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Days 20 + 21

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Some wisdom I want to pass along about the 30 Day Paleo – you may go into keto. I’m pretty sure I am, can’t bothered to buy the pee sticks and check but let me tell you – I get hungry A LOT and by nature have been eating A LOT of food.

Now, it’s all very nutritious good food… but there’s a lot of it. Future Husband has commented a few times how much more I eat now, not in a negative way of course, but as an observation. An afternoon snack was something I was hoping I could start getting away from, and once in a while I don’t feel hungry for one, but 9/10 I get insanely hungry around 3:30 or so. I get my fill at lunch, by no means am I ever trying to starve myself. No way. But without fail I get hungry, so now I make sure I bring a decent afternoon snack with some protein, and then I can eat dinner around 7 and hopefully get away with not eating again before bed.

Another word of wisdom, learn to go to be a bit hungry. Yea, it kind of sucks at first, but you get used to it. I already don’t like eating late at night so it’s a normal behavior for me…and now it’s super normal!

Day 20 (Wed)

Breakfast: My last serving of Fritatta… time to branch out for the rest of the week!

Lunch: Leftover Orange Salmon and Beans + Roasted Veggies with Bacon

Snack – Nuts. This did not suffice, I got raging hungry in here.

Dinner: Curried Fried Pork Chops + Thai Curry Stir Fry Veggies

Curry Stir Fry + Pork

Finally!! A real deal curry paste!

I doused it in some extra coconut milk since it was a little spicer than I normally perfer.

Day 21 (Thurs)

Breakfast: Sweet potato hash with onion, broccoli, italian sausage and 2 eggs.

Hash with Sausage and Eggs

This is the amount of food I should be eating in the AM…

This actually kept me full until about 1pm! Normally I’m pretty hungry by noon sharp so I was pretty happy, and tells me I need to amp up the meat portion of my fritatta…

Lunch: Leftover Curry Pork Chops & Stir Fry Veggies with raw carrots and celery

Snack: Half a Curry Pork Chop with Roasted Root Veggies with Bacon (so much pig… yum)

Roasted Veggies

Brussel Sprouts, Beets, Broccoli, Radishes, YES! Forgot the onion though, I regret that.

Dinner: Mexican Beef Stew! I will share a photo of my leftovers in the next post, I didn’t get a pic this evening, sorry friend! It’s a recipe from Everyday Paleo, one of those toss it all in the crockpot type meals which is totally awesome in my books. It turned out well and I made a few adjustments SO I will have to share the recipe once I get more time :)

Thoughts: So I found a grocery/meal planning ap Food Planner. Playing around with it a bit, need to get back to you on how it works/if it works well for me.  If not I’ll just use a little notebook or something… it’s something that is going to take a little bit of dedication on my part for a few weeks to see if I really like it. Hang in there!

Yea, need more protein in the mix… always a work in progress!

xo BB

 

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Days 18 + 19

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Back to the grind, another workweek has begun! At least my upcoming weekend is way more relaxed than the one I’m just walking away from. No commitments  which is a-ok with me, I love being able to laze around and not have to worry about going ANYWHERE.

Also, I’ve resolved to limit my trips to the grocery store to twice a week. I’ve been super organized with my meals, however I feel like I’m stopping into the store every other day and it’s cutting into my down time! I feel like I actually get to relax for a while if I come straight home from work rather than making a stop SO it is my new goal: 2 visits to the grocery store per week. That’s it! Probably once on Saturday or Sunday, and once in the middle of the week.

Day 18 (Monday):

Breakfast: New Spinach + Kale, Sweet Potato, Leek and Italian Sausage Fritatta! Amazing!

Lunch: Leftover Lettuce Tacos with Avocado, Tomato and Salsa (a bit messy to eat at work, but still soooo good!)

Dinner: Stir fry creation: Pork with brocolli stir fry mix, orange pepper, onion with sesame oil, sunbutter, garlic powder and salt.

Stir Fry Creation

It looks scarier than it really was, promise!

I ended up adding a bit of coconut milk to it and that seemed to round the flavours out. I’d give this meal a 6.5 out of ten. Not amazing, not horrible, slightly above average.

I allowed myself half an apple and some macadamia nut butter for a post-dinner snack too.

Apples and Macadamia nut butter

I ate half of it before I remembered to take a picture…

Macadamia nuts are one of my favourite things. Ever. I could land myself in a lot of trouble if left alone with too much at once.

Day 19 (Tuesday)

Breakfast: Italian Sausage Fritatta!

 

Fritatta

The beloved Fritatta

Lunch: Leftover Beef & Veggie Soup

My Soup @ Work

I love always having soup around, so nourishing AND delicious!

Snack: Avocado and small bit of leftover Pork Stir Fry from last night

Dinner: Grilled Salmon in Orange Juice and Sesame Oil with Steamed Green Beans

Salmon and Green Beans

It’s been too long since I’ve had salmon, really enjoyed it!

I had an orange kicking around, so I squeezed the juice from it (duh) and doused the salmon in it. Yup, definitely worth re-doing!

I can’t believe I’m well on my way to the end of the month! Going to do one of my 2 grocery shops for the week tomorrow after the gym, so I need to hunker down and do some meal planning!

I’m thinking about getting an app for my phone for meal planning/grocery lists, I’ll keep you posted for what I find. :) If you know of one, say so below!

xo BB

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Days 16+17

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Well, this weekend has it’s first eating out hurdle…have to be honest, I was a wee bit stressed out about that. Let’s see how I did!

