Paleolithic… A Lifestyle Not a Diet.

So in the name of being completely honest about both my successes and failures on the blog, I am telling you all my attempt at doing a one week Paleolithic Diet lasted less than 2 days.  Now why did it last such a short time? you ask…. over the past couple days since I last wrote I spoke with numerous people some of whom have or continue to live a Paleolithic lifestyle, some whom have considered making the switch, and some of whom will never be making the switch, and here is one constant that I have been hearing… “Paleolithic is a lifestyle choice, not a diet”.  After hearing this from numerous people and doing some further exploring myself I too have come to this decision.  Going Paleo is about making conscious choices that are not simply about losing weight, it’s about making changes to the way you live and eat through a lengthy time in your life not just something you go all in for for a week or two and then revert back to your previous habits.  This discovery/feedback made me realize that while I LOVE some of the ideas in the Paleolithic lifestyle the paleolithic lifestyle is a lifestyle I’m just not 100% ready to commit to right now at this point in my life, and instead I have learned more about being more aware of what I’m putting in my body both good and bad, and in my mind that’s the greatest accomplishment I could’ve achieved. 🙂

Having said all this I 110% support all of you who do 100% of the time follow a Paleolithic lifestyle, and I respect those who try to live it (successful and unsuccessful), and I all I ask is that people give me the same respect and support in return.

In terms of ever going Paleolithic… I see myself on occasion having a Paleo based meal same as I think everyone does from time to time.

These are strictly my thoughts!

-Ben-

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1 Week Paleo Diet

Starting tomorrow I will embark on a one week Paleo Diet.  A Paleo diet is something I never would have really even considered trying until a few days ago when I began researching foods in and the benefits of a Paleolithic diet, and discovered while there are a lot of foods I will be saying good-bye to for the next seven days, there are more foods I will be continuing to eat.

Why am I doing a Paleolithic diet you may ask??? Because while I try to eat healthy or at least reasonably healthy most of the time, I am a huge sucker for sweets, high starchy and sugary foods, and especially grains ie: bagels, bread, cookies, etc…  And by doing a Paleolithic diet I am going to be cutting these foods, and yes my favorite: Beer and wine, and actually all forms of alcohol from my diet for the upcoming seven days.  Another reason is that lately I’ve been feeling honestly kind of moody and crabby and I am believing it to be a result of poor sleeping, poor eating, and in general poor care of myself both physically and emotionally, and by doing this Paleo diet I am desperately hoping to kick-start better body and mind care for myself, (fingers crossed). 🙂

Why am I choosing to do it for just a week?  Because this is my first attempt at a Paleolithic diet and I am actually jumping in cold turkey and while I am certain I will be more than able to make it the week, I am not looking to set an unrealistic goal right off the bat.  However if week one goes well there’s nothing that says I can’t or wont extend it beyond next Tuesday (September 10, 2013), or that I wont again try it and try it for a longer period in a couple of weeks down the road.

Over the course of the next seven day’s you will be able to view some of my Paleo diet pics on Instagram & Twitter by following me at: @BenELR .

Here are some guidelines of foods on a Paleolithic diet courtesy of the book: “Practical Paleo” and also found online @ : http://balancedbites.com/practical-paleo-tear-out-guides

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*Please remember these are not the all mighty set in stone rules of a Paleolithic diet, they are merely guidelines.  These are however the guidelines I will be going by for the next seven days.*

I would love to hear you thoughts on Paleolithic diets, and your experiences with them if you have any.

Now to enjoy my final pre-Paleolithic diet meal….

-Ben-

3 Time Half Marathoner, and Lululemon Run Surge Shorts.

This past weekend as I ran in my third ever half marathon.  I ran the Edmonton Marathon Half Marathon in Edmonton, AB.  This was the second consecutive year I ran the Edmonton Marathon Half, but the first time I’ve run it alone (Ashley and I ran it together this year), she cheered me on at the start and finish line yesterday. 🙂

3 time Half Marathoner. :)

3 time Half Marathoner. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished the race with a time of 2:25:45, which sadly wasn’t as low as I was hoping for, nor was it a PB, however it was only 39 seconds behind my PB set in July 2012 at the Stampede Road Race in Calgary.  While my time wasn’t was I was hoping for I was happy in the end with the time and the effort I gave, considering at KM 16 I had to make a brief yet unexpected stop along the side of the course to remove my custom orthopedic knee brace on my right knee which has had SIX operations to repair torn cartilidge, and ligaments.  the outside of the brace hinge was digging into the outside of my kneecap causing immense  pain and discomfort, as well the straps of the rear of the brace had rubbed so much on the back of my knee it resulted in extreme chaffing.

