High fives for short weeks! I have been spoiled the last three weeks with short weeks, but I had to take the last of my days off for the year and this is how they ended up. The first week of December is going to be frustrating being a full week.
I am going to be pretty honest here today. Ready?
I am miserable. Miserable with the way I feel and look. Honestly, it is my own stinking fault. I am a human vacuum when it comes to food and I have no pause button. I am always hungry and never making the right choices. What irritates me the most is I KNOW BETTER. I know while I am shoving ice cream in my mouth that I probably should have chosen something that isnt ALL THE CALORIES. When I go out to eat, I find myself choosing even worse.
Thus bringing on misery. Im not running anymore because something in my body just wont agree. I haven’t lost my love for it, I just need a time out from it and the pressure I felt to do it. Im not biking at the moment because we moved offices that are much further out. The gym I WAS a member of was nothing but ridiculousness and I am in search of a new, closer place. But all this over time started infesting my head and I was constantly putting myself down. I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror and poking/prodding at what I did. This is the biggest I have ever been in recorded history. I hated it and I hated myself for letting it happen.
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to take charge of this and get back to feeling normal again, but how? I toyed with joining Weight Watchers again, but after I started reading experiences on doing the WW system (and my own successful and failed attempts), I started thinking it wasn’t right for me at this point in my life. I dont want to track things and I dont want to be on a system that charges your a lot of points to use olive oil (the only oil we cook with). I felt frustrated.
I was on a work trip two weeks ago and started talking to one of my coworkers who did Paleo. We toyed with trying a Paleo lifestyle (note lifestyle and not diet) but had no idea where to start. I started doing some research and pinning and decided it probably wasn’t as hard as I made it out to be. We decided to try it for two weeks and see how we and our bodies liked it (and we couldn’t give up Thanksgiving). I knew it would be something that Matt would like since he is intolerant to gluten.
Here we are after week one and here are my thoughts:
- I did menu planning for the first week and gave Matt the reins for week two. I hate menu planning. It is a lot of work and I felt somewhat annoyed, so by the end of the week we were freestyling. I know Matt did well keeping track and I think I did a really good job. I was fairly strick week one. On Sunday I did drink 25% of a Coke Zero, but that was it.
- I tried to cook for most of the week on Sunday and that was a lot of work I never want to do again. I was worried breakfast was going to be so hard because cereal is my go to, so I figured I would prep as much as I could then. I think it is better to prep things like potatoes early on for breakfast and reheat versus making the entire breakfast. There is something about reheated eggs…..
- Lunches and dinners were pretty easy (esp lunches since I made enough dinner for leftovers). We ventured into unchartered territories by making cauliflower rice instead of rice or pasta. We also found ourselves liking spaghetti squash.
- Our sweet tooth was more mellow this week, but it was still there. Dark chocolate is not something I prefer, but it does get the job done.
- Nuts. We had a huge variety of nuts and seeds in our house and I felt like that helped a lot with snacking.
Physically and mentally there were changes:
- I find myself not hungry all the time. I can skip my allotted 10am and 3pm snack times and not stress about it. 10am is a lot easier to skip though.
- I find myself getting fuller faster. This makes for more leftovers at lunch.
- Not a single day this week did I once hate a thing about myself. I felt better. Honestly, I felt like I had lost 10 pounds. I only lost two, but I LOST. I FEEL slimmer.
The not so pretty things:
- I dont know if my body is just trying to adjust, or if it truly needs certain things that I am missing out on, but my tummy has been acting the same way Matt’s does after he eats gluten. I don’t feel this way after every meal, but towards the end of the week I was sucking. Maybe I overdid it with too many proteins at one meal or maybe my body is in shock, but I was using the bathroom a lot this weekend. TMI
Simple eggs, avocado, and apple slices. This surprisingly left me feeling full through lunch. The recipe for this is a Tuna wrap, but I do not like fish, so I used chicken instead. Here is the recipe TUNA AVOCADO LETTUCE WRAP
BREAKFAST SWEET POTATO HASH. Pretty easy to make and pretty darn good. I made enough for four days and they were nice sized portions. Roasted chicken legs, CAULIFLOWER RICE, and ROASTED ASPARAGUS AND RADISHES. I wasn’t a fan of this version of cauliflower rice, but I did make it later in the week with an Asian flavor and liked it much better.This one was my favorite. It was BACON, AVOCADO, ARUGULA FLATBREAD. First, the flatbread is so simple to make Paleo if you have the right ingredients. We added prosciutto and a few drops of balsamic vinegar to this recipe and it was hands down one of the best tasting dishes I have made in a long time.
Snacks have been semi simple: Nuts, hardboiled eggs, dried and fresh fruit, veggies, and seeds. We have also enjoyed drinking almond milk in the regular, chocolate, and vanilla flavors.
How we are going to tackle week two:
- Well it is Thanksgiving. I am going to limit the amount of gluten I eat, but not restrict myself. Especially not on dessert….I’m baking after all!!
- Just to see how my tummy reacts this week we have introduced limited dairy and some starches. Yesterday my tummy was acting fierce so I let myself have some corn tortilla chips and pop for the bubbles.
- The dairy will remain cheese only and in small amounts. I never had the intention of doing this super strict so I do not want to limit myself from things I love, only reduce my intake.
- Potatoes. I am sort of on the fence on why you are not allowed to have them, so I am going to keep them in my diet on a healthy scale. Im not going to run out and get french fries everyday, but if I feel like I need to eat some roasted taters that aren’t sweet, I am going to eat them.
My go to website through all this is Paleo Grubs. There are TONS of recipes listed on the site and they are all super simple to make. I may try to bake something this week with the almond flour we have.
Here is to week two!!