**I decided to call this my almost paleo challenge because the version of Paleo I am doing for this challenge is not true strict Paleo as I am allowed dairy and sweet potatoes. Also, I am bound to make a few slip-ups here and there!**
As week one comes to a close it is time to recap what I ate and how I feel. I felt like I could have written an entire blog post about day 1 and how hungry I was but I spared you the drama and decided on a weekly recap. So yes, I was very hungry day 1. Who knew without my usual snacking and sugar that I would need to eat so much more food!! If you read my previous post about preparing for the challenge and why I decided to do it, you will know that I am not a diet person and I was, and sometimes still can be, a picky eater with a crazy sweet tooth. Snacking on an apple or veggies instead of graham crackers or goldfish is HARD for me. However, I’ve noticed in the past 2 days I reach for that apple a lot easier than just a week ago! Here is a snapshot of what I ate this week:
So here is where I should mention as the week went on I started to feel worse and worse. I thought at first my body was just going through a sugar detox, but by the weekend I realized that I was also getting a cold. Yesterday and today I’ve barely had a voice. In addition my husband was out of town all week for work. With that said I am really proud of myself for not finding comfort in a bottle, I mean glass of wine and a pint of ice cream AND managed to workout 4 days. The next 3 weeks should seem easy as pie compared to this first week!
I did take a few pictures of some things I made during the week but I really kept it pretty simple. And, I don’t take pretty food pictures. Sorry. Here ya go!
So I used the homemade paleo olive oil mayo to make chicken salad. I learned that it doesn’t stay as creamy as regular mayo which was ok with me but it didn’t soften the broccoli as I expected so next ime I would steam the broccoli first or just not use it.
This was supposed t be a picture of my chicken salad but again, day 1 I was so hungry I forgot to stop and take a picture so here are the cumin roasted carrots. They were OK, not really a favorite.
Meatza pie, yum. I nearly ate the whole thing.
Bulletproof coffee. So frothy and yummy.
My homemade ‘granola’ fresh out of the oven and obviously too hot to eat yet. It is made of walnuts, slivered almonds, raisins, honey, and cconut oil. So simple. I typically ate it over greek yogurt.
Banana pancakes. Yeah, not so pretty. I perfected the batter later in the week but of course didn’t take a picture.
Sweet potato & mushrooms served with eggs over easy. So simple yet so delicious.
I know people have been adding greens to the juice and shakes forever but it honestly freaked me out. My husband brought to my attention I was lacking in carbs and adding in greens (very hard for me) would help curb the hangry feeling so I gave it a try. Well, the people are right. You do not taste the greens! I will have to make this a staple in my everyday diet.
Oh, I almost forgot to add how my body reacted! I dropped 4-5lbs and my stomach has visibly (to me) reduced in size. I really wasn’t expected that but I won’t complain. I wouldn’t be surprised, actually, if by the end of the month I put a few pounds back on but it will be lean muscle from lifting, not fat.
Now begins week two! I anticipate it to be easier and for myself to feel better.
But I do miss pizza. ;)