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Paleo Challenge: WEEK ONE

by Ashley on December 10, 2012 · 4 comments

Last week I decided to try a Paleo challenge. I’d been feeling lethargic and moody and bloated (ew) and I wanted to see if changing my diet would help change some of these other factors. In case you don’t know, the Paleo diet is based off of our ancestors and is high in meats, fruits, and vegetables. On a Paleo diet, you are not allowed to eat grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, or refined salt. I had no intentions of trying to lose weight, but I know a few people who have followed the Paleo diet and have seen positive changes in their body and that is always an added bonus.

So, on Saturday, December, 1st, I made a Paleo meal plan for a week and went shopping.

Here is outline of what I ate:

Day One:
Obviously I felt incredibly energized and excited to start this new challenge and play around with new menus and develop a new relationship with food. It wasn’t much of a challenge, except I was starving around 4 pm and had plans to run a 5k that evening, so I allowed myself a second (non-paleo) snack to fill me up.

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk, green Smoothie
Lunch: Bacon, Zucchini Fritters, Sweet potatoes
Snack:  Banana with almond butter
Snack 2: Brown rice with black beans and chicken (paleo fail)
Dinner:  Spicy tuna and mixed spinach and kale salad, zucchini fritters

Day Two:
After breakfast I felt full until 12:30, which never happens for me. I used to a bowl of yogurt and granola around 10am. Around 3pm I got my normal snack/chocolate craving, but I tried to move through it with a cup of tea. It wasn’t easy, but I made it!

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk, southwest egg scramble, Turkey bacon
Lunch: Spicy tuna and mixed spinach and kale salad, banana with almond butter
Snack: Apple cinnamon tea
Dinner: Fajitas (sans tortillas) with guacamole

Day Three:
Another day of feeling awesome until 3pm. I need to find some easy afternoon snacks! Also, office treats are torture! So many cookies and pastries and brownies to tempt me!

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk, fruit smoothie
Lunch: Spinach and kale salad with grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, and bacon
Dinner: Roasted chicken and sweet potato fries

Day Four:
Our work Christmas Party was today during lunch. I thought it would be more difficult to stick to my eating plan, but it was super easy!

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk, green smoothie and turkey bacon
Lunch: Beef medallions, green beans, salad, strawberries with dark chocolate sauce
Dinner: Roasted chicken and sweet potatoes

Day Five:
Feeling strong again today!

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk, green smoothie, orange juice
Lunch: Turkey breast lunch meat
Late lunch/dinner: Buffalo chicken meat loaf, sweet potato chips, blackberries
Late night snack: Chicken burger

Day Six:
I drove to Dallas with my mom and we ate out for every meal. It was so hard to make good choices, but I did it! Yay!

Breakfast: Turkey bacon, tangerine, two hard boiled eggs, coconut water
Lunch: Spinach salad, fruit salad, chicken salad
Dinner: Bratwurst, baked apple

Day Seven: CHEAT DAY!
The cheat day wasn’t planned, but I had several moments of weakness and caved. I made the official decision that it’s okay to splurge once a week if I’m going to continue with this challenge through the holidays.

Breakfast: coffee
Lunch: Wiener-schnitzel, sauerkraut
Snack: Pinkberry
Snack #2/Dinner: Cheesecake, cheese crisp, jalapeno cheese roll

Overall I felt really awesome! I noticed I did not feel bloated all week, (until Sunday evening when I splurged) which was a huge benefit! Eating Paleo wasn’t too challenging, but I know it’s going to be a struggle through the holidays with all of the baked goods and holiday treats. I’ve decided I want to continue with the challenge, but I will give myself one cheat day a week. Hey, a girl’s gotta enjoy some Christmas goodies sometime! :)

Have you ever tried a new eating plan? Do you eat Paleo? What are your favorite recipes?


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Stephany December 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

I did a low-sugar diet for a few weeks earlier this year and it’s pretty amazing to see how addicted your body gets to sugar! It was a real eye-opener for me, especially seeing how much added sugar is in even the healthy foods.

I’ve never tried Paleo, though. I like the idea behind it, though, and I imagine it would help with feeling lethargic and bloated.


Maddison @ Miss Imperfect December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Oh this sounds awesome. Right now I need to start eating better food definitely feeling a bit blah and getting so tired, think I’m not getting enough nutrients. Great work on the diet it seems it did wonders for your energy pre 3pm sugar crash.


Hannah @ Feet Move Forward December 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

I started eating Paleo nearly two months ago. I started out pretty strict with it and within two weeks, I tried a bite of an Oreo and it tasted so strange! Gross, even. One thing that really helped with sweets cravings was treating myself to dried fruit (no sugar added) like dates or dried mango. I also lost 5 lbs literally without trying. My best suggestion is to eat as much as you want of the food that are Paleo. Lots of eggs, veggies, meat. If you let yourself get hungry, it’s too easy to go to “quick” foods like you’re used to doing. Good luck!


Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

So I started this Paleo diet and I’M HUNGRY! It gets easy to follow the regulations when I’m out of my house but then at home I get so hungry. Am I missing fat?


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