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Adventure of a Fat Kid, II

The Naughty Tacos, that felt so right!

We are on day 9 of my new lifestyle and as a human does, we make excuses and let life get in the way. Not saying this is a bad thing, this is a real thing. All in all I have been doing good on my new lifestyle but I have slipped a couple of times. On cheat day, I went out with my children to Incredible Pizza. I was loving my refined and processed melted cheese on my tacos, and it felt good, at the time, lol! Ha, it is funny that I am a chef, and my cheat day was at a children’s pizza buffet, but that is the life of a dad trying to have fun with the kiddos while they are young.

Cheat Night!

I will admit for some reason I feel like I walk into a new realm when I go into Incredible Pizza and calories and fat grams don’t count. (and yes I am sure I am going to Hell for all the trans fats I am eating at this place, but for some reason I just don’t care. My children and I have so much fun, and that is more important over some standards of eating. I figure they won’t always be this age so I should enjoy it and just let loose and have a good time.

Yummy Cocktail at Cellar & Plate in Springfield Mo

I also have been eating some packaged foods at night like nuts, dried fruits, coconut clusters, and some other packaged items. What else bad have I done……….oh yeah! I went out with some chef friends during the week and totally threw the diet out the window and had meat, cheese, and all kinds of delicious rich foods and I didn’t care at all. As a father I was so excited to get out of the house and be with some good buddies and just have some downtime. Not saying I don’t love my family, just good to get away. I also had a cocktail and a glass of wine. Typically I don’t drink except on cheat day, but why not put the body in shock and awe! LOL!!!!

Thank you Flickr for the free image

So you know, don’t feel bad about having a cheat day on top of a cheat day every now and again. Do you know why??? Because you are human, and it is OK to have a good time. Take it while you can get it, just balance out the rest of your week. For me, I might not indulge quite so much on “Cheat Day” because of the things I consumed on Thursday night with the boys.

“Thursday Night With The Boys”
From right to left: Italian Aficionado Shawn Kraft, Chef of the Year Jyh Tan, Restaurateur/Chef Angel Kim, Your Truly Chef Pauly
High Heat Roasted Organic Broccoli

I feel that doing good 4-5 days that I wasn’t doing before, is progress. I have been preparing a lot of fresh meals that are very simple like “High Heat Roasted Broccoli”. Trim 1-3 heads of Organic Broccoli, toss in a large bowl Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, & Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast. This healthy treat can be done with any vegetable out there. I love mixing that with some cleaned and trimmed Red Organic Beets.

Wild Caught Salmon is more red in color, not pink

I have also been eating a lot of Wild Caught Salmon for lunch, I think it is delicious! I personally stay away from Farm Raised Salmon and would just rather not eat if that is my only choice. For more info on Farm Raised vs. Wild Caught Salmon check this out from our friends at “Crown Prince” click HERE. I feel salmon is very digestible and good for the body. I like to blacken it, saute it in my Miyoko’s Plant Based Butter, and cook it medium.

I love my Miyoko’s!!!

Miyoko’s is made of Organic Coconut and Cashew and it tastes almost just like butter and has all the same cooking attributes as well. It is so creamy and burns like butter helping give amazing texture to steaks and seafood. You can use with your veggies or poultry. And I feel this a great help for the diets that don’t allow dairy and meat, you can use this butter alternative and get great results!

So I have been terrible about drinking water my entire life! Seriously, I would be lucky to drink 2 glasses of water a week. Being a sailor for over a decade I remember taking my vitamins with an IPA Beer or glass of champagne. I seriously never drank water, well unless you count the ice cubes that melted in my cocktails. It was what it was, you worked hard and played hard as a yacht chef and this particular yacht chef never drank water.

