Paleo "Like" Day 3
So as you know from my second day, I smelled the roses and they were great. Back on track today, I have done pretty well. Today I weighed in at 135lbs. This morning I thought of posting exactly what I eat at the end of each entry, which I think might be helpful to both myself and readers who are wondering how I am building my Paleo "like" menus each day.
Like I mentioned before, I don't plan to go crazy right away with buying this and that because I need to save money. Frankly, I don't think I need much of the "extras" right now anyway and can make do with stuff in my house that we already have. As tempting as it is to go out and buy new ingredients because of a fabulous recipe on Pinterest (and trust me, there are thousands) I just can't do it because it's not in my budget. Going to the grocery store every day instead of one day during the week tends to drain my wallet faster - so take this tip now and PLAN what you are going to eat for the week.
I know it might sound redundant, but planning will save you a huge headache when you are making lunches for the next day at work. You won't be scrambling through the fridge, freezer, pantry like an episode of Chopped and searching "Paleo recipes with (insert ingredients here)". An hour or so of prep on Sunday will go a long way.
I haven't really experienced bouts of Hangriness yet. It is only day three though, and I'm wondering if my body is still adjusting to eliminations and additions to my diet. Here are some of the things that have been getting me through the day in between meals:
1. 10 walnuts for a mid-morning snack
2. 10 walnuts and an apple or banana for afternoon snack/pre-workout
3. Protein shake after my workouts (powder + water)
One observation I have made is that the starch from my previous diet made me hungrier in between meals and at the gym. I'll continue to update on that if other changes occur, but I am convinced that is truth. Let's take a look at my previous 5 meal scenario:
Meal 1: egg whites, oatmeal, nuts
Meal 2: Protein, sweet potatoes, nuts
Meal 3: Protein, sweet potatoes, vegetable
Meal 4: Banana, protein shake, nuts
Meal 5: Protein, vegetables
I can also state that by adding more veggies and fat to breakfast and lunch, I'm not glancing at the clock waiting for my next snack time - before, I would eat approximately every 2 1/2-3 hours, and my stomach would let me know it was time. Sometimes I would be waiting from that 2nd hour to the next 30 minutes in anticipation for my next bite. This time, not so much, which brings me to my next point: the Paleo formula.
On top of searching for Paleo approved recipes, I was also looking for a specific formula. Some kind of cheat sheet that would TELL me how many ounces of this and how many TBSP of that to put in each meal each day. Goes with the planning process, right? I didn't really find anything that satisfied my need for direction. So what did I do? Played it by ear.
One of the main ideas behind the Paleo diet is to eat until you are satisfied, no more and no less. I did find a site that recommended protein be the size of about half your palm, and fill the rest of the dish with veggies and healthy fats. Here are the starting guidelines for my Paleo "like" journey:
Meal 1: 1/3 Protein, 2/3 veggies, add the fat.
Meal 2: 1/3 Protein, 2/3 veggies, add the fat.
Meal 3: 1/3 Protein, 2/3 veggies, add the fat.
I say "add the fat" because you don't want to say 1/3 fat...that sounds ridiculous. Fat could be counted as a combination with your protein (if it is attached or within: ex. steak, eggs, nuts). If you don't think you have enough with the ingredients from the protein and vegetable, add a little more for your healthy dosage. Say you are eating mashed avocado and hard boiled egg for breakfast. No need to add the fat here because you already have a whopping amount. You may also not need a snack in between this hearty meal and lunch time. Use best judgment when putting together your dishes.
Here is my meal plan from today:
Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with ham, tomatoes, onions.
Snack 1: 10 walnuts
Lunch: Turkey, 1 hard boiled egg, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, olive oil and sea salt.
Snack 2: 10 walnuts and 1 apple (protein shake after workout)
Dinner: Linguine and clams sauce made with zucchini noodles, clams/juice, oil, garlic, crushed red pepper.
Liquids: 2 cups black coffee, 10 cups spring water (about 5 16 fl oz bottles).
One confession I need to make is that I have been using lunch meat when I say "ham" or "turkey." It is what is in the fridge...and I know they are not exactly Paleo because of their processed nature. You know what they say: Waste not, want not the money spent on food wasted. Good enough excuse for me.