Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 4 of Paleo Challenge

This has been the easiest start to any diet I have ever attempted, and I can't be happier about it. There have been no major cravings, although a thought of a glass of a nice dry wine did cross my mind a couple of times. I have began to like my coffee black, and my lunches have been the subject of a lot of office envy and questioning :-) I am over my hard boiled egg for breakfast though, and today I came up with something more exciting to replace it with.

My menu today:

Breakfast: hard boiled egg and black coffee
Snack: a plum and a few pieces of dried apricots
Lunch: blackened salmon and a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, jicama, spring lettuce mix and olive oil, lime juice and cayenne pepper and paprika dressing
Dinner: it kind of never happened, I had a couple of plums and a few roasted cauliflower florets as I was cooking for tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I am very excited about it:

For breakfast, I will have a totally paleo compliant banana strawberry pie with an almond meal crust. For lunch, it will be a couple of slices of herbes de Provence pork roast, roasted cauliflower and a salad (I have been really into the concept of salads in jars, it's super pretty and convenient :-) )

Here are the photos of my meals for tomorrow:


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Day 2 of 30 days paleo

Surprisuingly, everything is going smoothly as far as my experiment is going.  I am definitely glad that I have been bringing my lunch to work for the last couple of weeks, and being in the groove it has been easier to simply adjust the menu. I haven't had any cravings, except I couldn't figure out what to about sugar free gum. I usually chew on one after lunch, but it bothers me that it's definitely not paleo. I even bought a bunch of fresh mint leaves and will take a sprig tomorrow to work.

So... Here's my menu from today:

Breakfast: two hard boiled eggs + black coffee (no sugar, no milk)
Snack: a couple of dried apricots
Lunch: homemade meatloaf (ground beef, red bell pepper, onion, tomato, egg, spices) + roasted cauliflower + salad (EVOO, cucumber, radishes, tomatoes)
Snack: a plum, a nectarine
Dinner: a few slices of a freshly grilled steak, three asparagus stalks, half of heirloom tomato
Dessert: a plum

So far, I have not craved anything sweet.  Haven't had issues with giving up my nightly wine either, although I am still worried that it's only been two days, and on a stressful day I might be tempted to have a glass or two to unwind.

I am loving my menu, except for breakfast. Need to dig up some easy, make-ahead paleo breakfast recipes for dishes that I can bring to work.

I think I will start taking photos and maybe posting recipes for my dishes. Just to create a reference for myself and be of help in case anyone needs inspiration.

Till tomorrow! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

30 days paleo challenge

В общем, я решилась -- сегодня был первый день 30 days paleo challenge.  О программе можно прочитать здесь: http://whole9life.com/2012/08/the-whole30-program/

Пока я к этому делу подхожу таким образом, что день прошел, вот и отлично, если так проживу неделю, здорово, если и все 30 дней -- так совсем классно.  Уже сейчас точно знаю, что на этой неделе будет пара нарушений, я их постараюсь свести только к сухому красному вину. 

Мое сегодняшнее меню:

Завтрак: два яйца, сваренных вкрутую + черный кофе
Перекус: слива
Обед: говядина, тушеная с баклажаном, кабачком цуккини и помидорами + свежий салат (помидор, редис, огурец, болгарский перец)
Перекус: несколько половинок сушеных абрикосов
Ужин: помидор и огурец, сбрызнутые соком лайма, с солью и приправой чили. Потом небольшой кусок meatloaf (говяжий фарш, болгарский перец, лук, яйцо, помидор, приправы) и немного roasted cauliflower. 

На сладкое не тянуло, но были слабость и головная боль.  Сейчас тянет на привычный бокал вина, но держусь.