Yacht I worked on for 3 years in and out of St Barts and Ft Lauderdale

So now to the water part of my lifestyle, it is very important that you drink the proper amount of water even if it does funny stuff at first. Like for me, I am blowing up like a whale and my body is retaining the water that I am drinking because it thinks it is a trick and I am not going to drink water any more, lol. I am on almost 2 weeks of drinking 115 oz of water a day. I have noticed I do sleep better and when I would sit down to poop, and I would sit too long, I would get tingles in my knees and it was like my feet went to sleep. That is going away by drinking the water I feel. So you take your weight and divide it by two and that is what you should drink in water per day in ounces. So I am 230 pounds divided by 2 is 115 oz per day. If you are 200 pounds and divide by 2 your are 100 oz per day. Very simple, and very important. Your body is 60-70 percent water so do the math. So back to my water problem, but it isn’t going to stop me from drinking water. Eventually I am sure my body will start to circulate my water more rapidly as it gets used to me feeding it plenty of water every day. It just wont go out, and no matter how good I eat, I still feel this water inside me. I just have to have faith my body will know what to do.

Thank you Wikipedia for the free image

The way that I drink lots of water is I bought a cool Artic Insulated Mug that fits in a drink holder and drink from it. It is 20 oz and I try and drink from it 6 times. If you do once in the morning and once at night that is 2. Then drink one 15-20 min before or after a meal, that is a total of 5. Now just drink one or two more in between and you are 6-7 and doing good! The benefits of water are just remarkable and I strongly recommend that if you only do one thing to better your life, drink your recommended amount of water daily. You can do it!

Yacht Chef/Food Blogger Paul Allen

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adventure of a FAT kid

Hello, my name is Paul Allen and I am 40 years old. I grew up hefty my whole life (or as my Mom would say, big boned) and didn’t shed the weight till I was in Culinary School around the age of 21 at a top weight of 255. As a fat kid, we sometimes bring the weight back on and then try to shed again. (like a yo yo effect) At the current moment I am hunched over a computer with my belly resting against the top of my thighs and It is once time to do something about it. I haven’t been on a weight scale in years but if I was to guess, I would say I am around 230-235 pounds. My ideal weight is 185 and I need to do something about it.

Paul Allen 1/7/2020

I am going on a diet or should I say “Lifestyle” that I created while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. At the time I called it the “SOA Way of Life” but I am thinking of changing the name to “DOM Lifestyle” (D.O.M. = Design Of Me) but maybe you can help me come up with a better name. (feel free to message me a name you think would be better) I was big my whole life and when I went to Culinary School I ate a lot of food, and had a grand ole time. I was blowing up like a whale and loving every minute. Until my thighs would rub together and I would get soars and agony from the pain. I hated when that would happen. As a fat kid you don’t realize all the ailments you have, until you loose the weight and you think to yourself, how did I live with myself???

Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park New York

I remember going through Nutritional Class at the CIA and learning about calories, fat, healthy fat, trans fats, and all kinds of interesting stuff. We did a project and had to count the calories we consumed for the week and input it into a computer program. I clearly remember on the day that we did this, when I entered my breakfast alone I had gone over on calorie intake for the whole day and hadn’t even gotten to lunch, dinner, desserts or snacks for the remainder of the day. I was at over 5,500 calories for the whole day!!!!!

Photo Cred: Ash from pexels

At that moment I knew I had to make a life change! Now was the time to apply my knowledge, and focus on weight loss and a better life all around. Are you ready for my formula??? I started off by eating anything I want for breakfast, a modest lunch and fresh fruits and vegetables for dinner. I stayed away from dairy but did allow hard cheeses like Parmesan and Asiago in the morning or afternoon, and had one cheat day a week. Besides that day, no sugary candy or sweets.

Lunch of Wild Caught Salmon and Roasted Veggies

I would find myself eating better and better for breakfast and on the cheat day, sometimes I would not even cheat. My body started to crave this new lifestyle of delicious whole foods and eventually I didn’t crave sugar at all. I cut out all fast food restaurants, and stayed away from condiments and pre-packaged items. (that doesn’t mean all items, just thought about my food and ingredients. Starting to practice moderation in my life for once) Now if I was at a friends house and they served me food, I din’t make a big deal of it. I would eat and not be the weird guy, and just later that week I would eat better. Or I would consider that my cheat day for the week. It is all about balance and an 80/20 lifestyle. 80% good, 20% anything goes.

