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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A Holiday Challenge!

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Help Me Undo A Holiday Binge

I need support and I’m asking for your help. If you are familiar with me you probably know I find sugar and grains highly addictive. I love the Thanksgiving holiday and all the wonderful food, especially stuffing (made with bread), sweet potato casserole (which seems to be mostly sugar the way we make it), mashed potatoes, rolls and buns (for those turkey sandwiches), and of course, cookies and pies.

This Thanksgiving weekend I decided, from Thursday until Sunday, I would eat and drink anything and everything the holiday had to offer–and I did. Boy did it taste good–but I also didn’t feel very good at times. Maybe it’s all in my head, but it seems I just feel better when I eat clean and drink plenty of water.

Look at the other thing that happened–my weight shot up 5.4 lbs:

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A bunch of this is water weight, as I tend to retain water when I deviate from my version of Primal/Paleo eating, but I can also feel my clothes fitting tighter and my gut has expanded.

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I did not perform my normal ketosis test all weekend until this morning and I only registered an “8”–anything under 25 means I’m not in fat-burning mode. I can pretty much bet I never came close to a ketogenic state based on the very high carbohydrate and sugar load I bombarded my body with over the four days.

Clean Eating Challenge

Now, to get back on track, I’m going to try to eat clean until Christmas, roughly three weeks. My goal is to stick close to my version of Primal/Paleo eating and shed the body fat. On top of that, I’m going to commit to my weight lifting routine so I’ll be lean and ripped :)

I could use your moral support in this endeavor! I am weak when it comes to eating at times, especially when I workout consistently–I get so hungry and I tend to slip and eat the bad things.

So who’s with me? Anyone else want to take the challenge and roll into Christmas lean and shredded…let’s do this and, as always…

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

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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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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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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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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Great Day!

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Food: October 17, 2015

I know I go on and on about how important sleep is to me, but I’m going to say it again! :) Last night I logged nearly 10 hours of sleep and I woke up ready to conquer the world. As I do every day, I used my Ketonix ketone breath analyzer to see if my body was still in a ketogenic state. I was quite curious because I estimate I had consumed well over 300g of carbohydrate yesterday, but the device showed me in ketosis despite the abundance of carbs.

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My eating today was both bad (leftover Chinese for lunch) and good (a salad from Chipotle for dinner). On the exercise front, I finally made it to the gym, and also hit my walking goal as well!

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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Food: October 13, 2015

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I’m on the road for work–feeling some travel stress as usual. I got a less sleep than I like and that’s not good. :( Even though I’m in a hotel room, I still performed the daily ketosis test and my body is in a ketogenic state–that’s good! I go on and on about the benefits of being a fat burning machine, and today was a great example. Per usual, I practiced intermittent fasting and skipped breakfast. Then our team decided to work through lunch. Here’s the benefit: no low blood sugar symptoms like lack of focus, headache, dizziness. Before I adopted my version of Primal/Paleo eating, I had to eat every few hours or I would suffer those types of symptoms and could think of nothing but food.

beer-flightMake no mistake, when it came time to eat, I went a little crazy! First I went to a local brewery and sampled the craft beers. Then I found a highly rated local Mexican place and had a margarita and a colorful plate of enchiladas they called the Mexican flag. Yum! Didn’t exactly follow my normal plan, but the food tasted great.

Almost halfway to the weekend–as always…

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

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Too Busy To Eat?

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Food: October 8, 2015

Today was one of those crazy busy days where I left the office after 7pm and still hadn’t yet eaten. To be honest, I really did not even think about food all day–no headaches, loss of focus, or any “low blood sugar” symptoms.

This is one of the benefits of ketogenic living where the brain is not dependent on glucose for fuel…and,  I burn my own body fat for fuel!! Sweet :)

Looking forward to a day off from work tomorrow–as always…

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

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