30/07/013

PALEO DIET for a MONTH

Ok I am going to try to lose some of this blubber on the paleo diet as I race on the way to Berlin. I downloaded a month of recipes and the guide and have also contacted a marathon coach to push me in the right direction. I am going to list the foods and weight here. I am not saying it is going to be pretty, I am not saying it is going to be inspirational, but it is going to be something.

Of course there will be cravings I cannot ignore. And I will cheat. But, the paleo diet is 85/15. So, if you keep to the diet 85% of the time, you can cheat the other 15%. And it is that leeway that will make me do this for the full 30 days and maybe all the way to Berlin.

STARTING WEIGHT 78.9KG

TARGET WEIGHT 74KG (but I’d live with 75)

PALEO DIET DAY ONE

Breakfast: Banana and half a punnet of strawberries
Lunch: Tuna salad
Snacks: Cranberries, raisins, walnuts and cashews, hard boiled eggs
Dinner: Chicken curry with onion, celery, peppers and mini courgette stir fry

PALEO DIET DAY TWO

Breakfast: Fried egg, 3 mini rashers of bacon
Lunch: Chicken salad
Snacks: Banana, nuts, precooked dried bacon strips
Dinner: Cajun spiced chicken breast, peppers, mini courgette stir fry

PALEO DIET DAY THREE

Breakfast: Banana, nuts
Lunch: Chicken salad
Snacks: Apple, nuts, banana
Dinner: Angus beef burger, cauliflower mash, asparagus, roasted peppers

PALEO DIET DAY FOUR

WEIGHT: 77.2KG

Breakfast: Fried egg, 3 mini rashers of bacon
Lunch: Sardine salad, grilled pork chop with green beans, potato puree (cheat) and black pudding, goats cheese (cheat) and oatcakes (cheat)
Snacks: Bacon, apples, boiled egg
Dinner: Angus beef burger, cauliflower mash, asparagus, roasted peppers

PALEO DIET DAY FIVE

WEIGHT 77KG

Breakfast: Fried egg, tomatoes, 4 mini rashers of bacon
Lunch: beef noodle soup (didn’t eat the noodles)
Dinner: Chilli (beef, tomatoes, peppers, chicken stock, onion, spices)

PALEO DIET DAY SIX

Breakfast: Blueberries
Lunch: Beef salad at Kings Cross station. Nicely spiced. No rice, no beans. Water.
Pre race cheating: Packet of crisps on train, half a cheese and coleslaw sandwich
Dinner: Fish and chips, white bread roll, pickled egg, can coke, 2 pints of beer

PALEO DIET DAY SEVEN (RACE DAY) 4/8/13

Breakfast: 2 bananas, 2 fruit cookies
Lunch: MacDonalds 6 chicken nuggets, quarter pounder with cheese, strawberry milkshake
Snacks on train: Potato crisps, caramel bar.
Dinner: Beef mince curry, chick peas, spinach and onions.

PALEO DIET DAY EIGHT
Breakfast: Banana, apple
Lunch:
Snacks: Chicken satay
Dinner: Beef mince curry, chick peas, spinach and onions.

An infected insect/spider bite on my calf went nasty and, after an afternoon with the doctor, came out of it with medication. This should screw up my diet once and for all…

PALEO DIET DAY NINE
Breakfast: Banana, apple
Lunch: Egg and cheese sandwich (cheat), potato crisps (cheat), chicken pieces
Snacks: 2 bananas, 2 apples
Dinner: Smoked salmon, onion, mushroom omelet

PALEO DIET DAY TEN (of THIRTY)
Brunch: 3 chipolatas, slice of black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes
Dinner: Sausage, peppers, tomatoes, onion Mediterranean shake and back, with mashed sweet potato
Snack: Cheese (cheat)

PALEO DIET DAY ELEVEN (8/8)
Breakfast: Bananas
Lunch: Beef salad and horchata
Dinner: M&S Cottage pie (Cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY TWELVE (9/8)
Breakfast: Bananas
Snack: Nuts and berries
Lunch: Turkey salad
Dinner: Chilli and coriander shrimp, stir fried veg
Dessert: Eton Mess (Cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY THIRTEEN (10/8)

WEIGHT 76.9KG

Breakfast: 2 eggs, bacon, sausage and tea
Lunch: Tomato soup
Dinner: Chilli and coriander shrimp with mashed sweet potato, brocolli, green beans (Cheat!) and… Zero Noodles. And these are an amazing inclusion to my diet. 8 calories a bag, just like vermicelli. Gluten free etc etc.

PALEO DIET DAY FOURTEEN (11/08) RACE DAY – 11 miles run
Breakfast: bacon and a fried egg
Snack: Snickers bar (Cheat!)
Post race snack: 2 fig newtons, 2 jaffa cakes (Cheat!)
Lunch: Cheese burger in bun (Cheat!) muller rice and milky bar dessert (Cheat!)
Dinners: Cheese burger in bun (Cheat!) muller rice and milky bar dessert (Cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY FIFTEEN
Breakfast: bacon and egg and one lemon pancake (Cheat!)
Lunch: Chicken salad
Dinners: Chicken kiev x 2, mashed cauliflower, broccoli
Treat: 5 pieces of Terry’s Chocolate Orange

PALEO DIET DAY SIXTEEN (13/08)
Breakfast: Apple and banana
Lunch: Chicken and lamb kofte and salad
Snack: jerky and apple
Dinner: beef chilli with tomatoes, refried beans (cheat!) a beer (Cheat!) cheese (cheat!) and tortillas (cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY SEVENTEEN
Breakfast: Apple and a banana
Lunch: Chicken salad
Dinner: beef chilli with tomatoes, refried beans (cheat!) a beer (Cheat!) cheese (cheat!) and tortillas (cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY EIGHTEEN

WEIGHT: 76.7KG

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sausage, mash potato (cheat!) and beans (cheat!)
Dinner: Hot dogs x 3 in butter brioche (cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY NINETEEN

WEIGHT 76.1KG

After longest and furthest run ever!

Breakfast: Apple, bananan
Lunch: Hot dogs x 4 (cheats!) Mars Bar (Cheat) Jaffa Cakes (Cheat) KitKat (Cheat)
Dinner: Soup

PALEO DIET DAY TWENTY
Brunch: Eggs, mushrooms, pancetta
Dinner: Beef stroganoff, with peas, leeks and rice (Cheat!)
Snack: Cheese (Cheat!)

PALEO DIET DAY TWENTY ONE (19/8)
Breakfast: Blueberries, strawberries
Lunch: Pork salad
Snack: Nuts
Dinner: Chicken, peppers, cauliflower, chick pea (cheat!) curry with 4 x chaparti (Cheat!)
Snack: Cheese (Cheat!)

I need to be better. I have 9 days left and the cheating is creeping in. Will boil eggs for snacks. Will have salad for lunch the rest of the week and all weekend other than after the Bushy Park half marathon. Have dinner out Thursday and Friday, so need to be good so I can be bad then.

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