Reminder – we will be screening In Search of the Perfect Human Diet tomorrow night at 6:30pm at the gym for anyone interested in learning more about paleo nutrition. Feel free to bring food to share, but it is not mandatory!
For those of you who have not seen Ross’ blog documenting his Whole30 experience, definitely take a look. He even got a shout out from the Whole9 crew on Facebook.I admire Ross for dedicating himself to this challenge by tracking his entire journey and sharing it with the world. A food journal can be an extremely helpful tool to help keep compliant. If you are forced to take time to document everything you eat, you will probably think twice before cheating. It can also assist in helping to determine which foods you digest better, how your energy levels are after eating certain foods, and how you are feeling overall.
- What is your name? Ross England
- What is your profession? Combined MD/PhD Student at Temple University
- When do you wake up and when do you go to bed? I wake up at 5:35AM and go to bed at 9:35PM
I did a partial paleo challenge before. My fiancée at the time (now my wife) was doing one with her CrossFit gym in Baltimore and she wanted me to do it with her for support. We made is 23 days when she caved and had some Chik-Fil-A and I stopped with her since I was really only doing it for moral support. Overall it was a positive experience, but looking back I realize that I wasn’t really careful enough with what I ate during the challenge (e.g., I didn’t know evaporated cane juice was basically sugar). Since then, I’ve learned more about Paleo nutrition and started eating 80-85% Paleo with cheats on the weekend. The cheats have added up in the last semester though, especially over the holidays, and I’m definitely ready to do a full 30 day challenge with 100% compliance!
On Thursday, January 10th I woke up at 5:35AM and had a half-cup of coffee and a glass of iced tea with lemon before going to the 6:00AM class at CrossFit 215, where I did 45 minutes of active recovery. I spent 10 easy minutes on the rowing machine, followed by 35 minutes of mobility and foam rolling. I had a lot of delayed-onset muscle soreness in my hamstrings from the “good mornings” we did on Tuesday (those always get me!) so I focused most of my attention there. When I got back home at 7:00AM, I made a breakfast of 3 slices of sugar-free bacon, 4 eggs scrambled, and ~1 cup of broccoli with my remaining half-cup of coffee and another glass of iced tea with lemon.
For lunch, I went to the Temple University Hospital and got a big salad with grilled chicken from the cafeteria. I topped it off with some homemade Caesar dressing (recipe from The Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings, and Toppings book). I washed it down with two cups of spring water from the break room water cooler.
When I got home from work at 4:00PM, I was hungry so I ate snack of one apple and two hard-boiled eggs with salt. That held me until dinner.
For dinner, at 7:30PM, I had Slow-Cooker Italian Pot Roast (recipe from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook). This was really good! It was made with a 4.5lb bottom round roast beef and two ox-tails (the bones in the ox-tails gave the broth a richer flavor) along with tomatoes and onions. It left plenty of left-overs for tomorrow.
After dinner was ready, I put a baking sheet of Sweet Potato Spears (recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods) in the oven to prepare a post-workout carb food for tomorrow. They smelled really good so I had snack of 4 of them at 8:50PM.
So far, it’s only the end of Day 4 and I haven’t found anything challenging about Whole30. I don’t have any junk food in the house to tempt me, and I’ve been cooking some really tasty meals that would give any junk food a run for its money anyway. Honestly, I was so psyched to start eating clean that I think I’m still riding that wave of excitement. I haven’t missed anything quite yet, but I’m betting the first thing I’ll miss is some of the Asian food recipes I usually make with gluten-free soy sauce (there’s a great Pork-Fried Cauliflower Rice in The Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals that I’m sure is going to give me some hunger pangs around Days 20-30) but which I can’t make during Whole30 because soy is a legume. I think I will also miss a few recipes I like to make in which I cook with red wine.Read MoreRead More