You know what is never a good idea? Deep fried bacon. It doesn’t even taste good! We went to a breakfast buffet to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a big group of friends. Initially I was concerned because we’d been last year and all I remembered was the delicious breads and cakes and muffins and pastries….obviously none of which fit with my current eatstyle. I twittered the pub earlier in the week to see what they had that was an option for me and discovered that they would have an omelette station, roast beef, green salad as well as bacon & sausage. Since we do not cook bacon in our regular life I thought that I would probably have a bunch of green salad, a veggie omelette and some bacon. In fact that’s exactly what I did have……..but the bacon was deep fried and about 10 minutes after finishing dessert (a small fruit bowl), I started to feel really icky in my stomach…an ominous gurgle set in and brought heartburn with it. Not cool! Although, if you consider that in the last month, at least, I haven’t eaten anything that even resembles deep fried anything, the gurgle and the heartburn is not surprising. I was kicking myself yesterday because it was a stupid choice to make. I eat the way that I do in order to feel good and clean and healthy. And that bacon made me feel greasy and bloated and yucky. Not to mention the amount of sodium….I am a blimp this morning….and I mustn’t forget that clean eating does not make me immune to sodium, I am very sensitive to it! So, lesson learned……had I stuck with the greens and the veggie omelette with the fruit salad for dessert I would have been in a much better situation yesterday and today!
Tomorrow is my weigh day and if my bacon-bloat doesn’t break between now and tomorrow morning I don’t think I’m going to be very pleased with my result. Although! Even with the bloat on my waistline is still smaller than it has been in a long time so something must be going right!
As you may have figured out, I do a lot of reading and researching of things that interest me….like living grain free. I’ve noticed a few blogs lately where the owners are lamenting how hard/impossible this is to do when your spouse isn’t on board with the plan. My hubby isn’t on board, not at all. What he is though, is supportive….in that he pretty much is letting me do what I choose to do because I let him do what he chooses to do. He still drinks milk and eats bread and cookies etc. But he doesn’t pitch a fit if we don’t have rice or pasta as a side dish and he’s willing to at least taste new things. He also knows which side his proverbial bread is buttered on, since I do the shopping and the cooking, as long as he still gets the things that he likes to eat, he’s smart enough not to mind if they are modified slightly to allow us both to eat them. Last night’s dinner for example. Before I get to the dinner part though……I should point out that this is not my first foray into grain free, I tried it about 2 years ago and didn’t make it very far……but what I did do as a result of the effort was to drastically reduce the amount of grains that we were eating. So it wasn’t unusual for us to have a meat dish and a veggie side dish for dinner before which makes the final drop into this lifestyle a little easier. While today is my Day 14, technically the success of this day has been almost two years in the making. Just wanted to get that out there so that I’m not making it sound like I decided 14 days ago to eliminate grains and that it’s been smooth sailing ever since….not at all the case!
Anyway, on to the food! Saturday night I found a recipe for Paleo Banana Bread that turned out SO good! I ended up slicing it into 14 slices, putting parchment between the slices, bagging the whole loaf and putting it in the freezer. Simple to grab a slice, throw in the toaster and then slather with almond butter as an approved snack! Next time I make it I’m going to try putting a couple of scoops of protein powder in to bump the protein content….should work in place of the sweetener also.
Last night’s dinner was my favourite meatloaf recipe, modified slightly. Since I couldn’t use bread crumbs or rolled oats as a binder/filler I thought I would try grinding up some pinenuts and using them in place. Turned out that was unnecessary (although it added a unique flavour to the meat) since the meat cooked up just fine. What I did notice was that the meatloaf was super dense because there was no filler in it. I used a combo of ground beef and ground pork and then my regular seasonings and topping (pat meat into round or square pan, spread can of tomato paste over the top, sprinkle with 2 tbsp dried oregano, a can of drained mushrooms and then ample application of cheddar cheese & parmesan cheese.) only I left half uncheesed for myself. It tasted delicious, the texture was just a bit dense. Not really sure how to correct that though.
Tonight I’m going to Express spinning and tomorrow I’m really hoping to go for a jog through the park. It’s looking awfully gorgeous outside right now though so I may be tempted to toss Express and jog through the park today too! We’ll see…..there will be sweating, I’m just not sure yet what kind!