From May 11 – June 10, I’m doing a paleo challenge with Gina. I decided to journal this as something to look back on and also for others to follow along and to use as reference in case they want to take on this challenge in the future. I’ll link to recipes (either mine that I developed on this journey or other people’s) when applicable, but I don’t usually cook from recipes for myself so if you leave a comment asking for the recipe for something, there is none unless otherwise noted. My purpose of doing this isn’t to lose weight. It’s changing up my eating habits to see how it works for my body. I’m not a health professional so I cannot offer you any advice. There are numerous resources out there for paleo. Do your research before committing.
Follow along with our Instagram posts #RTTKTFTpaleochallenge for more ideas on what we’re shopping for, eating, and more!
May 14: Day 4
Notes: not much, but got a lot of thoughts below, hence the ‘just breathe’ graphic!
Breakfast: three banana chia bites (these are freaking amazing. they taste like banana bread but they’re paleo-friendly), two egg cup muffins, one cup of cold-brew coffee w/unsweetened coconut milk (from the carton, not the canned ones)
Lunch: chocolate chili leftovers (I’m telling ya, it made a lot), mango strawberry kiwi fruit mix, clementines (not pictured)
Dinner: paleo orange chicken with roasted sweet potatoes & tomatoes and sautéed spinach
Snacks: a pack of dried seaweed
Drinks: H2O and grapefruit juice
Exercise: walked 1.5 miles
Thoughts: okay so it’s day 4 and I’m starting to break down slightly. It’s not the eating part that I’m breaking down with. I’m fine with eating paleo, in fact, I’m totally loving it. I don’t really have a craving for sweets or carbs but I’m breaking down and slightly overwhelmed because of the prep work that is involved in eating paleo. It’s really hard for me to have a decent breakfast or lunch because I work full time Monday-Friday. I work from home every other Friday and I’m off every other Friday so that’s fine because on those days, I can probably have a legit awesome breakfast, but M-TH kills me. I have to basically have everything prepped and it’s a grab ‘n go situation in the morning unless I want to wake up at 5am. Problem with prepping is that I’m exhausted after work and I cook dinner and then after dinner, I have to think ahead to the next day or couple days and prep what I would be able to grab ‘n go in the morning. I know it sounds like I’m complaining, and maybe I am, but I guess I’m just talking it out and why eating paleo is slightly hard when you aren’t at home. I don’t want to spend $$$ on going out to eat all week for lunch and I also don’t have very many paleo-friendly options in the city so I would likely just end up eating the same things cause those are ‘safe’ and familiar but then it’s boring. I need to get better about prepping but that’s also the one thing that is making this hard – I feel like I live in my kitchen, like I mentioned yesterday. Plus, I feel like I’m constantly running to the grocery store for produce. I really hope I can get in this prep groove because I might not make it if I keep feeling super overwhelmed and stressed out over eating. Obviously I’m going to force myself to ‘make it’ because I’m loving what it’s doing to my body but I just wish there was more time in the day ;)