Monday, December 5, 2011

Paleo Week #3 Recap

Three full weeks of Paleo!!

I can't believe twenty one days has gone by.  This week has really been a blur.  Everything seems to be coming so much more naturally, that I forget the day-to-day troubles. 

I tried a few new things this week...

For the first two weeks, I had eggs for every breakfast.  At first, it was perfectly fine, but I worried about getting bored of 3-4 dozen eggs a week.  I had them scrambled, over-easy, hard-boiled...  Then after making the Paleo Apple Pie last week, I used the chopped apple and a mashed banana to fry an egg.  It was a great change, but oddly didn't taste much like egg.  Then later in the week I made a casserole.  I threw together some mushrooms, eggs, parsley, and scallions and baked it.  I thought it would turn out as a great alternative.  I was wrong.  As it turns out, I did indeed get sick of eggs.  I've since made fish/veggies and mushrooms/veggies for breakfast.

Another revelation I've had this week was Mushrooms!  I've had them before as you know, but this time I bought some Portabello mushrooms.  It turns out frying them in a pan was not the way to make mushrooms.  I bake them at 400 for 20 minutes and they turn out amazing!  I made some lettuce wrap sandwiches that turned out to be a complete mess!  So then I've started using it as a quick bite.  Even yesterday, I made portabello mushrooms, guacamole, peanuts, and blackberries.  That was delicious!!

Then my friends pulled through with yet another amazing caveman-friendly meal; Paleo Taco Lettuce Wraps.  They grilled chicken and steak seasoned with fresh herbs and chopped jalapeno pepper.  We used lettuce to wrap the meat with fresh guacamole and bell peppers.  And it turns out that bell peppers are a great alternative to tortilla chips; they taste great dipped in guacamole. 

And lastly, I had my work holiday party last night.  "Cheat Night!"  That's what everyone was telling me and what I had in mind as one of my two original cheat days in the whole 30 Day Paleo Diet.  But as you recall, I made it through Thanksgiving without cheating and I'm only 9 days from finishing without a blemish.  So while they rented out a high end, downtown restaurant, had an open bar, and a full buffet, I stuck to Paleo!  The only "cheat" was that the shrimp did have butter on it and the salad had oil in it. 

So here's a look at Week #3...

Monday
Breakfast
Banana
4 eggs
homemade tomato/mushroom sauce
Snack
mixed nuts
Lunch
spaghetti squash
baked eggplant with almond crust
chicken & almond meatballs with garlic & rosemary
mixed tomatoes and squash with oregano & thyme
caveman apple pie
orange bell pepper
Snack
banana
peanuts
Dinner
none (breakfast was late)

TUESDAY
Breakfast
5 eggs
clementine
banana
cantaloupe
mixed nuts
Lunchspring mix salad
mixed nuts
clementine
cantaloupe
Snack
Mixed nuts
Dinner
spring mix salad
yellow bell pepper
pumpkin pie
apple pie
mixed nuts
Snack
Mixed nuts
Banana

WEDNESDAY
Breakfast
5 eggs
banana
clementine
Lunch
Steak marinated in homemade mushroom tomato sauce
fried banana
mixed nuts
Dinner
spring mix salad
orange pepper
mixed nuts
cantaloupe
Snack
banana

THURSDAY
Breakfast
Mushroom egg casserole (6 eggs, pack of mushrooms, parsley, scallions)
banana
clementine
Lunch
Portabello lettuce wrape with yellow bell pepper and tomato
Dinner
Portabello mushrooms with yellow bell pepper and tomato
spring mix & spinach
mixed nuts (lots)
cantaloupe

FRIDAY
Breakfast
4 eggs
mixed nuts
banana
clementine
Snack
Peanuts
Clementine
Lunch
Portabello mushroom
whole Orange bell pepper
whole Yellow squash
Tomato
Mixed nuts
Dinner
Swai
2 Clementines
Mixed nuts
Snack
Mixed nuts
Clementine

SATURDAY
Breakfast
4 Eggs
Lunch
Spinach salad
chicken
yellow bell pepper
Snack
Banana
Dinner
Paleo taco wraps
Lettuce
Chicken
Steak
Guacamole
bell peppers
Snack
Peanuts & walnuts

SUNDAY
Breakfast
Swait fillet
Green squash
red onion
yellow bell pepper
Lunch
Blackberries
peanuts
2 portabello mushrooms
guacamole (avocado, yellow pepper, tomato, red onion)
Dinner
Shrimp
red pepper
celery
broccoli
asparagus
arugala salad

Only 9 Days Left!!


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5 comments:

Karen said...

Love that this is becoming easier as you go along. I woudl think being able to experiment and try new combinations helps keep it interesting too. I would think if it was just fish and eggs in the AM, that would get old fast! I am impressed. :)

Scott Cannon said...

Clementines are almost a daily feature in your diet. Yum! Congrats on making it this far.

Richelle said...

I just read an article today about the paleo diet. I'm definitely considering trying this out.

Faerunner said...

Wow, you're doing really well! I think you can forgive yourself oil on that last salad ;) I'm amazed at your ability to eat paleo even at social events.

Out of curiousity:
Three weeks in, what's your favorite replacement for bread/grain products? I think that would be my biggest stumbling block if trying a paleo diet, because I love to do homemade breads and pastries and cooking/baking sans grain products would be a real challenge!

Are you having any cravings for bread or other foods you've cut out?

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

So how are you feeling?? I don't eat wheat or pasta etc anymore and I can tell you I feel way better than when I was carb loading~