Primal Adventure – Geocaching

Today began with our usual Sunday breakfast, bacon and scrambled eggs. I fry the bacon and daughter #2 scrambles the eggs. Usually I have a grapefruit half, but since today was a low-carb challenge I had eggs on a portobello mushroom instead:

20120115-211930.jpg

Daughter #1 reminded us that we didn’t get to go Geocaching last weekend, so we decided to try to find some locations nearby. It was another beautiful sunny day, and I was glad that we were able to something active but not strenuous outside.

20120115-212245.jpg

The family embarks on our adventure

20120115-220922.jpg

D#2 with the first geocache

20120115-212702.jpg

finding treasure

20120115-212724.jpg

Seems like old times!

20120115-212733.jpg

As close as we get to eating at McDonalds

20120115-213036.jpg

The second geocache was really cool!

For dinner I decided to try a new recipe for roasted chicken from AllRecipes.

Juicy Roasted Chicken

  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup margarine butter, divided
  • 1 stalk celery, leaves removed

20120115-213023.jpg

Of course I used butter instead of margarine. (duh!)

20120115-213544.jpg
I felt obliged to save the offal, but I’m not sure what to do with it.

20120115-213350.jpg
I think that this is the best roasted chicken I’ve ever made!

20120115-214133.jpg
Organic red cabbage was an impulse buy. The color is so pretty! This is braised red cabbage with vinegar. I thought it tasted like the cabbage you get at a German restaurant. No one else I the family liked it though. If any of my local readers would like to try some, I have more than I can eat!

20120115-214741.jpg
Dinner

Day 14 Journal
Success Score: 7

Sweet Spot Calculations
Total calories: 1614
Fat 103.6g 58.2%
Saturated Fat 29.4g
Cholesterol 499.5mg
Sodium 2,025.9mg
Carbohydrates 82.1g 20.5%
Fiber 26.5g
Protein 85.1g 21.3%

Areas to improve: increase protein
Worst part of the results: although I easily kept the carbs <100, my stomach is already growling for a bedtime snack, so I’m not encouraged about intermittent fasting.
Best part: fiber at 26.5 grams with no grains or psyllium
Comments: I am supposed to fast from dinner until as long as I comfortably can tomorrow. I may last another 20 minutes.

Rest Day
Comments: I was going to do strength training since I missed all of last week, but my back was pretty touchy today so I went with the rest day.

Summary Comments
Daily energy levels: 2
Hunger level between meals: 4
Satisfaction with meals: 10
Struggles with Primal efforts: intermittent fasting
Benefits noticed from primal efforts: doing more activities as a family
Daily highlights: finding the first geocache

Daily needs-to-improve: I felt I did well today.  I’ve been keeping my carbs a little over 100 since I’m not going for fat loss, and that’s why I think I’m not ready to fast.  Realistically I may never be able to fast with my history.

Week 2 Reflections

I feel that I am doing better this week with interacting more with the family and interacting with friends outside of  just e-mail, Facebook and Lose It.  I’m still struggling with limiting electronic media, but I’m making an active effort not to check my computer and phone constantly.  Both Saturday and Sunday I was able to spend some time outside.  For me the diet is the easy part of it.  I haven’t craved any processed food or grains.  Eating whole food tastes great and makes me feel better, so it hasn’t been a temptation to eat outside of the plan.  I wish that my back would get better so that I could do more of the exercise component to the program.

Lucky 13

Day 13 Journal (Saturday)
Success Score: 8

Top of Spectrum
Products acquired:
Meats: nitrite-free fresh bacon and sausage, free-range whole chicken from Earth Fare (also have about 5lbs of grass-fed ground beef in the freezer from Costco)
Eggs: organic, cage-free eggs from Earth Fare
Fish: Wild Planet canned tuna & salmon (I wasn’t cooking dinner that night, so I didn’t purchase fresh fish)

20120115-101824.jpg
Macadamia nuts: raw macadamia nut pieces & macadamia nut oil from Garden Cove.

20120115-112150.jpg
Extra-virgin olive oil: Napa Valley Naturals from Earth Fare. It’s organic, and it even was on sale. I thought it was domestic, but turns out it is just bottled in California. What’s up with that?
Dairy products: organic whole milk and Neufchâtel cheese, raw milk cheddar. They were out of the Alabama organic milk except in chocolate, which I bought for daughter #2.
Indulgences: we already have an excellent stock of dark chocolate from Christmas, so I didn’t need to purchase anything.
Describe the budget impact: negligible, since it’s not that different from what I was buying before
Hardest part: finding raw macadamia nuts. If anyone knows a local source, please let me know. Garden Cove said that they only carry whole macadamia nuts during the Christmas season.
Best part: I can see dark chocolate macadamia nut bark in our future.
Purchases you can sustain long-term: most everything
Purchases unrealistic to sustain long-term: unless I can find a cheaper source, Macadamia nuts – not sure I can justify $21/pound!
Next-best choice to sustain long-term: other raw nuts
Comments: I was not able to find local foods at this time of year. I am looking forward to finding more local sources of food in the spring from farmers’ markets and local farms. I did find mustard greens at Garden Cove. They weren’t organic, but they were grown in the U.S.A., and honestly I doubt that they came from too far away! I learned about mustard greens when T & I were first married and he requested them for dinner. I don’t see them very often anymore. They are somewhat spicy and bitter, although not as bitter as turnip greens.

20120115-110547.jpg
2 bunches filled a large pot. I add a little water and steam them for about 30 minutes instead of the traditional boiling them to death.

20120115-110751.jpg
They cook down quite a bit. I add olive oil instead of bacon grease and fat back.

Moderate Intensity Aerobic Workout
Activity: walking
Location: Flint River Greenway
Duration: 47min
Comments: The greenway was flooded at about the .75 mile point, so we lived dangerously and walked along the road.

20120115-104947.jpg

Get Adequate Sunlight
Was it an appropriate day to get adequate sunlight? It was sunny out, but it was too cool and windy to even wear short sleeves.
Minutes of exposure: 50
Areas of exposure: hands & face
Hardest part: cold temperature
Best part: It’s beneficial for my mood to get out in the sunshine.
Suggestions you can integrate long-term: taking a vitamin D supplement. It’s only feasible for me to get adequate sunlight when I am off work and the temperature is warm enough. I have suggested a sunbathing deck on the roof of our building. I’ll bring up that idea again in the spring.

Summary Comments
Daily energy levels: 7
Hunger level between meals: 1 (not sure if it’s the new medication or if it’s from being on this diet long enough, but I had very little hunger)
Satisfaction with meals: 10
Struggles with Primal efforts: no struggles today
Benefits noticed from primal efforts: my blood sugar seemed quite stable
Daily highlights: going for a walk on a sunny day with a friend and living to tell about it! Oh, and I earned a cool badge on Lose It!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily needs-to-improve: I still find myself craving the stimulation from electronic media. I found myself staring at the computer screen last night not sure what I was really searching for, so I made myself just go to bed!