80% eat good, 20% anything goes

Previously in life, I always tried the diets that have no light at the end of the tunnel, the strict crazy diets that are so hard to follow. If you live a normal life and actually leave your house, these seem impossible! At the time (2001 “ish”) the weight loss diets that have you eat a bunch of meat and dairy were very trendy (still are) but so very unhealthy I feel. This is just my thoughts, but I don’t see how that particular diet can be good for you. And every time I would do those kind of diets, yes the weight would come off, but if I was to slip up a hand full of times the weight always came right back, and sometimes even more.

According to the USDA, we are supposed to eat 5 oz of meat per day, about the size of a deck of cards, yet we eat 2-3 times that amount. Click HERE to read more. If we are on the meat induced diets, we might eat 4-5 times that amount. Where does it all go? Again, I do believe in some meat, but not in excess. The average American eats 222.22 pounds of meat per year according to a study in 2018 by Micheline Maynard Senior Contributor of FOOD & DRINK. I will copy her link HERE if you want to read more.

Chicago Stockyards 1947

Now lets get into the dairy aspect, when is the last time you viewed a 20 year old man suckling on his mother bosom for milk? My point exactly, (sorry for the image, lol) you haven’t! So why are we consuming so many milk, cheese, and dairy items? Well probably because they taste delicious!!! And when did we become able to digest milk from a Cow???? I am sure we choose this animal because it produces a lot of milk, but take some time to think about it, to truly truly ponder and think about it. Common sense will tell us all that it is not OK to eat that much diary, especially highly mass produced dairy products. If you have to have dairy every once in a while, I get it, but to incorporate ever day, I don’t think that is smart, but who am I t tell you what to do, I am no expert or doctor. On a serious note, don’t ever try to take away my ice cream, nothing gives me more satisfaction than a good trip to the ice cream stand. In moderation, this is OK and believe me I am the first to say I eat to much diary, but am going to put a handle on this and see how I feel. (I will let you know in future blogs if I feel different)

I love my Miyoko’s

We have to get away from thinking that calories are bad for us, calories in Europe are labeled Energy. Yes that is right, think of calories as energy, you just want to put the right energy inside you. For instance, if you are a marathon runner you might need more energy than someone sitting in their office chair all day. Not saying one is bad or the other, just saying we all have different lifestyles. So if you are consuming the same amount of energy as a marathon runner, and you are sitting most of the day, it could possibly turn to fat. Just look down at your waistline and trust me, it doesn’t lie. Also there is healthy fat like in avocados, nuts, and olive oil. The main fat we want to stay away from is Trans Fats. Here is an article for the top 7 trans fats and where they come from, CLICK HERE to read. Basically fried fast foods and items like margarine. We want to stay away from Trans Fats at all cost!!! I try to not even do them on Cheat Day! If you happen to eat one every now and again, don’t let it get to you, just try to slowly cut them out.

Free Image by pxfuel

This way of life is not about being worried all the time, it is about freedom and taking your life back in stages. Some will take this way of life more aggressively and loose weight faster, some will take it slow, but the key is to making it your new way of life. Eat with common sense, have fun, life life and enjoy it all, in moderation. Like if I go out of the country, I might eat bad every day for 2 weeks, but when I get home I get strict with what I consume.

This is a short introduction to the “Adventure of a FAT kid” to learn more about how this new way of life is going to work for me, keep reading my blog. I plan on showing you what I eat daily, helping you with recipes, and meal plans. We will see what this will grow into, but I will have no expectations of what is to be. If I can help a couple people loose weight like I did, and live a better lifestyle, so be it! I am sure you will not all agree on my diet, and what I believe, but that is OK. I am no doctor, I am not a scientist and am not saying one way is better than the other, this is just what worked for me. Like they say in Israel……….L’chaim! (to life my friends)

Chef Paul Allen

PS Now I have to figure out how to review restaurants and still stay healthy 🙂 Maybe I will have to only review healthy restaurants, lol 🙂