I've been waiting to use that line all day. Hello to the new followers!!
Still having problems with my brain. I think I have a sinus infection together with an odd interaction between the new blood pressure meds I went on in December and my antidepressant. Or else I need to adjust the dosage on the antidepressant. When you know you're having a depressive episode and that you just can't snap out of it, you almost keep telling yourself to snap out of it -- it's a depressive episode! Very chicken and the egg that, yeah? Lack of exercise isn't helping -- again with the chicken and the egg, I'd feel better if I exercised but I feel so lousy I don't exercise, blah blah blah. Lather, rinse and repeat.
So. I see my regular doctor for a meds checkup in a little over a week. I still need to call the allergist about my sinuses. The pressure has been so intense lately that it causes my right eye to weep as I sleep. I wake up with one eye glued shut. It's been great for my Popeye impression.
Anyhow, since I have nothing interesting to report I thought I'd pull out a back burner idea and describe what I eat in a day under this plan we call paleo. Yes, please try to contain your excitement.
For weekday breakfasts, I often have shrimp with a dab of cocktail sauce. Everybody thinks that is weird. I don't know why. To me, it's like having a fancy brunch every day. Because when you go to a fancy brunch, don't you go for the shrimp too? Mmmm, yummy. I usually get a pound and a half of cocktail shrimp and split those up into five days. It works out to about 15 or so shrimps. Later in the morning I have a banana. I don't do hot beverages first thing in the morning (unless somebody else in the office buys me a coffee) so I'm drinking a diet soda or two in there. Lots of water; my 32 oz. college drink (read: adult beverage) cup is now my office water cup.
Weekend breakfasts are usually some sort of scrambled egg creation. Ham or bacon, mushrooms, a little cheese, leftover shrimps if I've got them. Orange juice (the reduced sugar kind, else watered down with about 2/3rds juice and 1/3 water) if I've got it. If I'm still hungry, I'll have fruit too. Usually a banana.
Weekday lunches are grilled chicken, pork, or beef; baby carrots; and some sort of fruit. Not a banana if I can help it. Berries in season, else grapes or pineapple are my go-to fruits. I like apples but they're too much work, and the pre-sliced apple packs you can buy taste funny to me. A variety of supplements if I remembered to pack them: fish oil, glucosamine if I'm training, vitamin D and CoQ-10. I don't do a multivitamin every day anymore; I'll take them for a day or two if I'm feeling run down.
Weekend lunches are usually non-existent because (a) I sleep in late if I can and (b) I eat a big breakfast. If I do feel the need for lunch, it's usually snacking on nuts or grilled meat, maybe fruit.
Dinners are more or less like lunches, except sans fruit. I try to do shellfish or fish a couple of times a week at least, because otherwise I'm eating the same grilled meat I just had for lunch and I get bored. Veggies are typically of the hot variety. I like those steam in the bag kinds; the broccoli/cauliflower/carrots with a light cheese sauce are a favorite. If I'm feeling particularly virtuous I'll make a side salad as well. If I'm really feeling virtuous and not so very hungry, I'll do a big salad as the meal. One of my favorites is romaine hearts with walnuts, dates, grilled chicken, goat cheese crumbles, and a pear-gorgonzola vinaigrette. Yummmm!!!!! Chicken caesar salad is another favorite. So is avocado/shrimp/romaine with a honey dijon vinaigrette. Litehouse makes some really nice light vinaigrettes with minimal ingredients-you-can't-recognize. Bolthouse Farms is another good source for dressings.
You'll notice there's no grains in there and almost no dairy. While I do miss a good bagel and a schmear, I don't miss bread. Well, okay, I miss really really really good bread, like fresh homemade rolls, but those are more of a treat kind of thing from my perspective. Like cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants, two of my particular weaknesses. It is also hard to thoroughly enjoy a good burger without a bun, but I'm working on it. Just need to shift gears to a knife and fork kind of attitude.
There's also no potatos. I will make sweet potato fries occasionally, but now would rather do steamed veggies instead. Weird, yeah? Sugar and processed foods I try to limit. With sugar, I have noticed that things taste sweeter now. That's why I cut my OJ with water. I don't really count the steam in bag veggies as being processed. The dressings are, but I do look for ones comprised primarily of natural ingredients. The diet soda, let's not mention that. I do do my paleo with cheese, but more for flavor. And a little calcium.
Well, there you have it! It doesn't sound so scary, does it? Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to have some lunch!