What do you really eat?

Yesterday I was featured on Roger Dickerman’s blog, Action #19: Draw Inspiration from Examples where he featured a few Paleo people and what they eat on  a “regular” day, here are the examples from Roger’s blog:

Example #1

Laura Pappas, Health Coach

I’ve known Laura for several years now, and she is a huge inspiration. She works in the corporate world, and I’ve seen firsthand the impact she has on her fellow co-workers. She’s also a health coach in her spare time. Basically what I’m trying to say: she knows her stuff.

A Day in the Life of Laura:

  • Breakfast: Coffee with full fat coconut milk and cinnamon (about 1/4 cup)
  • Lunch: Paleo Chocolate Chili, southern greens steamed with kerry gold butter, Himalayan salt, and 1/2 an avocado
  • Snack: 1 stick of cherry chipotle Gourmet Grassfed beef jerky, and handful of raw almonds
  • Dinner: Homemade chicken cacciatore soup, oven cooked sweet potatoes, and roasted brussels sprouts

Example #2

Dr. Colin Champ, The Caveman Doctor

What list would be complete without my podcast co-host The Caveman Doctor? The man practices what he preaches – that much is for sure. He brings a low-carbohydrate angle to the discussion and also eats to fuel heavy weight based workouts.

A Day in the Life of The Caveman Doctor:

  • Wakeup: Coffee with 1/2 cup of grass-fed organic whole cream
  • Breakfast: 5 whole pastured eggs sunny side up cooked in grass-fed organic butter and one serving of raw cheddar
  • Lunch: 8 ounces bacon, 2 heads of broccoli cooked in bacon fat.
  • Pre-workout: 2 servings frozen blueberries, 40 grams grass-fed whey protein
  • Post-workout: Sweet potato, cinnamon, grass-fed butter, 40 grams grass-fed whey protein
  • Dinner: Rack of lamb, kale chips cooked in avocado oil, glass of red wine

Example #3

Beth Finn, IT Professional

Beth is a transformational rockstar, and has dropped over 150 pounds and removed blood markers of Type II diabetes in less than 4 years. She is also my first guest on The Relentless Life podcast!

A Day in the Life of Beth:

  • Wakeup: 2 glasses of water
  • Breakfast: 3 whole eggs, veggies, and home-made guacamole
  • Mid-Morning: Grass-fed greek yogurt, and a piece of fresh fruit
  • Lunch: Big salad with extra veggies, grilled chicken, diced hard boiled egg, sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt
  • Snack: Handful of salted almonds or cashews
  • Dinner: Baked salmon with mustard, dill, and chopped pecans, steamed broccoli, and baked sweet potato

Example #4

Relentless Roger, Personal Fitness Trainer

Yours truly.

A Day in the Life of Relentless Roger:

  • Wakeup: 2 glasses of water, black coffee
  • Breakfast: 4 pasture-raised whole eggs and kale cooked in coconut oil, cup of fresh-made fruit/vegetable juice (more greens, broccoli, apple, lime, ginger)
  • Lunch: Heaping salad with assorted and colorful vegetables and balsamic vinegar, salmon sashimi, sliced fresh avocado, steamed beets and squash
  • Snack: Handful of raw macadamia nuts
  • Dinner: 8 ounce grass-fed burger, sweet potato with grass-fed butter, steamed brussels sprouts with Himalayan salt

I’d highly recommend bookmarking Roger’s site and adding it to your “To Read” list, especially anyone that is newer to Paleo, he does a great job breaking things down very simply…and just started rehashing Paleo a few weeks ago, so it’s something that is manageable to read in succession.

So what did I eat today??  Started my day with some coffee and coconut milk.  Breakfast was 2 eggs from the farm over easy on top of steamed collard greens with kerry gold butter and some Himalayan pink salt.  Lunch was a bowl of homemade chicken soup with some leftover collards thrown in, plus some 85% dark chocolate.  Dinner tonight was a grassfed ranch steak, mashed cauliflower, some sweet potato, and more steamed collards (I actually really like them!) along with a glass of petite syrah to help celebrate my first 5K of 2013 that I ran this afternoon.

 Steak Dinner Feb 8

Now I’m not claiming to be perfect, so keep the Perfect Paleo Police  away!  But take a look at what a few different Paleo people eat on a daily basis and you’ll see that even though we’re all marching to the same band that there are some different beats you can follow – depending on what works for your body, what your goals are, or what you’re doing that day.

One thing I notice when people tell me that they aren’t getting the results that they really want after changing to a Paleo and Real Food diet, is that they might not be doing everything that they “think” they are.  So remember, write it down and track what you’re actually eating, especially in the beginning – and yes that handful of dark chocolate covered almonds, gluten free beer, or half of a cookie you ate at the Superbowl party last week count.  Does having something non-paleo make you a bad person or a failure?  Absolutely NOT, but be honest to yourself so that you can make sure you’re doing the best you can.

So you can see what a regular day might look like for me, and if you want to see what I eat more frequently check my facebook page Laura Pappas Health Coaching, I’m going to start posting some more pictures there!

About Laura Pappas

Laura Pappas is a health coach whose passion is achieving optimal health and fitness. Her health coaching approach helps busy people balance their lives, training, and food choices in a way that is easy and sustainable. She believes in the power of eating real, whole foods, avoiding processed sugar, and applying the principles of the Paleo Diet to modern living.

Speak Your Mind