Update

I’ve gained a few pounds, of course, in the belly area. Not happy about that, especially with how healthy I eat. I’m cutting back on pistachio’s and 85% dark chocolate.

I’ve been eating a lot of soup, more specifically, my from scratch roasted chicken, carrots and riced cauliflower soup. I’ve also been making from scratch minestrone and replacing the pasta and legumes with small pieces of cauliflower, making it an entirely Paleo vegetable soup. It’s the broth that makes both of these soups so delicious and nutritious. Made from scratch, from start to finish with only whole ingredients.

I’ve stopped eating factory farmed animal products. I’m only eating organic, free-range chicken and eggs, and wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon. This is probably the closest I’ll get to doing my part to bring awareness to the terrible abuses in the animal farming industry. It may not be much, but it’s all I’ve got.

I buy the salmon directly from the fisherman and just received another 10lb order. The eggs I get from my best friend, who has given her hens the best of care and quality of life. The chickens I fear are still under the factory farmed umbrella, but it’s the best I’m able to do. I buy the Safeway O Organics free-range chickens. I make a lot of chicken stock and soup.

Update

Still holding true to Paleo with no issues. I’m eating more and more salad and vegetables daily, with less meat on the menu. I’ve only had red meat once, some grass-fed meatballs, everything else has been wild caught salmon and free-range organic chicken.

My one weakness is still my coffee. It’s pretty much 100% non-Paleo, but such is life. At some point I’ll give it up entirely.

What does it all mean

So I did 30 days to reset and cleanup my diet using the Paleo principles. It was worth it and I don’t think I’ll have much problem eating this way for the rest of my life. Documenting my daily food intake was eye opening and kept me honest.

My next challenge will be to experiment more and expand my menu. Reading “Eat the Yolks” was a really good way to end this 30 day reset. It made me understand the importance of some flexibility in my diet, that Paleo doesn’t need to be a hard and fast rule, but can be used as a framework to be built upon for each individual.

With all of that said, I know that an occasional food item outside my normal daily diet won’t kill me. It may guilt me to death, but it won’t give me an instant heart attack.

So ends my 30 day Paleo reset.

Friday : Day 30, Final day of reset

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee with Stevia and MCT oil powder.

Lunch: 3 local free-range organic eggs, fried in avocado oil. 1 peach.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Broccoli, roasted with California Olive Ranch EVOO. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Handful of pistachios.

Notes: Four hours sleep last night. Going to be a rip roaring day today. Day 30 of 30 day reset.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 131/78 – 62

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 135/88 – 54

Thursday : Day 29 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee with Stevia and MCT oil powder. 2 local organic free-range eggs fried in avocado oil.

Lunch: Homemade marinara with basil sauce. 4 homemade grass-fed/grass-finished meatballs. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 2 chicken breasts with marinara with basil sauce. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Handful of pistachios. 1/4 cantaloupe.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 128/76 – 81

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 130/81 – 62

Eat the Yolks

This is the best audiobook I’ve listened to in quite awhile. Very informative, without being boring. Dispels many food myths with facts.

Read by the author who has a very pleasant voice, which makes this an easy book to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wednesday : Day 28 of reset

Breakfast: Smoothie (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple core, almonds, flax seeds, turmeric, MCT oil powder, water).

Lunch: 3 local organic free-range eggs, scrambled in avocado oil. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: Homemade marinara with basil sauce. 4 homemade grass-fed/grass-finished meatballs. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 3 medium gala apples, sprinkled with cinnamon. 2 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 2.6 oz. chunk light tuna in water. Handful of pistachios. 1/4 cantaloupe.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 126/79 -62

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 117/71 – 85

Tuesday : Day 27 of reset

Breakfast: 2 soft-boiled local free-range organic eggs. Water.

Lunch: Double portion romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 4 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. 1 bowl pork tenderloin, carrot and potato hash.

Dinner: Double portion romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 4 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 2.6 oz. chunk light tuna in water. 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Broccoli, roasted with California Olive Ranch EVOO.

Snacks: Handful pistachios. 1/4 cantaloupe. 1 medium gala apple. 2 stalks celery, lightly salted. 1 quart strawberries. 6 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 136/85 – 67

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 125/80 – 66

Monday : Day 26 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee with MCT oil powder and Stevia. 4 soft-boiled local free-range organic eggs.

Lunch: 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. 1 bowl pork tenderloin, carrot and potato hash.

