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TigerfiercebabyI got pretty sick this weekend and I am pretty sure I am still sick. Totally a situation of over indulgence and poor upkeep of my body. Though I subscribe to the philosophy of everything in moderation I am actually an all or nothing kind of guy. So in the spirit of Dragon Con (which I was not at) I drank too much, stayed up too late and perhaps got a little debaucherous. Well I did that for a couple days straight and by Sunday my body said FUCK YOU. So I was hit with fever, chills, headache, sore throat. I thankfully have some awesome guests who helped take care of me but damn if I was not a miserable sack of waste this weekend. Still the weigh in comes at 249lbs and 33.1% Body Fat. This week I am going to be ultra strict on the diet and see if I get any payback.

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SamosaI totally had a few samosas for breakfast yesterday and they were glorious. I wish the chilies had been salted but everything cant be perfect. Still cheating a little I was able to keep my calories under. I think what I like about the one meal a day theory is the protein shakes have a locked calorie count. Easy to follow. Bam this many calories. So I drink that and drink it again I know how many calories I have had that day. Then for dinner unless I go to a buffet it is pretty hard for me to blow through the rest of my calories for the day. I also feel full. I have energy. Actually my energy the last few days has been great. No mid day coma.

I suppose this is how those premade diet meals are supposed to work as well. I mean for the calories. You have the locked calorie amount and then you don’t worry but those things taste nasty and I also don’t think they exist in India so all for the best. Plus those meals wouldn’t work like the fasting does which I kind of enjoy.

Did I mention I am drinking a ton of water. I am getting in way more water which is awesome. I love water. Its funny I am a creature of habit and like the same things even though I try new things all the time but once I find something I like I tend to always order it. So this habit lets me drink the same drink every day and I never really get tired of it. I think that’s why a lot of people cant stick with it they don’t like the same thing day in and day out. I really don’t mind.

diI think my scale is crazy or needs new batteries. None the less I will take the weight I weighed in at this morning consistently which is 243. It is encouraging to keep at this then.

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I realized I started practicing Yoga 10 years ago thanks to a friend dragging me out to a class. Prior to that class my knowledge of Yoga was what I had seen from the old PBS 70’s show and Street Fighter. To my surprise it was a lot better than the PBS yoga but sadly not as cool as spitting fire and stretchy limbs. Over the years my Yoga practice has fluctuated from dedicated to nonexistent but what is great about yoga is you always carry it with you. For me it has always been about the breath and meditation. The physical aspects of yoga are cool but secondary to my practice. In time I will need to master them all but for now I am calm and happy with my breath and meditation.

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I brought to India my slow cooker but like many of my electric appliances it does not work. So I am getting a new one because nothing makes being Paleo easier than a slow cooker. Easy way to make a large batch of food for the week. Some vegetables, some spices and a nice piece of meat thrown in the slow cooker and BAM awesome meal. Looking forward to trying out some old recipes with some new indian spices.

RumakiSo this weekend in addition to my normal mutton and chicken breast cooking I decided to try to make one of my favorite dishes Rumaki. I was first introduced to Rumaki in New Orleans at a Chinese food restaurant my first day down there. Later I discovered the most amazing Rumaki at the Chinese Kitchen along with their amazing giant egg rolls. I cant have their egg rolls anymore but I can have Rumaki.

Rumaki is pretty Paleo with a few minor substitutions. At the heart of it is Chicken Livers wrapped with bacon. Organ meat and Bacon is like the ideal Paleo thing. I think water chestnuts are in there too. You cook the bacon but not too much, Then you soak the Chicken Livers in soy, garlic, pepper, salt. You can sub out the soy sauce for something more Paleo. I cook the chicken livers in some ghee or butter. Once both bacon and chicken livers are cooked I let them sit a little then once cool I wrap the chicken livers with the bacon. I think you put a water chestnut in there too if you have them. I did not. You secure the wrap with a tooth pick, Then you would put it in a broiler but I do not have a broiler here in India so I throw them back in the frying pan.

I didn’t have a plum sauce/Duck sauce to go with it so I substituted a thai pineapple sauce which was good too. They were delicious. The above photo is not my end result but is about what they looked like

Tiger eatingA Tiger probably eats a ton of meat. I try to eat a lot more meat these days too. My daily intake is a couple of hard boiled eggs in the morning. I get to work and have a fruit plate which usually contains pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon and papaya. Lunch is a spinach salad with sliced cucumber, tomato, and pieces of chicken breast I prep on Sunday. Dinner is whatever my maids make for a vegetable side and mutton I prep on sunday. I don’t mind the same meal every day because on the weekends I give myself some variety.

For prep I buy 6 chicken breasts which I marinate in Italian dressing and fry in coconut oil. I cut it up and put in a bowl to distribute in my salads through the week. So far that seems enough. The mutton I get 1kg of mutton cubes which is two legs worth. I cook that with spices, usually a mutton masala. I add stew vegetables to go along with it. So Carrots and okra and if in season mushrooms. I buy bags of spinach (sadly not baby spinach) and assorted vegetables. My maids cook up a variety of vegetable dishes through the week with whatever I buy. They use my coconut oil for cooking or ghee so it is all paleo friendly.

Right now I am still cheating a little with a samosa here and there or a croissant but as I am going along I am finding them not to be as much of a treat any more and feel bad after eating them so I will soon remove them from the diet all together. 80/20 is still my goal for this diet and enjoyment.

Another cheat I am working out of my diet are liquid calories. I have a rose shake and a chai everyday. While not the worst cutting them out entirely and just having water will be best.

Thanks for reading.

The how and why I am in India is a story for another day. Suffice it to say for now it is because I’m awesome. This tale is of the trip that had me land in my new home.

