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Epic fail of a day - but which is worse?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2010 at 1:31 PM

So, yesterday was an epic fail of a day eating. I am just curious which part of my day was worse. (I would just like to take a brief second here to say that I am relatively new to eating this way, and that I don't generally suffer from any major gluten intolerance. Just trying to be fitter and healthier.)

Breakfast - bagel with butter and american cheese Lunch - commercial beef jerky and organic almond butter (so I can be healthy...wink-wink) Dinner - 2 slices pizza and small Caesar Salad (adding salad makes dinner healthy, right (( smirk ))) Around dinner was also 2 beers.

Anyway, I know why I failed, but I am also pretty sure that for the next few months I am not going to have the time or energy left to focus on my nutrition and exercise as much as I would like and I just want to know which part of the day I should direct myattention the most.

Thanks!

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on November 22, 2010
at 12:02 PM

My dog actually is allergic to wheat and gluten. He eats far healthier than myself or my wife. If he eats anything containing gluten during the day he is up all night with ear problems...shaking his head...scratching his ears...not fun. You would think having a paleo dog would make this easier...hmmm

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 12, 2010
at 06:37 PM

Ah. Having a non-Paleo family can make things a lot more difficult, that is true. There's nothing wrong with epic fail days (I do it myself on rare occasions, so I definitely was not judging you on that account), and there's nothing wrong with not making nutrition/health your #1 priority. Some people just want to "lose a little weight" or whatever. But once you decide what your priorities are, don't let anything get in the way of achieving your goals.

3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

(2387)

on September 11, 2010
at 04:26 PM

If it tastes good at least it is in some way worth the worrying. If it makes you happy: Happiness is healthy...

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 06:07 PM

I've realized that what I REALLY want is to defy CW without rocking the boat. My wife is newly pregnant and VERY non-paleo, and we have a two yr old that wishes she could live on milk, grapes and cookies. I want to change my eating without forcing them to change theirs. Impossible? Maybe, but I sure as hell am gonna try...and try harder than I did on Wednesday!

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 06:07 PM

To be honest, these last couple of posts got me feeling a little defensive...and then I thought about it - calling a spade, a spade is not an insult, it is a fact. I wasn't trying that day. In my head I decided that what I ate that day wasn't my priority...and I don't feel that I was wrong. However, I am also now trying to figure out what I really want. Exactly where on my priority list is my nutrition?

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 02:17 PM

The Almond Butter? Or the rest...because the almond butter was just OK...I mistakenly thought it was healthier...the beer was deeeee-licious.

3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

(2387)

on September 10, 2010
at 06:43 AM

Did it taste good?

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 02:38 AM

In defense of my integrity I did admit to it being an EPIC fail of a day. The problem was that I haven't had the opportunity to go to the store personally and my carb loving neolithic (although incredibly wonderful) wife shopped. I've been pretty good about making do, but the carbs caught me at a weak point. Just getting back to work and haven't quite got the work shelves stocked, nor the routine down yet

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on September 09, 2010
at 08:14 PM

100g of almond butter contains around 12 grams n-6. For the celiac end of the gluten spectrum, the bagel might be worse, but for everyone else the almond butter is the worst.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 09, 2010
at 07:38 PM

Almond butter worse than a bagel? Well I guess it depends on your goals.

1a8020e101199de55c1b3b726f342321

(1973)

on September 09, 2010
at 05:58 PM

Most likely the almond butter, depends how much you ate. Nutritiondata has it at about 30:1 n-6 to n-3.

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on September 09, 2010
at 01:59 PM

Not sure which is worse, the bagel or the pizza. I think if you try to start the day right, it can help set the tone for the rest of your meals. If you are rushed for time in the morning, make some mini egg fritatas the night before (and stuff them with whatever you like: spinach, ham, cooked bacon, etc.) Kept in air-tight bags, these can last you several days. Just warm up one or two when you are ready for breakfast (or you can even eat them cold).

Recipe (along with some other good ones!) from Mark: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-primal-meals-in-15-minutes-or-less/

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on September 09, 2010
at 03:44 PM

Haha, sorry but you can't fail if you didn't try. I am not seeing anything very paleo about your day at all. (Ok, maybe the beef jerky)

My advice is to go to the supermarket/farmers market and pick up eggs, meat, fruits and vegetables and concentrate on those. Maybe skip a meal one day and take that time to cook a bunch of dinners, lunches or breakfasts for the future.

