Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Soylent is...protein!

When Sergio decided to join me on my "Paleo" journey I was really excited for multiple reasons.  Of course, I was happy about the support I would be receiving but also the ability to not have to worry about, his an hers meals.  Cooking for two has become second nature to me, but cooking 2 separate meals for each of us would not be so simple or enjoyable.  The only issue we ran into was that it became very difficult to stay creative.  Of course there are tons of recipes out there, but how many of them are reasonable?  How many are going to have crazy exotic ingredients, a long prep time and cook time and are palatable?  Sergio has endured a lot in my food adventures but this time we hit a wall.  On top of trying to come up with creative, tasty and reasonable dishes we both got his with carb flu.  Yup, we were having withdrawals!  It sucked, big time!!  i was so sleepy and Sergio was getting headaches, we were both in misery and I was feeling so mentally drained with the thought of having to prepare food that was in line with the diet.  Sergio had already been researching a product called Soylent.  They pretty much mix up a bunch of protein powders, minerals and carbs (in the form of masa harina) and sell it.  You then mix water and oil into it, drink it and get all the bodies necessary macronutrients and calories an easy, affordable, very bachelor-like  beverage.  So how did this help?  Sergio began replacing his breakfast and lunch with a DIY version of Soylent and that left me to fend for myself and then just make one meal for the both of us in the evening.  I helped, but then I was in the predicament of having to cook for myself (breakfast and lunch).  I knew, that I too had to start doing soylent to keep my sanity from slipping away.
My journey was a bit more complicated than Sergio's, when it comes to Soylent, I think as a woman I just tend to do that to myself. But the reason was that I wanted to create a "Paleo" soyent.  Most of the recipes on the DIY Soylent involve Whey Isolate (which is dairy) and Masa Harina (corn), neither of which is a Paleo property.  My first attempt was a complete failure because I attempted to use coconut flour and almond flour, the grit was so bad I couldn't manage it without drinking a liter of water alongside it.  The next variation I tried adding a crushed multivitamin and using pea protein and a vegan protein, but this combination resulted in very painful gastrointestinal issues.  When I removed the vitamin, I was better but then I was cutting out almost all my vitamins and minerals.  I struggled with that concept for a bit and now I am on my 3rd version of the Paleo Soylent and have discovered Hemp Protein, Egg White Protein and GNC Women's Ultra Complex.  These three are the base for my recipe and I adjust these to match my caloric goal for the day.  To get my fat I add a tablespoon of MCT (coconut oil) and a tablespoon of Almond Butter.  Finally, to make it tasty I add either a combo of blueberries and cocoa powder, or strawberries and banana.  It is smooth, easy to drink and keeps me full.  it definitely took some time to get over not eating per se, but it has made our transition so much easier.  We both show more willpower than ever before, being able to avoid pizza and donuts in the office as well as avoiding processed foods altogether.
My actual recipe has many more ingredients that what I listed, I've added a link HERE to the DIY Solent site where you can access the recipe and many others.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A new chapter...again!

As you can see, I have been on a hiatus from writing about food. Back in May of last year I was doing  bootcamp 5 days a week and lasted 2 months.  I lost zero pounds and was then told that my initial measurement may have been wrong, so I would need to disregard that.  That's right, a big fat goose egg after all that work.  But you may say, well did your clothes fit better, or did you at have more energy?
Well, my clothes fit before and after the program and unfortunately I'm not too sure about the energy, because I've never been  too much of a slug.  So the big question for me was, why? It was most certainly two things:
1) Consistency
2) Nutrition
How am I so sure?  Well, three weeks ago I started a program to target both my nutrition and weight with an emphasis on these two aspects.  I have since lost 8 pounds.  Yes, congratulations to me, but had I not been so judgmental and ignorant I could have done this so much sooner.  A few months ago I noticed that ALL my pants were starting to get, well...snug, to put it nicely.  But on the day that I actually busted a button off my pants, while at work, I new something had to change quickly.  After making a minor wardrobe adjustment, to leggings and dresses, I began to research what I was going to do.  I needed a plan because I didn't want to just go back to the gym and mindlessly walk a treadmill or play around on some machines.  What I found was a 12-week program written specifically for women with and inclusive nutrition plan.  The program has 3 phases which satisfies condition #1 - working out in some way, shape or form on an almost daily basis.  It also has other key features, including a steady progression of weight/reps/sets across the 12-week period.
So here I explain the ignorance piece.  The parameters of the "diet" involved removing all legumes, dairy, sweets, and grains; including, rice, corn, oats, wheat, quinoa etc. I had no idea that there was name for this diet already and it's typically called Paleo.  If I would have seen that on the get go, I would have scoffed and turned the program away. Why?  Pure ignorance which comes from fear.  I'm so used to that pretty picture of the Standard American Meal (SAD) with 3 divisions for a starch, protein and some veggies.  Paleo takes out our modern addiction to processed foods and forces us to eat more green vegetables, protein, and fruits.  Well, instead of getting into the philosophy and issues with the diet, I'll just say the combo of the diet and exercise are working.  More to come soon, including my favorite new recipes, pictures, some of my new favorite moves, and soylent!