Evening – Day 1

We had an errand to run so we had to eat out. We went to Chick-Fil-A and I got a chargrilled chicken sandwich and a side salad. I tried to make my own salad dressing from balsamic vinegar and olive oil and it was tolerable, but not great. I still ate the whole salad, though. I also ate the chicken breast without the bun. I’m sure they’ve got a bunch of weird-ass seasonings in their chicken but it was better than nothing, for sure. I was still a little hungry so I ate some pistachios and some bacon we had in the fridge.

So here’s my total food intake for the day:

  • 2 Eggs
  • Almonds (half a cup, maybe?)
  • Pork Loin (another half a cup)
  • Green Beans (one can)
  • Fruit leather (2 strips)
  • Fruit & Nut mix from Costco (half cup)
  • Chicken breast
  • Side salad
  • Bacon (4 strips)
  • Pistachios (1 cup w/ shells)

I think that’s about it. Pretty close, anyway. I also drank probably close to a gallon of water and peed like crazy. All in all though, a good day. I wasn’t super sleepy in the evening, despite an early morning and a very full day.

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2 comments on “Evening – Day 1

  1. Kristie says:

    This looks very similar to the Atkins diet.

    • Septimus says:

      They share a few things in common, mainly the idea that most of your calories should come from fat instead of carbs. Paleo is different in that it doesn’t restrict your daily carb intake, it just restricts the type of carbs you eat. So if you want to eat a pound of spinach, you’re certainly welcome to. Atkins is also okay with grains, as long as you don’t eat too much of them. Paleo is down on grains (with the exceptions of limited corn and rice later on, if you can handle them) in general. It’s okay with seasonal fruits in reasonable quantities, too. Paleo also isn’t big on dairy, but you can use limited quantities of grassfed dairy as long as it doesn’t make you sick.

      Paleo also makes a distinction between eating just whatever nasty meat and cheese you want and eating good quality grassfed beef/pork. They advocate eating everything grassfed, humanely-raised, local, etc. The idea being that if the meat you’re eating is healthier, you will also be healthier.

      As I was reading I was also thinking they sounded very similar, so I did a bit of poking. They’re definitely similar, but not the same. I was also talking to a friend of mine who has arthritis and he said the diet his doctor recommended to reduce his inflammation from his arthritis is almost identical to paleo. It keeps your insulin levels reasonable, which helps with a whole host of problems that stem from chronically high insulin. There’s also been a lot of science being done more recently showing that dietary saturated fat and cholesterol aren’t bad for you in themselves and that there’s no correlation between those and heart disease. it’s when you have high insulin levels and then you add a lot of fat on top of it that your body starts making small, dense LDL cholesterol, which is the bad kind. So as long as you keep your insulin levels within healthy norms, your cholesterol shouldn’t be a concern.

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