Final Paleo Check In

Hi Everyone!

Today is day 23 of my Paleo Challenge. I am checking in today, rather than on Wednesday (day 26), because I will be traveling to see my family for Thanksgiving on Wednesday! WOO HOO!!!

I am thrilled to tell you that I found the Paleo Diet to be one of the better things I have done for myself in the past year.  I feel so  much healthier, and to be honest, this diet has become a way of life for me.  After the first week or so, the Paleo style of eating became engrained in me and it was so easy to make better choices for my body.  I truly feel that this is something I will continue with (adding back in the occasional glass of red wine of course!!).  All in all, I have lost a total of 7 pounds in the past 23 days and I have gained confidence and health. Be sure to stay tuned for fun and filling Paleo recipes!

Check out my before (top picture) and after (bottom picture)!

before and after

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Paleo Challenge Check In

Check In/ Small Victories:

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am just checking in and letting you all know that I am still loving the way I feel while doing this Paleo Diet Challenge. Today is officially my 16th day of the Paleo Challenge. So far I have lost a total of 6.4 pounds and I can notice much more muscle definition in my body as well as much more energy (for the most part!).   Ten more days to go!!

Challenges:

Just like every person who tries something for the first time, there have been some hiccups along the way for me.  For instance, last week, I was under a lot of stress in my personal and work life.  Before I started the Paleo Challenge- when I was stressed, my go to was an intense workout followed by a piece of dark chocolate and a glass of red wine. However, now that I am doing the Paleo Challenge- I can still do the intense workout, but I can not indulge in the “comforting” dark chocolate and red wine.  I am sure that some of you are thinking that this is “no big deal”, but when that has been your go-to stress reliever for the past 5 years, it is a challenge not to break down and indulge.  I am very PROUD, however, to let you know that I did not break down. I simply did my workout, came home, made a healthy dinner of a huge spinach salad with one chicken sausage. Instead of dark chocolate I opted for a sliced apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon for dessert. Victory!!

Example Meal Plan from last Wednesday:

60-70 oz. of water

M1: 3/4 cup egg whites with 1/2 cup sautéed mushrooms, 1 grapefruit

M2: Apple

M3: 2 big handfuls of sautéed kale and 1 fully cooked chicken breast seasoned with a mix of 1 tbsp. balsamic and 1 tbsp. spicy dijon mustard.

M4: Apple with 1 1/2 tbsp. Almond Butter

M5: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and chicken sausage served on top of a big spinach salad.

M6: 1 bowl of chopped strawberries and pineapple

Bonus:

Take a look at some of the helpful websites where I have found yummy Paleo Recipes:

Soups 

Chicken

Pancakes (substitute egg whites for whole egg and remember- it says 500 calories for 4-6 pancakes depending on their size. If you don’t want that many calories than stick with 2 pancakes!)

Mexican Stir Fry

A variety of yummy recipes from SkinnyMom

Enjoy!! I can’t wait to check in with you all next weekend 🙂 Have a great week!

Paleo Week One Recap:

Hey there! 

Well, I have to say I feel great! My digestion has improved so much, it’s wild. I finally have had multiple nights where I DON’T feel like curling up into a ball because I have stomach pains. It’s awesome to actually feel %100!

Week 1 Recap:

So, here is how my week went (remember- I am only human, so I do have slip ups!) Days 1-3 and 6-7 were awesome. I did a 100% Paleo diet with most breakfasts consisting of egg whites and veggies with a grapefruit. Lunches and dinners were a variety of different veggies and proteins depending on what we had in the house. My favorite dinner was a turkey chili with butternut squash that I made. I would post a recipe, but I don’t really have one. I just kind of threw everything in a big pot and let is simmer. I will work on developing a recipe for the chili that I can post for everyone! Snacks were definitely consumed, but they were all Paleo approved. My favorite snack was a sliced apple with 1 tbsp. almond butter. YUM!

What happened on days 4 and 5 you ask?

Well, my fiancé and I had off from school (we are teachers) for starters.  Being that we had off from school my fiancé and I scheduled our engagement photo’s to be taken on day 4.  It was a fun and romantic affair that had to be celebrated with one glass of red wine. So, although I wasn’t 100% Paleo because of the red wine, all of my food intake was Paleo approved. So in my mind, it wasn’t the worst slip up 🙂 Then, on day 5 my fiancé and I got together with a group of friends for dinner so I had one glass of wine. However, like day 4, the food throughout the day was all Paleo.

