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Paleo Diet Update: It’s All Good 1

So, I’ve been doing the Paleo diet for a little over a week. I haven’t had time to do a full post every day and I’ve realized that keeping a food diary on a blog can be BORING (for myself and my readers), though keeping track of the foods I eat and the reactions I have to them helps a lot so I’ve been trying to take photos of most of my meals. I post my meal photos on Instagram and Tumblr for those who are interested in following my journey or looking for meal ideas. Taking pictures helps to keep me motivated and accountable to the diet that is ultimately making me feel A LOT better!

Here is a little summary of what I’ve been eating:

Breakfasts–Raisins, nuts, bananas, apples, bacon and eggs

Snacks–Mostly fruit or nuts. Lots of raisins, almonds, walnuts, grapes, blueberries, bananas and apples.

Lunches–Lots of lettuce wraps or salads with chicken or turkey (and sometimes bacon…yum!). I like to add avocado, tomatoes, onions, cilantro sea salt, pepper, lemon juice and lemon pepper to everything. Here is a yummy beet salad I got at a local restaurant. Beet salads will always remind me of my time in Germany, which I look back on fondly!

beet salad paleo diet

Dinners–I’ve done some baked lemon pepper chicken, tilapia and turkey with sides like kale, and broccoli. I also did turkey burgers with fresh guacamole and caramelized onions which was totally different for me! Here are some of my favorite recipes so far:

Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Tomato with Spinach Soup

Chunky Paleo Guacamole

Loaded Paleo Turkey Burger 

Kale with Bacon and Onions

Drinks–Teas with lemon and sometimes half a stevia packet

Biggest Cravings–CHEESE, Pancakes and a super-buttery, brown roll from a local restaurant!

Overall feelings— I have felt pretty good most days with minimal cramps/gas issues. The only time I really have these issues is when I “cheat.” I haven’t had any gluten (that I’m aware of) since the spaghetti but the few bits of rice I had didn’t rare very well with my tummy! I’ve also  “cheated” twice with cheese and I did okay, but had some cramps and gas. Overall, this diet isn’t very hard because I know it works! When I follow it, I feel good. I’ve even noticed my anxiety to be a bit better and am finding myself a bit more patient and just overall HAPPY, which is awesome!

Feel Goods of the week

it's all good

-Getting Organized! We’ve been purging and reorganizing which feels great. I also got this amazing planner from Erin Condren which makes me super excited about keeping my life in order!

erin condren planner

-My husband joining Facebook! He has held out for so long, but I’m really glad he finally bit the bullet. In a weird way I feel like it’s one more thing for us to “bond” over. Lame, I know.

-Our girls! They are quickly becoming the best of friends, which brings us so much joy.


Miss Hattie eating solids! I think she really likes sweet potatoes!

sweet potatoes

Paleo Diet, Day 3: No Sugar Tonight

Here’s a quick summary of Day 3. I’m trying to decide if Sunday is going to be my “cheat day” because we typically eat out after church, and always have a big “Potluck” style meal with my husband’s family for dinner.

Breakfast: Banana and trail mix of almonds, walnuts and craisins

Thoughts/Feelings/Observations: I felt pretty good and snacked on this little mix all through church and Sunday school.

Lunch: El Charro, Mexican Restaurant. I caved and ate some chips and salsa, but not much because the salsa was too darn hot. I ordered chicken fajitas with grilled pepper and onions. I ate some of the rice and beans on the side, which may have been a bad idea! I had unsweet tea with lots of lemon to drink.

Thoughts/Feelings/Observations: I loved the chicken and veggies and felt very full afterward. This is the second time eating rice has given me a bad reaction, though. As soon as I got home it was run to the bathroom time 🙁

Dinner: Potluck Style–Grilled chicken + veggies sautéed with lemon juice, lemon pepper, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Beef Stew with vegetables and white potatoes, Sausage Soup with tomatoes, and veggies. A few bites of warm chicken salad, and one bite of a queso dip. Sweet tea (gasp!!).

