Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yesterday's paleo menu: a photo journal

OK, so I kinda have to laugh at the post I'm about to write because I'm about to do what was once considered a big blogging DON'T -- I'm about to write about what I had for lunch yesterday.

Back in the early-ish days of blogging, my journalists friends and I were having lots of conversations about blogs and trying to decide whether we should have them, whether they would benefit us (or anyone else) and what we should blog about. I remember very specifically some advice I read from an expert on the topic. Do not blog about what you had for lunch. Nobody cares about your PB&J.

This might still be true in some genres, but not in the paleo world. I for one care a lot about what other people have for lunch because it gives me ideas, it helps me stay on track and it reminds me that I am not alone (even though we paleo types make up a very small portion of the population). One of my favorite blogs, in fact, is NomNom Paleo. The writer posts all her meals and snacks -- with photos, descriptions and sometimes recipes. Everything always looks great, and I love her writing style (I'm also very impressed with her mad cooking skills).

Also, I don't think a week goes by in which someone -- usually someone who is not paleo -- asks me what I eat every day. Some (though not many, unfortunately) are interested in trying out paleo, and some are just are intrigued by my ability to start the day without breakfast cereal or yogurt.

So, without further adieu, here is my food journal from yesterday ...

Breakfast, 7am: 3 scramble eggs, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries sprinkled with unsweetened coconut flakes

For some reason, I was starving at 10:30am. So, I grabbed some leftover salad with chicken, lettuce, cucumber and red pepper from the fridge. I added a boiled egg and some olive oil to make it more balanced. 

11:15am: Still starving (this is weird; I rarely snack between breakfast and lunch), so I sliced up an apple
and dipped it in almond butter.

At noon, I went to Sweat 360 for HiDef. After the warm-up, we worked on max pull-ups. Confession: I totally played the pregnancy card and cheated by using the green band when I should be using blue (with green, I can easily to 13 pull-ups -- probably more). Yeah, I totally feel guilty about it. The workout was a 400m run, followed by five rounds of seven squat cleans, seven American-style kettle-bell swings and seven hurdle hops. We ended with a 400m run, too.

At 2pm, I had a boiled egg (sorry, no photo -- we all know what a boiled egg looks like, right?) and then headed out to New Seasons Market to shop. We were out of everything. Everything except grass-fed beef, that is -- we recently stocked our freezer with 1/4 of a cow from Full of Life Farm.

At New Seasons I bought some plantain chips. I didn't eat them all at once, but there were gone by the end of the day.

At 5pm, I headed into downtown Portland for a MediaBistro party (I facilitate these parties quarterly with my friend Megan McMorris). Our venue provides food, but it is all non-paleo. So, I had a few slices of
Applegate Farms turkey bacon before I left.

I got home around 9pm -- way too late for dinner. Instead, I had some Dagoba 87% dark chocolate and went to bed.

So, this probably doesn't look like much. I generally don't think in terms of calories (although I used to -- and it is nice to be free of that), but I'm guessing that this all totals around 1,300. The reason I'm mentioning this is because I can imagine someone reading this post and getting the impression that I am not providing enough nutrition for my baby. That isn't the case at all. I eat what I want, whenever I want and as much or as little as I want. That is one of the cool things about paleo -- you are eating the right foods, so you don't have to concern yourself with how many calories you are consuming. Yesterday, I was hungry in the morning but I wasn't interested in dinner. So I skipped it. Pregnant or not, that's the right thing to do.


  1. Found your blog through twitter! Great to have other preggo mamas out there doing Paleo. Good luck with the pregnancy!

  2. Thank you for your comment! I just followed you on twitter, too. Also glad to meet another pregnant paleo future mom!


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