{WIAW} A Paleo kind of Sunday

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.

Breakfast                                                                                    

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.

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Next to a photo of my husband and his friends frolicking in the North Sea, a shameless plug 😉

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.

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Seven months ago, this Helly Hensen size small top was far too small for me. Pat bought it for me two years ago but I barely wore it because it just didn’t fit and I didn’t like the way it looked. Now, it fits perfectly, it’s like I have a new running top! #progress

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.

Brunch

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.

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See, I don’t always have quiche for breakfast!

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.’

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Snack

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!

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Full of homemade tastes, full of umami!

I also made a batch of the paleo banana chocolate swirl bread, adapted from the Civilized Caveman’s recipe.

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I enjoyed this slice during an intermission from watching 12 Years a Slave – very powerful film by the way, I strongly recommend it.

Dinner

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.

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For dessert, a large mug of Match green tea with our usual fat bomb.

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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?

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6 thoughts on “{WIAW} A Paleo kind of Sunday

  1. I love how you said that you’ve let go of conventional ways of thinking when it comes to healthy eating and working out…I feel like I have had to do the same thing, and I like to read a lot of information and then form my own opinions. Over the past couple of months I have been doing more runs fasted. I think its definitely helped to train my body to use fat as fuel. I’ve noticed a huge difference on my long runs!

    • Thank you! I’m a fat burner, but have just recently started doing runs in a more fasted state. It’s a bit of an adjustment!

      All the reading I’ve done completely blows conventional ‘wisdom’ out of the water when it comes to weight loss, healthy eating and exercise. My experience with primal eating completely defies conventional wisdom in every way possible. I’m actually going to write a post on it, when I tick off the eight other urgent posts I need to do. The life of a blogger!

  2. That Helly Hensen top is so cute, and I love the tights you have with it.

    I love seeing your eats every week because you seem to have it so together. It’s really cool. I can’t wait until you post your fat bomb recipe, just because they kind of look delicious.

    • Thanks, I love my 2XU tights too 🙂

      Food and the question ‘what will we eat?’ is a priority for me, for us really. It’s the main reason primal eating has worked so well for my husband and I because despite our full lives, we always make time for food: prep, shopping, cooking, eating. And I think that’s one of the cornerstones of primal and paleo eating.

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