Back on the Paleo Plan

paleo breakfast salad

I’m overweight.

There.  I said it.  No sense trying to skirt around the issue.

I’m fifty-one years old.  My thyroid has been broken for many, many years.  (I take medicine, don’t worry.)

I have a beer belly.   But I don’t drink beer. 

The Paleo Plan works for me.  When I follow it.   Pretty much ANY diet (or lifestyle change) works if you follow the rules.  Life is like that too.  It works…when you follow the rules.

But that’s a subject for a whole new post.  For another day, perhaps. J

I’ve done the Paleo thing before and was very successful.  I lost about 35 pounds and felt really, really good.  I was running several days a week, too.  In fact,  I had to buy new pants.  I went down three waist sizes!

And then.  I let life get in the way and I went back to my old (bad) habits.  I ate too much of the wrong things. I became a couch potato.

I’m not looking for sympathy.  Just telling you like it was.

My wife, bless her heart, has been on my butt about my overweight condition.  She says she doesn’t want to be a b—- about it, but she’s concerned.  I love her for that.

Oh, and my dad had quintuple bypass surgery when he was fifty-five.  Uggh.

Last night (at dinner of all places) my oldest son (Nate – 18) starts asking me about the Paleo diet.  I tell him it’s based on the premise that humans were built to eat the same foods that cavemen ate.

The plan allows you to eat lean meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, and fruit (in moderation).  However:  No bread.  No pasta. No rice.  No legumes (beans + peanuts).  No dairy products. No sugar.  No artificial this or artificial that.

Yes, it’s a bit restrictive.  Buy hey!  It works for me.  And that’s a big deal.

Nate remembered that I had great success so he was thinking about jumping on the Paleo bandwagon.

I’m going to share a ride with him. 

Nate and I are officially on the Paleo Plan.  I’ll be documenting our successes and failures here on the blog.

This morning’s BIG breakfast is shown above.  (It’s really enough for two servings.)

Here is what’s in the bowl:

  • About ¼ head of (boring) Iceberg lettuce*torn into pieces
  • ½ a Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1/3 cup of fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • ½ a cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup of shredded pork roast
  • Coarsely-ground black pepper
  • My homemade oil + vinegar dressing (recipe will be shared soon)

*A head of Iceberg lettuce was all we had in the fridge today.  I try to have Romaine or a spring mix of fresh greens, like this.  I eat a LOT of salads on the plan, so I make them as interesting (and tasty) as possible!

I am really excited that Nate and I are going to be doing this together.  It’s going to be a fun ride!

If you have ANY questions on the Paleo diet, please:  leave a comment or send me an email.  I am not a nutrition expert; HOWEVER, I have been-there-and-done-this.  I will be happy to help you in any way I can.

Stay tuned for recipes, food photos and progress reports.

Making Chili — At 9PM on a Monday Night? You Betcha!

Chili in CrockPot

A Weekly Food Plan is a smart way to reduce the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma.

I promised my wife that the boys and I would take of the weekly food plan this week.

To make good on that, I made chili tonight.  I multi-tasked.  I prepped the chili while watching the Notre Dame vs. UConn women’s basketball game.  And WOW!  What a game.

We’re in triple overtime as I’m typing this.  It’s exciting  And it’s tough to make chili with all the nail-biting going on.  Geez!

Here’s the recipe for my wife’s CrockPot Chili.  It went in the slow-cooker at 9:15PM and (on low) will stay there until the alarm clock goes off at 4:30AM.  Yes, you read that right — 4:30AM is when the iPhone starts playing that cool marimba tune.  To get everybody up and ready for school (which includes showers, ironing clothes, breakfast for everyone) we have to be ready to start the day early.  Really early.

In a large slow-cooker add:

  • 1 lb of browned, lean ground beef
  • 1 46oz can of tomato juice
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 3 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (including liquid)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of kidney beans (no need to rinse, just add them to the pot)
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/4 t. coarse, black pepper

Cook on low for about eight hours.

What did we make over the weekend?

Chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and sweet corn.  We have leftovers.

Hamburger + Potato casserole.  We ate that tonight and still have leftovers.

Chicken salad (we added Paprika this time — EXCELLENT addition).  Nate took some in his lunch and made a sandwich at school. We still have some for lunches tomorrow.

I had some chicken salad tonight — atop a salad of lettuce, red peppers, Roma tomato and chopped onions.  Finished off with oil + vinegar salad dressing.

Devil’s Food cake.  It’s going fast.

Go Irish!

Time for bed.  Notre Dame beat UConn.  Woo Hoo!  It’s always good to end the day on a positive note.

Hope your Monday was a good one.

Ciao!

 

 

 

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