Monday, December 12, 2011

Paleo Week #4 Recap

30 Day Paleo Experiment Update
28 Days completed
TWO DAYS remain!

To sum this week up quickly, this week has been a back-and-forth.  After week #3, I went into the last seven days thinking I had it made.  I had lost my cravings, gotten used to the flavors of Paleo cooking, and had enough creativity (and great friends) to keep me from going crazy.  But there were a few times where the idea of a quick non-Paleo snack sounded OH SO GOOD!

There is light at the end of the tunnel!!

The dawn approaches!!

But what will I do with the return of dietary freedom?  With 28 days of Paleo under my belt, I'm beginning to feel like the first few days back on "normal" food (granted I haven't decided what I'm going to allow myself to eat yet) is going to be yet another experiment.  As my roommate likes to poke fun at - will I have become lactose intolerant to some degree?  Will I even like more than a bite of any greasy, sugary, or processed foods?  Will I have a week of my tastebuds adjusting as I did when I went Paleo?  Hopefully I'll find out later this week.  But either way, I already have started coming up with my Wednesday menu!  haha

This past week, however, I discovered a few new things...

Blackberries are delicious!  I was at Whole Foods buying my weekly stock of nuts when I saw that they were on sale.  "Why not?"  Turns out they are a great little flavor addition to munching on my mixed nuts.  Up until now I've only really had strawberries and the occasional raspberry.

I went without eggs from Day #21 through #26 and found that eating a normal lunch/dinner meal didn't bother me at all.  Finally on Day #27, because of a rather empty kitchen and to save myself some time, I had eggs and wouldn't you know - they didn't go over so well.  I've found I prefer having a piece of fish and veggies over eggs.  I wonder what I'll think of cereal and milk.

Lastly, I surprised even myself last night when I made  Paleo attempt at sandwiches.  I baked red pepper, portabello mushroooms, zucchini, and eggplant.  Then I sliced up a tomato and used the baked eggplant in place of bread.  It was delicious!

Aside from those small revelations, Monday through Saturday I worked.  This caused for very little variation in what I ate.  I went for the 'stand by' in order to make the most of my time.  And when I finally had a full day to myself, what did I do?  I spun!  ...for two hours!


My local bike shop has a bunch of crazy triathletes and cyclists who together created the Sunday Three Hour Spin.  As the kick off Sunday, it got started a bit late.  The shop had twelve CycleOps trainers set up with blocks and mats all pointed towards a projector screen.  One reason we got started late was the debate over what movie to watch; a move that can make or break the entire day!  Finally, The A Team came on, we hopped on our bikes, and we were off.  Some of the group lasted a full 2.5 hours.  I only managed two.  I love my baby, but it's going to take some getting used to the new seat! 

Oh, I almost forgot the torture!  They had homemade chocolate chip cookies for us at spinning.  Man was that hard to turn down.  I kept chanting "Three more days.  Three more days."

Here's a look at the menu for Paleo Week #3...


Monday


Breakfast Gemini mushrooms


eggplant


green squash


red onion


yellow pepper


peanuts




Lunch blackberries


peanuts




Dinner Spinach salad


yellow pepper


guacamole


chicken


peanuts


clementine


Banana




Snack


Banana



Tuesday


Breakfast Peanuts

  Clementine


Banana


Clementine




Lunch Swai


Green squash


blackberries


banana




Dinner Steak


Spinach / spring mix salad


portabello


blackberries


guacamole




Snack blackberries


banana




Snack peanuts


banana



Wednesday


Breakfast peanuts


banana


swai


cremini mushrooms (3)




Lunch 2 portabello


yellow pepper


chicken


spring mix and spinach salad


guacamole




Snack mixed nuts (peanuts, pecans, almonds)


2 clementines


blackberries




Snack banana


clementine


peanuts



Thursday


Breakfast Banana


mushrooms


eggplant


yellow squash


red pepper




Lunch clementine


peanuts




Dinner spring mix & spinach salad


spaghetti squash


mushroom tomato sauce


guacamole


orange pepper


3 clementines




Snack banana


peanuts


blackberries



Friday


Breakfast peanuts


banana


clementine




Lunch granny smith apple




Dinner orange pepper


spring mix & spinach salad


spaghetti squash


clementine


mixed nuts




Snack Banana



Saturday


Breakfast 5 eggs


blackberries




Lunch 2 portabello mushrooms


red pepper


spaghetti squash


tomato sauce


spring mix / spinach salad


blackberries




Snack peanuts, pecans


2 clementines




Snack banana




Dinner Chicken


orange pepper


guacamole


2 clementines



Sunday


Breakfast Swai


yellow squash




Snack (spin) blackberries


clementine




Lunch mixed nuts


blackberries


guacamole


red pepper




Dinner eggplant


portabello


red pepper


zucchini


tomato


banana


clementine

Two Days Left!!

Swim fast.  Bike smart.  Run hard. 

1 comment:

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

I'll never go back to regular eating. I don't eat cereal for breakfast ever! If I want pasta it's gluten free.. I feel way too much improvement.