Owie!!

Owie!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The combination of the chaffing and the pain from the hinge pushing on the kneecap resulted in me doing a walk/run combo at a reduced intensity and speed for the final 5 KM of the race.  However despite this not major but certainly not minor hiccup I did continue to press on and complete the run discomfort, bleeding and all.

On an upside I tried my brand new Lululemon: Run Surge Shorts which I must say…. I’m in love with these shorts.  There in the inner lining shorts and they’re very lightweight and sweat wicking.  These are definitely the best running shorts, and the most comfortable running shorts I’ve ever run in, and… they have a sweet little side zip pocket perfect sized for energy chews, gels, or for asthmatics like myself inhalers.  I was able to fit both a gel, and an inhaler in the side zip pocket.  I definitely recommend these shorts for runners.

Lululemon: Run Surge Shorts.

Lululemon: Run Surge Shorts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All things considered I had an amazing time running the Edmonton Marathon half marathon yesterday, and am already planning to run it for a third consecutive year next August as one of my planned two half marathons next year.  For right now though I am taking a few days to rest and recover from yesterdays run and then it’s back to training and preparing for my next run on Saturday September 7th at Calgary’s “Run for Water” supporting funding clean water for Ethiopia.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my third half marathon. :

2013 Edmonton Marathon half marathon finishers medal.

2013 Edmonton Marathon half marathon finishers medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugs!!

-Ben-

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Ontario Trip Part 2. Must Eats!

Hello again dearest readers!  In tonight’s blog post I will highlight 7 must eats in Ontario from me and Ashley’s trip out east last week.  I will be highlighting everything from a steak and eggs breakfast in Little Italy in Ottawa, to Orgasmic hard ice cream in Kingston, to succulent Prime Rib 115 floors up in Toronto.

Excellent Steak and Eggs breakfast at Stoneface Dolly's in the little Italy district in Ottawa, ON.  This little gem has a killer patio to enjoy a Sunday summers brunch. ;)

Excellent Steak and Eggs breakfast at Stoneface Dolly’s in the little Italy district in Ottawa, ON. This little gem has a killer patio to enjoy a Sunday summers brunch. 😉

 

Next up in Kingston, ON we have Reid's Dairy.  This was recommended to us by our friend Lisa who went to Queen's University in Kingston.  Now I have enjoyed a lot of hard ice cream in my days but I have to admit this tops them all, especially when mixing bubblegum and cotton candy flavors in a waffle cone.  Advice.. dont' get anything bigger than medium sized, this was a medium and it took all my energy to finish it!

Next up in Kingston, ON we have Reid’s Dairy. This was recommended to us by our friend Lisa who went to Queen’s University in Kingston. Now I have enjoyed a lot of hard ice cream in my days but I have to admit this tops them all, especially when mixing bubblegum and cotton candy flavors in a waffle cone. Advice.. dont’ get anything bigger than medium-sized, this was a medium and it took all my energy to finish it!

 

For a great casual breakfast in Toronto I urge you to try Hank's on Church ST just south of King ST East.

For a great casual breakfast in Toronto I urge you to try Hank’s on Church ST just south of King ST East.

 

This is the first of two restaurants in Toronto recommended to us by my friend and fellow blogger Jess (@trulyjess). Rivoli (@TheRivoliTO) on Queen ST West is home to without question.. the best Sweet Potato Fries and Turkey Club sandwich I've ever had!!! Great late night eats can be found at Rivoli!!

This is the first of two restaurants in Toronto recommended to us by my friend and fellow blogger Jess (@trulyjess). Rivoli (@TheRivoliTO) on Queen ST West is home to without question.. the best Sweet Potato Fries and Turkey Club sandwich I’ve ever had!!! Great late night eats can be found at Rivoli!!