What have I learned?

1. Stay Hydrated

2. Plan ahead and pre prep any meals that you can.

But, most importantly….

I am human and it is ok if I slip up a bit.  I just want to make sure that when I do slip up, the rest of my choices throughout my day are best for my body and mood. For right now, that means sticking to as much of a 100% Paleo diet as possible.

What did I achieve?

A sense of “Yes, I can!” and a loss of 4 pounds. Plus, my favorite part- a digestive system that actually works and doesn’t cause me to curl up in pain! WOO HOO!!

Week 2 of the Paleo Countdown to Thanksgiving Challenge- here I come! 

PALEO Check In

Hi Friends!

Well, today was day 3 of the Countdown to Thanksgiving: Paleo Challenge! So far, I am feeling great! I know it sounds crazy, but I truly noticed a change in the way I felt today. I had more energy and I was not as hungry between meals. I went to the gym after work and while the class I took was crazy intense- I felt strong and powerful during it. It was an incredibly uplifting feeling for me (I mean seriously- who doesn’t want to feel powerful?!)

Although it has only been 3 days, I have two tips that I have found extremely helpful so far. So, here it goes:

1) HYDRATE- Drink at least 70 oz. of water each day. This has helped keep me full and have more energy throughout the day.

2) PLAN and PREP- I have found it so helpful to have a tupperware of different cut up veggies, portioned servings of almond butter in small tupperware containers, and a paleo style “indulgent” treat made ahead of time in case cravings creep up. Planning out my meals for the day and having food prepped in advance has helped me SO much because it eliminates the temptation to cheat. If the meal is prepped and ready to be made then there is no excuse not to make it. Having healthy snacks prepped and ready has helped me to avoid cheating when my stomach is growling and I am looking for a quick something to fill me up. If my veggies, fruit and almond butter are already prepared then they are easy to grab and I don’t cheat!

Okay, so for those of you that are wondering what a typical day, PALEO style looks like- here is what I had today

Breakfast- One grapefruit, 3/4 cup egg whites with 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

Snack- One Banana

Lunch- One baked, cubed, chicken breast with 2 cups chopped cauliflower, red/orange bell peppers, and mushrooms. Sauce on the veggies and chicken was 2 tablespoons warmed sunflower butter, 2 tbsp. reduced sodium chicken broth, crushed red pepper flakes (mix it all up and our over veggies and chicken before baking)

Snack- One granny smith apple with 2 tbsp. almond butter

Dinner- Leftover chicken and veggie bake from lunch and one baked sweet potato with sautéed kale ( kale was sautéed in 1 tsp. coconut oil, 2 tbsp. chicken broth, red pepper flakes and a dash of hot sauce)

Snack- Pumpkin Muffin 

Click on “Pumpkin Muffin” to get the link to the recipe that has saved me and my sweet tooth so far 🙂 The only thing I changed was instead of the coconut oil I mashed one banana – they were still delicious! You can totally use the coconut oil for the Paleo Diet- I just like banana so I used it instead!

I hope this post is helpful for those of you who are interested in Paleo! I would definitely encourage everyone to try Paleo for a bit- I am loving how I feel! Talk to you all soon!

Countdown to Thanksgiving: PALEO STYLE

Hey Everyone!
Long time, no posts! It feels so good to be posting again- especially because I am so excited about my most recent challenge idea! Lately, I have been feeling a little sluggish. Work is in full swing, and the amount of daylight I see each day has gotten much smaller. For the past year I have been hearing all about the Paleo diet. So, as the curious person that I can be, I decided to look into what the hype was all about. As I investigated, the more intrigued I became. Everyone who had tried going Paleo could attest to the fact that they felt so much better after changing their lifestyle to a Paleo diet. The most important testament that stood out to me was almost all of the stories and articles I read talked about how much better your digestion became when on the Paleo diet. I have struggled with digestion issue my entire life, so for me this was a huge turning point in my decision to try going Paleo. So, here I am today, telling you that I have decided to do a 26 Day Paleo Challenge starting right now!!

During my Countdown to Thanksgiving Paleo Challenge I will be posting about the good, the bad, and the ugly throughout this challenge. I hope to be able to share recipes, tips, perks, rough patches and anything else that comes up along the way. I will also be posting one daily meal plan each week in case you are curious and want to try going Paleo as well.

Click “ENJOY!” to head to another PALEO blog that was very inspiring to me 🙂

ENJOY!