Refining my new diet

The scale I bought for ~$15 has been coming in super handy, I can measure food to the gram basically which in my case is pretty important, being that currently I’ am so sensitive to sugar and carbs. It’s pretty cool that I can put a cup of tea on the scale, zero it and add 10g of coconut oil. Also I can do the same when eating, take a container of food and watch the scale go negative when I take food off.. super handy.
I’ve been having at least 15g of olive oil the past few days due to the whole MCT thing which I haven’t really looked into.
Also potatoes are a great source of carbs, so I’ve been having ~40g of sweet potato once every 1-2 hours the last couple days.. just to avoid an insulin spike.. which has been working. Yesterday I only had ~60g carbs the whole day, and no food after 90 mins of BJJ.. which was fine through till the morning -an I idea I pulled from a recent Primal Blueprint podcast.
To make the potato I bake it with onion and olive oil at ~200C for 1 hour and the result is really impressive.

Keeping up the diet

Without looking too much like a stereotype Instagram post.. I’m making a bunch of healthy food + coffee. If I can get a routine of good food going, even meal prepping it – which I think would be my best use of time, then that sounds good. Currently. Also I need to figure out how much this is all costing me. Mood and energy wise I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt, despite feeling kinda hungry a lot of the time and sad when I walk through the various baked goods in the market.. Doughnuts and croissants :'(
Early dinner of:

  • ~220g steamed potato (steaming is the best)
  • Fried spinach with garlic on olive oil Maybe ~150g
  • ~100g steamed carrots
  • ~40g fried onion
  • 180g salmon trout

And I’ve got extra stuff left over tomorrow for breakfast including eggs. Sounds good to me.

This took ehh too many hours walking around the central markets…

Have to emphasise that mood results are something to put on a postcard, it’s been less than a week, so my joy is somewhat hesitant, none the less I am indeed joyous (rejoice). The feeling is a narrower band of mood, which I feel is less stressful. I had a carb load session for dinner before Martial Arts and a coffee and didn’t feel super energetic. But I had an excellent bjj session. Relaxed and capable. So despite feeling not super energetic after eating my potatoes and carrots, I felt capable enough. This in a subtle way feels like new territory. Many new experiences of new territory in the past year or so. Rejoyce. Do it.

So I feel my Carbs and Protein levels agree with the Primal recommendations.

Here’s a screenshot of today’s food. foodI feel that the scales I got yesterday seem pretty good for keeping carbs and protein within those narrow bands talked about in the Primal diet.


Where are the Carbs?!

So with this new Primal Diet thing, I haven’t got to reading any of The Primal Blueprint, although I’ve got the free sample on my kindle ready to go. I’ve been doing this diet for a few days, and I’ve noticed a few things. My crashes are more psychological than physiological, which is a giant relief. It’s very early days, we’ll see how this whole thing goes. Which means that while I might feel a little crappy, I don’t feel like my systems are off line, I guess the crashes are just smaller.. ehh we’ll see, but yeah its interesting to note that I haven’t had my afternoon crashes, I don’t want to go sleep around 4pm. I’m just chugging along at 45% energy, which leads me to today. It’s Monday and I wanted to go to the gym, but this diet isn’t giving me the energy. The idea of that was not possible, I knew I didn’t have the energy. I was looking at the food logs (initially using but then which I’m still not entirely satisfied with) I had done over the past few days and I was not getting any carbs.

I looked at this page on which had the much talked about carb curve. I wasn’t getting my 100g. So I google primal carb sources and eyoo, on this (awesome) page I see that sweet and normal potatoes are going to give me ~20% carbs. fukn yes.
So, steamed chicken, broccoli, cauliflower and maybe a good half kilo of potatoes at 5pm and I here I am sitting after a mild session at the gym.

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Bjj Thursday

Went through second stripe drills.

Head lock escapes;

  • Protect airway and reach around and grab their far arm, pop out to the back.
  • Protect airway and reach around and grab their far arm, block their close leg with my rear facing leg, push them back over this leg and take them down
  • reach out and block their far knee, roll under them.

Guillotine escapes;

  • (arm out) protect airway and reach over their shoulder, block behind their leg and take them down.
  • (arm in) protect airway and reach around their back, block behind their leg and take them down.
  • (arm in being held low) block their far knee, step one leg inside their legs and back from their far knee, swing other leg around their far leg and pull them down over you.

Bjj tonight

learned a sweep from closed guard.

Break their posture by pulling their arm up, and pulling them down with your legs (closed guard). Grab a deep underhook in their armpit and pull it tight. You want to pull that arm and roll them onto their back. So with the free arm grab under their knee and shift away so they fall into the space you make, rolling onto mount.

Andy showed me some stuff after class. Guard pass.

Put your knee into their butt and rotate away, this will allow me to break their guard.

Reminder of setting the kimora from a fake hip bump sweep, or doing both