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Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Paleo Life - One week journal of diet, sleep and exercise

Last week, Neely over at Paleo Plan posted a week's worth of her diet, exercise and sleep and put out the call for other Paleo bloggers and authors to do the same. I have to admit that I was happy to get a peek into the life of someone else who is following a Paleo lifestyle. Mr. What I Gather and I don't know many other people who eat this way so we have gone through a lot of trial and error to figure out what works best for us. I decided to man up and track my diet, exercise and sleep for a week for the rest of the Paleo world to see.

My biggest struggle is sleep. I don't think I get nearly enough sleep, but there are always other things I would rather be doing, especially since we are still trying to get settled into this new house. My food intake is a bit higher than normal because we have started riding our bikes to work (15 miles round trip) and I am training for a half marathon (only two more weeks to go, I can't wait) - both of those take quite a lot of fuel! I wish there were some Paleo replacement for the GU gels that I take during my long runs, but I haven't found a good alternative yet. I have thought about trying honey packets, but that just sounds like it could get messy.

So, here it is...I wish I had taken more pictures of what we ate, but I never thought about it at the right times. I did try to link to the recipes we used, though.

Saturday, April 7
7:00am - Wake

7:30am - Lara Bar

8:00am - 10.75 mile run (ate 2 GU gels along the way)

10:30am - Square of dark chocolate while cooking breakfast

11:30am - Everyday Paleo Southwestern Frittata with pulled pork in red chile sauce instead of ground beef

12:00pm - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie - almond milk, canned pumpkin, ice, spices, banana

3:00pm - Salad with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, olives, green onions, jalapeno, almonds, dried cherries 
and homemade vinaigrette

6:00pm - Iced Americano

8:00pm - Handful of Trader Joes plantain chips (this is kind of our post Trader Joes ritual to eat our freshly purchased plantain chips on the way home)

9:00pm - Salad with spinach, pork chops, broccoli slaw, roasted broccoli, roasted asparagus, almonds, homemade Asian vinaigrette

11:00pm - Two glasses of wine, plantain chips and almond butter (while doing our taxes, ugh!)

12:00am - Bed

Sunday, April 8
6:30am - Wake

9:00am - leftover Everyday Paleo Southwestern Frittata with pulled pork in red chile sauce
              Cinnamon Apple Creamed Cereal (a very special treat, we don't eat this often)

11:30am - 40 mile bike ride, ate a Lara Bar at the halfway point

3:00pm - Sunny California Salad, bowl of curried sweet potato soup Paleo-ized from this recipe

7:00pm - Giada's Caramelized Onion and Grapefruit salad, topped with chicken and a side of roasted asparagus, broccoli and mushrooms

8:30pm - Banana Softserve made with bananas, almond milk and cocoa and topped with almond butter and strawberries (another special treat that I only indulged in because we were so active over the weekend)

11:00pm - Bed

Monday, April 9
6:00am - Wake

6:30am - 3.5 mile run

8:00am - Stir fry with with bell peppers, cabbage, ground beef, onion and avocado
              Mixed berry smoothie - almond milk, frozen mixed berries, banana, ice

12:00pm - Leftover Giada's Caramelized Onion and Grapefruit salad, topped with chicken, leftover curried sweet potato soup

3:00pm - Snacked on grapes, dried figs, pistachios

6:00pm - Panera Mediterranean Salmon Salad (no feta), apple, Iced Americano

7:00pm - Tennis with friends

9:00pm - Sampled an apple skillet cake recipe I was testing (side note: it was a major fail)

10:00pm - Bed

Tuesday, April 10
6:15am - Wake

6:30am - 30 minutes Core Secrets

9:00am - Iced Americano

12:00pm - Chicken Apple Curry (without the rice), Salad with spinach, olives, onion, sun dried tomato and balsamic vinaigrette

2:00pm - Snacked on apple, cashews, and raisins

9:00pm - Sampled another (failed) attempt at an apple skillet cake (a.k.a - you will not be seeing this recipe on the blog anytime soon)

11:00pm - Bed

Wednesday, April 11
6:30am - Wake

7:00am - "Green" Smoothie with spinach, frozen pineapple, banana, coconut milk and cinnamon

7:30am - 7.5 mile bike ride to work

12:00pm - Chicken Apple Curry (without the rice), Salad with spinach, olives, onion, sun dried tomato and balsamic vinaigrette

3:00pm - Apple and a Lara Bar

5:30pm - 7.5 mile bike ride home from work

9:00pm - Chinese takeout - steamed chicken and vegetables

10:00pm - Bed

Thursday, April 12
6:00am - Wake

6:30am - Sweet Potato Fritters (mashed sweet potato, onion, dried cherries, and egg whites) topped with onion and sausage

12:00pm - Leftover steamed chicken and vegetables

3:00pm"Green" Smoothie with spinach, frozen pineapple, banana, coconut milk and cinnamon

6:00pm - Salad with lettuce, pulled pork, avocado, tomatoes, peppers and olive oil

8:00pm - Iced Americano

9:30pm - Bed

Friday, April 13
6:30am - Wake

7:00am - Scramble with eggs, sausage, pistachio pesto, onion and spinach

7:30am - 7.5 mile bike ride to work

10:00am - Banana

2:30pm - Apple, Lara Bar

5:30pm - 7.5 mile bike ride home from work

7:30pm - Everyday Paleo Puerto Rican Beef, glass of wine

10:00pm - Bed

Your turn! I would love to see a sample day or week from others out there who are following a Paleo lifestyle.


  1. I love seeing this! It's so interesting to compare it with my own. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to try your Pumpkin Pie smoothie. That's a GREAT idea for endurance athletes - another way to get the carbs in.

  2. Thank you for posting this. I am going to have to "woMan" up and document my week or two. I haven't found a solution to GU either, but have been experimenting with a homemade version derived from Chia Seeds. I haven't found a good flavoring agent and need to find a potassium and sugar component.