It has been a month since we started eating Paleo in our house and I thought I’d share what the first month was like. Here is a post on the first week. After the first week, I felt like a total rockstar. I never felt so good about myself. It was like I was a different person. Since the first two weeks, we made a few adjustments.
Matt is following a more gluten-free diet than paleo and I am doing paleo but I am eating cheese and I drink diet pop every so often. I also eat dark chocolate.
When I first started doing this, I was getting full quickly and for longer. Now I am finding myself wanting that 10am and 3pm snack again. Im stuck on if that is a whatever thing or if I am doing something wrong.
Here is what a typical my style Paleo day looks like (I have little variation, which could be the problem)
Breakfast: 2 eggs (scrambled (with almond milk) or cooked over medium) and two sausage links. Twice I have had to grab something quick from McDonalds, so I get the #2 sandwich (sausage/egg) and I dont eat the english muffin.
10am snack (if I choose): 1/2 tsp almond butter or a square of dark chocolate…or both if I am feeling frisky.
Lunch: 9 times out of 10 it is leftover dinner from the night before. Im not big on eating out at lunch because it is really expensive, but if I do, I have no problem finding something. The other day I splurged and got the grilled chicken nuggets from Chick-fila…..not a fan. Maybe my subconscious wanted the regular, but I wasn’t a fan of the flavor.
3pm snack (usually happens): Usually whatever is in my desk (if anything). Nuts or fruit.
Dinner: Dinners have been so awesome eating this way. We rely heavily on veggies and sweet taters. We almost always have a meat.
Dessert: This isn’t a very common thing but it usually consists of nuts and dark chocolate. Or this week we cheated a little and had Weight Watchers Ice cream.
This is our steak and cauliflower mash dinner. Matt mans the grill and making the mash was super easy. I cant remember which recipe I followed, but it is as simple as blending some cauliflower, evoo, coconut milk, garlic, salt and pepper together. Simple and yummy!
Asian food is near the very top of my favorite food list and sadly it really isnt Paleo friendly if we went out. At least where we go. This is my throw it together version of Asian Paleo. I just browned ground beef, seasoned and soy sauced it and created fried “rice.” I grated cauliflower and browned it with onion, salt and pepper, garlic, soy sauce, chili paste, sesame oil, carrots, bok choy, and scallions. I threw some sesame seeds on top and it was a pretty yummy dish. I do wish I had added some egg to the “rice” though. I was caught up in the moment and forgot. hah
Friends, I was addicted to pasta. It was my lazy, default food. Easy and filling. But I felt so bad afterwards. Not as bad as Matt did, but that disgusting full. Now when we crave Italian, it is so simple as cooking pasta. We have two “pasta” options. One is roasting a spaghetti squash and scraping out the insides and the other is using that super awesome zucchini spiral slicer that slices zucchini into noodles. Pretty yummy stuff! I am not much of a red sauce eater, so I usually use a pesto on my “noodles” but Matt makes a pretty awesome red sauce from scratch. This way, we control all the things. Seriously, I dont miss pasta after this meal.
It really is easy to stay on track, but we do allow ourselves some indulgences. Thanksgiving I stuck close to paleo by eating sweet potatoes, turkey, and veggies, BUT I just had to have a small scoop of stuffing and mashed potatoes. And I did provide the dessert, so I was entitled to a small sliver (literally a sliver).
Last weekend we had Mexican dinner (which I filled up on damn chips) and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. OMG Fatty fat. BUT we did give the remainder of our KKs to a homeless man. He was grateful.
So far I have only lost three pounds. I did all that the first two weeks and have maintained since. Sort of a let down but I am not as obsessive with how horrible I look/felt. Matt has actually lost eight pounds since we started doing this and his tummy thanks him. I couldn’t imagine not being able to eat gluten……oh wait…..I guess we are sort of doing that.
Since Christmas is coming and I have a lot of baking/cooking to do, I am going to try to be as strict as I can be. No cheat days allowed so I can eat small portions from our menu. I think the day after Christmas, I am going to look for a juice/shake I can have to sort of cleanse everything out.
TMI time! Hey, you want to know the real things about Paleo, right? So while Matt’s tummy has been on the upswing, mine is still wondering what is going on. I do not have a gluten allergy and the only time I am really bothered by food is when I eat too much or too much sugar. I think because I am eating so much fiber now and natural sugar, my stomach is still processing and gives me some serious pain. It isn’t everyday, I can usually count on the worst being Sunday. I tend to call Sunday morning “Sunday, shitty Sunday.” HAHA Sorry. I am hoping that passes soon. We really are eating more fiber than ever and like I said, it isnt everyday.
I think with a few adjustments, I am going to feel even more comfortable doing this. I seriously cant get over how easy it has been. Im not tracking, Im not stressing. I really love it and I am so excited to be doing it. I guess saying that, I shouldn’t be so worried about the scale, but I really want to be back down to my normal pant size.