Wow. It has been a looong time. Between running a marathon (now that deserves a post!), finishing out the school year (my 8th graders graduated yesterday), packing up my house (I move in a week!), and prepping for graduate school (I have 20 books to read in the new 2 weeks), I’ve been a busy girl. So, as you can imagine, the blog has taken a backseat, but I’m recommitting myself now that summer is officially here….though I won’t really feel relief until the moving van is packed up, my faculty meetings are over, and I’ve begun my summer reading. With that said, I’m planning on documenting my eats over the next couple of weeks as I transition into a fully primal diet. Now that the weather is warmer and now that marathon training is done, my desire for carbs, carbs, and more carbs has been replaced by a longing for the fresh produce of the season. Indeed, I’ve finally, after 3 years, kicked my oatmeal “habit,” if, that is, you consider eating whole grains a “habit” that needs to be kicked. I figure now is the perfect time to fully commit myself to the primal diet. With that commitment in mind, I’ve decided to document as much of my eats in the next months as I can, starting NOW on my first day of “summer vacation”. I plan on tracking my progress in Crossfit, running, and on the scale to see the impacts of the primal diet. All I know is this: I feel much more energized and healthy when I don’t eat carbs or lots of sugar, and a happy stomach is a happy Sarah!
Here’s my day in workouts and food: I woke up at 6:00 (a veritable sleep in for me!) and ran 6 miles at an easy 8 minute pace. By the time I got home, I was STARVING and fixed myself breakfast pudding, consisting of 1 cup of plain kefir, chia seeds and flax, and Justin’s chocolate almond butter. With that, I fueled up on coffee with half and half, as I had 2 faculty meetings to attend. Le sigh.
Justin’s almond butter, a local company for me, is insanely good. I didn’t think anything could top peanut butter until I tried Justin’s. I used 1 tablespoon here.
After attending several faculty meetings, cleaning my classroom, and shopping for graduation gifts, I was absolutely famished by the time 1 o’clock rolled around. I snacked on a pack of Justin’s almond butter as I ran errands…
and then I fixed myself a lunch of strawberries, a grapefruit, and a couple of slices of turkey.
For whatever reason – maybe the heat – the turkey didn’t appeal to me, and I swapped it for the last tiiinnny slice of paleo banana almond bread.
After lunch, I worked for a couple hours on packing up my house, and by 3 o’clock, I was more than ready for a snack. A few raw coconut macaroons (no sugar!) hit the spot.
I had to include this awkward selfy, which was supposed to say, “Man! I love eating outside! I love summer vacation!” but instead says, “I am stressed out even despite the sunshine. I look constipated.” Oh well. I ended up dragging myself to an afternoon Crossfit session, where I had to complete 5 rounds of a 400 meter run, 10 125 pound deadlifts, and 10 wall balls with 14 pound balls. The workout kicked my butt. I finished in 16:32, and I loved and loathed every minute of it. Since I knew I had hours of packing ahead of me, I stopped at Chipotle to pick up dinner: a pork salad with veggies, lettuce, pico de gallo, and guacamole. It, and the class of wine, HIT THE SPOT.
Now, I plan on spending the next few hours packing for my trip to Steamboat this weekend, as well as cleaning the apartment so that it can be shown this weekend to potential renters. Happy SUMMER!