Paleo Day 9…Keep It Simple, Stupid

The day started off good enough with a great 3 mile run around the neighborhood. I came across a dilemma that I’ve been battling since going paleo…what am I going to do about my energy gels? I’m so used to using them during my training and races and, for the first time ever yesterday, I checked out the list of ingredients. It’s not pretty, that’s for sure.

So, instead of reaching for some GU post-run, I went for a banana.

Then had my usual egg scramble, except this time with a green bell pepper. Yum. Even cracked some black pepper on it to make it eggstra special. (Threw that one in there for people who actually read this!!)

Trying to design without finger foods and snacks is like trying to live without air. So, I gobbled on my usual stash of dates, almonds, and raisins. I love how every snack post is pretty much identical, thanks to the large portions at Costco.

Was craving something to sink my teeth into. Also wanted something juicy, so I reached for an orange. It’s hard eating oranges without getting incredibly messy.

Then, dinner came along. I made some red curry with salmon, red bell pepper, asparagus, basil, coconut milk, and bamboo shoots. I’m sad to report that the bamboo threw it completely off and it was largely inedible. I felt guilty tossing it, but without picking at the salmon and asparagus first. If I just sauteed everything it probably would’ve tasted fine. Instead I tried to get fancy with it and it completely backfired on me. Lesson learned!

And, in frustration from a crappy dinner, I snacked on two bags of baby carrots. I just needed to physically take out my annoyance on something crunchy.

I definitely learned my lesson…don’t get fancy with it. Eat simply. That was the goal the entire time, right?

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      1. “What is ketosis? Is it dangerous to be in ketosis? Ketosis is among the most maligned and misunderstood concepts in nutrition because it is often confused with ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening condition. Ketosis is the accumulation of ketone bodies in the body, which is the end result of fat metabolism. When carbohydrate intake, as well as calorie intake, is sufficiently limited for a long enough period of time, the body is forced to use the fat stores for energy. When fat is burned (metabolized) it produces ketone bodies, which are then used instead of carbohydrates for energy. Excess ketones are excreted through the urine and their presence can be measured by testing the urine with a ketone stick. Ketosis is a natural adjustment to the body’s reduced intake of carbohydrates as the body shifts its primary source of energy from carbohydrates to stored fat.”

        -From http://goo.gl/IOEH8

        My understanding is that Paleo-centric endurance athletes are looking to tap into this process.

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