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Where I am, a week into the Paleo diet

Friday, February 01, 2013

You know how you go on these "diets" and starve yourself? Then the first time something stressful happens you use that as an excuse to "cheat" a little? Then a little more. And a little more. And ah screw it, I've already eaten this crap, let's have some more!!

Before you know it, all of the weight you lost has come back with a vengeance!!

Well, our first week into Paleo has been a struggle.

Grocery shopping was quite the adventure.

Let me elaborate a little on that. For our family of 7, I usually spend anywhere between $300-$400 a week on groceries. When we ventured out to buy a week's worth of Paleo friendly groceries, we did so thinking that we were going to reach that $400 mark and pass it. Easily.

Lo and behold, we walk out of the supermarket and we only spent $200? What?!?!?! A weeks worth of lean meats (I'll be honest here, we're not fans of red meat. So, it's all chicken or turkey) veggies galore, beautiful mouth watering fruit, deli meats and a variety of nuts.

Thrilled with our savings I splurged on a new smoothie maker! Our dessert every night is either 3 pieces of dark chocolate or an amazing strawberry, pineapple, mango, peach and almond milk smoothie.

My husband and I were going to do the diet(I hate this word. It's NOT a diet. It's a complete overhaul in how you eat and how you think about your food) and keep the kids on a regular (healthy) diet. We mentioned it to the kids and they all wanted to do it!! I've asked them quite a few times if they're still okay with it and they are.

Then we started dropping like flies. A stomach virus hits our household. 2 at first, then another, then I fall victim to a torturous stomach virus that included horrific stomach pain, ending with my youngest son. The last 2? My husband and our oldest daughter. I'm glad they never got it. At least someone was there to nurse us back to health!!

The best part of the Paleo Diet:

Surprisingly, it's the amount of extra time we spend together as a family. This is A LOT of work. Lots of prepping, no more quick fixes or grab and go snacks unless you prep them first. So, we sit in the kitchen, chopping up vegetables, packing grapes into little zip lock bags, rolling up slices of turkey and putting them into their own baggies, handfuls of nuts (cashews are my favorite but they're used sparingly) and we talk. About everything. There's a lot of joking around and discussions about the diet itself.

Also, the fact that I don't have to count calories anymore. Ever. Everything I put into my system is healthy. The only thing I monitor is making sure we get enough fruits, limit our nut and chocolate intake and that's it. I cannot tell you how absolute liberating it is to not have to count calories!!!!

The worst part of the Paleo Diet:

Coffee is a Paleo approved drink. The milk and sugar I usually take with it are not.


I tried it with just almond milk. Yuck!! I honestly did not take into consideration the fact that I can't have coffee the way I like it anymore. I whine, all day long, about how much I miss my coffee.

I went from 2 warming and soul soothing cups of coffee a day to 0. None. Nada. Zilch.

I feel so bad for my husband. He hears this and stays strong. "You can have coffee my love, but with almond milk. No one is keeping you away from the coffee".

Another downside/upside? is the challenge in finding meals everyone enjoys. So far, homemade turkey burgers with a salad, homemade guacamole and salsa are EVERYONE'S favorite! We make double of everything because it's not only dinner, it's tomorrow's lunch as well. Needless to say, there were no turkey burgers left. I'm actually salivating thinking about the damn things.

Everyone is eating all day long. We ran out of nuts, deli meat, and almond milk by Wednesday and had to run out for more.

Oh, and since my husband quit his energy drinks and started the Paleo Diet he's lost 9.6 lbs!!!

I've dropped 4lbs. Not too shabby huh? I don't really care about the number; knowing that as I turn fat into muscle the number really isn't going to matter. I need to lose weight but I refuse to focus on the number. What I did notice this morning, as I got dressed for work, was a nice little looseness in my pants. emoticon I have more energy. I'm generally in a much better mood and look forward to my strength training workouts. The weakling that stuck with the 2lb-5lb weights, now easily does 20lb dumbbell rows. Oh yeah!!!!

Sunday marks the end of week 1. I think if we stuck with it through illness and continous bumps in the road, we can really do this forever.

Our goal: To be healthy, from the inside out.
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    emoticon You are doing great!

    I hear ya about the coffee! i cannot drink mine black either!

    I have used coconut milk or coconut cream in my coffee along with Nu Naturals alcohol free liquid stevia and it is pretty good....not as good as cream or half and half, but a decent substitute.

    My favorte way to make coffee lately though is bulletproof coffee....have you ever heard of it? Just google bulletproof coffee recipe or go here
    I just use regular coffee (have not splurged on the bulletproof upgraded coffee yet). I either use a combination of grassfed butter, coconut oil and MCT oil and stevia or some combinations of the those ingredients, sometimes I add a little vanilla or maybe some raw cacao powder or some spices. I have also made it with just coconut oil and MCT oil and left out the butter and it is good that way too. The secret is blending it all together. It is frothy and It tastes like a latte to me and is a treat that I have one or two times a week.

    I guess the way I eat would be considered more Primal than Paleo, since I do eat grassfed butter and Ghee. Some sites say grassfed butter is considered Paleo and some say it is not. I am really following a stricter version of Primal because I am eliminating nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc) and eggs. Grassfed butter/Ghee is the only dairy that I eat and at some point I may eliminate that too. I know butter in coffee sounds gross, but you would be surprised how good it is. It's a little more work than making basic coffee, but it is so good and I don't miss the cream at all!

    Keep up the great work! I am loving this way of eating and hope that some day I can get my family onboard with this!

    1583 days ago
    How are things going so far? I'm in week 3 and am absolutely loving this. I had stopped eating some of the harder foods on my own because of my health, so it might be a bit easier for me.

    Keep up the good work! It is worth it. The fact your kids are eating healthy too is such a wonderful testament to you and your husband!! YAHOO emoticon

    1891 days ago
    I STARTED on February 1st and am just now hitting where you were when this was written. I have the same struggle with coffee and the headaches the first few days were horrible!
    Glad to see you are seeing results and hope to follow along your journey... one week behind at least :) emoticon
    1894 days ago
    Sorry to hear that your house passed around the stomach bug this week. It's running rampant everywhere right now! So great to hear that you found a plan that works for you- and the whole family! It definitely seems like it will be easier to follow since you have everyone on board.
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    1903 days ago
    This is such an exciting post! Good for you and your whole family, revamping your eating habits.
    1903 days ago
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