 

Le Petite Dejuner on King St East in Toronto is the second resaurant recommendation I recieved from my friend Jess. All I will say is... Best Waffles EVER!! Light and fluffy with wonderful topping choices!  You'll never look at IHOP the same again after a waffle from Le Petite Dejuner. ;)

Le Petite Dejeuner on King St East in Toronto is the second restaurant recommendation I received from my friend Jess. All I will say is… Best Waffles EVER!! Light and fluffy with wonderful topping choices! You’ll never look at IHOP the same again after a waffle from Le Petite Dejeuner. 😉

Sunset Grill at the coroner of Yonge and Richmond st, is a fast and cheap but delicious breakfast spot in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Sunset Grill at the coroner of Yonge and Richmond st, is a fast and cheap but delicious breakfast spot in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Finally 115 floors up at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is home to the most succulent prime rib I've ever enjoyed.  This is a perfect restaurant for either a romantic datenight dinner with that special someone, or just a place to enjoy a great meal and take in breathtaking views of the largest and most exciting city in Canada.

Finally 115 floors up at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower is home to the most succulent prime rib I’ve ever enjoyed. This is a perfect restaurant for either a romantic date night dinner with that special someone, or just a place to enjoy a great meal and take in breathtaking views of the largest and most exciting city in Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you for taking the time to read this post and a huge thanks to the restaurants I’ve highlighted for making it so easy to rave about them, and to those who recommended these places.  Next time you’re in any of these Ontario cities be sure to check out these Must Eats!

Ciao or Chow! 🙂

-Ben-

 

 

Ontario Trip Part 1.

Hello again all you blog readers…. After almost two weeks since my last post and a week-long trip to Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario, I’m back. 🙂

As you may recall from my previous blog entry or if you follow me on Twitter: @BenELR on Instagram: @BenELR , Ashley and I were in Ontario last week to attend one of my cousin’s wedding, and also just for a little vacation afterward just the two of us.

We started our 8 day trip with three days in our nations capital (Ottawa), with a quick little couple hour trip across the river to Gatineau, Quebec to “Casino Lac-Leamy” (the most hoppin’ and swanky casino we’ve ever seen outside of Las Vegas), sadly lady luck was everywhere but on our side, but hey we went primarily so that we could say we were in 4 Canadian provinces in one day which is a new record for me.  We started our day off at home in Calgary, AB, followed by a flight layover in Winnipeg, MB, landing in Ottawa, ON, and finally with a quick trip to Gatineau, PQ to the casino.

The following day (Sunday July 21) was my cousin John and his beautiful now wife Christine’s wedding in a small village named Manotick, ON just south of Ottawa.  Also earlier that day I went for a humid and scenic 6km run along Parliament Hill, and down Sussex Dr, in downtown Ottawa.  I’ve always thought it to be difficult to be motivated to exercise/run while on vacation but let me tell you this… when you have the opportunity to run through and explore areas of a historic city such as a national capital like Ottawa it’s not only easy, but so much fun, and educational all at the same time.

The next day Ashley and I spent the afternoon touring the Canadian Government facilities together, many of which I ran past the previous morning on my run, but had not had the opportunity to explore at all.  Some of my favorite and highly recommended buildings are: The Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Parliament building, and  Notre Dame cathedral.

Tuesday July 23 we left the nation’s capital and headed southwest to…… TORONTO, weeeeeeeeeeee!!!!   Ok.. I need to say this right off the bat; I am a FREAKIN’ HUGE fan of the city of Toronto, ON (T.O.),  along with Los Angeles, CA, and Calgary it is one of my all time favorite cities in the world hands down!!  The most notable place we drove through en-route to T.O. was the city of Kingston, ON, to stop at Reid’s Dairy which was said to be a MUST STOP AT by one of our friends who went to the University of Queens in Kingston, ON.  Let me tell you.. Reid’s was more than worth the stop, I had some of if not the best hard ice cream I’ve ever had in my life there.  I will talk more about what I loved so much about their ice cream in tomorrow’s blog post where I will be highlighting some of my best eats in Ottawa, Toronto, and in between.

Rather than listing the days and what all we did in T.O. I am just going to highlight some of the bests and at the end there will be some pics from the best of both cities.

Toronto Highlights for us:

-Seeing Heart live in concert at the Molson Canadian amphitheatre. (world-class outdoor but covered concert venue.) if you ever have a chance to see a concert there.. go!  This was my second concert there and it’s just as amazing there now as it was 11 years ago.