I was to begin my journey at 5am on Saturday February 1st. I went to bed the previous evening at 9pm trying to catch what little sleep I could on my air mattress. At 11:30 pm I was awoken to the sound of someone in my apartment.With lightning quick reflexes and the agility to fight off ninjas I groggily shouted Hello three times in English in my half awaken state. Finally I was greeted in return by “Sorry, I thought you were gone.” and the door shutting, There may have been more to that exchange but I kind of figured out it was my landlady coming to see the apartment and thinking I had left already. Of course it took me another couple of hours to fall back asleep. The real lesson here is when faced with home invasion my instinct is to shout Hello.

Once falling back asleep I got up again at around 3 to start doing my final prep. Got my two carry on bags and check-in bag ready. Was just waiting on my friend to come give me a ride to the airport. It is around 430 am that I am alerted by another friend who is at the airport for his own trip that my first flight to Chicago has been cancelled. This alert came via a Facebook post on my timeline with a picture of the departure screen. I call the airline immediately. They help me book a new flight at 5pm out of Quebec to Newark and then a direct flight from Newark to Mumbai.

After hanging up I take a look at my new itinerary and notice I have an hour and ten minutes to connect flights. Anyone who has flown knows connections are tricky at times. Now add in going through customs in the US for coming from Canada, picking up your checked bag, rechecking in your bag, going through TSA again and then getting to your gate. I think this may be a challenge.

However at this point my friend shows up to give me my ride to the airport. I explain my situation, give her the remainder of the stuff I had to give away and thank her for her help. Now I get back on the phone with the airline. I try to get an earlier flight to Newark since my original itinerary had me sitting in airports all day I was prepared for that. They tell me that are no other flights I can get on but not to worry an hour and ten minutes would be plenty of time. I still doubt this but there isnt much I can do,

Lack of sleep has hit me pretty hard at this point. I look around and my apartment is completely empty. I had just given my friend my air mattress. I look at the floor and the heater I look at my baggage and I pull out a pillow case with dirty laundry and use it as a pillow as I sleep on the wooden floor next to the heater like a hobo. This only works for so long before I give up on trying to sleep and go get breakfast.

Upon returning from breakfast I discover my internet had stopped working which isnt surprising since I told them to turn it off that day. I had not assumed my flight would be cancelled and I would need it any longer. Worried that I might have my next flight cancelled or something else I headed to a place I knew would have internet, warmth and comfyish chairs, the airport.

With a backpack, a carry-on suitcase and a duffel bag in tow I locked my apartment for the last time and walked through the snow towards someplace with a taxis. I found one not too far off and hopped in,

Once at the airport I see that there is an earlier flight to Newark and also a really long line at the check in counter, I get in line with hope of scoring a spot on this plane. Once I get to the counter and explain my situation I am told that flight is full. I accept my fate and check-in the duffel bag.

I get up to security and make a few rookie mistakes which is unlike me since I travel all the time. I left my change in my pocket and I forgot to take out my Xbox from my bag. Both of these things had me get a little bit of a hassle from security but as I was 7 hours early for my flight I was OK.

A spot with an outlet is secured and I go back to browsing the web while I wait. I run into a couple people I know while I wait and chat, wish them well on their travels and go back to waiting. I get hungry and grab a burger and my last poutine before leaving Quebec. Questionable choice before getting on a flight but I was feeling adventurous.

4 something and boarding time should be approaching. I walk over to the gate and the rest of the passengers are gathered waiting to get on the plane. However there is another plane using the same entry area so they need to board first. They even wait for some late passengers which was very nice of them. Of course this means my plane is leaving 20 minutes late giving me now 50 minutes to catch my connection and flight to my new home.

We board the plane, we take off and we land (flights to Newark arent that exciting). I get off the plane but have to wait for one of my carry-onsĀ  because the plane was too small to take it on. I had not planned for this so it takes away from my precious time to connect. I have about 35 minutes to connect.

Customs is pretty fast though the agent was shocked that I was moving to India. ThisĀ  becomes a theme for this journey, as many people act surprised anyone would move there. I leave there with 30 minutes. I get to the luggage area for my duffel and wait a little. Bag drops I grab it and head to check it back in at which point I am told I have 20 minutes so I drop the bag off and head to TSA. TSA I remember the change which at this point I have none, remember the Xbox, and make it through with not problems. I repack my bag, put on my belt and grab my shoes about to put them on when I hear the last call for boarding to Mumbai. I get my orientation of where my gate should be assuming they haven’t moved the gate on my ticket and I start hauling ass through the airport with shoes in hand. I swore a long time ago I would never be that guy but it just goes to show under the right circumstances we are willing to do just about anything.

Eventually I stop running and walk briskly to the gate almost having given up. I get to the gate and tell them my name. They tell me they don’t have my duffel. I tell them its OK I am moving there it will get to me eventually. They say at least I made it and you know as stressful as it was in the moment at least I did make it.

I get on the plane, shoes still in hand and find my seat. The next 15 hours is sleep, screaming babies, watching Bollywood movies, chatting with the couple living in Louisville, KY but going home to India and some delicious airplane food. We land and I am home.

 

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Hello readers. With the New Year came some new changes. The Year of the Grinning Tiger has taken me to a new job and a new country. I have just this week moved to Mumbai, India. What does this mean?

Well what it means is I will be still trying to live a healthy and clean life. I am going to be doing my best to eat Paleo/Primal. However it also means I will be using this space to document more than just my health changes. That was the focus of last year and this was a great space for it and it will continue to be but changes will be coming. So in addition to me writing about my health I will be documenting my life here in India as a expat.

Expect the content here to be a bit inconsistent at first as I work out my schedule and life. You may see a flurry of posts and then a lack of them. In all honesty that is pretty consistent with how I have been posting here so yiu are probably used to it if you are reading this.