Breakfast: egg breakfast bake and black coffee
Morning Snack: red and green grapes, mixed raw nuts (wow, that sounds awkward lol)
Lunch: Chipotle! 🙂 I’ve been reading paleo forums, and a lot have mentioned that you can eat paleo at Chipotle. I went with their suggestions and ordered a salad with meat (mmm barbacoa), 2 salsas, guac, and extra lettuce on top. Normally douse it with the green or chipotle Tabasco, but unfortunately, those 2 have sugar. It was delicious without my other usual “toppings” – beans, brown rice, and corn. I think the meat was cooked in non-Paleo oil though because I was feeling a little sluggish in the afternoon.
Afternoon snack: more grapes and raw nuts
Dinner: I threw this salad together with leftover pork, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, and avocadoes. No dressing needed; I just used some of the gravy/glaze from my pork. Soooo gooood.
- Anytime I tell someone that I’m eating paleo and explain the diet, I always get the responses: “What CAN you eat?” or “What’s left?”
- I still think about carbs and sweets. This is exactly what happened to me when I was a vegetarian last month: I actively think about the foods I can’t have on my diet.
- I slept like a baby last night. This is good. However, I overslept by an hour. That’s not so good.
- Coworkers from a different department at work insist that I join them for their potluck tomorrow. Ahhh. Wish me luck in staying paleo when I eat with them!
- I feel like I’ve hit a plateau with running. Or maybe it’s just on off week.
Sorry folks. No pretty pics for this post.
Breakfast: egg breakfast bake with sun-dried tomatoes (recipe), black coffee, berries with sunflower seeds and coconut flakes
Morning snack: green tea, a handful of pistachios and raw almonds
Lunch: Whole30-friendly chicken adobo (recipe), leftovers – prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and garlic-roasted cauliflower/broccoli
Afternoon snack: 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter, a handful of pistachios, homemade Lara bar
Post-workout snack: 1 banana, coconut water with pineapple
Dinner: leftovers – macadamia-crusted chicken, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and garlic-roasted cauliflower/broccoli
- I can lift a lot more at the gym!
- Core/ab exercises aren’t difficult like they used to be. This means I need to step it up with my workouts.
- VitaCoco brand coconut water with different flavors… so bomb!
Pre-workout (breakfast/snack?): Tuna with cucumber slices, 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter, black coffee, agua
Post-workout snack: 1 banana
Lunch: mmmm more smoked salmon! 🙂 With arugula, spinach, 1 chopped Roma tomato, and 1/2 chopped avocado tossed in olive oil and black pepper. Coconut water to wash it down.
Afternoon snack: Coconut cream pie Lara bar. This was extremely sweet to me, almost inedible. 😦
Late Dinner: Leftover shrimp curry
- I’m noticing that I have more stamina when I exercise. Sweating feels really good.
- Family and friends are noticing that I’ve lost weight since I last saw them. Yayyy!
- I use very few ingredients in what I eat now, and yet my food is so tasty. I love that my meals are so colorful.
- Coconut water tastes a lot better than the first time I tried it last week before I went paleo. I bought 2 cases of coconut water at Sprouts this afternoon since they’ve got a BOGO deal going on.
- Found a bottle of coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute) at The Vitamin Shoppe. Also picked up a case of coconut water in juicebox form.
- Black coffee actually tastes good! I won’t be putting coconut milk in it anymore haha.
- I spend at least two hours when I meal prep/meal plan for the week. I’m getting used to cooking 3 or 4 different entrees in one night. It’s starting to feel like a routine for Sunday nights.
Pre-run: coffee with coconut milk, 1 fuji apple with almond butter
Post-run snack: 1 banana, 1 glass of coconut water, 1 handful of Raw Trail Mix from Ralphs
Post-run brunch (pictured below): kale/mushroom/spinach scramble, smoked salmon with 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 a roma tomato. The scramble started off as an omelet, but ended up being a scramble because the eggs were stuck to the pan when I was trying to flip the thing over.
Dinner (pictured below): I took my little brother out for AYCE Korean BBQ. It’s very tricky to stay completely Whole30 when dining out because you’re not sure how certain foods are cooked. I tried my best to stay paleo though by eating only the meat and the veggies that were served. I won’t lie – the meal was incomplete without having the rice paper, pancake, and noodles. I’m pretty sure that some of the banchan wasn’t paleo-friendly because I felt kind of… off when I was eating. (I’m thinking that some of the banchan/side dishes were prepared with small amounts of sugar and soy sauce, two things that aren’t Whole30-friendly.) Or maybe my body was thrown off by all the red meat because I haven’t had it for awhile.
- I still don’t like the taste of coconut milk with coffee. I think I might just learn to drink my coffee black.
- I have difficulty running in warmer weather and when trying to actively listen to my running buddy talk the whole time.
- Still no luck finding sugar-less, unsweetened coconut flakes at the store.
- Like I mentioned before, it’s very difficult to stay completely Whole30 when dining out. Some die-hard Whole30 enthusiasts (and even paleo people, too) would probably scold me. But in my opinion, being “that person,” the stickler, ruins the fun out of enjoying a good meal at a restaurant with good company. Throughout March, when dining out, I will try my best to stay paleo, but I won’t guilt trip myself for not being 100% Whole30.
Breakfast: Tuna with avocado and lemon (recipe), salad with basalmic vinegar and olive oil, strawberries. I’m still getting used to drinking my coffee with coconut milk instead of soymilk.
Afternoon snack: (not pictured) 1 fuji apple and almond butter.
Dinner: Shrimp curry! (recipe)