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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Back On Track

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Food: November 30, 2015

green-smoothy-featuredAs I mentioned yesterday, after a four-day holiday binge, I decided to make a concentrated effort to follow my version of Primal/Paleo eating. I did a good job today! As usual, I fasted until around noon and then had a big ‘ole green smoothie with some leftover turkey for lunch. Dinner consisted of a turkey, bacon, sour cream, and cheese loaded potato with steamed broccoli. My keto test showed this eating put me back into a ketogenic state, so I’m burning fat again!

I’m looking forward to staying strong and eating clean for a few weeks and seeing the results. As always…

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

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Long Fast

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Food: November 21, 2015

I’m back to posting after a work week that included visiting four cities in five days! Needless to say it’s nice to be home for the weekend. Today my plan was to hit the gym and then watch college football. Because I don’t like to workout after eating, I fasted until after my workout and had my first meal at around 4:30ish pm. That’s about a 20 hour fast! I explain here why I practice intermittent fasting. By the way, I deadlifted 325 lb., which is nearly twice my body weight, while in a fasted state, having eaten nothing, other than BCAAs, for about 18 hours before the workout.

The combination of fasting, heavy weightlifting, and low carbohydrate intake combined to keep my body in a ketogenic state, burning body fat as fuel.

I hope everyone is having 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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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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Hungry For Nutrition

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Food: November 7, 2015

I woke up this fine Saturday feeling rested and in a great mood. All the stresses of the work week had magically melted away. As usual, I practiced intermittent fasting eating my first meal at about 12:30pm, eggs bacon and a green smoothie, and my last meal at a little after 8pm, my usual salad from Chipotle.

Today was one of those days where my body craved nutrition–I had no interest in junk food. I guess maybe my body is trying to heal from last week’s sugar, grains, and alcohol consumption?

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and, as always…

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

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Busy Primal Monday

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Food: October 26, 2015

Tons of sleep last night and I woke up without stress, which is surprising for a Monday morning. I very much followed my version of Primal/Paleo eating today. I stuck with my normal practice of intermittent fasting by keeping my eating between noon and about 8pm. I woke up in a ketogenic state, so theoretically I’m in fat burning mode.

I hope everyone’s week started in grand fashion and, as always…

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

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Home Sweet Home

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Food: October 24, 2105

My travels for work this week took me to an old 4-H camp in rural Georgia for a conference–internet access was inconsistent to say the least. That’s why I haven’t posted in a few days. I’m glad to be home for the weekend as I need some time to relax and recharge. Today I got back to intermittent fasting, eating my first meal of the day at noon and had my last food before 8pm.

I really did nothing but sit on the couch today with the sole purpose of shedding the built up stress from the week. The dog and I lounged around all day and even got a couple of short naps in during the afternoon–I clearly needed to catch up on sleep.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and, as always…

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

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A Day Of Relaxation

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Food: October 18, 2015

Plenty of sleep again last night and I woke up feeling relaxed and rested. I had a busy day doing lots of tasks around the house, but I didn’t put any pressure on myself to get it all done, so I kept the stress monster at bay!

Are jalapeno peppers vegetables?

Are jalapeno peppers vegetables?

As usual, I stayed with my intermittent fasting routine but accidentally prolonged the fast until dinner time because I was so engrossed in my activities. My wife made an awesome pot of chili loaded with meat, and I made a batch of jalapeno poppers. Other than I severe lack of vegetables (I guess jalapeno peppers are a vegetable?) and a couple of cornbread muffins, the meal pretty much followed my version of Primal/Paleo eating.

I had a wonderful, relaxing Sunday–just what I needed! As always…

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

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