Days 3 and 4

According to this blog that I am loosely following for my Paleo challenge (do you like how I am no longer using the 30 Day part? Haha!) on Day 5 I will feel incredible and have tons of energy!  Well…I certainly hope that’s the case because I am feeling like a sloth!  I am supposed to be re-decorating our powder room and let me tell you…I have not done even the first step!

Long story short, Paleo is HARD.  Not as hard as other diets that I’ve attempted, since I’m really not hungry.  Paleo is all about fueling your body with nutritious food and avoiding dairy and grains, not counting calories.  Thank goodness for that!  So I understand I’m going to sound like a baby saying this but OH MY GOSH I WANT SOME BREAD/PASTA/CHEESE!!!

Or how about ALL THREE TOGETHER?!?!?! OMGGGG!

I might kill someone for a slice of that right now!

I am not known for having the strongest willpower, especially when it comes to food.  However, I have not cheated AT ALL in four days!  It may not sound like much, but it’s a huge accomplishment for me!

Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been eating:

Day 3:

Breakfast – Two bfast quiche

Lunch – A can of tuna with avocado mashed in it, red peppers, and a grapefruit

Dinner – Honey mustard baked salmon with roasted baby carrots and onions with a little brown butter, and broccoli

Dessert – Dark chocolate and some fruit salad (not great when you can’t add sugar!)

Day 4:

Breakfast – Fried eggs and nitrate-free/grass-fed bacon

Lunch – Salad with lots of veggies, turkey shreds, olive oil and balsamic, a grapefruit, half an avocado

Dinner – Baked skinless chicken thighs (dressed with Frank’s hot sauce like fake wings), TBD veggies, and Cauliflower breadsticks (without the cheese of course!)

Tomorrow is Friday which means we will be going to my parents’ house for dinner/happy hour.  I’m TERRIFIED!  I don’t want to cheat, but my parents are both amazing cooks and my siblings are junk food hounds!  Plus Mom and I usually enjoy a couple delightful, fruity cocktails on Fridays!  I found this infographic about Paleo drinking:

I don’t know about you, but tequila or vodka with any of those Paleo-friendly mixers doesn’t sound very delish to me.  I think I’m going to stick to red wine, and only two glasses!

Wish me luck…

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The First 48

Well, I made it!

As long as I go straight to bed after posting thing without eating, I will have made it through the first two days of my Paleo challenge.

My hubby (who is kind of doing the challenge with me…mostly just at dinner) told me to just write “VEGETABLES…” for this entry!  From that you can tell what the majority of our food has been!   I think we’ve eaten more veggies in the past two days than we have in a month!

In case you have decided to do your own Paleo challenge with me, here’s what I’ve been eating since my last post:

I forgot to mention that I am ADDICTED to not only sugar, but artificial sweeteners.  I would say that most of my body is made up of pure aspartame (horrible, I know!)  Diet pop, crystal light, flavored water, Equal in my coffee…almost everything that I drink has it!  I knew there was no way that I would be able to go Paleo without SOME sort of sweet, fruity drink to keep me from downing a bag of Skittles.  Luckily, I found this recipe on Pinterest!

Ingredients for Paleo Cool Aid

Just brew up six bags of tea in four cups of water, add two (or more) tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, sweeten with liquid Stevia, and add enough water to fill a gallon pitcher.

I needed some more tartness so I also juiced a lemon and a lime in my “Cool Aid”.

Delicious!

For lunch I was supposed to have a can of tuna mixed with an avocado, but my avocados were rock solid…so I used a teeny bit of mayo.  No…I haven’t gotten around to making my own Paleo mayo yet!

Lunchtime!

Tip: Since of course crackers are a no-no, I used red peppers instead and it was surprisingly satisfying!

For dinner we grilled chicken and zucchini, and I made my first cauliflower mash.

Jojo plated this! I would have made it prettier, I swear!

I’m not a huge fan of mashed potatoes anyway (I know…strange) so I actually highly enjoyed the cauliflower!  So did Jojo!  I just steamed a cut-up head of cauliflower, tossed it in the blender with a tablespoon of butter (from grassfed cows…so it’s Paleo!), about 1/8th of a cup of bacon fat, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes.  It came out so nice and fluffy!

Yesterday was pretty easy!

Then there was today…

I had ZERO energy today!

Granted, I am still getting over a terrible bout of bronchitis, but my body was aching for some bread and sugar today!

So, no pics of my food today.

Breakfast consisted of two of the quiche from yesterday’s post; yum!

Lunch was an avocado with lime and salt, an apple, and some nitrate-free turkey slices.

For dinner I made my usual crockpot sausage pasta sauce, except with Trader Joe’s chicken sausages instead of pork.  I served it over spaghetti squash.

Now let me tell you something…spaghetti squash may look convincing…but at the end of the day it is still SQUASH!  This Italian family did NOT love it.  But with enough sauce and sausage, it was definitely edible.

My favorite part of the past two caveman days has been my dark chocolate square (or three) after dinner.  I just can’t NOT have dessert (thanks, Mom!!!)  According to my Paleo sources, dark chocolate in small portions is allowed!

 

So there you have it!  I still cannot make any promises about how long I’ll last, but I’m doing my best!

Jumping on the Bandwagon!

After months of being pretty good about going to the gym but still indulging daily in the kitchen, I decided to bite the bullet and TRY the 30 Day Paleo Challenge!  I am fully expecting to not make it the full 30 days…but I’m okay with that!  For some reason I’m feeling very excited about “challenging” myself!  In the gym, it’s easy for me to make excuses.  I have kneecaps that love to dislocate whenever running or even walking is involved.  Because of my lovely knees, it’s easy for me to scale back my workouts out of fear of being back on crutches.  In the kitchen, however, I have no excuse not to give 100%!

So yesterday I did my favorite thing of all: a day-before-the-diet pig out!  For me, it was a Nico’s bacon, egg, cheese, and potato burrito, cookies, Little Caesar’s deep dish pizza, and tapioca pudding.

But now it’s Monday.

DAY 1!

In case you don’t know what the Paleo diet is, here’s a little graphic to clue you in:


That’s right, this Italian girl can no longer have bread, pasta, or cheese! Are you kidding me?!

I have absolutely no intention of living my life like this permanently…I love those foods way too much!  BUT, I want to see if I can do it for 30 days (or even a week!)

I am loosely following this blog for my 30 Day Challenge, but supplementing with my favorite resource for ANYTHING, Pinterest (click the link to see my Paleo board.)

Here’s what today has entailed so far:

TONS OF WATER

Whipping up a batch of Paleo breakfast quiches

Ingredients for bfast quiches: I used bacon, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, red pepper, spinach, and fresh basil.

Scramble 12 eggs in a pyrex cup, add a splash of water and seasonings, pour into muffin pan that has been sprayed with coconut oil.

Sprinkle in the bacon and veggies, bake at 350 for 15-20 mins.

Voila! Paleo mini breakfast quiches!

This is supposed to be my breakfast for the next week.  Since they weren’t done in time, I just fried some eggs for today’s breakfast.

Today’s bfast, note lack of buttery toast and cream and sugar in the coffee.

I know breakfast will be the easy part of Paleo for me.  I usually have eggs for breakfast everyday anyway.  It’s making it to bedtime without a belly full of bread and sugar that will be the real challenge!

Is anyone else currently eating like a caveman?  I would love any tips/favorite recipes of yours!