On Sunday, January 27th, I started prepping to start eating a Paleo diet on Monday.
We had just returned from vacation, and had no groceries, so we set out with the kids in tow. My husband grabbed all of the school-lunch materials (bread, jelly, chips, crackers, juice boxes,) while I hit the produce area. I bought a plethera of fruits and veggies and proudly placed them in the cart. He shrugged at the financial impact all of this fresh food. As a family that primarily eats fast food or convenience foods, we hadn’t seen this many produce items in years. I told him not to worry – I would pay for my “healthy stuff” and I’d even share the Sirloin Roast with him. He agreed.
That night we had baked Cod filets. I used butter, at his request. And a tiny bit of bread crumb topping. But I also used lots of fresh garlic, dill, lemons, and olive oil. He raved how delicious it was and I was happy to have chosen something somewhat-healthier as my “last meal as a junkfoodaholic.”
Before bed I prepared what would be mixed with my scrambled eggs in the mornings. Red bell peppers sauteed with white onions and garlic, in olive oil. I placed it in the fridge and realized that it was the first time in my life I had ever pre-planned a meal.
On Monday January 28, 2013, I woke up and got the kids ready for school. I had a Chiropractor appointment I needed to make, so as soon as I dropped them off, I headed back home to make my egg scramble. I was so relieved I had prepared the onion/pepper mix the night before! I scooped some out, added it to my scrambled eggs, and ate my breakfast quickly before rushing off to the doctor. I felt very content. And for the first time in my life, I ate eggs with no salt. Perhaps the first thing in my life that didn’t get salted. I am a saltaholic. I put it on everything. Even pizza! (But I do use sea salt because I am allergic to iodine/shellfish.)
For lunch I came home and made a spinach salad. I combined baby spinach leaves, garlic, white onion, self-shredded carrot, celery, red bell pepper in olive oil and lemon juice. I added pine nuts atop it for crunch. Incredible! And again, no salt.
By mid afternoon I was ravenous. Salad was not going to hold me. I felt compelled to eat my small son. No — just kidding. But I was THAT hungry.
Feeling a little discouraged because I had no clue what to snack on, I grabbed a handful of sliced almonds. I had never liked almonds. But all of a sudden, they were great! They were sweet, and nutty, and the texture was just right. Another handful later, I was satisfied to continue my afternoon.
For dinner I made a roast. It had been cooking in the crockpot all day. It was a Sirloin Rump Roast and it had no fat on it. It was from a grass-fed cow. I had bought it at our local “healthy food” store. In the crockpot, I stirred in 1.5 cups water, 1 tsp. beef bouillon paste (it comes in a refirgeratable little jar and doesn’t contain MSG or preservatives.) Then a sliced carrot. A sliced parsnip (what? I had only eaten these ONCE and wasn’t sure if I had even liked it.) A sliced white onion. Celery. Rubbed spices on the roast top – Rosemary, thyme, cracked peppercorns, and celery flakes. I cooked it on high for 3 hours, then reduced to medium for 2 hours. I like my meat very well-done, and this was perfect! And it was fall-off-your-fork moist. My husband, who knows I’m certainly far from being a cook, commended me.
For dessert I had 4 strawberries sliced with 1/2 banana and covered in almond slices. I went to bed content.
And for drinks all day, I’d had just water. Poland Spring to be exact.
On Day 2 I had the same egg scramble mixture for breakfast. I got a salad at our local farm-store’s salad bar, and made sure they had some grilled chicken for it so I wouldn’t be starving afterwards. That little addition of protein worked very well. I drank Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea, and water. For dinner… well, let me show you….
I baked farm (not caged,) chicken breasts (stuffed spices, olive oil, and garlic cloves under the skin,) and added a side of sauteed zucchini.
No dessert needed. I wasn’t hungry anymore.
For the next few days I continued down a similar path. On Friday, I was stressed (found out about something horrible that happened back home,) AND I was quickly approaching my menstrual cycle woes, so I gave myself the cheat day that the Paleo Diet book had recommended for staying the course. Went for a gyro for lunch, preceded by a feta cheese block as appetizer, and had 1 slice (yes, only 1) of pizza with the kids.
Here I am, at the end of week 1. My loss? 5 LBS!! In one week, despite period bloating, I lost 5 pounds! Amazing!