilla (Hamburgers, burritos, wraps, etc.) and the taste is fantastic. read more

Six Weeks In!

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I’m to the point now where I have forgotten how many weeks in I am, which tells me I am starting to feel this is simply a new way to eat and not a 90 day, get results thing. And if imitation is the best form of flattery, my brother in law asked what I have been doing to get these results and he is now changing his eating as well!

This week I did measure as well as weigh and, as expected, the weight loss was very good.  I think this is because, as I mentioned last week, my Friday night (the day before weigh in) huge steak birthday dinner with my wife may have contributed to my gain last week.  But still very pleased!  First thing Saturday morning was to measure the belly.  While not a huge loss, I am now at 37 inches (down from 40).  I do believe this will be some of the last fat to go since my weight for the week was 196.5, down from 199.3 last week.  It’s so hard to say where the weight is coming from since I see myself every day, but I do believe my upper body is showing some definition.  I am going to go ahead and attribute this to weight loss and heavy lifting. read more

Six Pack Abs in Just 730 Days!

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I was standing in line at the grocery store and could not help notice the headlines on the magazines.  Flat Belly in Just Thirty Days! Bigger Biceps in a Week! The Trick to Getting Bigger in 90 Seconds (true headline!).  As I studied these obviously well written grabbers geared to our obsession with instant results, it got me to thinking, do these really help us or is it in reality, do us an injustice?  I mean, I know I’m not going to have a flat belly in thirty days with out some major surgery.  But I would love it if I could!  And so I buy the magazine. read more

Five Week Paleo Results and Cryo

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Week five of the Paleo lifestyle is in the books! I really am starting to wonder why I did not follow this years ago.  Feeling more energy, not as hungry and loving the food! I did decide not measure this week and instead, will begin checking every two weeks.  As far as my training this week, I kept the same schedule but did some sprints on Wednesday.  This was MUCH more painful than I thought.  That pain in my back radiated when I ran, getting me to purchase a Groupon for three sessions of Cryotherapy.  I’ve heard good things about it and figured the $40 was worth the try.  As of today, I have gone twice but still have the pain.  Fairly confident the third won’t make a huge impact but I will be going again this week and then a doctor. read more

One Month Progress Report – And a Pitbull Sighting!

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So one month in and I am starting to actually FEEL some differences.  Obviously I could see the scale and tape and know there was very good process.  But one of the main reasons I wanted a lifestyle change (choosing not to use the word diet) was to feel better.  Mainly, I was very tired during the day and I have some back pain I am attributing to sciatica and have heard that the low carb approach helps with inflammation.

While the first few weeks I did not notice that instant burst of energy all day long or back pain vanishing, I definitely am now noticing I am not as tired during the day as well as (and I wasn’t expecting this) my appetite has gone way done.  I realized there were times I was eating just because I wanted to or out of habit and not because I was hungry.  So I decided to skip a couple meals to test myself and was actually pretty surprised how easy it was.  One morning I skipped my early breakfast, went to the gym with my wife and ended up having my first meal at 11 AM (scrambled eggs and chicken sausage) and not having another meal until dinner (Taco stuffed sweet potato). I did have some fruit in between but there was ZERO craving. I am beginning to understand that sometimes I eat becasue I like the taste and pleasure of the food and not for fuel.  Liking this! read more

Can I Really Fly a 747?

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One thing I read a hear a lot is that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.  And while that makes perfect sense, I still feel like I am losing the game if I am missing a workout or not burning enough calories.  In other words, in my mind, it’s the workouts that will get me results.  And the more I eat just means I work out a little harder or run a little further. But why do I believe that?  Why am I, and many others I see, so focused on getting to the gym or taking that run, instead of putting more effort into our eating habits.  If I can get a good, one hour workout in anytime, why is it so hard to stay away from that ice cream!  But the 80/20 rule is absolutely correct.  How do I know that?  Is it because I did it and I am living proof?  No.  It’s because I have read it and heard it from just about every expert in the field and from people who have done it. So I asked myself, if that’s the case, what percent of eating correctly is mental and what percent is just doing it.  Is it that easy?  Can we really just change what we eat and do a little exercise and look better?  Than why aren’t we?  Because it friggin’ hard! read more

Cuban Picadillo – Oh My!

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How have I never heard of Picadillo or tried it?  I came across this Monday and decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!  The only thing I could not find was alcaparrado olives so I used green olives stuffed with pimiento and it was fine.

For dinner, I served in lettuce wraps and with the leftovers, I mixed them with eggs the next morning.  This is one of my favorites and SO easy to make.  Definitely will be making again very soon.

You can get the recipe here!