Mid-Week Dinner

Wow! I have to write about dinner tonight, so simple yet so great.  It consisted of only 3 main ingredients plus spices.

Organic Free-Range Chicken

Zucchini

Squash

That is it!  Ok so it is truly in the way you prepare it.  Here is what else you will need and feel free to substitute with your favorite flavors.  You need Olive Oil, butter, Himalayan Salt, Nature’s Seasoning low Sodium by Morton.

First the chicken, I have to thank my friend Maria for this suggestion, cut the backbone out and break the breast plate.  The Chicken should now lay flat, put skewers in each side through the thigh and breast.  Next Cover with Olive Oil, take a brush and liberally coat, add sea salt be generous with the seasonings.  Finally, the nature’s seasoning, we use the low sodium because I prefer to use my Himalayan Salt, again be generous.  So How are you going to cook this thing, well the preferred method would be in a smoker or over indirect heat.  I use a 27″ round Weber Grill with Coals off to one side.  Once the coals are hot put this baby on.  Now for more flavor you need to add smoke chips, best to soak in water, but in a pinch just throw them on the fire.  Today, I only had Applewood, but what a great combination added just a hint of sweetness to the chicken.  Feel free to use your favorite or experiment with something new.  Close that lid and set a timer for 1 hour, or adjust according to your grill.  At the 1 hour mark I cut the legs off and removed from the heat, they were done.  I let the rest of the bird cook for another 15 minutes, let me tell you juicy as can be.

When the chicken is getting close to being done, you need to start to sauté the veggies.  Add butter and olive oil a couple of tablespoons of each to a pan and heat, add some garlic if you like, otherwise, just add the veggies and let them go.  Important do not cover, they will get soggy really quick.  While they cook you want to sprinkle the same seasoning you used for the chicken on the veggies.  From their just give them a little toss every once in a while and take off the heat right before they are at the desired softness or firmness you want.  Remember they will continue to cook for a while even off the heat in the pan.

Ok that is it, cut that bird add some veggies to the plate and enjoy

 

No need to Reboot

I have learned something interesting.  I started this month thinking I needed a reboot to get things going on my primal diet and lifestyle.  Here is what I learned quickly; no need to reboot! I was already doing a pretty good job.  My diet is on point, some others say live the 80/20 some are 5/2 with many other variations in between.  I would put my diet in the 90-95% range, and only discount it because I do like my hard cider and although I only drink it on the weekends; I have a hard time making that one primal.  That is literally it other than the few things when you have to eat out that are beyond your control such as the oil used or maybe they added a little sugar to something and didn’t disclose it.  Since I found myself stressing over this whole reboot of the 21 days I decided to end it.  The stress was not primal and I was trying to hard.  I feel so much better that I can relax and enjoy being primal the rest of my life.  Ok caution here, if you are on your first 21 day challenge do not give up, I apologize for the lack of post to support and lack of new recipes.  I promise more are coming, just need to convince a few friends to share some more stuff they are doing and send it to me so I can post it.  Oh yes you if you are reading this, send me your primal recipes and I will add them to the recipe section I will give you as much or as little credit as you want.  If you have a picture of what you prepared that is always helpful.  Although sometimes I make something and I will be like that doesn’t look anything like what I made. You can email them to me use the contact on my blog or just send to primallivingtexas@gmail.com

Day 4

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Today I am taking a break from my regular blog, to bring you a picture of my first Grand baby.  I will return to my regular scheduled blog this weekend.  Isn’t she beautiful!

Day 3

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As promise more pictures, this was dinner tonight.  Boneless grill pork, grilled asparagus, and a simple salad.  Yes you do see some nice grass fed butter on both the pork and the asparagus, makes it yummy and very primal.  This again is an easy meal to fix, we literally put the pork on the grill for 30 minutes on indirect heat; just a little salt and pepper on it. Asparagus on the grill super simple after cleaning and cutting the end just drizzle with olive oil, and add salt and pepper.  I cook directly over the heat for about 5 minutes.

Ok enough about dinner tonight. If you have read the previous post you know this is actually my second 21 day challenge for the year, first one started back on January 1st. Of course I stayed primal and pretty strict with just a few indulgences. Lorie and I decided to do the second one just as a refinement, but I have said all of this before.  I have to say the first one seemed easy. Now that I decided to give up my daily dose of berries and of course no wine; this one seems to be a little harder on day 3. I really just wanted some fresh berries today, but I am holding out for the weekend. Yes I am not giving them up altogether just trying to break the everyday habit because hunter gatherers would not have had fresh berries available to them every single day. I am curious if anyone else out there has done a second or more 21 days and felt it was harder than maybe the first one?  Maybe I am being to hard on myself?

Well how did I do today, see below for yourself:

Diet:

Breakfast – Another Omelette this one again 3 eggs, with some leftover grilled chicken, mushrooms and cheese.

