Posts tagged ‘intermittent fasting’

June 3, 2011

Hello sunshine!!

My fast did not last 24 hours as planned, more like 18, which was enough for me to feel better. It’s really hard to continue fasting while out with friends. The ones who understand feel bad about eating while you’re getting refill after refill of water. The ones who don’t understand ask too many questions, suspect you of having an eating disorder, or tell you how terrible it is for your metabolism. Right.

Anyway, I’ve been hanging out in Seattle a lot lately, which means I have been eating out a lot too. I really miss living on my own in Seattle, but my current living situation is what’s ideal for my birds.

Pollo Cuban Roast Pork Salad w/caramelized onionsPaseo
You may remember from my previous post how excited I was to find a way to eat paleo at Paseo. Last time I got a Cuban Roast Plato and took out the corn, beans, and rice. This time when I asked for just the Cuban Roast pork and the salad, they told me I could do the Pollo Salad – “Grilled & basted chicken breast carved atop a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, sliced purple cabbage, pickled shoestring beets, fresh sprigs of cilantro & drizzled w/ our house vinaigrette & extra virgin olive oil” – and just substitute the pork. This ended up being about $5 cheaper than ordering the plato for the same amount of food. I also remembered to ask for a side of onions and added them to my salad. AMAAAZING!!! I have a love affair going with those onions.
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The Salmon House Carpaccio TrioIvar’s Salmon House
Ivar’s Salmon House has a great happy hour that goes from 3pm to close. Well, it used to be great before my conversion to paleo. Now it is awful. Not a single thing on the happy hour menu is paleo-friendly. Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing at least has seared ahi on their happy hour menu. So I had to look to the regular dinner menu, which has lots of paleo options. I wanted to stay close to happy hour prices so I just ordered the salmon carpaccio appetizer – “Made in house. Thin slices of King, Coho and Sockeye salmon drizzled with a blood orange vinaigrette. Served with wild greens and fresh orange segments.” Let me get all snobby foodie on this dish now: I love the flavor of raw salmon as is, but sometimes a sauce or vinaigrette can add to the flavor in a good way. This was not one of those times. But the blood orange vinaigrette was awesome with the greens. I think having actual blood orange segments rather than navel orange segments would have been better, I wanted it a little more tart. The salmon didn’t get to shine – it was a raw salmon salad, not a salmon carpaccio. Speaking of carpaccio, I’m now having a massive craving for beef carpaccio at 9:30am.
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Tandoori ComboIndia Bistro
Unlike Thai curries which have a coconut milk/cream base, Indian curries contain yogurt. But don’t despair, there’s a tandoori section full of grilled meat marinated in delicious Indian spices! I couldn’t choose from all the options so I went with the “combination of tandoor chicken, lamb, chicken tikka, seekh kebab, fish, and prawns cooked in the tandoor.” I asked if I could have veggies instead of the basmati rice, which the server said was no problem. But they must have forgot because I never received my veggies. It was a blessing in disguise. There was no way I could finish all this meat AND veggies.

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Today is a beautiful day! Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be even better with temperatures in the mid-70s!!! This means I will be skydiving ALL weekend!!! So excited! It has been way too long since my last jump with all this crappy weather we’ve been having. BLUE SKIES!!!

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June 1, 2011

I think I shall fast today

I’m sore today and I love it! I went bouldering for 3 hours at the newly opened Seattle Bouldering Project on Monday! I wish I lived closer because it’s AWESOME. First of all, the place is huge and feels very open. It’s well ventilated and doesn’t smell like feet, though it has only been open for 2 weeks so that’s subject to change. Then there’s the floor! The entire floor is a thick, bouncy mat. I couldn’t help but bounce around from wall to wall. It helped me feel more comfortable as I’m trying to overcome my fear of falling while bouldering. The SPJ also offers a gym and yoga, among other amenities. Go check it out!

Dungeness Crab and Asparagus ScrambleToulouse Petit, Seattle
Helloooo breakfast happy hour at Toulouse Petit where most things on their menu are $7.50! There are several paleo friendly choices on the menu. I decided to go with the crab and asparagus scramble with gruyere, chervil, chives, mornay. I asked for the gruyere on the side so that I could taste it. While the gruyere was good and mellowed out the zing of the herbs in the scramble, it wasn’t at all necessary! This scramble was DELICIOUS. Full of soft crab meat with crunchy asparagus, it had a wonderful texture packed with flavor. I substituted fruit for the breakfast potatoes.

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As you can see in the following pic, I was totally able to make myself a paleo bowl of food with carne asada, veggies, and salsa at the Mexican themed skydiver BBQ yesterday.

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The problem was that I didn’t stop there, even though I was full after a couple of bowls. I munched on a bean dip with sour cream and cheese with tortilla chips. I ate some Mexican wedding cakes (which I baked for everyone). I had a slice of chocolate cake for Jami’s birthday (happy birthday!!), and had a taco with a corn tortilla. I KNEW I would get sick afterwards and my paleo bowl of food tasted best out of everything else I ate, but I apparently couldn’t stop! So I’ve been dealing with a headache, stomachache, and fatigue since last night. I find that it helps for me to fast for a day (water only) and then eat 100% strict paleo for at least a few days to feel completely recovered from eating too much non-paleo food.

Don’t freak out that I fast every once in a while. Intermittent fasting (IF) can actually be very good for you and does not ruin your metabolism. It has restorative and healing effects. I only fast when I feel sick, but many people make it a regular practice. I may post more about IF at another time, but you should definitely google and learn more about it!

I received a wonderful compliment in a message from a reader yesterday: “You really should think about writing a book!” Totally made my day since I honestly don’t know if my blog is at all interesting for people to read. No plans to write a book anytime soon, but I will keep blogging! Thanks Theresa! 🙂