Thoughts/Feelings/Observations: I know Sundays are going to be hard for me.  It can be SO hard to turn down some of my old favorites but I’m quickly realizing that it’s just not worth it when I feel horribly afterward. Tonight the biggest reaction I had was from the sweet tea. As soon as we got in the car to leave I felt shaky, nervous and anxious. I felt like that sugar was just pulsing through me. NOT a good feeling. It’s so interesting to be more aware of what I’m putting into my body and how it affects my mood. It seems like sugar really does have a bad effect on me!

And now all I can think of is…”No Sugar Tonight in My Coffee! No Sugar Tonight in My Tea!”




Paleo Diet, Day 2: Gluten Free Beer is No Good for this Girl 2

Here is a run down of Day 2!

Breakfast: raisins, water

Thoughts/Feelings/Observations: I’m getting sick of raisins but I haven’t been to the store yet so that’s all I had. I was pretty gassy this morning but I know it could take weeks and even months before I get all of the yuckiness out of my system (especially after eating spaghetti smothered in cheese last night).

Lunch: Spinach salad with raw carrots, broccoli, and onions. Ken’s steakhouse “Golden Vidalia Onion” salad dressing. The dressing is Gluten free but I’m sure it’s not “Paleo.” For now, it’s all I really have and it is DELICIOUS!

Thoughts/Feelings/Observations: I felt really great after lunch but was getting pretty hungry by dinnertime.

Snack: MORE RAISINS. They aren’t the best option because they are full of sugar, but they were all I had.

Dinner: A few Sushi (California Rolls) which I knew were NOT Paleo because of the rice. Three spring rolls with crab, carrots, and lettuce wrapped in rice paper. This is probably not 100% Paelo, but once again, I was on the go and this was a quick buy at the grocery store that we could eat on the way to our movie date. We stopped for appetizers after the movie and got some to-die-for deviled eggs topped with crab meat and chicken wings from Capital Ale House. I’m sure it wasn’t “totally Paleo” but it was definitely better than nachos or french fries. I tried a Gluten free beer which I soon realized was still not Paleo…or any good! Hubby drank it for me and I got a delicious glass of Virginia Cabernet Franc. The debate is out on alcohol–most people who follow Paleo say NO alcohol, but others say a glass or red wine or clear liquor drink here and there is okay. I don’t plan on giving up wine anytime soon!

Thoughts/Feelings/Observations: I finally made it to the grocery store to be better prepared for this diet! See a synopsis of what I got below. I felt pretty good after the sushi and spring rolls. I was barely tempted to get movie theater popcorn or soda (probably because we were in a hurry and because of the outrageous prices). I felt a little bit gassy after leaving the Ale House which could have been from that crazy Gluten Free beer…

New Planet Gluten Free Beer

Grocery List:

-Organic Free Range Chicken breasts and tenderloins, wild cod, ground fresh turkey burger patties. (We already have plenty of local beef in our freezer).

-Lots of frozen and fresh fruits and veggies, like Kale, avocado, carrots, celery, broccoli, bananas, grapes apples, and more.

-Walnuts, almonds and craisins to make a “trail mix” snack. I realized afterward that sweetened craisins have too much sugar and are not Paleo…no wonder I love them so much!

-Fresh, organic Eggs

-Pickles, olives, lemon juice, dijon mustard–all condiments which are Paleo friendly!

This diet actually simplified my grocery trip because I basically stayed out of the middle aisles (where all the “fillers” are like, chips, snacks, etc.)

“Feel Goods” of the Day: Feeling good is the whole point of this journey, so these are the things I’m doing daily to help me achieve this goal on the inside and out. 

-I got new glasses yesterday and I think I like them…at least more than the ones from college that I’ve been wearing! And the best part, I can actually see out of them!

new Fossil glasses

-Having a “Date Night” with the hubby. We went to the movies and saw Silver Linings Playbook, which was one of the best movies we’d both seen in a very long time. It was very funny, very real, kind of weird, and really sweet–definitely my kind of movie! It was so great for the two of us to get out and enjoy some time together, and we are very grateful for our babysitter who came at the last minute!

Thanks again for all of the encouragement…keeping up with everything on the blog has really made me feel more accountable!