Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A New Year's Primal Challenge: Day 4

Day 4:

  1. Listen to your body. These first 3 days have been tough as I have been coming off of that holiday carb addiction. I find myself more hungry and 'snacky'. So, for day 4, don't restrict yourself to a breakfast/lunch/dinner schedule. Eat when you are hungry, listen to your body!
  2. Perform a MovNat workout.
  3. Lastly, for Day 4 try to focus on standing up straight, walking/standing without shoes (or try bare minimalist shoes like the ones I'm wearing below!) and stay on your feet for most of the day. We are trying to increase our movement and avoid the american sedentary lifestyle. So, if you find yourself at a desk most of the day, find ways to stand more and take brief breaks. Remember to hold good posture and ensure your workspace is at a proper height for YOU

Side note regarding agenda item #1: Along with listening to our bodies, there will come a point when our bodies will be so great at properly storing and burning fat that we may not feel hungry for many hours! Later on we will practice random fasting from food to see how well our body is at fat burning:) You will be amazed!
Once, I was impressed to hear Mark Sisson describe in a podcast at just how well his body is at fat burning. Mark said he was able to eat a dinner in the evening time and would not feel hungry until the next day at 1pm, which is when he would indulge in a delicious primal meal. Amazing!


A month ago, my husband found something new to try for primal exercises:) we are loving it. This will be great for the parents out there with kids {especially if you are a stay-at-home parent!}
It's called MovNat. It looks silly {which is why the kids will love it}, there is pretty much no equipment required, and it is quick {which I'm sure YOU will love!}

Go here for a MovNat workout!

Here is a little bit about MovNat which "is for everyone"! I also love this because it encompasses the primal lifestyle.

Meal/Snack Ideas:

Breakfast- sauté spinach in a pan with salt and have eggs/bacon on the side (this is what I made for my husband this morning); make a big spinach smoothie with berries or other fruit if you're in a hurry to go to work/school/or do errands.

Lunch- did you make pulled pork yesterday? use that shredded pork to top off your green salad and mix together guacamole to add on top!

Dinner- finish off that pulled pork (againwith the pork?) with lettuce wraps and add sliced avocado, onion, and tomatoes; make Ginger Garlic Sesame Seed Chicken.

Ginger Garlic Sesame Seed Chicken
  • 4 chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 T garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, thinnly sliced
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 T coconut oil
Set oven to 350 degrees. Heat large pan over medium heat with coconut oil. Trim extra fat off chicken thighs. Salt and pepper chicken as desired on both sides. Place in hot pan and cook top of chicken thigh for 5-7min. Mix remaning ingredients in a small bowl. Flip chicken thighs and place mixture over top. Place pan with chicken thighs into oven and cook for 30min. Remove from oven. Scoop mixture from bottom of pan on top of chicken thighs. Let cool for 5min. Serve.

Snacks- make a veggie plate of your favorite veggies; throw salt on sliced tomatoes (my favorite!)


-how you increased your daily movement
-movnat experience
-what you did to improve your workspaces and avoid a sedentary lifestyle
-relaxation techniques tried
-energy level {POOR, AVERAGE, GREAT}
-satisfaction level with meals
-hunger level between meals