After all the talks at the PaleoFX conference, I wanted to stand up and ask all of the panelists and speakers, “What do you eat?”
I want to know what all of the Paleo/Primal bloggers and authors eat. Kruse? Wolf? Jimmy Moore? All the CF coaches? The cookbook authors? I want to KNOW. Because they’re saying great things, but are they walking the talk or talking the walk?
So in the name of transparency, I created a week-long diet journal, and since this whole Paleo thing isn’t just about food, I put my exercise and sleep in there, too. Some background info: this is a pretty normal week for me. I usually eat Paleo dessert once or twice a week, and I eat 3 or 4 times a day as my hunger guides me. My diet is pretty strict Paleo, and that’s because I feel awful if I eat outside of that realm. I should add that I take vitamin D capsules when I remember it, I was taking a serving of grass-fed collagen powder every day to see if it would help my injured arm tendon (it did), and I took vitamin C once when I felt a scratchy throat coming on (it apparently worked – no more scratchy throat). Oh yeah, and I’m a night owl – always have been and probably always will be. I know. It’s SOoo not Paleo.
And here it is.
My Diet for A Week
Friday, March 23
10am Breakfast: 2 cups bone broth, 3 oz bulk pork sausage, 2 cups cabbage, 2 cups greens (chard, spinach, arugula), dulse granules (algae), 2 eggs, sea salt – all cooked as soup (only ate half)
2pm Lunch: remaining breakfast
7pm: grass-fed burger, 1 slice bacon, 1/4 cup guacamole, greens with olive oil dressing, probably one sweet potato worth of fries (too many!)
Exercise: 20 minute HIIT workout at home, 30 minute walk
Saturday, March 24
10am breakfast: 2 cups homemade grass-fed beef bone broth, 3 oz bulk pork sausage, 1 cup cabbage, 1 cup greens (chard, spinach, arugula), 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1/2 cup celery, dulse granules, 1 egg, sea salt – all cooked as soup
1pm lunch: 1 1/2 cups chili (grass-fed beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices), 3/4 cup spaghetti squash, 2 tbs coconut milk
5pm snack: 2 oz turkey, 1 oz salami, 1/2 pear
7pm dinner: 4 oz turkey, 2 oz salami, 1 oz pate
8:30 dessert: 1 cup frozen cherries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 3/4 cup vanilla coconut milk ice cream (homemade – coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract)
Exercise: 45 minutes bouldering (rock climbing), 1 hour HIIT (abs, arms, legs) workout at gym, 1 hour walk
Sunday, March 25
10am breakfast: 2 cups homemade grass-fed beef bone broth, 3oz bulk pork sausage, 1 cups cabbage, 1 cup greens (chard, spinach, arugula), 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1/2 cup celery, dulse granules, 1 egg, sea salt – all cooked as soup
3pm lunch: buffalo brat, 1/4 avocado, raw carrot, handful sweet potato chips, 1 cup cherries and mangoes with 2 tbs coconut cream
5:30pm dinner: I wasn’t really hungry, but was going out dancing so needed to eat something before I left – 4 oz grass-fed rib steak, 1/4 avocado
10:30pm (after dancing snack): 1 oz turkey, 1/2 oz salami, 1/4 oz pork paté
Exercise: 2.5 hours rock climbing, 1 hour dancing
Monday, March 26
9am Breakfast: 2 cups homemade grass-fed beef bone broth, 3 oz bulk pork sausage, 1 cups cabbage, 1 cup kale, 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1 cup celery, dulse granules, 1.5 egg, sea salt – all cooked as soup
1pm Lunch: 1 cup chili (grass-fed beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices), 1 cup cherries and mangoes with 3 tbs coconut cream
5pm snack: 1 oz turkey, 1/4 oz pate, 1/2 oz salami, handful sweet potato chips, 1 oz dried apples and dried apricots combined
7:30pm dinner: 4 oz leftover grass-fed beef steak, 1/2 red pepper, 1 pastured egg fried in bacon grease (not the best picture…), 1 cup cherries with 1 tbs coconut milk
Tuesday, March 27
9:15am Breakfast: 2 cups homemade grass-fed beef bone broth, 3 oz bulk pork sausage, 1 cup cabbage, 1 cup kale, 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1 cup celery, dulse granules, 1.5 egg, sea salt – all cooked as soup
2pm Lunch: can of tuna with 1 tbs canola mayo, 1/2 of avocado, 1 cup mango chunks
6pm Snack: 2 oz turkey slices, handful sweet potato chips
8:30pm Dinner: 2 cups cioppino fish stew (recipe here). Delicious! Homemade fish broth made from whole fish carcass. I even ate an eyeball :) I doubled the amount of veggies in the recipe, left skin on fish, and omitted potatoes. Plus about 1/2 a sweet potato worth of sweet potato fries (baked with grass-fed tallow and sea salt).
Exercise: Rode horse or walked with him for 3 hours, 30 minute walk with dog
Wednesday, March 28
9am breakfast: 1.5 eggs, 2 oz smoked salmon, 2 cups cabbage, bok choy, kale, 1 tsp tallow, 1/4 cup bone broth, 5 raspberries
12pm snack: 2 oz turkey, 1 oz pork paté
2pm lunch: 2 cups leftover fish cioppino, 10-15 leftover sweet potato fries
6pm dinner: ground buffalo, peppers, tomatoes, onions, guacamole
8:30 dessert: Girls night! Made Paleo blondies from this recipe from Primal Palate. Delicious.
Exercise: Nothing – got a massage instead
Thursday, March 29
8:45am Breakfast: 2 cups homemade grass-fed beef bone broth, 2 oz bulk pork sausage, 1 cup cabbage, 1 cup kale, 1 tsp dulse, 1/2 cup mushrooms, 1 cup celery, 1.5 egg, sea salt – all cooked as soup
12:15pm Lunch: 2 raspberries, 4 oz turkey, 1 oz pork paté, 1/2 avocado
4:15pm Snack: 1 cup frozen raspberries, 2 tbs coconut milk, small wedge (maybe like 1/2 inch by 2 inch) leftover Paleo blondies
6:30pm Dinner: 2 cups leftover fish cioppino, quarter of a large potato’s worth of baked sweet potato fries
8:30pm Snack: 2 oz turkey, few more sweet potato fries
Exercise: 20 min HIIT workout plus 25 min abs, rings, and stretches
So. I know that some bloggers have done this same thing, namely Peggy Emch of theprimalparent.com here. But I’d LOVE to see more bloggers’ and authors’ diets for a week. Any takers? Is anyone else interested in this or am I alone here? If you’re interested, please blog about your own week of eating and link to it in the comments. Or ask your favorite blogger to do theirs!