Archive | August, 2010

8/31: Breakfast & Lunch (Brian)

31 Aug

Ok, I realized that maybe I should be more specific in calculating the correct zone block for me. When I looked at the chart, it says medium sized male, 5 blocks. So I assumed since I wear a medium size shirt, I’m medium sized male haha. Well no really, I think I’m borderline small and medium. So I’m eating 5 block meals and it looks like a lot of food. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a lot of food or less food. When I measure my portions, when doing Paleo only, I put 3/4 of my plate to be vegetables, and 1/4 of em with meat. And for snacks I have a handful of nuts. With this Paleo zone, it seems to be the same 3/4 and 1/4 plus the nuts. Not sure if that’s right or not. But I will investigate and update this post.

But anyways, here’s what I had for breakfast
2/3 cup of salmon
2 cups of lettuce
2 cups of strawberries
2 eggs (over easy)

And here’s for lunch
2 Burger patties
10 cups of lettuce
15 pieces of almonds

My buddy Hendra, who inspired me to do Paleo Zone has agreed to check this blog out once in a while so dude, feel free to chime in and comment on our posts especially if something doesn’t look right. Like a pan of pizza for breakfast or something like that haha. Let’s build up this support system!

By the way, have you guys seen the winner of the Paleo Challenge at San Francisco CrossFit? It is ridiculous! I can’t believe anybody can have that kind of transformation! A little nudge to you guys so you would stick to the program … Should we start posting before and after pics too??

8/31 – Lunch (JV)

31 Aug

Osha

Larb salad (chicken with lime dressing and cabbage)
Tom yum seafood (small cup)
few pieces of volcanic beef

8/30 – Dinner (JV)

31 Aug

Okay, I messed up on this one. I was trying to be good until dinner time and I was. I passed on the hotdog and pizza when we watched a movie but when I got home I had some leftover chili with sausages so I ended up eating that with some rice. damnit.

Dinner:
2 servings of chili with sausages and 1 cup of white rice

Will try to snack before dinner with some nuts so I don’t end up super hungry by dinner.

8/30: Dinner (Brian)

31 Aug

6 cups of salad
half of kielbasa sausage
1 ground meat spring roll
12 pieces of almonds

If you feel like going out to eat … (UPDATED 9/20)

31 Aug

And you are in San Francisco, here are the places that allows me to enjoy outside food and still be Paleo. These places lets you substitute your food or have a lot of paleo meal options:

  • IHOP – Suprisingly, without the pancakes, the meal really is all protein. And they even let you substitute pancakes with a bowl of salad (free of charge). I do it all the time. Get steak and eggs, or the classic, two eggs, two bacon, two sausages and you’re all set. Try to stay away from the hasbrowns though (bad carbs) as much as you can. I know it’s hard. If you can’t , eat everything else first and then end it with the hashbrown. Hopefully you’re full enough that you can’t finish it.
  • Kitaro Japanese Restaurant – You can ask for extra salad instead of rice on any of their bento boxes. This is the only Japanese restaurant I know that can do this. They’re not expensive either.
  • Any steakhouse – House of Prime rib, Tad’s steakhouse, Tommy’s Joynt, they’re all well known places and you can go paleo at these restaurants no problem. Just stay away from the mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or fries. Try to substitute them with salad.
  • Chipotle – Order the bowl, no beans or rice, pick your meats (double it if you’re willing to spend more than $8), salsas (not the corn ones), no sour cream or cheese, ask for the guacamole and some more lettuce thrown on top and you are good to go!
  • In N Out – Go to In N Out and order the Protein burger and make sure they know what it is. It’s simply the burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. I usually order a double double. No fries. Order another one if you’re not full.
  • Buckhorn Grill – They have one in SF Metreon and the Westfield Shopping Center. Their salad is awesome and huge! Get the Roadhouse Salad with Tri tip, which is a huge mound of lettuce with onions and slices of tri tip steak. Ask for them to put Tri tip steak on any of their other salad.
  • Shabu House (on Geary) – This is a hot pot shabu shabu place. You basically order the broth (usually I order miso, I don’t care that it’s soy) and a plate of the beef. No rice. It will come with a generous plate of raw beef, green leafy vegetables, carrots, udon and some other veggies. It’s paleo because you’re really just eating meat and veggies; granted that you don’t eat the udon. And you cook it yourself on the hot pot so you know what’s going to be in your meal. They have a nice sesame peanut sauce too, which is semi paleo.
  • Volcano Curry. I went to this place on a weekend because I was really craving for Curry and I was willing to cheat by eating the rice, but when I got there, my awesome wife told me, hey they have salad, why don’t you eat that? So I told them curry, no rice and a side order of salad. She looked at me weird for like 3 seconds, but they were nice enough to put the curry sauce on a bowl and separate all the meat and toppings on a separate plate. Voila! I can eat curry and stay Paleo. See my post on it here.