-Hanging out at Younge and Dundas square in downtown T.O.  It’s just like Times Square, or Piccadilly in London only thing that sets Younge and Dundas Square apart…. It’s CANADIAN!

-Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game at Rogers Centre formerly Skydome (North America’s first fully functioning retractable roof stadium).  Sorry Blue Jays, while I bought a Jays home jersey at the game cause I do love you I had to cheer for the Dodgers I just happen to love them a wee bit more.

-Visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, and having our picture taken with and touching the Stanley Cup!

– Ashley and I meeting for the first time one of her oldest friends whom she was pen pals with as a kid. And having a great dinner with him and his girlfriend at the Mill St. Brew Pub in the historic distillery district of downtown T.O.

-Touring the Steamwhistle brewery at the historic Roundhouse in downtown.  I say historic cause it used to be a repair garage for Canadian Steam Engine trains.  Since the end of its time as a repair garage it’s been deemed a national historic site, and now it just so happens to have a sweet little brewery in it.

-Taking Ashley for a romantic Friday night dinner for two to “360. The restaurant at the CN Tower” (I will be talking lots more about this gem in tomorrow’s eats blog post).  Eating in a revolving restaurant has become a bit of a thing for Ashley and I as we’ve done it twice here in Calgary at the Calgary Tower, once in Vancouver at The Harbour Centre, and now 115 floors up atop the CN Tower in Toronto.

-Taking in Toronto FC’s (MLS soccer team) first home win at BMO Field in twelve months.  Yes you read that correctly, first home victory in twelve months.

Here are some pics from our trip to Ottawa, and Toronto.  Hope you enjoy! 😉

Outside Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, PQ.

Outside Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, PQ.

 

Canadian Parliament Building all lit up at night.

Canadian Parliament Building all lit up at night.

 

My 3 favorite sights in Ottawa from my Sunday morning run.  From top to bottom on the right side: Supreme Court of Canada, Notre Dame Cathederal, and the Canadian Parliament Building.

My 3 favorite sights in Ottawa from my Sunday morning run. From top to bottom on the right side: Supreme Court of Canada, Notre Dame cathedral, and the Canadian Parliament Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John and Christine's wedding.

John and Christine’s wedding.

 

Ashley and I at the wedding.

Ashley and I at the wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley and Mama ELR at the wedding.

Ashley and Mama ELR at the wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Parliament buliding in the background.

Canadian Parliament building in the background.

 

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Ice Cream at Reid's Dairy in Kingston, ON.

Ice Cream at Reid’s Dairy in Kingston, ON.

 

Heart in concert at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre in Toronto.

Heart in concert at the Molson Canadian amphitheatre in Toronto.

 

Ashley's first time ever to T.O. at Younge and Dundas Square at night.

Ashley’s first time ever to T.O. at Younge and Dundas Square at night.

 

Drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe at Younge and Dundas Square.

Drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe at Younge and Dundas Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Jays vs. Dodgers. Lets go Dodgers!!

Blue Jays vs. Dodgers. Lets go Dodgers!!

 

Or.. Lets Go Blue Jays!

Or.. Lets Go Blue Jays!

Blue Jays vs. Dodgers at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays vs. Dodgers at Rogers Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actual Stanley Cup Champion rings at the Hockey Hall of Fame, including 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.

Actual Stanley Cup Champion rings at the Hockey Hall of Fame, including 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We won the Stanley Cup!!! No big deal!! ;)

We won the Stanley Cup!!! No big deal!! 😉

 

Mill St. Brew pub time!!

Mill St. Brew pub time!!

 

Representing Canada's team in front of their stadium.

Representing Canada’s team in front of their stadium.

 

Steamwhistle brewery tour time!

Steamwhistle brewery tour time!

 

I bought her heer own Jays hat now she thinks she's legit!! some people, haha!

I bought her heer own Jays hat now she thinks she’s legit!! some people, haha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All dressed up and a romantic dinner to go to 115 floors up.

All dressed up and a romantic dinner to go to 115 floors up.

Toronto looks so small yet still so big this high up.

Toronto looks so small yet still so big this high up.

 

Downtown Toronto all lit up at night.

Downtown Toronto all lit up at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal clear view of the Jays and Astros game from the restauraunt 115 floors up and the roof is open at the dome.

Crystal clear view of the Jays and Astros game from the restaurant 115 floors up and the roof is open at the dome.