Lunch – Leftover taco salad from the previous night, but sadly forgot my Avocado :(, and I had some Almonds about 1/3 cup.

Dinner – As mentioned above Pork, Asparagus, and salad.  I did have a few more nuts (handful) and 2 squares of 86% Dark Chocolate this evening.

Lifestyle:

10 minute meditation this morning

Sadly no reading at lunch but I did get out of the office running an errand

60 minutes sitting in the Sun to absorb Vitamin D this evening

45 minutes of reading (right after I finish typing this)

No Exercise today, I had it planned but sometimes it is best to listen to your body and rest

Day 2

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I promised you pictures, there you go that was my Breakfast/Lunch I guess that means I had Brunch today.  Let me explain; I worked from home today, so slept a little longer.  When I got up, my coffee machine had my black coffee ready to go.  I grabbed a cup drank about half of it and then proceeded to Lorie’s office, which doesn’t have all the electronics like mine and did a 10 minute guided meditation.  Thank you to Ginger for sending me information on that Phone App, really made a difference, I could not believe how quick time goes.  I decided after meditation to do a little Intermittent Fasting(IF), last I ate was 8PM the night before and generally with IF you want to go 12-16 hours.  My intention was 12-13, sneak into the kitchen and fix some eggs for breakfast.  Well, you would know that a lot was going on at work that required my attention, I never got to sneak away to cook my eggs.  Next thing I knew it was 11, yes I was hungry, although not the same hunger someone has that is carb dependent.  At that point I was at 15 hours so I decided to combine breakfast and lunch.  You see my plan for lunch was some more left over steak and sautéed  veggies from Saturday night.  So I cut the ribeye up about 4 ounces and put in a pan with 2 Tablespoons grass fed butter.  After giving that a few minutes, I put the sautéed  veggies in to warm, I didn’t want them to cook much more since they were already perfect.  Once that was warm I added 3 eggs and let it cook.  Due to all the meat in the omelette I didn’t get a perfect flip, but close.  After that I added some cheese folded it over and I enjoyed.  Let me assure you that was probably the best omelette I have ever made, going to try again soon and use Fajita meat.  After eating I did find 30 minutes to read at lunch.   Almost done with another book, this one on IF, think my next book will be the new one from Robb Wolf Wired to Eat.  So below I will detail my day:

Diet:

Brunch – Steak, veggie omelette – Yum (eggs are Farmers Market, veggies are mix of FM and Organic from store) Ribeye is from store leftover from Saturday.

Snack: Yes this afternoon I had 1/3 cup Dry Roasted and Salted Almonds

Dinner: About to eat Lories Taco Salad, Which is Grass Fed FM Meat, with some spices, FM Romain Lettuce, tomatoes, olives, Jalapeños, cheese, carrots (these are the secret they provide the crunch you use to get from chips) This is absolutely one of the best salads, I am pretty sure this is the 3rd or 4th week in a row I have asked Lorie to fix it.

Lifestyle:

10 minuted Guided Meditation

30 minutes reading at lunch, 60 minutes after dinner

30 minutes Blogging

1 Hour Crossfit Georgetown (Great workout today, and thank you to Gary for being my partner today)

I should mention most people know I spend my day in front of a computer, I do utilize both at home and in the office a standing desk which I stand at least 75-90% of the day.  I think it is important to take breaks even from standing, if you are very regular about it you will find yourself standing longer, but ease into it.  Also don’t forget to look away, I am lucky I sit near a window, when I am on the phone in the office I have a wireless headset and you can bet I am walking around.  Of course it gets a little strange when I need to look at something on the computer and I have to go running back to my desk 🙂

So what did you do today, feel free to comment, or if you want to keep it to yourself, write it down, keep a journal.

Day 1 of 21 Day Challenge Part 2

I hope that title is not too confusing.  I will do my best to try and write something everyday of this challenge.  My goal is to share with you what I ate on that day and provide some inspiration or maybe some ideas.  I will try and provide pictures, but of course I have none today.  I started eating when I realized I forgot, oops. There are a lot of fancy recipes in a lot of books, and yes I might try a few, but I want to show that you can have everyday meals that are delicious and filling. I promise I do not starve at all, I feel full when I eat and I don’t snack, not because I am trying not to snack, it is because I don’t need to snack.  Most of the time I can put off eating for a while if needed because my body does not have the Glucose spikes that a High Carb diet will give you.  I also want to share some insight on my primal life as making life simple and finding time to ease the mind is just as important.  Finally as most of you know I love my Crossfit Georgetown family and you can pretty much guess that I incorporate exercise into my life everyday.  I will break everything into 2 sections Diet and Lifestyle. Let me get started with Today Day 1:

Diet:

