A lot of the benefits have persisted: I changed my standard breakfast from oatmeal with dried fruit to a three-egg omelet with vegetables... and now I'm not starving at 9:30 am (except during peak training weeks). Eliminating dairy products and late night popcorn has taken care of most of my (infrequent) GI problems during long runs. I've cracked the lunch code: a big salad and tuna in olive oil carries me through the afternoon. And we're still eating boatloads of vegetables.
|This morning's breakfast! 3 egg omelet with kale and pickled jalapenos (cooked in ghee), roasted pumpkin, black coffee.|
Oh, and finally, we got two great paleo cookbooks for Christmas: Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed and Michelle Tam and Henry Fong's Nom Nom Paleo. A great excuse to try out some new recipes!
So, last night I did a bunch of prep:
- I made paleo mayonnaise with my immersion blender (wow! this was stupid easy! you should try it)
- Made a batch of ghee starting with a pound of local grassfed butter
- Chopped a couple onions
- Washed and tore up a head of lettuce for salad
- Roasted a pumpkin
- Dismembered and partially cooked a head of cauliflower (wow, that makes me sounds like a serial killer or something).
Aaaaand, this morning, we're off! Breakfast is a 3-egg omelet with kale and pickled jalapenos, cooked in ghee, and roasted pumpkin. And black coffee.
What's that? Want a recipe? Okay, here goes:
Quick Veggie-ful Omelet (serves 1-2)1 Tbsp ghee, coconut oil, or lard
1-2 cups thin-sliced vegetables (I usually use sturdy greens of some sort -- kale is good, as are beet and turnip greens, chard, peppers, onions, summer squash)
Optional: Something salty or spicy like pickled jalapeno slices, olives, or capers
Melt cooking fat in a heavy skillet (I use cast iron) over medium heat. Add vegetables. If there's peppers or squash, let them cook a couple minutes. Greens don't need this. Crack eggs directly on top of veggies and break the yolks up with a spatula. Add optional salty/spicy goodies. DO NOT STIR. (The veggies are browning and stirring will make things stick). Cook over medium heat till it's set around the edges (5 min or so), then flip it over, hopefully in one piece. Cook a couple more minutes. Eat!
Okay, off to the gym -- with a windchill of -45F (seriously!), it's not an outside running kind of day :-)