Rather than a standard day of food, I thought I’d write about what I used to eat when I followed the usual food guidelines put out by my western world governments vs. what I now eat as a primal eater. Why SAD? It means Standard American Diet, another way of saying the Canada Food Guide or UK Eatwell Plate, aka the western world government recommendations.
Thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting this Wednesday blog party of looking at other women’s food… also known as What I Ate Wednesday 😉
Before, I used to have a small liquid breakfast: a vanilla latte, made with skim milk, 2 shots of espresso and probably 1-2 tbsp Starbucks vanilla syrup. I also had a smoothie with at least 4 fruits, muesli or oats, yoghurt and water. I would pride myself on having as much fruit as possible because it was part of my 5 a day 😉
Now, I have a large breakfast that is solid food! My breakfast consists of protein from eggs, sometimes bacon, and lots of vegetables. Usually, this either takes the form of quiche or a vegetable omelette. Did you know before I went primal, I rarely ate eggs? Now I feel incomplete if I don’t!
Breakfast is also when I eat my fruit for the day: 2-3 fruits with plenty of fat! Coconut cream and a crumbled Nutter Bomb to exact.
I still have an espresso-based drink, but now it’s bulletproof: 2 shots + 1 tbsp coconut oil + 1 tbsp Kerrygold butter + 1 heaped tsp xylitol because I like my coffee sweet.
Before, I would have a banana (the second one of the day after my smoothie), and some kind of homemade nutritious bar.
Now, I don’t eat snacks because I’m not hungry for them the way I used to be at this time.
Before, I would have either leftovers from home, like vegetable lasagne, tortilla wraps, chilli with kindey beans and chick peas, some kind of slow-cooked meat. If I didn’t take a lunch to school, I would order something from our canteen: baked potato with tuna salad (mayonnaise) and cheese with salad, ham salad plate, cheese baguette with salad and soup, with the soup usually containing some legume. In retrospect, I ate probably 50/50 vegetarian without knowing it! And I usually felt bloated after every meal….
Now, I always have meat and veg leftovers: Caveman Bolognaise, slow cooked beef/ham/pork, chicken of some kind. Sometimes, it’s smoked mackerel or salmon. My vegetable side will either be an assortment of roasted vegetables or raw ones. Sometimes I have an avocado with everything.
Dessert is always a fat bomb with huge mug of Matcha green tea. And no bloating.
Afternoon school snack
Before, I used to have a small tub of low-fat, vanilla Greek-style yoghurt and a piece of fruit. If there were cakes or candy that my colleagues brought out, I’d eat some of that too.
Now, like in the morning, I don’t eat a snack because I’m not hungry for it. The joys of being a fat-burner!
Before, on nights I ran, I would eat again!!!!! Because I thought I had to. This was always a piece of toast with peanut butter and honey.
Now, I don’t eat before a run unless I actually feel physically hungry at that time, which isn’t often. My runs don’t suffer and I’m not starving half way through.
Pat used to be a vegetarian, and so before, we would try to make as many of our meals vegetarian as possible. This was also cheaper to do as well. We’d dine on stir-fries with noodles, pasta bakes, macaroni and cheese with vegetables and chicken, maybe soup? In the summer, we’d BBQ often, and ate beef or turkey burgers often. We also were suckers for Piri chicken. We didn’t eat meat every day. And we often had seconds, and bloating….
Now, it’s always some kind of meat and veg. Tonight, Pat and I had a conversation as we were serving up dinner that went something like this: (in my best script-writing genre)
Pat: (plating food) Guess what we had for dinner last night?
Danielle: (finishing off my Primal Blueprint Fitness exercises) Meat and veg?
Pat: Yep! Guess what we had for dinner last Wednesday?
Danielle: I don’t know! …. Meat and veg? (giggling)
Pat: (laughing) Yep!
It sounds boring and repetitive, but trust me, we make all sorts of combinations of meat and veg! Like tonight, we had Chicken and bacon with apples with roasted potatoes, courgette (zucchini), mushrooms and broccoli.
Last night, we had Jalfrezi Chicken with kale and peas, plus roasted cauliflower and fried Brussels sprouts.
Other nights, we have gluten-free sausages as our meat, or fried mackerel. Sometimes we have slow-cooked pork or ham. We always eat some kind of brasica – broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage or Brussels sprouts – and sometimes we eat tubers (potatoes or sweet potatoes). In the summer, we’re all about salad. Occasionally, we eat white rice because we’re #teamwhiterice.
And we never have seconds because we truly feel full after our meat and veg.
I can’t believe I used to eat up to 6 meals a day!!!! I
Have you recently changed what you eat?
Are you a snacker?
Do you do vegetables for breakfast too?