Beautiful day for my first run in weeks. Felt strong.
When I say paleo it sounds like pa-le-O which in Spanish sounds like a verb that would mean getting hit by a stick. “Palo” is stick and “paleo” would be some kind of weird ritual where somebody attacks with you said stick. Months ago fat-adaptation and my natural lack of hunger made me feel almost invincible to cravings and to sugar. Falling from the bandwagon has brought some of my old cravings and feelings of being possesed by yeast back to the surface. Dreaming of a donut while working in my office and fighting the craving feels a bit akin to somebody wipping my butt all the way to the snack shop to then stuff my face with a donut. The kind of face stuffing where your mind knows the shame of what is happening but you still cannot stop it. I have developed a bit of techniques that work for me to fight the physical part of that compulsion. The physical part of it has to do with careful loading up on nutritious foods and having them ready. That takes time, preparation and maybe not getting every last second of sleep in the morning. On most cold winter days getting out of bed is already an accomplishment, let alone cooking breakfast and lunch to go. Here are things you can do during the safety of a lounging Sunday to get you through the week or as you run out the door and only have time to stash some produce in your bike bag.
- Kerrygold can do everything: You could do this with any fat really but Kerrygold is delicious, transportable and goes well with anything. You can put Kerrygold in your coffee, melt it in a cup and put it over the produce you hastily grabbed as you started your day or even fry the sweet potatoes you brought as you groggily headed to work. If you have not tried Bulletproof coffee then you need to start as it can keep you feeling energized for most of your day and tastes like a coffee-butter milkshake. I put a tablespoon or two of Kerrygold in a cup and melt it (This is something that I do a lot) then add coffee and swirl. You can also put it on all the other things I am going to talk about next.
- You can hardboil eggs in the oven: They sell five dozen eggs for six bucks at our local Food Cities which is as if somebody took a grocery store from Mexico and air dropped it into the U.S., only that the food is cheaper. You can also get them from Costco and from some grocery stores for a bit more. Sixty eggs is a lot of protein and great snack especially if you hard boil them beforehand. Afterwards all you just have to do is peel the egg, add some salt and eat away. I buy the six dozen and hard boil half of them and eat the other half for breakfast over the course of about ten days. I take the hard boiled ones to work and anytime I find myself without time to make food, I know I can get 30 grams of protein by taking two minutes to peel five of them. I bring in another 30 about every two weeks. You can also cut them up and put a ton of Kerrygold on them.
- You can bake sweet potatoes in a microwave: You can actually cook a lot of things satisfactorily in the microwave, including kale, squash, mushrooms and a lot of other things.You can also combine things into delicious meals such as kale with squash and mushrooms on top of a bunch of sweet potato all covered with melty delicious Kerrygold and a bit of salt. All you did was stash some butter in your office and sleepily grab some produce in the morning. I keep a stash of sweet potatoes of about 3-4 large sweet potatoes in my office and bring in more every week. You can also eat these raw if you ever find yourself dreaming of sugar, just open your sweet potato drawer (everybody has one right?) and gnaw away. Think of it as a carrot.
- Protein shakes: Get a blender bottle and keep it in your office. It is easy to clean and if you have a sink you can make yourself 30 grams of high quality protein. You can put melted Kerrygold or any other fat in your protein shakes. MCT oil has great benefits but it never agreed with me. The dashes down to the bathroom may have improved my 400 meter times a bit. The gigantic tub of protein stashed under my desk does get a lot of strange looks but I already get all of those in my office so it is nothing new.
- Get a dehydrator: There are a lot of reasons to get a dehydrator, the main one being allowing you to eat a lot more veggies. A dehydrator cooks back on food waste. Every couple of days I throw anything that has been in my refigerator for a bit too long and eat them absent mindedly the next day. I doubt that there is a vegetable that does not taste great dehydrated with a bit of cayenne and salt. Kerrygold drizzled onto vegetable chips is not something I have tried yet, but you can bet that I would never rule it out.
Drink a lot of water throughout the day as a lot of hunger is just dehydration. Also, remind yourself that it is ok to have cravings and it is ok to feel like you would murder a kitten made out of pastry in front of its family to not be hungry. It is hard to be paleo and adding feelings of shame on top of the difficulties only makes it worse. It will be difficult but the great thing about being paleo is that you do not have to be afraid of food , only of the wrong kinds of food. So if you feel your will wavering or you know that there is donuts at that next meeting then eat a dozen of those eggs or scarf down a pound of sweet potato. Your oncoming food comma will feel the same and have the same effects on your work productivity. Afterwards you can know that you are strong and that you are getting stronger.