 

Just a teaser of tomorrow's must eats blog. Smoked Salmon appy at the CN Tower.

Just a teaser of tomorrow’s must eats blog. Smoked Salmon appy at the CN Tower.

 

Beer and Soccer... Heck Yeah!!

Beer and Soccer… Heck Yeah!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley and her penpal Mike finally meet in the flesh.

Ashley and her pen pal Mike finally meet in the flesh.

 

Like all good things our vacation had to come to an end Saturday night.  Can't you just tell we're so excited to be leaving Toronto?? lol

Like all good things our vacation had to come to an end Saturday night. Can’t you just tell we’re so excited to be leaving Toronto?? lol

 

Essentials for the 4hr 15 minute red-eye flight home.

Essentials for the 4hr 15 minute red-eye flight home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you all for stopping by to read about and share in our experiences with us.

Also thank-you to the following people who gave amazing recommendations to us for this trip.  You all helped make this trip so much more amazing: Melodie, Jess, Mike, Heather, and Lisa.  You all ROCK!!

I know I’m going to sound like a paid advertisement for the province of Ontario, but….. GO VISIT ONTARIO!!!! IT’S YOURS TO DISCOVER!! 😉

-Ben-

Ontario bound.

Happy Friday night blog reading peeps, I hope you had a great past week, I know I sure did! And now………I’m on VACATION!!!!!!!!

Ashley and I leave for 8 days tomorrow morning.  We start the trip off with three days in our nations capital: Ottawa, Ontario, and then a day of driving down to Toronto where we will be spending the next 4 days.

This will be my first trip to Ottawa, not my first to Toronto, however it is gonna be Ashley’s first time ever to the glorious province of Ontario.

We are going primarily for my cousin’s wedding Sunday night in Ottawa, but since Ashley’s never been to Ontario we decided to make a whole week of the trip.

Some of the things we will be doing during our time in Ottawa, and Toronto and in between:

-Visiting Parliament Hill (Canadian government)

-Heart concert in Toronto

-Toronto Blue Jays v.s. Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game (Go Dodgers)

-Hockey Hall of Fame

-CN Tower

 

If anyone has suggestions of places we should be sure to see or good eats in either city or in between please let me know, I would love to hear some reader recommendations, and all suggestions we take will be mentioned in a future blog post!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for those of you who submit suggestions…Thank-you in advance.

 

Ciao!

 

-Ben-

Stampede Food 2013.

Today’s blog post is dedicated to the food Ashley and I tried today (Day 3 of the 2013 Calgary Stampede).  Below I will be posting pictures of all the food and a brief description of the food, and at the end I’ll be ranking the food from the most essential to try in my opinion to the most avoidable.

 

Free Stampede Breakfast (Pancakes and Sausage)  *this will not be included in the rankings*

Free Stampede Breakfast (Pancakes and Sausage) *this will not be included in the rankings*

 

Deep Fried Doritos with bacon bits, and salsa.

Deep Fried Doritos with bacon bits, and salsa.

 

Deep Fried Oreo`s Sundae.

Deep Fried Oreo`s Sundae.

 

 

FRO-YO!! Enough said!!

FRO-YO!! Enough said!!

 

 

 

Taco In A Bag! : Ground beef, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatos, salsa, sour cream, in a bag of Doritos.

Taco In A Bag! : Ground beef, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, in a bag of Doritos.

 

Chocolate dipped bacon.

Chocolate dipped bacon.

 

Beef on a bun.

Beef on a bun.

 

 

Deep fried butter balls, in batter with ice cream.

Deep fried butter balls, in batter with ice cream.

 

 

Double bacon wrapped corn dog, with real bacon bits.

Double bacon wrapped corn dog, with real bacon bits.

 

 

Beef Donair with hot sauce.

Beef Donair with hot sauce.

 

and of course.... MINI DONUTS!!

and of course…. MINI DONUTS!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAMPEDE FOOD RANKINGS 10-1 (10=WORST, 1=BEST)

10=Deep fried Doritos

9=Double Bacon wrapped corn dog

8=Deep Fried Oreo Sundae

7=Chocolate dipped bacon

6=Fro-yo

5=Mini Donuts

4=Beef on a bun

3=Deep fried Butter

2=Beef Donair

1=Taco in a Bag

 

Happy Stampeding and Eats at the 2013 Calgary Stampede!

-Ben-