Ombar – the best Paleo chocolate?

Ombar – the best Paleo chocolate?

Whilst I was browsing in Whole Foods I thought I’d see what sort of chocolate they had on offer. After lots of packet reading I stumbled upon Ombar, chocolate which promised to be a superfood. Surely not?!

ombar paleo chocolate


As good as its word it was good – and on closer inspection of the Ombar website the bar is all organic and sweetened with coconut sugar. It was really rather tasty, and I’m sure it won’t be my last purchase. In fact I’ve already eyed up this recipe for paleo chocolate chip cookies which looks amazing and the perfect way to enjoy Ombar!

The only stumbling block is the price – at £1.99 for 38 grams it can’t be described as cheap. At the time of writing the price for a kilo of fillet steak in England is £31.77. The price for a kilo of Ombar is £52.37! Despite this, I think it will find itself on my list of go-to Paleo treats.

Stats for a 38g bar: Calories 194, Protein 1.9g, Carbs 12.9g, Fat 16.4g

Category: Food, Paleo, Paleo On The Go

Paleo Food On The Go

For the past few days I’ve been sticking quite strictly within the Paleo eating guidelines. The substance of the diet / method / lifestyle really sits quite easily with me, however in order to make it work for me I need to have a number of ‘go to’ items that I can get on the run without having planned too far ahead.

Yesterday this meant browsing label after label in Whole Foods Kensington, however my effort did bear fruit in the shape of a…fruit bar. But before getting to the stage of purchase I had to make sure I was sticking within the guidelines. Let’s start at the beginning…

What is Paleo?

According to The Paleo Periodical it is;

Often the default term to refer to a high fat, low/no carb diet that strives to eliminate dairy, sugars, legumes, and grains. In specific, it refers to Dr. Loren Cordain‘s dietary recommendations.

Ok, so what does Dr. Cordain say it is?

The Paleo Diet is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors.

Under the what to eat section of Dr. Cordain’s website he lists the following;

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Well the bar definately doesn’t come under fresh fruit seeing as it comes in a packet and has a use by date of May 2013. This led me to the next conundrum, how hardcore do I want to be?

The answer is – not very. I just want to try cutting out all the additives and processed elements out of my diet and see what change that makes. And it needs to work for me, other wise it will just be a fad.

Apart from the fresh element the nakd bar that I bought ticked my personal boxes. It’s just fruit and it has nothing artificial (no added sugar, syrups, wheat, dairy or GMO). It’s not even baked, it is cold pressed to form the bar.

nakd Apple Pie

It’s tasty, quick, clean and readilly available. My only problem is not having too many of them as they are quite high in carbs from the natural sugar in the fruit.

Stats for a 68g bar;

Calories: 221

Protein: 5g

Carbs: 39g

Fat: 6g

Whilst probably not strictly Paleo, it is close enough for me.


Tracking Weight Loss

In order to know that I’m heading towards my goal I need to know how I’m getting on along the way. As in inherently lazy person the less I can do the better, therefore my search for low effort logging will be coming in the shape of a Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale.

For food logging I’ll be using myfitnesspal as it syncs with the Wi-Fi scales and incorporates the daily information recorded by the scales.

I’m dubious as to the worth of the body fat reading of the scales but at worst it should be an indicator.

At £120 they aren’t cheap but hopefully it will be worth it, if for nothings else, that I’m reminded of my dietary shortcomings by myfitnesspal every time I look at my iPad.


Category: Weight Loss

The beginning of the road

The Road To Ripped is a log of my journey to the hallowed turf of a low body fat percentage. First aim: 12%, after that reassess.

My plan is made up of three core principles:

1 – Heavy Compound Lifting

Following the model set out by Jim Wendler in 5/3/1. Its a program that I’ve followed in the past and both enjoyed and steadily progressed with.

2 – Cutting Out Refined Sugar / Paleo / Caveman

I’m planning on following a gluten free / Paleo diet. Lots of further reading to do.

3 – Lean Gains / Intermittent Fasting

Plenty of further reading to do.

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