Breakfast – 3 Egg omelette (farmers Market eggs) with Mushrooms and Asparagus (farmers Market)cooked in Grass Fed Butter (1-2Tablespoons) Black Coffee

Lunch: 8 ounces of left over Ribeye warmed, with a Salad with fresh greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and goat Cheese.  Dressing was olive oil and Basalmic Vingarette.  Also has about 1/3 cup of Almonds while I read (will cover that in lifestyle)

Dinner: 4 pieces of Grilled Chicken (Organic Chicken from Costco) 2 legs, Thigh, and half a breast.  Maybe that is only 3.5 pieces.  Also Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and squash(all from famers market).  After dinner I enjoyed 2 squares of 86% Dark Chocolate which equates to half a serving and 2.5Grams of Sugar.  (that was my treat for the day). Super easy meal to fix, Cut the chicken into pieces for the grill, spice them how you like them, salt and pepper works great.  After heating your grill, I am using gas, mine has 3 burners, I turn off the middle burner that is where I put the chicken, skin side up.  Cook for about 40 minutes with the other burners on Medium High to High.  You might have to adjust for your grill.  Take the veggies, slice up the zucchini and squash long ways coat it and the Asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper.  I then place these on the grill for2-3 minutes on each side directly over the flames.  Your done, super simple very delicious. I should mention I was always cook enough extra to insure I have something to take for lunch the next day.

That is it all I ate and all I will eat today.  Notice I did not snack.  Now you might be telling yourself well I at a high fat low carb diet but still felt the urge to snack.  If you are new to this type of eating a couple of things, first you have formed habits that you must break and snacking is one of the them.  Second, your body does not overnight change from a Sugar burner to a fat burner.  This is the reason for the 21 days it takes time, for your body to convert and it takes time about 21 days to gain a new habit.

Lifestyle:

10 minutes of meditation in the morning

Wore my primal shoes today (ok I wear shoes now with no heals that are natural everyday now)

Ate my lunch at work today, I never eat at my desk and neither should you, find another place take a break.  I then took my Almonds and went outside and read a book for 30 minutes.

Crossfit of course

45 minutes of writing and I will follow-up with another hour of reading.  BTW if you read on electronic devices of any kind in the evening do yourself a favor and turn on the Blue night shade filter.  It will keep it from stimulating your eyes at night.

Ok that was it in a nutshell for today, like I said nothing on here was over complicated, you can do it too!

21 Days Starts Monday

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I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  I know I did, I actually enjoyed a few things that I normally don’t indulge in on a regular basis.  First pictured above is one of my favorite primal dinners, Ribeye with Sautéed veggies and a salad. We also went to a wine festival called the Texas Wine Revolution with some great friends and had a blast.  Yes I tasted a lot of Texas Pink Wines and had a great time.  The weekend of this festival was in great timing for the “next” 21 day challenge.  Most people consider me to be fairly strict, and other than having more wine than normal I really didn’t do anything outside of being primal.  I do get asked so why are you doing another 21 day challenge?  Let me answer that by saying it is not about doing anything wrong, it is more about fine tuning and trying something a little different.  Yes it will be 21 day of no alcohol, I actually don’t drink a lot and when I do it is only on the weekends.  I don’t eat any grains, no refined sugar (ok except the occasional 86% dark chocolate, that my friend Gary says is to bitter I will win him over to it sooner or later).  So what gives?  What do I change?  One slight modification in diet will be staying away from fruit as much as possible during the 21 days.  I have been known to eat blueberries or blackberries, which there is nothing wrong with that I moderation but I know that my primal cousins it would have been a treat to find those berries.  Therefore I am going to try my best to stay away, maybe treat myself once a week at best.  This 21 days is more about reaffirmation of the lifestyle to me. Keep up the reading, watch less TV maybe even no TV during the week.  Computers, phone and such down by 8 or 9 in the evening.  Sit outside enjoy nature a little more and just try to live more simple.  The big thing I am personally going to add to my day each morning is a period of meditation.  I have been doing some reading on it and really like the idea behind it.  I will start simple maybe  10 minutes and try to work up to a full half hour by the end of the 21 days.   I plan on this every morning, I will grab a quick shower so I am awake and then meditate before Breakfast.  I have a spot picked out in my house but might have to move that around.  So here is the other big news, I say 21 days but I looked at the calendar and well that means the 21days ends on a Sunday.  I am thinking I just stretch it out for a few extra days through the Friday of that week and make this one 26 days, and really I plan on carrying most things over although on the evening of the 26th day I can see myself enjoying a nice glass of wine or bottle of cider.

So here is my question and you can respond back in comments for those of you doing the 21+ days what is your goal?  Do you need help in getting to that goal?  Do you have questions about what you should and should not do?  Questions about how to make a change to a primal lifestyle?  Do you need help?  Well ok I am not a professional, although maybe someday, but I a willing to help, just ask!