Hey guys, sorry it’s taken me FOREVER to update! Lots of things going on…new job, art show, and half broken laptop (thankfully Matt’s dad gave us a new one!) I decided to take a job offer at a restaurant (a little more upscale than the previous) downtown as a line cook with a friend who is one of the chefs. So far it’s hard to get used to being in a new place after 8 years and starting over again as just an employee rather than a manager who was held in high regards at the old place. I feel disposable now, but I suppose everyone has to start from the bottom and work their way up. Other than that, it’s exciting to be learning new things and working with foods I never would have before. It’s a bit stressful, especially it being the holidays and SUPER busy and working 42-46 hours a week, but eventually I think what will make me happy is working less, spending more time with Evan, and working on something more productive towards my own happiness. This past year has really given me a different outlook on life and that I need to find what makes me happy rather than wasting half my life away doing things that put me in a bad mood and stress me out. I’ve been trying my hand at some yoga and some other meditation techniques because I find myself super stressed even at home (and it may or may not have resulted in my falling straight on my face trying to do crow pose…I’m new, leave me alone).
Enough about all that, I guess I should be talking about how our diet is going. Not diet in the “I’m going on a diet” sense, but our “way of eating”. I have to admit we failed at the Whole30 after about 12 days. I forget why…we just did. Then there was Thanksgiving. I feel like for a minute we went the total opposite direction, but now getting back on track. I do have to say that while we were eating 100% clean paleo, it was the first time EVER that I did not have any pain or cramping while menstrating. I have never had extreme cramps and all that, but usually just a slight dull pain for the first couple days. I had nothing. Not even a sign that it was coming. It was awesome. I lost about 6 pounds in the 12 days. I have gone back to eating about 80 percent primal and it has made me feel a million times better than on my little holiday binge. I have been doing a lot of reading mostly by Mark Sisson, the author of The Primal Blueprint. The difference between Primal and Paleo is that most paleo eaters do not eat dairy whereas primal allows a small amount of dairy, preferably raw or fermented and products of grass-fed animals. I have also throw in his primal workouts which consist of a small amount of body weight exercises and every once in a while sprinting like you’re hunting your prey. I am now 10 pounds heavier than I was earlier in the year but have increased the amount of pushups I can do times three. (10 to 30) I have also done some research on the carnivorous diet of one of the healthiest peoples in the world, the Inuits. They live on a diet consisting of almost solely raw and boiled fish. With this in mind, I’ve added more fish and some being raw to my diet. The key to eating RAW FISH is the type and how it is stored. Sushi-grade fish is caught and held a certain way, and deep flash frozen to kill any parasites (the Inuits would put their fish outside in the ice for the same effect). I have also found out that freezing un-sushi grade fish for longer periods of time in your home freezer works also, but may result in a less quality flesh. The other day we went to Whole Foods and bought two whole bluefish, cleaned and degilled, to throw on the grill (and used the heads and bones for fish stock!) and I got a deal on two lovely frozen Ahi tuna steaks from Giant Eagle which I used in a recipe I’ll be sharing in a few. It feels nice that my “cheat” snack was some organic corn tortillas that we got as a gift from Matt’s parents and some dark chocolate covered espresso beans and pralines. Surprisingly enough, the morning after my “I just got home from work and I’m STARVING corn tortilla smashing” I’ve had a little digestive issues after eating solely primal for a week or two straight now. So anyway, here’s the tuna recipe I just made and goddamn, it’s good. Full of healthy FATS and delicious.
Tropical Ahi Tuna Salad
1 Ahi tuna steak, salt and peppered heavily on both sides
1/4 cup finely chopped mango
1 peeled and chopped kiwi
chopped onion, however much you like
Homemade mayo: (this may take a minute but is way better for you than store-bought)
1 egg yolk
a splash of apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil and warmed up coconut oil (I used virgin which gave the salad a coconutty flavor which added to the “tropical” part)
Beat an egg yolk with the vinegar. Add the oil very slowly and consistently while whisking constantly. Voila, you have paleo mayo.
Sear the tuna on each side for 3 minutes (this will be med rare or so). Chop and stick in the fridge until cool. Add the rest of the ingredients. I added only a couple tablespoons of the mayo and saved the rest for later.
Ok guys, I’m signing off but I promise it won’t be nearly as long before my next post!