NatPatBen

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About NatPatBen

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  1. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Yesterday at work we got free biometrics screenings. While of course my weight (and BMI) were way too high, and my blood pressure was 134/79 (2 days prior, it was 122/77 at dentist), I was happy with my cholesterol #s: Total: 194 HDL: 73 LDL: 102 Trig: 96 Total/HDL: 2.7 Also, my glucose was 91, which is normal. This was the one I was most concerned about.
  2. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Are you all (who are grilling) using an indoor grill or outdoor? I can't imagine firing up the outdoor grill on a regular basis.
  3. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I didn't know beef bacon existed, but as we don't eat pork, I may give it a try at some point! I've been staying compliant for the most part, but some days I eat too much compliant food (fruit/nuts). I'm still enjoying making different Paleo recipes. Harvest Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glazed Walnuts (and apples & onions) is my new favorite veggie dish. It's almost Food Without Breaks it is so good. I also just made PaleOMG's Carrot Cake Cupcakes (sans frosting). The recipe calls for 1 TBSP honey; I used less than that and they're sweet enough to me. They're also not as addictive as cookies, so I feel comfortable having them here without over-indulging.
  4. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I also decided not to do the 21DSD. I did a lot of thinking about why I didn't get the almost jittery energy levels that I had when only following a FEW principles of the book Clean by Dr. Junger. Yesterday on the busride home from work, I skimmed through Clean to refresh my memory on that program. It's about eliminating toxins & common inflammatory triggers in both food, clothing, products used (on skin, in home, etc), stress, etc. What I will do, except when I mindfully allow myself to deviate, is stick closely with a Paleo/Clean hybrid: Lighter breakfasts & dinners, per Clean (focusing more on light dinners than breakfasts) 12 hr+ window between dinner & breakfast, per Clean (and I think in line with Paleo) Way more vegetables, per both Elimination of grains, sugar, processed food, per both (though Clean allows non-gluten grains, I don't miss/need them) Less beef, more fish/chicken, per Clean <-- This will be a trial to see if it's the beef contributing to lack of soaring energy levels I'm still exploring to see what works best for me. I DEFINITELY know that light dinner, 7+ hrs of sleep, and 12+ hrs before breakfast means I feel FANTASTIC in the morning.
  5. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Forgot to mention earlier.... Last night I made the Velvety Butternut Squash from Well Fed (to go with the chicken & cabbage my husband cooked). This was SO GOOD it was like dessert! Next time I make it, I will use less (or no) salt and more cinnamon & pecans. I have this on the menu for my March dinner party.
  6. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Not exactly LaraBars, but close enough: http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com/?p=459
  7. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    We spent about $150 this week, too. And that includes food for a dinner party we hosted on Saturday. I hope we can get down to $500/month for groceries.
  8. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Smoothie popsickles? Say more! My 15 month old LOVES cold stuff.
  9. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    @Run4Fun, sharing that with all the folks I know eating that way. Thanks for sharing!
  10. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Weightwise, less is better for me. But I also have a TON of weight to lose. I was eating maybe 1/2 sweet potato once or twice/week during Whole30, along with maybe 2 servings of fruit/day. Now that I cut those out/down, definitely seeing better results. If I recall your other posts correctly, though, you're so active that it might not have as negative an impact for you. Only one who's mentioned it, at least. I already know that I'm lactose intolerant (not too bad if I limit serving of dairy to one) and that my weight responds negatively to grains/sugar. Maybe I will test the legumes, which I haven't brought back in yet, but do have some lentils at home.
  11. NatPatBen

    My Story

    I'm VERY impressed that you're doing a Whole30 AND crossfit with a 4 month old! My baby is now 15 months. I was still in major adjustment mode to having a baby when she was 4 months.
  12. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Way to be prepared! & Congratulations on the mortgage refi closing. Also, don't you love it when a business meal is compliant! Just experience that myself with a business lunch: grilled mahi mahi with sundried tomatoes & basil, served with asparagus and rice. I got broccoli instead of rice & added a side salad with a drizzle olive oil & lemon for dressing. Lots of veggies, fish... probably not enough fat, but I keep some emergency coconut oil at work for just the occasion!
  13. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Uh-oh. I have an acorn squash (and a butternut squash) that I planned to cook this week. Didn't know about the no winter squash thing. (Also, I need to look up which squashes are considered winter squash.) Maybe I won't call this a 21DSD, but I will stick with the one serving fruit/day and no Lara bars/sweet potatoes for the rest of the 21 days. If the starchiest thing I eat is some squash, I think I'll still see big benefits. Already, I feel better than I did before (even better than on Whole30). Could be the less fruit, smaller dinners, more exercise, and more sleep.... LOL Of course it's all of those. Since I reduced my dinner size (and eat it earlier), I also wake up feeling lighter and hungrier in the morning. This is how I expected to feel on the Whole30.
  14. NatPatBen

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Please let me know if you taste the chocolate in your chocolate chili. I didn't have cocoa powder, so I grated a bar of 100% cocoa instead and didn't really measure it. Maybe I didn't put enough... or maybe you don't really taste it.