Day 3/4 – Fat Good or Bad?

Sorry for not posting yesterday, it was Day 5 of the month which means a crazy day at work. The good thing was the systems crashed so I was told to be on call till they were working correctly. Well maybe it was so good, but it meant I got to join my peeps at the gym for the noon class. Turns out a lot of the 4:30-ers had the same idea so it turned out to be a good group of people. We had to do our 2nd WOD (Workout of the Day) that will be used to measure our progress at the end of this challenge. That day’s WOD was…..ROWING!!! Yay, I’ll take rowing over running any day. It was the 2K meter row. Previously, I had been under 8 minutes, but I knew that I had to put that time behind me and just do the best I could. Best thing was Kirsten told me that she wanted to row with me so we could motivate each other. It’s always better when you have a friend to encourage and challenge you, in a fun way. I finished my row in 8:16.9, not too bad. Prior to that we had our back squat workout. Feel free to check out the daily wods ;here;. I don’t know if it was because I had bone broth and kicked my cold, if I got to sleep in, or that I was going to the noon class, but I felt great at the gym. I was happy, ready to take on the workout and had a great result.

Breakfast had been 1/2 a chicken breast with brussel sprouts, with an apple as a pre-workout snack.

Due to not going into work until 2:30p and working until 8pm my meals were thrown off. I did enjoy some of the Slow Cooker Kalua Pork that I had prepared and let cook the night before. It was fantastic, no BBQ sauce needed. I also made sure to throw in some slices of red pepper. When I showed up my boss had arrived with this glorious, dangerous treat called Scotcheroos. Definitely NOT paleo. I have attached a picture of the piece I brought home for my hubby below. I resisted. That’s pretty good since in the past I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Score one for me!
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Dinner on the other hand was a negative point. I succumbed to the desire to make some popcorn. The benefit is that it’s made with an air popper and not with all the harmful toxins in the bagged version, but still with the butter it was not on the paleo approved list. Oh well we are all human right, and it’s back on the wagon again.

Day 4: Much better day today.

Breakfast: 2 eggs with diced red peppers, salt, & pepper
Lunch: 1 cup broccoli/kohlrabi soup
Snack: some Kahlua Pork leftover from lunch as I didn’t have time to finish it. I think part of my problem is that I get distracted and don’t focus on eating. I am going to have to focus on my food more.
Dinner: Chicken, roasted green beans, guacamole and of course a cup of bone broth. I feel a little tired and wonder if I am not getting enough fats in order to sustain my work out efforts. Going to try adding more to see if it helps.

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While browsing facebook I saw this link to this article and thought I would share. It talks about how chronic inflammation, not fat is the cause of heart disease and that the doctors, himself included, have had it all wrong. Now I get in many discussions with friends and family that talk about Paleo and Fat.

“What do you mean you eat bacon/coconut oil/etc? Isn’t that bad for you?”

Now for those that don’t know me, I’m heavy right now. I’m well over 50lbs (sad to admit) heavier than I would like to be, and I’ve been eating bacon, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, etc and cut out the other types of oil/processed food (canola, soybean, peanut, margarine, etc). My cholesterol and BP was in the normal range, and I was told was great. Yes I’m not that old, so it helps, but still the high fat diet I eat isn’t causing my cholesterol to be high.

In the article, Dr. Lundell, states,
“Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine. What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods…..Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent.”

I strongly recommend that you read the article, linked above, and consider it. Think about how do you feel? What are you eating? What is my body telling me? Consider making some small changes to your diet to eliminate processed foods and go back to eating a more natural diet. Yes, it takes longer to prepare, and yes you have to plan, but it is doable. What is more important? Spending 30 extra minutes preparing a meal or spending 5 more years with your family/friends?

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