What is Paleo? In a nutshell, it’s eating fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and certain fats and oils. It’s avoiding grains, anything made with white or wheat flour, legumes, soy, dairy and refined sugar. In other words, a primal diet.
We started our Paleo eating plan this week, but since we still had some milk, leftover mashed potatoes and a quarter pack of Oreos left (and I hate to throw away food), it’s been classified as more of a “soft launch” or transitional week. But here’s a brief recap of the earlier part of the week anyway:
Sunday: For dinner, a romaine salad, roasted Brussels sprouts and my favorite sweet potato soup, in which I subbed the cream for coconut milk and omitted the bourbon. Needless to say, I went to bed hungry. Bob defeatedly tells me, “Get used to it”. I think, Oh no, are we going to be hungry for the remainder of the 30 days?
Monday: Coffee with the little milk that we have left over from last week. I’m savoring it, as I’ll probably run out by tomorrow. I have the leftover mashed potatoes for breakfast. A coworker tells me, “I love the way you eat! You just have whatever you want”. Yeah. Not for long. The salmon and kale pesto salad for dinner is delicious! I consume the last 3 Oreos afterward. You know…for the sake of getting rid of them, okay?
Tuesday: I watch commercials for Chex cereal, Dunkin Donuts’ breakfast sandwiches and Pillsbury toaster oven streudels within a 10 minute span. I am very much aware that I can not have these things, which makes me want them even more. Tuna with mashed avocado for lunch. For the first time this week, I finally feel full. Note: eat more avocadoes. No more Oreos, milk or mashed potato leftovers. I guess this is for real now!
Wednesday: It’s 11:30am and I have a headache, which is unusual. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that this was my first day without coffee. By the afternoon, my headache has only subsided slightly and so I make the decision to be lazy and not cook tonight. We order organic burgers wrapped in lettuce and sweet potato fries from Bareburger. Side note: Bareburger is a great place to order from whether you’re Paleo or not.
My initial thoughts on the week so far?
This is expensive! The veggie part of my list is acceptable, but the meat and fish are putting us over our $100/week grocery budget by a mile. Normally, I’d have no problem cutting meat from our diet, but it looks like the protein will be a big factor in keeping us satisfied. With that said, I’m going to incorporate legumes, which are not considered Paleo, in meals now and again. I just can’t see myself eating meat for protein every day—it’s too much!
Admittedly, I was a little underprepared this week (hence, the constant hunger), so I’ll definitely have to plan a little better and get more creative. But I love a good food challenge anyway. Bring it.