Dinner: 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. 1 bowl pork tenderloin, carrot and potato hash. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: Handful of pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/4 cantaloupe.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 122/76 – 52

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 124/80 – 85

Sunday : Day 25 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee. 3 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil, lightly salted and peppered.

Lunch: Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1/2 baked chicken breast with Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce. 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered.

Dinner: Large serving of pork tenderloin, carrot and potato hash. 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/4 cantaloupe. 1/4 small pineapple. 1 gala apple with cinnamon. Handful pistachios.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 124/81 – 52

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 130/87 – 58

Saturday : Day 24 of reset

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee.

Lunch: 3 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 3 romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 6 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 3 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1/2 baked chicken breast with Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce. 2.6 oz. chunk light tuna in water.

Snacks: 3 stalks celery, lightly salted. Handful of pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 132/85 – 55

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 137/85 – 58

Friday : Day 23 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee.

Lunch: 3 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil, lightly salted and peppered. 1/4 cantaloupe. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 2.6 oz. chunk light tuna in water.

Dinner: 6 oz. pork tenderloin, 1 potato, 4 carrots, gravy. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Handful pistachios.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Notes: Today I’ll make my final transition from factory farmed meat. I’ve had a pork tenderloin in the refrigerator staring at me for a week. I also have 5 russet potatoes to accompany it, along with some carrots, in the Instant Pot. This should also be the last time I eat starchy white potatoes. I’m almost at day 30 of my reset to 100% Paleo and I still haven’t figured out what to do about the coffee creamer/sweetener, other than to just give up coffee completely.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 128/81 – 65

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 125/75 – 68

To Paleo or not to Paleo

I’m an advocate for the Paleo diet. For the last year I’ve eaten Paleo 99.9% of the time. When most people hear Paleo they think of meat, lots and lots of meat. This isn’t what I want people to think of when they hear me praise Paleo. I eat nutritionally dense, quality food. I eat more vegetables and fruit, and less meat, than I ever did before.

What’s important to me is the quality of the food and avoiding factory farmed animals for my protein source. I constantly strive to move to a more plant-based way of eating, with a focus on local organic free-range eggs, wild-caught Alaskan seafood, and organic free-range chickens for my protein sources, with some occasional grass-fed beef (maybe once a month). I think I’ve seen every documentary available regarding animal welfare, and it’s affected how I look at what I put on my plate.

Cost is always a concern. Wild sockeye salmon costs $18.00/lb. to have shipped. An organic free-range chicken is $13.00 at Safeway. Free-range organic eggs are $5.00/dozen from a local source. I have empathy for factory farmed animals and for me this cost is worth it, knowing the animals were raised and fed humanely. The health benefits of this way of eating are priceless to me.

When you understand the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratios in factory farmed animal products, it’s easy to cut back your meat consumption, off-setting any higher costs for a humanely raised product (I hate the word product when referring to animals, but this is a reality we must accept as omnivores). This is where green, leafy vegetables have become a large part of my diet. More green, less meat, less suffering, better health.

Will I give up meat entirely? No, meat will always be a part of my diet. I believe animal products offer many health benefits, contrary to what vegans will tell you. But I will always choose humanely raised and fed animal products when possible.

This is what Paleo means to me, and how I wish it was portrayed to others. It’s a healthy, humane way of eating for a lifetime, not a diet.

List of foods I do and don’t eat.

Thursday : Day 22 of reset

Breakfast: Skipped.

Lunch: 3 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil, lightly salted and peppered. 1/4 cantaloupe. 1/4 small pineapple. 2.6 oz. chunk light tuna in water.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Broccoli, roasted with California Olive Ranch EVOO. 2 romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salads with 4 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/4 cantaloupe.

Cheats: None.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 134/84 – 69

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 114/68 – 80

Wednesday : Day 21 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee.

Lunch: 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil. 2.6 oz. pkg chunk light tuna in water. 1 medium organic gala apple. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Broccoli, roasted with California Olive Ranch EVOO. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered.

Snacks: 1/2 small pineapple. 1/4 cantaloupe. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Handful pistachios.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 137/81 – 61

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 120/80 – 69

Tuesday : Day 20 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee.

Lunch: 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil. 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil. 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine, baby chard, baby kale, baby spinach salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Handful pistachios. 1/2 cantaloupe. 1/2 small pineapple. 2 stalks celery, lightly salted.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 136/94 – 65

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 124/78 – 68

Monday : Day 19 of reset

Breakfast: Water. 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil.

