Thursday, August 23, 2018

Goth WED - Simplifying Food

When it comes to eating right, it can be a bothersome bitch.  You might look into Whole 30 or the Mediterranean Diet or Paleo.  You find some books, you see smiling people, but making the initial switch is going to leave you stressed out.

Let's break down the Top 5 Diets (ways of eating).

Whole 30 - For the first 30 days you strictly eat whole food, nothing processed.  You get meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, small amount of fruit, healthy fats, and herbs/spices.  No sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, junk food, baked good, and pre-made foods with "approved" food listed.

Paleo - 35% Protein, 35% Carbohydrates, 30% Fat.  You get meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, small amount of fruit, berries, nuts, healthy fats, and herbs/spices.  No sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, potato, refined vegetable oil, processed food, high starch vegetables, and excessive salt.  There is a push towards game meat (elk, pheasant, bison, boar, etc) and grass-fed meat.

Mediterranean Diet - Every meal requirements: 1-2 servings of fruit, 2+ servings of vegetables, olive oil, and 1 serving of whole grain.  Everyday, make sure you include: 2 servings of dairy, 1-2 servings of nuts/olives/seeds, and 1+ servings of garlic/onion/herbs/spices.  Every week make sure you have: 0-3 servings of potato, 2+ servings of white meat/seafood/fish, 0-2 servings of red meat, 2-4 servings of eggs, 0-2 servings of legumes, and 0-2 sweets/dessert.

South Beach Diet - Eat 6 times a day.  High in lean protein and healthy fats.  Low or no sugars and starches.  You gradually introduce good carbs when you start the diet.  You learn to maintain a healthy lifelong diet if you follow the south beach diet plan, according to the website.

Vegetarian - You get vegetables, fruit, nuts, eggs and dairy (optional), and whole grains.  No meat, though some vegetarians will opt to eat fish and/or other seafood.

There are a lot of different ways of eating out there.  You need to find something that suits you.

How To Get Started
I'm a book person, so I'm going to tell you to go get an official book on whatever dietary habits you choose to have.  For instance, if you go with paleo, pick up Dr. Loren Cordain's book The Paleo Diet BEFORE you pick up a cookbook like Nom Nom Paleo.  This way you have some solid information on the ins and outs of the diet.

Another good thing to do is make a pinterest board and be super picky about what you pin there.  Is that potato salad REALLY paleo-friendly, Karen?  Really?   (No, it's not.)

One thing that makes me nuts is when people immediately try to find ridiculous replacements right off.  Don't go looking for bread if you're doing paleo or whole 30.  Just don't.  You will make yourself crazy.  Instead look for healthy things you can snack on or something.

Before you even start a new way of eating, do your research and figure out like 5 or 6 quick meals for each meal.  This will help out SO MUCH.  I have a crockpot that I use all the time for soup, paleo chili, and meat.  I might put a soup on in the morning, so it's ready after I get home from work and the gym.

I also highly recommend My Fitness Pal (website and app).  You can log your food, log your workouts, log your water intake, etc.

I have a question for you: What Are Your Favorite Raw Foods?

I have found that I'm more of a fall food palate sort of person.  I eat a lot of pumpkin, coconut, tomato, nuts, seeds, berries, zucchini, apple, cherry, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, brussel sprouts, various squash, and onion.  One reason why I loved living in Oregon is that the pumpkin season was long.   Anyway, I've tailored my eating habits to reflect this natural choice like: pumpkin-bison chili (paleo/keto), pumpkin soup, pork tenderloin with roasted brussel sprouts, smoked salmon over cheesy cauliflower, Italian zucchini boats, etc.

People ask me about sweet potato and why I don't mention it.  Simple.  I do not process sweet potato and it makes me feel sick.  It's too starchy for me anyway.  I also have to watch it with carrots and other root vegetables.  Instead, I replace all this stuff with various types of squash like pumpkin, zucchini, spaghetti, delicata, acorn, etc.

My typical diet is restricted paleo, but currently my doctor has me on keto.  I drink a minimum of 8 cups of water a day (64oz).  Keto, in case you're wondering, is high fat, moderate protein, and very low carb (nearly no fruit).

  • I typically have plain greek yogurt with a tablespoon of flaxseed in the morning.  On the weekends this usually changes to scrambled eggs with cheese.  
  • For lunch, I tend to have salad with meat and seeds - like chicken and sunflower seeds or something.  
  • For dinner, I almost always have whatever is in the crockpot.  Since I go to the gym after work, I tend to get really lazy during the week with dinner.  On the weekends, I tend to try new recipes and make non-crockpot dinner.
  • Snacks.  I am definitely a person who needs a snack here and there.  I tend to go for almonds, pecans, pistachios, salami pieces, snack size cheese (1oz), pork rinds (only sometimes), chestnuts (if available), pickles, pickled okra, olives, and dark chocolate.  In all honesty, I think I spend more time opening the fridge, deciding on nothing, sighing, and settling with a cup of tea.
  • Drinks.  On top of my 64oz of water a day, I will also reach for: sparkling water (counts as water), coffee, and tea (loose-leaf preferred).  I drink black coffee and 2-shot dry cappuccinos (~8oz...any bigger and YUCK).  I use a French press for my loose-leaf tea.  I highly recommend checking out Adagio Tea for fun types.
  • Desserts.  I don't usually have dessert nowadays.  Sometimes I treat myself to keto cheesecake or Coconut Bliss ice cream or pan-fried apples or baked apples or paleo pumpkin pie.  I really just tend to grab a snack and have some tea.  I will admit to treating myself to pie or regular ice cream every once in a great while.

Well, I think I rambled on enough.  I totally had this ready for Wednesday, but I got really busy.  Sorry for that.

3 Dark Songs for Your Playlist
We're going with some dark, not-quite-goth stuff.

  1. "Survivalism" by NIN
  2. "Black No. 1" by Type O Negative
  3. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi

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