I just don't think eating a paleo breakfast will give you results if you are eating pizza and drinking beer every night.

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 02:38 AM

In defense of my integrity I did admit to it being an EPIC fail of a day. The problem was that I haven't had the opportunity to go to the store personally and my carb loving neolithic (although incredibly wonderful) wife shopped. I've been pretty good about making do, but the carbs caught me at a weak point. Just getting back to work and haven't quite got the work shelves stocked, nor the routine down yet

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(2614)

on September 09, 2010
at 02:49 PM

Not directly answering your question (to which I would say "dinner", because the pizza and beers together are worse than the bagel), but - fasting a bit can erase some small sins - chuck in an IF from time to time.

I also find that regular fasting, a condensed eating window starting after lunch, makes me eat better. If I have a bad start to the day, I go downhill all the way.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 09, 2010
at 01:52 PM

How about trying to do 2/3 meals paleo? I think dinner is the obvious choice for non-paleo because it tends to be social. Breakfast and lunch are comparative low-hanging fruit.

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0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on September 09, 2010
at 01:50 PM

Focus on breakfast - if you start your day with enough protein and fat: that keeps your blodsugar constant, so carby crap won't be so tempting... Then you are probably able to skip lunch and prepare a nice paleo dinner in the evening.

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77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 09, 2010
at 07:03 PM

There is no real answer to this question.

If you had said "after a decent lunch I had some ice cream and chocolate, and after a decent dinner I had some store-bought brownies" we could talk about the merits of dairy + sugar vs. gluten + hydrogenated vegetable oils. (Hint: dairy and sugar are the lesser evils here.)

I know for a fact that on this board we have single parents, workaholics with 40-100 hr jobs, poor college students, whatever. Some of us struggle more than others to keep eating well, but most of us don't really have good excuses compared to some of these people.

Eating Paleo is not that hard. Buy real food. Keep real food in your house. Don't buy anything else. If you're so busy that you don't have 10 minutes to throw some ingredients together, you may want to re-evaluate your life.

Best of luck.

And ditch the almond butter.

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 06:07 PM

I've realized that what I REALLY want is to defy CW without rocking the boat. My wife is newly pregnant and VERY non-paleo, and we have a two yr old that wishes she could live on milk, grapes and cookies. I want to change my eating without forcing them to change theirs. Impossible? Maybe, but I sure as hell am gonna try...and try harder than I did on Wednesday!

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on September 10, 2010
at 06:07 PM

To be honest, these last couple of posts got me feeling a little defensive...and then I thought about it - calling a spade, a spade is not an insult, it is a fact. I wasn't trying that day. In my head I decided that what I ate that day wasn't my priority...and I don't feel that I was wrong. However, I am also now trying to figure out what I really want. Exactly where on my priority list is my nutrition?

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 12, 2010
at 06:37 PM

Ah. Having a non-Paleo family can make things a lot more difficult, that is true. There's nothing wrong with epic fail days (I do it myself on rare occasions, so I definitely was not judging you on that account), and there's nothing wrong with not making nutrition/health your #1 priority. Some people just want to "lose a little weight" or whatever. But once you decide what your priorities are, don't let anything get in the way of achieving your goals.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 10, 2010
at 02:51 AM

I can usually find paleo and less harmful choices out of almost any meal. Skim the cheese and toppings off the pizza and throw out the dough. For breakfast, just eat the cheese and skip the bagel part. Ironically, I have found that the same numbers of pizza slices satiate me now as in the past, except now I am only eating the top half. The dough adds very little to the taste but a lot to the calories and unhealthfulness. The mind twisting part is that my xboyfriend, not wanting to 'waste' the dough part of the pizza, used to often save the dough and then later add tomato sauce and cheese back onto it and eat it. He said he didn't like wasting, but I think also he was a huge carboholic. In the past, my method of not wasting was to give the dough part to my dog, who is also a carb addict, but after reading GCBC, I am reluctant to give my dog too much wheat and grain as I am sure it is not good for her either. I wonder what the incubation period for metabolic syndrome and/or autoimmune response to wheat might be in a dog..perhaps much shorter than it is for humans.. -Eva

2c9c0fa91f6be6917e2e32018435d022

on November 22, 2010
at 12:02 PM

My dog actually is allergic to wheat and gluten. He eats far healthier than myself or my wife. If he eats anything containing gluten during the day he is up all night with ear problems...shaking his head...scratching his ears...not fun. You would think having a paleo dog would make this easier...hmmm

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