Lunch: 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. 2 romaine, baby spinach, butter lettuce salads with 4 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1 baked chicken breast.

Dinner: 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine, baby spinach, butter lettuce salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1 baked chicken breast.

Snacks: 1 small pineapple. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/2 cantaloupe.

Cheats: None

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 138/88 – 56

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 123/78 – 59

Sunday : Day 18 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee.

Lunch: 1 small pineapple. 4 stalks celery, lightly salted. 1/2 baked chicken breast.

Dinner: 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. 1 baked chicken breast. Romaine, baby spinach, butter lettuce salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: Handful of pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate.

Other: At 8 pm I had 2 local free-range organic eggs, fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. At 11 pm I had another full salad with 1/2 baked chicken breast.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer. Simply Organic Blue Corn non-gmo tortilla chips.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 132/80 – 69 (after walk)

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 121/77 – 72

Saturday : Day 17 of reset

Breakfast: Water. 2 local free-range eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: Romaine, baby spinach, butter lettuce salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 3 pieces of chicken, cooked on grill using Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce. Romaine, baby spinach, butter lettuce salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: Handful of pistachios. 1/4 cantaloupe. 2 pieces pineapple.

Notes: Blood pressure is back to normal. Ate good yesterday and had a good nights sleep last night.

Cheats: Simply Organic Blue Corn non-gmo tortilla chips.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 127/75 – 67

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 132/81 – 65

Friday : Day 16 of reset

Breakfast: Water. 1/4 cantaloupe. 2 pieces pineapple.

Lunch: 2 local free-range eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon. Home fries, lightly salted and peppered.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Broccoli, roasted with California Olive Ranch EVOO. Romaine, baby spinach, butter lettuce salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 2 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/4 cantaloupe. 1/2 small pineapple.

Notes: Morning blood pressure is high, I assume because I drank so much alcohol last night and I feel horrible today. My esophagus took a hit for the first time in a year. No more alcohol for me. Spending today drinking a lot of water, eating healthy, and resting.

Cheats: None

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 147/88 – 57

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 134/85 – 68

Thursday : Day 15 of reset

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee.

Lunch: Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1/4 of a cantaloupe. Handful of pistachios.

Dinner: 3 Applegate grass-fed uncured hotdogs with sauerkraut.

Snacks: None

Notes: We had a neighborhood cookout and I drank too much, like everyone else there. Great neighbors, but we over did it.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer. Vodka.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 128/84 – 64

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: Skipped

Wednesday : Day 14 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee. Fasting until lunch.

Lunch: 2 bowls of hash (pork loin, potato and carrot). Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 1 bowl of hash (pork loin, potato and carrot).

Snacks: 2 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/2 cantaloupe. 1 medium organic gala apple. Handful of pistachios.

Other: 1 cup coffee. 5 shots of Patron Tequila.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 128/83 – 65

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 125/80 – 68

Tuesday : Day 13 of reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee. Fasting until lunch.

Lunch: 2 local free-range eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salads with 4 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1/2 small pineapple.

Dinner: Pork loin with 1 potato, 4 carrots and gravy. Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: Handful of pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1/4 cantaloupe.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 138/90 – 56

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 138/83 – 62

Monday : Day 12 of reset

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee. 3 local free-range eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: None.

Dinner: 2 local free-range eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon. Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 1/2 lb pistachios. 1 small pineapple. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. Had a second salad 2 hours before bed.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Notes: It’s been a weird day. I didn’t have much of an appetite this afternoon and lunch turned into dinner. Had a large meal planned, but ended up eating light and saving the large dinner for tomorrow.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 135/86 – 54

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 130/83 – 63

Sunday : Day 11 of reset

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee. Fasting until lunch.

Lunch: 3 local free-range eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Broccoli, roasted with California Olive Ranch EVOO. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered.

Snacks: 1/2 lb. pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 1 small pineapple. 4 stalks celery, lightly salted. 1 medium honeycrisp apple.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 128/80 – 59

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 127/80 – 69

Saturday : Day 10 of the reset

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee. 3 local free-range organic eggs, fried in bacon grease. 2 strips Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: 2 Applegate (par-boiled) grass-fed uncured hotdogs with sauerkraut, cooked under broiler. Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 1/2 lb. pistachios. 1 small pineapple. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Morning BP and Pulse Rate: 136/90 – 58

Evening BP and Pulse Rate: 130/84 – 60

Friday : Day 9 of the reset

Breakfast: Fasting. 1 cup coffee.

