Bikram, Paleo, and Guac.

Happy Holy day, yo. I am currently laying supine in my bed trying to study for my  bio final. Did you know that we animals are more closely related to fungus than plants? Me neither.

Not a whole lot has gone down since my last post. My hamstrings were very sore from Thursday’s CrossFit workout, so I decided to drop in on a Bikram yoga class. I almost died. You would think having run a half marathon, triathlons, and lifting lots of heavy things would make yoga a breeze… Haha, no. I considered curling up into the fetal position and crying about 6 times. I think part of the issue was my considerable hangover from the night before. Gimme a break! It was the final hoorah before finals… Before Bikram, I made myself drink a gallon of water. During Bikram, I am certain that I sweated out 750 mL of water, a gram of salt, and perhaps 5 ounces of Bacardi. And the guy next to me farted during Rabbit pose. But that is neither here nor there.

I also finished reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. This has been on my to-do list for ages now, and I am so glad I finally got it done. Before reading the book, I liked the idea of paleo, but I was very skeptical behind some of the science behind it. I was pleased that all of the biochemistry (as far as I have learned) in the book was accurate. Now, I want to go through and read many of the actual studies and sources listed as evidence of Paleo being the way to go. I have already started, but I want to wait to do my giant paleo post until I have read more. I’m going to be real: the pros, the cons, the hyped up, and the applicability.

Your recipe for the day is another current obsession of mine. Bacon Guacamole. It is awesome on tacos and corn chips of course, but I have been mostly using it as a salad dressing. It will not disappoint.

Bacon Guac

Recipe: Makes 1-3 servings

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp bacon grease
  • 1-2 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • the juice from 1/3 lime (about 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 roma tomato, diced

Directions – Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix! Enjoy as a dip or salad dressing.

Warning: When I used the entire batch as a salad dressing for a meat salad, I was full for over 6 hours.

Benefits:

Avocado * contains vitamins A, B, C, and E. Also contain phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, zinc, and iron. Their greatest asset is their monounsaturated fat content, which is linked to lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, weight loss, and even alleviating depression.

Garlic * packed with antioxidants that fight aging, cancer, and heart disease. Garlic can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and eliminate free radicals (which cause cellular damage). It is also used to treat asthma and certain unpleasant infections.

Bacon * Saturated fats are not the evil health destroyers that think they are. For now, suffice it to say that most of the negative effects associated with eating bacon are not from the fat in bacon itself, but from the nitrites and nitrates that bacon is usually treated with.

Only 3 more days to enter the NuNaturals stevia giveaway!!!! 

About these ads

13 responses to “Bikram, Paleo, and Guac.

  1. This looks so so good!

  2. Bacon Guacamole sounds amazing!!! I loved the Paleo Solution! It made so more sense to me why I was actually eating Paleo. Everything started to click after reading that one!

  3. I cannot wait for your giant paleo post! I’m learning more and more about that way of eating (I hesitate to say diet) and am so glad that I’ve taken biochem, physiology, and biology courses because 1. it makes sense, and 2. I can think critically about what I’m reading :)

  4. Found you through PetiteAthleat, and had to say that I give you huge credit for doing Bikram hungover. I was never brave enough. Too funny about the farter! It’s such a conundrum, how NOT to laugh when that happens. My favorite was the guy who came to Bikram in his wrestling uniform….from 1980. I’ll be back to read more! :)

  5. How embarassing… The writer of a healthy food blog thought of bacon guacamole before I did. I bow down to your greatness haha. And they make nitrate(ite) free bake’nnnn. It tastes betterrrr.

  6. I used to follow a Paleo-ish diet few months ago with no grains; just some quinoa, buckwheat, or millet few times a week or so. Although it sounds convincing, I now really do think their science is bad. Human body keeps evolving and it doesn’t make sense we would have not been accustomed to grains and legumes. They also completely ignore the significance of intestinal parasites which lower blood cholesterol – which is why the masai, eskimo, and many aboriginals were able to survive without major heart problems. The truth is however, that people like the eskimo had horrible bone issues such as osteoporosis (fact proven by their mummies) and short life span. More and more discoveries are showing paleolithic men depended much more on plant foods such as starch-organs and even grains than meat. I really suggest you check out the Primitive Nutrition series on youtube which covers this topic very thoroughly with literally hundreds of research paper! Thanks :D

  7. There was a bikram yoga place near my school last year and I was always curious about it! I want to try :D

  8. That Guac looks Delicious! I will definitely be trying that out!

  9. Serious bacon addiction here !

  10. I am REALLY excited for the paleo post. My prep coach has me basically eating Paleo, minus 2oz of beans every couple of days and 4oz of sweet potato occasionally.

  11. i am more of a primal person than paleo. But i do like Robb. Do you read mark’s daily apple?

    • Not on the reg, but I do like primal better because I think grass fed/raw/ organic dairy is perfectly fine! Unless of course you are lactose intolerant, which I am not! No idea when I will be back in the ATX, but when I am, you will be the first to know!!

      ________________________________

  12. bacon just makes everything better in my opinion :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s