3.07.2014

30 Days

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Starting this post with a confession: on Wednesday, while I was getting some work done, I watched Frozen. And I actually cried a little. Clearly I am still a child.

Moving on: It's time for a dietary change. My husband and I generally eat what I would consider to be a "somewhat Paleo" diet. We try to follow the rules, but sometimes break them in favor of a burger bun, peanut butter, or a slice of chocolate cake.

Well, what started out as a "sometimes" break turned into a "most of the time" break lately. We've been all over the place between Chicago, Florida, and Boyne for skiing, so habits have been broken and lots of exceptions have been made, and we are just not cool with continuing it.

So, we've decided to suck it up and go full-on Paleo for the month of March. When I say "we," I mean that I decided and managed to convince my husband to jump on the bandwagon. Finally using my persuasion powers for good. Somebody get this millennial a prize, stat.

For those of you who are not familiar with what the Paleo diet includes, here is a super short and not at all comprehensive rundown: focus on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and healthy oils and fats while reducing consumption of grains, sugars, and processed foods. That means you can basically say yes to all meats (though we are trying to find only grass-fed, local, hormone-free meat... that in itself could be a full time job), and butters you want.

Fried eggs, sriracha, cilantro, pickled cabbage, and smoked salmon

I will miss (because I'm a list person):
  • peanut butter
  • quinoa 
  • tortillas
  • champagne, old fashioneds, beer
  • pop chips
  • dessert of almost any kind (I am planning to paleo-ify a few desserts, but let's be real, it won't be the same without dairy, flour, or sugar...)

Fried egg, bacon, more bacon, and ketchup

Cedar plank roasted salmon over cauliflower mash, with mango and mint chutney and a butter sauce
So far: 

  • I have to say, so far, paleo is pretty freaking delicious. I am using it as an excuse to eat bacon, eggs, like all the time.
  • But, my husband is hungry like all the time. Okay, maybe not all the time, but he definitely keeps complaining about not feeling full enough at the end of the day. He is eating three big meat heavy meals, but is used to having protein bars in between (did I mention he is a huge 6'7 man? needs a lot of fuel). Anyone who has done paleo able to weigh in on (1) whether that is normal, and (2) advice to feel more full? Dude doesn't like nuts, so that's a major obstacle because those are a big paleo snack.
  • Bacon. That is all.
  • I am not paying much attention to caloric intake. Earlier this year, I read Primal Blueprint, which advocates a mostly paleo diet, and explains that if you are eating mostly fats and proteins, your body will communicate effectively with you about how much to eat, and it will be more effective at burning that fuel once ingested. Short summary of that? You can eat as much as your body feels like. Alright alright alright.
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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

  • Have you ever gone paleo? Do you have any tips? My husband says he is always hungry and wants more meat. Is this normal?
  • Have you done anything similar to paleo? Like Whole 30?
  • How much would would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? Just making sure you're still paying attention ;)

4 comments:

  1. I definitely understand the whole "every once in a while" turning into a daily thing. I often take a break and call it my "salad detox week" or something and focus mostly on veggies and lean protein. It feels good every once in a while. :)

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    1. Yes! That's a great idea because then I wouldn't feel entirely deprived... I cannot imagine my husband going for "Salad detox week" but you never know, he did say yes to "Paleo month" so it's possible!

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  2. I'm right there with you. I let "every once in awhile" turn into way too often lately and am eating (mostly) clean for Lent. Good luck! I'm excited to read recipes you will share!

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    1. Gosh, why are good habits hard to make and bad habits hard to break?!?! We can do it!!!!

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