This is a joke that I find hilarious, but that I know I’m the only person in the world who will even find remotely funny. I don’t care, its my blog and I’ll do what I want.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited back to Faction Strength and Conditioning, the Home of Crossfit Memphis, to put on a kettlebell workshop. While I was there I got to stay with undefeated amateur MMA fighter and Technique WOD’s very own Doug Larson.
Doug has been using a juicer to help get more of the good stuff out of vegetables in for a while now with some positive stuff to say about it. I’ve never been much of a fan of liquid calories and I generally find juices to taste kind of grody.
I love to hate on concepts and practices that are not my own, but that I don’t do. It’s sort of hard with something like consuming a lot of vegetables in healthy and athletic people.
So I sat in the Memphis airport forcing myself to write blog posts and I started with this crock pot recipe.
While this dish is mostly centered around the short ribs and an interesting Caribbean spice, its also a really easy and efficient way to get myself to eat a lot of vegetables.
In this crock pot are tons of carrots, potatoes, collard greens, zucchini, and squash. It all cooks down really nicely. Slow cooking vegetables and fatty meat and using starchy carbs like potato and carrots to absorb all of the cooked out nutrition and deliciousness is sort of the new, Paleo chic juicing right.
Simple, put it all in the pot and cook it on low for three hours and thirty minutes.
Put three pealed and diced potatoes and four pealed and diced carrots on the bottom.
Put a head of collared greens on top of that (hand shredded).
Add a whole squash and a whole zucchini (sliced quarter inch thick) next.
Spice with colombo (which is a sort of curry-like spice) and salt.
Put the meat on top.
Cook and eat.
Here are just the last three days for me. I have been feeling kinda run-down. Really hard to resist an afternoon nap. But I have had the last three days off from work, and have been going non-stop. Riding horses and going to CF every day. But have a hard time finding “portable food” that is easy to take with me to the barn, or when out running errands.
Breakfast: Two hardboiled eggs, ½ a bag of cherries, water
Lunch: Garlic and herb flavored tuna packet, 1 avocado, 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes. Water w/ “Crystal light Pure” mixed in.
Snack: a peach
Dinner: Bar-B-Q chicken on the grill, salad (spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, “good seasons” Italian dressing)
Breakfast: Sat down in front of the TV, and ate an entire container of strawberries before I realized it.
Lunch: Turkey and ham cold cuts, 1 avocado, and leftover salad, water w/ crystal light
Snack: beef jerky, glass of milk
Dinner: NY strip steak on the grill, asparagus (w/ a bit of olive oil, garlic, salt) on grill. 2 glasses of red wine.
Breakfast: Bowl of peaches/ blueberries, 1 hard-boiled egg.
Lunch: Out running errands, had to stop by fast/food. Wendy’s apple pecan salad w/ ½ the provided dressing.
Dinner: Sushi out with friends. Seaweed salad, and three rolls. All had rice, but none w/ tempura. No “fakey crab” yuck.
I got this food log from another one of our many ex-Pats at Crossfit Inception. It’s actually pretty easy to do a food log when you know someone on a personal level.
Despite the fact that the author of the food log is a small lady, she is not eating nearly enough calories or fat for her daily needs. Especially when you add Crossfit and horseback riding in the heat to this.
She probably is well aware of this, so let’s talk about the portable options.
Before we do that, first thing is first. You need some fat and protein with every breakfast. I don’t care if you eat and entire strawberry pastures, force yourself to eat something with fat in it.
Now, for food on the go options, we’ve already discussed my disdain…err less then enthusiasm for nuts. Having a few every now and then is not the end of the world, but we can do better.
The tuna packets and other canned fish are great options and I’m really digging the avocado. Olives are also great and in the same vein. Its a great source of fat that is pretty portable.
You can also eat desiccated coconut flakes. Try making a homemade paleo kit with those plus some beef jerky and maybe a few nuts. I personally am not the biggest fan of the texture of coconut flakes, but here’s an even better option:
Buy a who coconut. Smash it with a hammer. Remove and freeze the meat. Eat it like a candy bar. It tastes great, especially when frozen. Just resist the urge to add almond butter or dark chocolate to it. It makes it taste like a cross between a reeses cup and a mounds bar.
