Happy New Year

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Food: January 7, 2016

The relatives are gone. Most of the holiday treats have been consumed. It’s time for me to get back on track from a dietary perspective. Today I pretty much followed my version of Primal/Paleo eating and it felt good!

I hope everyone is ready to start the new year motivated to change their health for the better and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Suspect Diet, But Consistent Lifting

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Workout: December 18, 2015

This week continued to be a struggle with respect to food choices, but I made it to the gym and followed my StrongLifts Advanced program consistently ALL WEEK!

Today I did squats, bench press, and Pendlay rows with a side order of chin-us.

The gym helps with my stress–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Up At 3:30 A.M. :(

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Food: December 16, 2015

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of getting close to my target of at least eight hours of sleep per night lately, but last night I woke up at 3:30 a.m., mind racing. I fell back asleep off and on for a couple of hours, but did not feel rested and relied heavily on the caffeine in my morning energy drink for focus.

Otherwise, I did a nice job of following my version of Primal/Paleo eating today as I am still struggling a bit with my discipline when it comes to food choices. I suspect my work stress has a lot to do with this.

Halfway through the work week–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Miles Of Driving

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Food: December 3, 2015

Did not get a great night of sleep so I woke up a little tired and stressed. Big meeting today (that went well) and then a couple of hours in the car traveling home. Did a fairly good job on sticking with my version of Primal/Paleo eating while also keeping with the intermittent fasting routine.

Really looking forward the upcoming weekend for some stress relief–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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One Meal Day

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Food: December 2, 2015

Lot’s of stress today on the job front today–I think I’m doing a decent job of handling it. Super busy day as I had to travel for work, so I ended up eating some nuts for lunch while driving and then a late dinner. So, it was basically a one meal day. As I’ve pointed out before, since I have significantly dropped my carbohydrate intake and, theoretically, I no longer rely on a constant supply of glucose (blood sugar), I don’t suffer the normal “low blood sugar” symptoms, like headaches, having light-head and dizzy spell, etc.

Salad with Norwegian salmon--trying to eat healthy on the road!

Salad with Norwegian salmon–trying to eat healthy on the road!

We are halfway through the work week–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Huge Cheat Day

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Food: November 15, 2015

yuenglingGo big or go home, right? Today I ate about 1.5 times my normal calorie intake and had some beers as the Buccaneers “snatched victory from the jaws of defeat!” Sigh, such is the life of a Bucs fan 😉

For all of you getting into ketogenic living, data point: I consumed an estimated 274g of carbohydrate today and, as one would expect, tested not in ketosis. This means my body is in fat storage mode…not where I want to be.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Super Compressed Eating Window

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Food: November 14, 2015

I woke up feeling good this morning after a good, but not great, night of sleep. The biggest item on my list to accomplish today was to workout, other than that, I just needed to relax and keep the stress away!

Weird eating day because I wanted to workout fasted and my plan was to hit the gym about 1pm. Consequently, I broke my fast (other than the BCAAs I consumed during my workout) about 4pm and I ate my last food before 8pm. Talk about intermittent fasting–I compressed my eating window to four hours, or about half of my normal eight hours.

My dinner by the way…pancakes and syrup! Now you might ask, “Are pancakes and syrup part of your version of Primal/Paleo eating?” My answer is, “Pretty close!”
The pancakes were made with a product called Mancakes High Protein Pancake Waffle and Baking Mix
which are high protein/low carb and I used Walden Farms Pancake Syrup which I found quite tasty considering it is zero calorie with zero carbs. Hey, sometimes I feel like foods that aren’t traditional Primal/Paleo items, but I work around it! By the way, the day’s eating did not push my body out of ketosis!

I hope your weekend is going great and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Finally Friday!

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Food: November 13, 2015

The weekend is almost here–TGIF! I woke up in a good mood, looking forward to the last day of the work week. Kind of a weird eating day for me as I skipped cooking my first meal as ended up just eating a bag of nuts, then I had leftover pork chops with apples, a baked potato with butter and cheese, and steamed zucchini and yellow squash for dinner (with a couple glasses of red wine). Then I popped popcorn with coconut oil and butter for a snack. For some reason my ketosis test failed even though this type of eating wouldn’t normally take my body out of ketosis. There are lots of factors that may have caused this like I drank alcohol, didn’t drink enough water, didn’t exercise or walk much…who knows?

Looking forward to a couple of relaxing days–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Delicious Food Day

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Food: November 12, 2015

Didn’t quite get enough sleep last night but woke up in a good mood. Another day where I did a decent job of following my version of Primal/Paleo eating.

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Per usual, my intermittent fasting routine had me eating my first meal at around noon featuring eggs, bacon, potatoes, and a green smoothie with spinach, strawberries, apple, banana, carrot, and home grown bell peppers. My second and final meal consisted of leftover baked pork chops with apple, a baked potato with butter and cheddar cheese, and steamed broccoli with butter and sea salt. I kept my estimated carbohydrate intake below 200g which successfully kept my body in a ketogenic state.

We are headed for the weekend and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Fat Burning Again

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Food: November 11, 2015

Another day of waking up in a good mood after another great night of sleep, according to my FitBit Surge. Clearly taking a week off from business travel has done wonders for my stress levels.

The good news is my body has returned to a ketogenic state and I am burning my body fat. What put me back into ketosis? Probably not eating any processed food with no sugar or grains, doing intermittent fasting and compressing my eating down to about a 5 hour window, and completing a rigorous workout featuring heavy (for me) deadlifts.

One of the great benefits for me of being home is it allows me prepare my own food. Tonight I made a great side dish, cauliflower and zucchini fried rice. I used my Vitamix to blend cauliflower into “rice” and cut up some zucchini and half an onion. One trick is to use cheese cloth to squeeze as much water out of the cauliflower a possible. I sauteed all of this in bacon drippings with salt, pepper and then further seasoned with coconut aminos (kinda like soy sauce). Then I spread it all out on a baking sheet and put under the broiler until brown and crispy. This was absolutely delicious!

I feel great as we head past hump day and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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