That’s all I can think of right now. If you don’t know where some of these places above are located, be sure to go to Google Maps and search for the name of the restaurant in your area.

My advice if you’re going to eat out is, don’t feel shy to ask if you can substitute. A bowl of salad is probably going to cost them less than a loaded baked potato anyways. And if they don’t let you, then you just have to try your hardest to not finish the bad carbs.

And sometimes you might have to pick the more expensive choice because you’re picking the one with the most meats. Here’s how I look at it, that extra couple of bucks will be able to make you feel refreshed and energetic for the rest of the day (no crashes and promotes weight loss), so make the right choice. Think of food as fuel, you won’t put Costco gas on a Ferrari, would you?

08.30.’10 – Lunch (Julia)

30 Aug

Ate: salad (2 head of lettuces) with 1 1/2 cups of cucumbers with very little of pomegranate vinaigrette dressing, 6 almonds and 1/2 cup of Salmon. =D

Salmon Recipe:
– 1 whole Salmon
– black pepper
– salt
– paprika powder
– a pinch or more of cayenne pepper powder if you like spicy – sprinkle a little of garlic powder
– butter – cut them into little pieces and spread them onto the salmon (you can substitute the butter with extra virgin olive oil. Just drizzle the salmon with some evoo).
– bake the salmon at 350 degrees F. For about 25-30 mins. If you want a bit crispy on top of the salmon, for the last 3 to 5 mins left, switch to broil.

8/30: Lunch (Brian)

30 Aug

Paleo Zone
5 blocks of protein: 5.5 oz of baked salmon
5 blocks of carbs: 3 cups of cucumber, 6 heads of lettuce
5 blocks of fat: 6 almonds, 6 cashews, 3 walnuts

Guidelines for Paleo Zone Diet

30 Aug

My own personal goal for this Paleo for 6 weeks challenge is to try out the Paleo-Zone diet for myself. I’ve been Paleo since Feb 11th when my box had a Primal challenge and I have felt great ever since. Sometimes I feel like eating rice (I am Asian so it’s inevitable) but when I do, just a pinch of rice is enough to fill my appetite, which means that I am now officially low carb. But I’ve always been curious about the Paleo zone diet especially since it has been proven that the Paleo Zone diet will help move you to CrossFit’s top tier performers very quickly.

The CrossFit journal’s “Zone Meal Plan” article explains the Zone’s “block” concept and provides meal plans that you can use for your meals. And if you decide to follow it, simply find your required block per meal (based on your body type), lookup the chart on what and how much food you can eat, and you’re all done.

This article shows you the Zone diet which means that some of the food in the meal plan might not be Paleo. If you are still not used to being Paleo, then you can start here. If you are ready to go all the way, then simply use the Zone measurements but only pick foods that are Paleo.

8/30 – Lunch (JV)

30 Aug

Half plate of green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and 2 pcs of avocado
Small cup of chicken salad (w/ little mayo)
A few strips of white turkey meat

8/30 breakfast

30 Aug

Plus a handful of mixed nuts (walnuts, cashews, almonds).