Linking up with Peas and Crayons today because it’s What I Ate Wednesday, a day to share the meals I’ve prepared for myself and eaten, and an opportunity for you to see the day to day meals of a primal eater.
*hint: click on the blue links for some meal ideas! And check out my Primal Recipes page for more.
Primal eating is technically paleo + dairy; I used ‘paleo’ in my title because I’ve cut down on dairy quite a bit as I’ve noticed it affects my skin, especially my eczema. And because everything I ate this past Sunday contained no dairy, which essentially means I’ve followed a paleo template.
*I will be writing a post in the near future to explain the different realms of low-carb eating (primal, paleo, keto), so that you’re not constantly wondering why I flip between terms.
When I wake up in the morning, I’m generally not that hungry for breakfast. One major sign of being a fat-burner is that you can exercise in a fasted state, meaning you can complete a session of physical activity (running, cycling, weights, a class, etc.), without having to eat before you start, and without feeling weak or unable to complete the session because you feel you don’t have enough energy. This is something I’ve never actually purposely tried because I don’t run or workout first thing in the morning, which means I eat breakfast and then do my physical activity at least two hours or more later. When I run or do body weight exercises at night, however, I don’t eat anything immediately before hand, and my most recent meal of lunch will have been at least 6 hours earlier. Maybe in some ways, I do workout in a fasted state after all…
Anyway, I had a 6 mile run on tap first thing Sunday morning. This was the perfect opportunity to try running in a somewhat fasted state. I had a pint of water, a banana and a bulletproof espresso – 2 shots espresso, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp Kerrygold Butter, and a heaped tsp of Xylitol for sweetness.
I write somewhat because of the banana. I’ve let go of almost every conventional way of thinking when it comes to ‘healthy eating’ and physical activity (like ‘Fat is bad,’ or ‘It’s all about calories in vs. calories out’), however I’m still working to wrap my head around exercising first thing in the morning, in a fasted state. This is a first step.
The run itself was fine: I had cycled 12 miles less than 24 hours before, which in retrospect wasn’t a good idea, but I felt capable throughout the run. It was done at easy pace, and my easy pace has improved incredibly: it used to be over 10 minute miles, now, it’s about 9:30 minute miles. I ran that 6 miles in less than an hour.
Post-run, I had a chocolate whey protein recovery shake because I’m now out of my Osmo Nutrition Active Recovery power L. When I got home, I made myself a two egg omelette with peppers, spinach, mushrooms and spring onion (green onion), and enjoyed it with two slices of streaky Ayrshire bacon.
I also had my usual deconstructed Primal Fruit Parfait with crumbled Nutter Bomb on top. Today’s fruit was kiwi and plum. I’ve used a photo of another fruit bowl from my photo ‘library.’
A rarity in my life.
That afternoon, I was busy in the kitchen doing meal prep for the week. I made a recipe of Whenever Quiche with leeks, red and yellow pepper, and spinach, adding more eggs to it as well. I recipe-tested a batch of Hamburger soup, adapting my Grandma’s recipe to a primal version of it. Naturally, I had to taste test the soup!
I also made a batch of the paleo banana chocolate swirl bread, adapted from the Civilized Caveman’s recipe.
I enjoyed this slice during an intermission from watching 12 Years a Slave – very powerful film by the way, I strongly recommend it.
We ate a later dinner after the film. I had defrosted some chicken thighs, and made an oven-baked version of Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken. I seasoned the thighs with black pepper and sea salt, and baked them in ghee.
We enjoyed this with a large side of broccoli and pumpkin (my first time eating it!) roasted with coconut oil, salt and pepper.
For dessert, a large mug of Match green tea with our usual fat bomb.
Pat made them with unsalted butter and left them in them in the freezer over night, which is probably why this batch has a yellow-tinge to the top. He also used coconut cream inside, and topped each fat bomb with ground flax seeds and a bit of chilli powder – something he really enjoys, but I detest. I’m going to be posting my own fat bomb recipe soon as we’ve deviated quite a bit from the Caveman Keto Fat Bombs we used to make; I just didn’t realise it!
What did you eat today?
Have you seen 12 Years a Slave?
What’s your favourite homemade soup?