Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dammit Jim -- I'm a doctor, not a fluffer!

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!

the CilleyGirl


  1. Scary is exactly right!!
    My main staples are bread, potatoes, cheese and pasta! How I don't get confused with a beach whale is beyond me.

    Well, you enjoy that lunch! I had pizza! ;)

  2. Beached Whale.
    Not beach whale.
    Close enough I suppose??

  3. Pretty sure the whales don't get any bigger once they're beached. Except if they start to rot and bloat up all big and stuff. Hmmm.

    Anyhow ;)

  4. Hope you enjoyed your lunch:o) It sounds like you have found an eating plan that works for you and that really is 1/2 the battle right there! :