Day Six

Dinner today was broiled chicken with creamed spinach and potatoes. This has to be the best way to fix chicken hands down. I covered the chicken breasts with olive oil, a little bit of kosher salt and a good bit of pepper and then put them on the middle rack of the oven. You have to have a thermometer for this one to poke into the largest chicken breast. Start checking at around 20 minutes and pull when they get to 170 degrees. Carry-over will take them to 180 degrees which is the recommended target temperature for chicken. Tender and

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Day Five

Today’s observations include a further reduction in cravings and an increase in energy levels. I’m taking two steps at a time on the stairs and it’s still kicking my butt but in a good way. When I do two steps, it’s harder on the legs and I can feel it pull in the abs as well. I’ve also naturally reduced my coffee intake. By naturally I mean that I didn’t have to think about it. Suddenly I was down to two cups and that just seemed to be enough. That’s down from at least five spread across the course of

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Day Four

One of the more serious challenges I’ve faced is getting stuck out and having to try and decide what to eat that doesn’t completely kill the diet. Wraps of various sorts from various sources should be ok and more than a few of the fast food joints have low-carb options but I’m wary of those. The best thing to do is swing through the grocery store and grab a snack of fruit or a package of tuna that will hold you off until you get home. The very best thing to do is not get caught out without trail mix

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Day Three

Today was much easier as far as the cravings. They’re still there but the edge of desperation is gone. Also I skipped lunch due to a busy day at work and survived fine by leaning heavy on the trail mix. Dinner was baked fish again with corn and potatoes. Which, speaking of, the corn has to go. It’s hard to describe but I can tell it’s hurting more than helping. I’m sure a nutritionist can tell you why and I’m sure it has something to due with the sugar content (they do make corn syrup out of corn) but all

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Day Two

My legs are a bit sore. Think I forgot to mention that to integrate exercise into this program, I decided to use the stairs at the office and in the parking garage for the first two weeks. That means five flights of stairs in the morning and seven at night. It’s a bit of a beating at the moment but it will get easier and contribute to the goals. Later on I’m going to revisit the workout routine and add muscle training and more vigorous cardio but for now the stairs will do. And here come the cravings. About half

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A Great Find…

The Kid was looking for books on samurai so we went to the local library and I stumbled across Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve in the young adult section. The cover had a great illustration of airships and a steampunk looking city which answered to my burgeoning steampunk fetish. So I checked it out along with the Kid’s samurai books and read it at bedtime over the course of a week and, I must say, it’s a damn good read. Not as steampunky as the cover would suggest and a bit dark for young adult but I stayed up a

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Day One

For all my hype and posturing, Day One really doesn’t amount to much. It’s too early in the game for one’s body to realize that stuff is missing and instigate all manner of cravings. But it is the first day of the routine and that bears mentioning. The morning starts with three boiled eggs and maybe a bannana or other fruit. And coffee, of course. This may sound austere but in actuality it’s a time saver and a great boost of protein to start the day. It’s also substantial enough to last until lunch at least with a moderate bit

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The Plan

The dietary lifestyle I intend to persue is based on the paleolithic diet but greatly simplified and designed to function within a modest budget. I will cut out three things: sugar, wheat products and dairy. This gets pretty close to the paleolithic ideal but it is off by a degree or two. But the paleolithic diet is notoriously hard to follow and very expensive. I’ll not get into details here since a quick google search will turn up a wealth of info on the diet, both pro and con. But I can tell you that I went paleo hardcore for

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Coffee tastes like…coffee?

Part of this adventure is tracking down all the bad stuff in the foods I normally enjoy. Take, for instance, coffee. It’s in the news this week, by the way, but that didn’t prompt my examination of my favorite morning beverage. On a whim I picked up the non-dairy creamer I normally put in the coffee and, low and behold, non-dairy creamer is made out of corn syrup solids. Corn syrup. Kissing cousin to surgar. I already use a sugar substitute thinking I was doing good, avoiding all that sugar and all this time it was sneaking in the back

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