Lunch: 2 Applegate (par-boiled) grass-fed uncured hotdogs with sauerkraut, cooked under broiler. Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 3 slices watermelon.

Dinner: 2 bowls chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered.

Snacks: 1/4 lb. pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate.

Other: 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil between lunch and dinner. 1 Applegate (par-boiled) grass-fed uncured hotdog with sauerkraut, cooked under broiler.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Notes: I’m now a complete convert to riced cauliflower as a replacement for egg noodles in my soup. No more gluten in my house.

Thursday : Day 8 of the reset

Breakfast: 1 cup coffee. 3 local free-range organic eggs, fried in bacon grease. 3 strips Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1/2 small pineapple. 2 stalks celery, lightly salted.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, baked and lightly salted, drizzled with fresh lemon. Romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1 Applegate (par-boiled) grass-fed uncured hotdog with sauerkraut, cooked under broiler.

Snacks: 1/2 lb. pistachios. 1/2 small pineapple.:

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer.

Notes: Picked up some non-dairy caramel flavored creamer. Didn’t read the ingredient list, I don’t want to know. I think I just need to quit coffee entirely.

Wednesday : Day 7 of the reset

Breakfast: 3 medium honeycrisp apples.

Lunch: 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in avocado oil, lightly salted and peppered.  2 Applegate grass-fed uncured hotdogs (par-boiled) with sauerkraut, heated under broiler. 1/4 small pineapple. 2 celery stalks, lightly salted.

Dinner: 1 Applegate grass-fed uncured hotdog (par-boiled) with sauerkraut, heated under broiler. Extra Large romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 3 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified. 1/2 small pineapple. 2 celery stalks, lightly salted.

Snacks: 1/2 lb. pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate.

Other: 1 cup coffee with 1 Tbsp MCT Oil Powder and Cinnamon.

Cheats: Non-dairy creamer

Tuesday : Day 6 of the reset

Breakfast: 1 cup of coffee with 1 Tsp MCT Oil Powder.

Lunch: 2 local free-range organic eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Dinner: 3 Applegate grass-fed uncured hotdogs (par-boiled) with sauerkraut, heated under broiler. Extra Large romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 3 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 2 celery stalks, lightly salted. 1/4 lb. pistachios. 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate. 3/4 small pineapple.

Cheats: 2 cups coffee.

Notes: I had another large salad at 8pm. I have 2 K-cups left of bad coffee, then hopefully I’m done with those.

Monday : Day 5 of the reset

Breakfast: 3 organic eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Extra Large romaine, baby spinach and baby kale salad with 3 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 2 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, lightly salted and coated with EVOO, and baked. Broccoli tossed in California Olive Ranch EVOO and roasted. Fresh lemon squeezed over the salmon and broccoli.

Snacks: 2 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate, 2 celery stalks (plain), 1 medium honeycrisp apple, 1/4 lb. of shelled roasted/salted pistachio’s.

Cheats: 2 cups coffee.

Notes: Getting closer to cleaning up my diet. Still need to address the coffee issue. Too many artificial ingredients in my coffee. Will pickup some Folgers K-Cups today, and add MCT oil powder as creamer and see how that goes.

Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio

The more I read, the more I realize just how out of balance the ratio of Omega-3’s are to Omega-6’s in the typical U.S. diet, and just how much that effects over-all health. Paleo has brought me closer, lowering the Omega-6’s and raising the Omega-3’s to a respectable level, but I still have work to do. I’ll be focusing a lot more on adding anti-inflammatory foods with high levels of Omega-3’s and low levels of Omega-6 fatty acids to my diet.

Adding flax seeds to a daily smoothie, lots of leafy greens like spinach, and incorporating chia seeds into my diet, should help get my ALA level on track. The larger challenge will be be getting my EPA and DHA balanced. Adding local free-range organic eggs and eating wild-caught Alaskan salmon will be the first step.

Sunday : Day four of the reset

Breakfast: 3 organic eggs fried in bacon grease, lightly salted and peppered. 2 slices Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 1 bowl chicken and riced cauliflower soup with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate, 2 celery stalks lightly salted, 1 medium honeycrisp apple, 1/4 lb. of shelled roasted/salted pistachio’s.

Cheats: 3 cups coffee.

Napa Valley Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar

This vinegar is my favorite, but I have a hard time finding it local. Last time I got it from Walmart online, but even they’re out now. I can’t imagine a salad without this, so I just ordered 6 bottles from the manufacturer. Even with the $11.50 shipping charge it was cheaper than buying it local or at Walmart online.

