August 1, 2012

Day One of My August Paleo Challenge

During the month of August I'll be eating a pretty strict Paleo diet.  I'm blogging about it to inspire others to give it a try.  

For breakfast I ate scrambled eggs and bacon, and coffee with coconut milk (from the can).  Lunch was 2 peaches and a hamburger with spicy mustard and sauerkraut.  I really wanted some veggies, so I defrosted some frozen cauliflower in the microwave, wrapped it in tinfoil with butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and threw it on the grill for a few minutes.  I will definitely repeat that in the future, especially since it's so hard to keep fresh produce around out here.  That's the beauty of eating Paleo- getting creative in the kitchen!  For dinner, I prepped 2 chickens I butchered this morning, and my hubby grilled them for me.  We'll have plenty of leftover chicken for the next couple of days.  After dinner I was really craving something sweet, so I ate a handful of frozen blueberries straight from the freezer.  Frozen fruit is an awesome Paleo dessert.

Analysis: I really didn't do well with vegetables today.  That's why it's always good to have a plan!  I found some fresh kale in the veggie drawer after lunch, and I really wish I had eaten it with my breakfast.  I've noticed that when I start my day with a side of kale, my energy levels are really steady all morning, as compared to eating just eggs and bacon.   

Tomorrow I'm going into town and I've made my plan (are you seeing a theme here?).  We're eating at a steakhouse so I'll have no problem ordering there.  I'll bring a Larabar for a snack, just in case.  (Larabars consist entirely of dried fruit and nuts.  I love the coconut cream pie flavor.  There is one flavor that has peanuts, so beware, as peanuts are legumes, and legumes are not Paleo).  I order my Larabars in bulk from Vitacost.  Other good snack options are nuts, jerky (just read the label to make sure there's no wheat hiding in there), fresh fruit and veggies, and hard boiled eggs.  Once your body adjusts to running on fat and protein instead of carbs, you won't need to snack as much.  

Would you ever eat a Paleo Diet?  Does it sound nuts to you?


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