Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Three weeks in

Three weeks in and I love this diet. I'm not a proselytizer...so I'll just tell you what I love about it for me.
#1 I never feel deprived. I think if I was more stringent about fats, I'd be losing weight more quickly, but it is way way easier for me to stick to an eating plan where I'm always full.
#2 I really do have more energy. I thought that was a bullshit claim, but it's true.
#3 I feel lighter. Not in a scale way, in a buoyancy way. Though I'm also down between 8 and 10 pounds (I don't remember exactly where I started because I'd simply gotten above my "Danger, Will Robinson!!" number).

Things that surprised me:
#1 How quickly sweet things became too sweet. I don't think it was even a full week before I snuck a bite of cookie and didn't like it because it was just too much.
#2 How gross I feel after misbehaving. I feel bloated and icky. And what's really surprising is that for the first time in my life, I remember that feeling from instance to instance so it actually *stops* me from indulging.
#3 How much easier it is to stick to a diet with a fully thought out meal plan, even if I deviate from it often.

My staples so far:
Banana/almond butter/bacon sammies
Cauliflower "rice"
Kai jong with something green (eggs, fish sauce, and tapioca flour)
Clothes Make the Girl Pad Thai
Chicken nuggets: brined in salt water, dredged in tapioca flour, fried in coconut oil a la Nom Nom Paleo.

Friday, January 3, 2014

48 hours

Sooooo...it's hard to start a paleo diet when somebody offers to make you waffles on New Year's Day. Ooops!! So I started with lunch.
1/1/14 Lunch: Subway salad with veggies, ham, vinegar and salt and pepper.
Dinner: steaks, mashed cauliflower with ghee, roasted broccoli.

1/2/14 I started 6 chicken legs in Fiona's green marinade (Nom Nom) for lunch and dinner.
Breakfast: banana, bacon and almond butter sandwiches...these were insane. Ugly as sin, but a taste sensation.
Lunch: I roasted two of the marinated legs, and chopped them up with apple, avocado, red pepper, leftover bacon from breakfast, a little balsamic over chopped romaine topped with hard boiled eggs.
Dinner: Roasted the other legs, and made Nom Nom's curried cream of broccoli soup. Both were amazing.

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with fish sauce, sautéed red peppers, and left over mashed cauliflower.

Lessons so far: if you put enough good tasting things together they taste amazing. I don't feel satisfied after most meals without the carbs, but if I wait 10-15 minutes for my body to recognize that I'm full then I feel quite fat and sassy.