It seems like only yesterday that I was eating ice cream, dairy products, flour and legumes- all without tummy aches. At least I thought so, since I had no idea how amazing my digestive system would feel without those things in there- my, how times have changed.
Christmas has been a trying time for my primalness, as I suspected it would be. It seems my manager (god love him) has a new member of the Lindt collection waiting on my desk every morning. I know that lindors are a gateway chocolate for me… But I went in anyway… after all, it’s Christmas. Before I knew it, one led to four and I had to send an emergency message to friends on the 4th floor to host an intervention and save me from the headache and stomach pains that would soon follow. They made it just in time, before I could make it to number five. The stomach aches didn’t come, but the headache sure did.
Other than chocolate binges, I’ve been doing pretty well, almost 80/20 in favour of primal, but probably more like 75/25, thanks to alcohol. Why does everyone drink so much at Christmas? Partly because alcohol is a way to kick back and celebrate, but for me, because everyone else is and I don’t want to be left out. I hate being that person who orders water when the others order beers- or the person who goes home and works out, in lieu of having drinks with a friend in need.
So, tonight, I went out for “one drink” after a work function where I had already consumed a glass of wine from a bowling alley in Quebec that came out of a box and tasted like paint thinner. One drink led to three rather quickly, and the bartender was definitely not pouring me singles… Spiced rum, another Christmas vice.
But on a positive note, I received my first order of grass fed beef and chicken from Grazing Days on the weekend. Ten pounds of grass fed beef and a grass fed chicken were brought to my door by a smiling farmer. I gave the man cash, and stuffed the goods in my freezer (see pic below). I was impressed with the variety… A roast, sirloin, rib eye, sausages, and ground beef. I had a relatively small piece of the massive sirloin cut tonight. To be honest, I couldn’t really decipher a difference in taste between the grass fed beef, and what I get at Aubrey’s butcher shop. But, it was much more convenient, and not much more expensive, if at all. Also, Aubrey’s has been quite inconsistent in their service lately… One day they were almost entirely out of beef, and out of bacon on another. Now they are closed because of a
flood. As such, I tried the bacon at Sasloves on the weekend… It wasn’t nearly as good. Aubrey’s is still my favorite butcher shop in Ottawa, despite the issues lately.
Anyhow… All this to say, although Christmas is kicking my smaller primal ass, I have not gone too far off track yet. I can’t or else I get sick haha. I plan to do another 21- 30 days of 100% primal, beginning in January. I have a feeling I’ll be needing a cleanse.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!