I’ve been back on the paleo train for 4 days and already feel better. For me, there’s always 4 days of cravings and general grouchiness whenever I cut the junk. I think 4 days is my official detox period. Then the magic happens…fewer (if any) cravings, less hungry, steady energy…that sort of thing.
We were trying to use up our freezer stash of meats and what we hand on hand veggie-wise. This week we enjoyed steaks with asparagus. Aside from my favorite pad thai, I also made an old standby, paleo meatloaf, based on this recipe from PaleoOMG. I used matchstick carrots and sundried tomatoes instead of roasted reds, and topped the whole thing with bacon before baking. Yum.
Lastly I threw a frozen turkey breast in the crockpot on low with some sliced onions, cumin, chili powder, and salsa. Fajita turkey.
I’ll be honest though, I did use ketchup on my meatloaf. And no, I didn’t make it from scratch. (Is that the Paleo police i hear?) I picked one without HFCS, and feel like its a good compromise for everyday living. And sometimes you just want ketchup.
And then it was Friday night….and a drive-in with friends, one beer, and popcorn with butter. On one hand I feel guilty that I threw my whole healthy week away. On the other hand, “live a little” comes to mind. Just call me “weekday paleo”.
Man oh man was it easy to step right back into old (bad) habits. Last weekend was full of indulgences, celebrations, libations, and treats, and I definitely noticed.
Remember at the end of my Whole30, when I was wondering where my Tiger Blood was? And claiming I didn’t feel that much different? Well, I was wrong. 4 days of booze and sugar and carb-y intake left me feeling gross. Like a lazy slug. Like I could nap all day. Like I didn’t want to do a thing. And I didn’t like it.
My first thought was “I’ll do ANOTHER Whole30!” But realistically I wouldn’t be as stringent, especially now knowing I can indeed tolerate dairy and legumes (at least in moderation). So…where to go from here.
I came across an article on Robb Wolf’s site that reminded me it isn’t an all-or-nothing choice, really. For now, I think I’ll strive for the 80/20 paleo.
This week, however, has been about detox. I think I’ll try for a Whole7, or maybe a Whole9, instead of 30. We’ll see. In any case, it feels good to be back on the wagon. And paleo pad thai is still really effing delicious.
This morning I faced the scale. Over the course of these Whole30 days, I lost a grand total of 15.8 lbs. In ONE month. Pretty damn good, if I do say so myself, and even a bit more than I had hoped. How often does THAT happen when you step on the scale?
I’ll admit I am/was a bit of a scale addict. As in, it was the first thing I did each morning, and it set the tone for my day. NOT being “allowed” to weigh in each morning has been rather freeing. Going forward, I think we will keep the scale out of the bathroom, check it only weekly or so, and certainly not let it set the tone for my day.
I’m still considering how and where I’ll go next. However, this is a holiday weekend; July 4th. It’s ALSO my birthday weekend. And I’ve been celebrating. Today (Independence Day) included family and friends and gluten-free pizza, Mike’s Hard Lemonade (x3), potato chips, and a little ice cream. Tomorrow (my birthday) will include fajitas and margaritas and frozen custard (hello Abbott’s). This weekend I plan to see how certain foods make me feel and decide if and/or how they’ll be added back. But after that, I think I’ll return to the paleo diet. Perhaps not quite as strictly as I did during my Whole30, but close.
Happy July 4th! 🇺🇸
I mentioned earlier that allergies still managed to penetrate my Tiger Blood. Well, my scratchy, itchy throat has now led to complete and total voice loss. Oh no!
But wait….it gets worse. All of the cough drop varieties in the house contain SUGAR. Many, many variations of sugar! Seriously, little difference between a piece of candy and a cough drop. Eye. Opening. I obviously am not going to blow my whole 30 on a stupid cough drop, so let’s if hot water with lemon juice does the trick.
You know those days when nothing goes right? Yeah. One of those. I mean nothing really terrible or life-changing happened, just nothing went right. Is it bedtime yet? Also, I need a drink and Perrier ain’t cutting it.
I started the day with 2 of the paleo cookies i had made and frozen on Day 8 and strawberries and bananas.
Pretty right? But something somehow went wrong because the cookies tasted like something had gone bad and the strawberries had definitely gone past their prime. At least the bananas and coffee were good.
Then Lisa’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was off and running. There was no lunch, and barely any time to throw together a meal for dinner. Definitely not any time to make the delicious meatballs I had wanted. Instead I browned the meat, simmered it in sauce, and served it over zucchini noodles. At least I got to use my superawesome julienne peeler again.
Day 10! 1/3 of the way done already! Honestly, I do feel better. Less sluggish. Less bloaty. Brighter. Also, my home may permanently smell of bacon.
My adventure today was making kale chips. I’ve heard so much about kale lately, and something crunchy sounded good. Remove from stems, wash, dry reallllllly well, season, bake at 350 from 13-15 minutes. I went with salt, pepper, paprika and a dash of chili powder. I went a little heavy on the salt but they were still good, and Toddlerbaby can’t get enough!
Here was my day at a glance:
Meal 1: fruit salad (banana, orange, apple, lime juice) with 2 breakfast “cookies”. Coffee with almond milk.
Meal 2: bacon and eggs with a slice of watermelon.
Snack: half-caff coffee with almond milk, kale chips
Meal 3: grilled pork chops with broccoli and cauliflower drizzled w olive oil.
Remember that old comic “love is…”? The sweet little reminders, with those naked kids?
Someone should start doing these again. I have a new one.
love is….Making delicious waffles for your kid while you have eggs again. Or love. is….Making PB&J for your kid without even licking your fingers. Anyway….day 9!
Meal 1: baked egg in avocado (egg-o-cado?), with salt, pepper, and a little cayenne. This was better than I hoped. With a little fruit salad and coffee with almond milk, this was my favorite breakfast yet.
Meal 2: bacon and eggssssexcept who messes up eggs? Me. They were so underdone they were inedible, so I had a breakfast cookie.
Snack: handful of cashews & raisins
Meal 3: Sous vide flank steak with carmelized onions, mushrooms, and chorizo and finished with a dollop of guacamole. Obviously hubs cooked this one!