Like Jack Lalane said: If it tastes too good, spit it out.
Hey Yo Matt:
What do you think about wearing ankle weights for daily activities?
I think you need to train harder.
I honestly think that you’re not going to get any sort of a benefit out of it. It’ll probably significantly mess up your normal walking gait and could lead to some long term overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis and shin splints. I wouldn’t freak out and call exercise poison control if I saw someone wearing them, but I don’t think it would be that good for overall joint health and stability.
I also don’t think it would have any benefit. It would make regular activities more difficult and maybe up the workload of going to the bathroom, but I don’t think there would be any tangible benefit from it.
Its like thinking that the guy who walks up to the first floor instead of taking the elevator is going to be fitter then the guy who takes the elevator up to the fifth floor. Maybe, slightly. If its the only exercise either of the two them ever get.
In my opinion, its a waste of money. If you want up your low level activity throughout the day, fill a backpack or your brief case with a weight plate and carry that around.
2 pound on each ankle is negligible. Well, negligible except to your foot health
I hate people when they try to make small talk and I am in a rush and they stand in my way from doing something like checking out of the grocery store or anything along those lines.
Monday morning I woke my happy ass up at 0200 (I am a morning person, so it’s all down hill from wake up) and drove into work to grade a RPFT. It was the same old stuff I’ve seen and ranted about for a year now, so I wouldn’t go into it.
By the time the DFAC (dining facility for those of you not in the know) opened up, I had already been at work for three hours and was hungry.
So when the random civilian who works somewhere on Camp couldn’t make up his mind on what kind of eggs he wanted, I had about less than no tolerance.
He had a rhetorical debate on the media and how “first they say don’t eat the yolk, now they say eat the yolk.” Yea dude, it was hilarious when Jerry Seinfeld did that bit about eggs years ago. Other things that were cool to me at the time were figuring out masturbation and wondering what high school would be like. Also “All That” was the best show on TV.
This lasted for a few minutes (read: about 10 seconds) before I yelled from three people behind. “Yolks have vitamins, eat the yolks”. I left off the phrases “asshole” and “dipshit” out of respect because there are some civilians there who are retired Rangers and can do whatever the fuck they want whenever they want. This is in accordance with the Paleo Now War Hero Act of June 2012.
I know that I often yell and complain about nutritional reductionism and stuff like that. However, the shortest, simplest coaching cues are always the best. If it gets someone to eat something good and more importantly gets them the hell out of your way when you are hungry then its a double win.
It also saves you from looking like a dipshit in front of your coworkers when you start talking about choline, macular degeneration, cholesterol, Ancel Keys, and the other topics I love oh so much.
Hey Yo Matt,
Can you send me some recipes, I’m getting bored eating the same old thing over and over again?
No, but I’ll send you a plethora of links. I don’t know what you do and do not like to eat, but I can help guide you.
If you’re getting bored with what you are eating, you probably need to rotate the protein more often. It seems like you’re eating a lot of chicken, the boringest of the poultires, there are plenty of cheaper cuts of ruminants (like cow) that are great for some flavor variety.
Here are a bunch of options on my blog: http://paleonow.com/?page_id=5
My go to meal for when I don’t know what to cook is ground animal (cow or deer mostly) and whatever vegetables I have. I’ll all plenty of ground spices and each time its a different meal. I also recently learned how to make tomato sauce from Melissa Jouwlan’s WellFed.
This is definitely a foodie blog and requires a bit more kitchen savvy than most people have. Although, she does do a great job of breaking it down it does require a bit more time and effort then most meals do.
is also a great website for ideas. You can find tons of easy to make recipes plus a lot of stuff that goes more towards gourmet. Most of them are very Paleo compliant. You can search by ingredients or types of ingredients so it makes it easy to come up with something in a pinch when you have a fridge full of WTF.