Day 16 (Saturday)

Breakfast: Hash with Chorizo sausage, green pepper, leek, zucchini and eggs. Yum Yum!

Breakfast Hash

I’m telling you, breakfast hash is the way to go!

Lunch: 2 locally made organic hot dogs (I shit you not, these were unreal!) and a bunch of raw veggies. Sorry, no hot dog pics. I was really excited.

Big Plate O'Veggies

Can’t complain about these options for lunch!

Dinner: Shepherds Pie, green salad with tomato, cucumber and lettuce

There were regular potatoes used for the Shepherds Pie, which are not ideal for Paleo, but I only ate a wee bit of it (cause it was seasoned so well) and ate mostly meat. I’m sure many aspects of this meal were not Paleo compliant, however I did the best I could given the situation. I wasn’t about to bring my own food to this event, and I had to be there early therefore couldn’t just eat ahead.

I know, excuses, excuses, but this is real life! And I made the most of the situation, and did not drink alcohol, juice or soda, did not have dessert, buns or any other options that were very obvious no nos. I was a pillar of self control, haha.

Day 17 (Sunday)

Breakfast: Kitchen Sink Hash – Sweet Potato, onion, chorizo sausage, orange pepper, zucchini  spinach and eggs. Major hit. Grating up the sweet potato makes like so much easier! IT cooks in a flash, absorbed the fats and flavors really nicely. Future Husband literally INHALED this breakfast – a very good sign.

 

Hash Extraordinaire

Can’t stress enough, this is a new weekend favourite.

I can’t get enough of these sausages I bought at a local meat place. I will for sure be back for more! The quality is second to none, and the value is waaayy better than the ‘naturals’ brand at the grocery store.

Lunch/Post Workout Snack: Leftover roast beets, leeks and asparagus with nitrate free ham. A couple carrots and some cucumber too.

To-Go Post workout meal

Post work out snack, still delish even though it’s cold :)

Dinner: Lettuce wrap Tacos with avocado and salsa. ( I cooked mushrooms, green pepper and onion with the hamburger AND made my own taco seasoning. Seriously, never buy that crap in the bag again. Here’s a link to the recipe I used)

Lettuce leaf tacos

I much prefer tacos in a lettuce wrap, still finger food minus the empty carbs!

Made a new fritatta tonight too for breakfasts for the next couple days, Italian sausage this time with spinach, kale, sweet potato, leek and orange pepper.I am confident it will be another amazing breakfast option, I actually can’t wait!

Weekend Successes:

-Ate out without compromising my Paleo March. Managed to hold off on dessert which isn’t easy when there’s 500 little chocolate cake things just waiting to be taken! (It was buffet style dinner @ the event I was MCing).

-Continuing to try new meals rather than reverting back to old faithfuls. I’m a creature of habit, so this is a success for me despite how lame it may sound.

-Feeling good!

I’ll be back in a couple :)

xo BB

 

Days 14 + 15

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WOW! I made it half way! Fricken awesome.

What’s super cool about this point in the strict Paleo March, Whole 30, whatever, is that I have SLAYED THE SUGAR DRAGON!!!

A DRAGON OF SUGAR!

It’s a dragon… literally made of sugar. And yes, I slayed it!

I have to admit, I was having some on and off sweets/carb cravings over the past 2 weeks. It doesn’t help that Easter is on the way and there’s chocolate bunnies and eggs left right and center BUT I was often having 2 servings of fruit a day, a treat after dinner (Almond butter banana cups, coconut + cocoa macaroons, applesauce etc). I do love my sweets, but I’m at a point right now where I don’t crave them AND don’t feel deprived.

It’s an accomplishment I think! Better to allow myself those types of treats once in a while rather than most evenings :). There’s a 21 Day Sugar Detox a lot of Paleo minded folks tackle too if you want to check that out, some awesome recipes there too!

Day 14 (Thursday)

Breakfast: Chorizo Fritatta

Lunch: Leftover Butter Chicken

Dinner: Beef and veggie soup, half a pork chop

Day 15 (Friday)

Breakfast: Little piece of Chorizo Fritatta, hard boiled egg + coffee with coconut milk

*I have coffee with coconut milk most days, however today I put a pretty healthy dose coconut milk in my mug today, more than usual, so I’m counting it as part of brekky*

Lunch: Leftover Butter Chicken

Snack: Veggie plate (cauliflower, avocado, carrots, broccoli) Pepperoni stick, handful of nuts.

Also had a Vanilla Rooibos Tea from Starbucks today when Future Husband and I went to visit an old friend from college (BCIT). It has this natural sweetness to it, mmmm I love it! I’m going to pick some vanilla rooibos tea up from Superstore next time I shop, hopefully it will have a similar flavor.

Dinner; Leftover Italian Chicken, Roasted Asparagus with Beets and Leeks!

Roasted Asparagus etc

My roasted veggies over the leftover Italian Chicken.

Halfway Mark reflections:

I am feeling good! I feel a little silly that I’ve strayed away from Robb’s set out “PLAN”, but this is my path to a Paleo March! I have been using his recipes just in different order, and often modified to my tastes, what’s on hand, etc. This is what real life is about anyway! You don’t always have someone to lay out what you should eat, you need to figure a lot out on your own.

Successes: Drinking more water, No Sweets, VERY limited fruit, Varied Breakfasts

Things to Work On: Watch how many nuts I eat, making sure my meals are big enough

It is very tempting to jump on the scale or measure myself but I won’t! I’m confident there will be some good changes at the end of the month :)

Tomorrow will be interesting since I’m eating out a bit, I will let you know how it turns out.

xo BB