I use 2 Tbsp California Ranch EVOO to 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar and emulsify for the tastiest salad dressing.

Saturday : Day three of the reset

Breakfast: 6 Strawberries, 1 /2 small pineapple.

Lunch: Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Had a second romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: Chicken and riced cauliflower soup (from scratch) with carrots and celery, lightly salted and peppered. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 1/4 lb. of shelled roasted/salted pistachio’s, 1/2 small pineapple, 1 mini watermelon, 4 pieces of Lindt 85% chocolate, 1 medium honeycrisp apple.

Cheats: 3 cups coffee.

Notes: First time using riced cauliflower instead of egg noodles. Pleasantly surprised at how much it resembled chicken and rice soup. Didn’t get much protein today, but I did get a lot of greens and healthy fats.

Friday : Day two of the reset

Breakfast: Fasting

Lunch: 2 Applegate uncured grass-fed beef hotdogs (par-boiled) with sauerkraut, heated under the broiler. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Dinner: 6 oz. wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, lightly salted, fried on low heat, pan lightly coated with avocado oil. Broccoli coated in California Olive Ranch EVOO and roasted. Fresh lemon squeezed over the salmon and broccoli.

Snacks: 4 pieces Lindt 85% dark chocolate, 3/4 quart of strawberries, 1 mini watermelon, 1 medium honeycrisp apple.

Cheats: Bag of SmartFood. 3 cups coffee.

Notes: Roasted a chicken this morning and prepped it for making stock and then chicken soup later today or tomorrow. Will try the riced cauliflower instead of egg noodles for a healthier chicken and rice soup. Didn’t eat dinner until 10pm. This is the last time I eat SmartFood.

Thursday : Day one of the reset

Breakfast: 2 organic eggs fried in bacon grease and lightly salted with Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper. 2 slices of Natural Choice uncured bacon.

Lunch: 2 Applegate uncured grass-fed beef hotdogs (par-boiled) with sauerkraut, heated under the broiler.

Dinner: 2 chicken breasts, 2 drumsticks with thighs from rotisserie chicken. Romaine salad with 2 Tbsp California Olive Ranch EVOO and 1 Tbsp Napa Valley Naturals Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, emulsified.

Snacks: 1/2 lb. of shelled roasted/salted pistachio’s, 4 pieces of Lindt 85% chocolate, 1 medium honeycrisp apple, 1/2 of a pineapple, 1 mini seedless watermelon. I had another hotdog with sauerkraut at 8pm.

Cheats: 3 cups coffee.

Notes: Rotisserie chicken is probably not Paleo because the ingredients in it are pretty bad. I roast my own chicken, but this one was straight from the rack as I was walking by and on sale for 5 bucks, so I grabbed it. I don’t use the remains for stock because of the preservatives and salt content.

Fresh eggs

I just found a woman in Vail that sells eggs for $5.00/dozen.

“Hens are fed top quality organic feed, mealworms and non-gmo chaffhaye. They are free range and happy.”

I sent her a message and hope to get on her list of clients.

Edit: She set me up and I’m in for 2 dozen every 2 weeks. Very excited to get healthy eggs!

Starting over

A little over a year ago, when my mind and body completely failed me, I started on a Low-FODMAP diet. During that time I learned a lot about food and dieting and ultimately ended up eating what I considered to be the healthiest and most realistic way of eating, the Paleo diet. I documented every day of it on this blog, listing my meals and how I felt through a physically and emotionally difficult time. A month ago, I deleted all those posts because I felt I didn’t need to do it anymore.

I’m obsessed with the Paleo diet and eating anti-inflammatory foods. I suspect I talk too much about it. Sometimes I feel like an outcast, because the reality is very few people eat a healthy diet. When I talk healthy eating with my friends or on Facebook, I feel like it makes others self-conscious of their own poor eating habits, and that makes me uncomfortable. I guess that’s unavoidable when 99% of people eat an unhealthy diet.

Never once have my intentions been to “preach” in any of my posts or discussions with friends, or to try to sway anyone into my preferred way of eating. My only intention has been to share my passion for healthy eating, and the knowledge I’ve acquired over the last year.

As of today I’m going back to posting here, instead of on Facebook or talking to friends about my passion. I’ll keep my thoughts for healthy eating where I can’t offend anyone, unless they choose to be here and accept my reality.

Now I begin my 30 day reset, restarting my Paleo and Anti-Inflammatory Food Journal once again.