Paleo Progress (and food porn).

meat vegetables nuts and seeds some fruit little starch no sugarI am loving it. And really, truly embracing this ride. I’m still new (three weeks today). I’m not perfect. But I’m taking the ideas to heart and making changes here, there, and everywhere. And it feels like a major Ah-ha, new-lease-on-life, type thing.

But my family just thinks I’m crazy.

Which complicates the transition, but doesn’t invalidate it. I guess I would just say it’s kind of bittersweet.

Last weekend was a challenge. It kicked off with a massive 50th birthday party for my Dad and I stayed on the wagon. Saturday night my siblings came over and brought a ton of junk food. I had some peanut butter M&M’s and half a brownie. Sunday was Mother’s Day and I defrosted some pumpkin zucchini bread I had in my freezer to bring to a get together. As I was slicing it up I ate one heel. Then the other. At the party I was paleo-ish, until it was time for dessert!

So that was a pretty major setback and I could feel it in the days following. This past week I have been super diligent because I really want to work the gluten out of my system and see what that feels like. I’m only one week down (they say gluten hangs around for about two weeks) but I feel very clear, happy, and energetic. Plus, plus, and plus!

And for those of you looking for real tangible results, yes, there are those too. Though the feelings, the energy, the outlook is so, so much more rewarding. I’ve dropped a handful of pounds. I am working toward some muscle tone (thanks Crossfit On-Ramp) and pants that were hazardous to button three weeks ago now slide on effortlessly.

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The left was taken three months ago (12 weeks postpartum) and the right two weeks ago (after one week of Crossfit/Paleo). Difference of 10-ish pounds.

I am having so much fun cooking and food shopping. My biggest limitation is the space in my refrigerator. I’m eating egg scrambles with bacon, cheese and vegetables a few mornings a week. I’m drinking fruit and coconut milk smoothies. I’m loving stir-fry and curry without the rice. I’m having surprisingly few salads. I am totally head over heels for coconut oil and wondering where it’s been all my life. Sautéed spinach with coconut oil is seriously amazing.

Over the weekend I stocked up on coconut flour and almond meal and look forward to trying out some Paleo baked goods in the near future. I feel like the world of food has opened up to me, not shut down in the least.

pulled pork, sauteed with spinach and snap peas, marinated green beans on the side.
My mom gave me a bunch of pulled pork last weekend (part of the ruse for my dad’s surprise party) and I sautéed it up in bacon fat with collard greens and various vegetables (above is snap peas) and it was delicious. Good even for breakfast! The green beans are from New Seasons Market, they have some good paleo options in their deli.

Twice now I’ve cooked bacon on 200º for about three hours (so delicious and perfect for cutting up to add to omelets or put on salads) and gleaned the most perfect, pure white bacon fat. I’ve been using it to cook, and even made my own baconnaise (bacon mayonnaise) which was perfection on BLTs (romaine instead of bread, duh).

Bacon cooked at 200 degress for three hours to render perfectly white bacon fat.homemade Bacon mayonnaise paleoPaleo beef curry stir-fryAbove is a beef stir-fry that I whipped up to get rid of a bunch of steak we’d grilled a few days prior (pre-flu). I just sautéed the all the veggies hanging around the fridge, tossed in the cut-up meat and dumped Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry sauce on top. Super simple and I ate it for days. Actually this is one the husband ate some of too. Bonus points for that.

Below is a salad I brought to a picnic we had in the park. Not totally Paleo as I used cottage cheese as a dressing (this was about two weeks ago). Mmmmm, so good though. Not such a fan of the raw kale. I much prefer kale chips like I made from the rest of that kale bunch. Only straight out of the oven though!

Paleo salad but with dairy--cottage cheeseBacon and raw cheese omelet with salsa, pineapple sauteed in bacon fat, celery with cashew butter, coconut milk.This was my Saturday morning breakfast. Yum yum. I’m learning that I need to have bigger portions to stay full longer. At first I just ate the small portions I usually eat (because I actively avoid feeling overly full if at all possible), but I’m noticing that this eating style doesn’t lead to that nasty side effect. So I’ve been consciously trying to have larger meals. This breakfast is a two-egg scramble with bacon and raw cheddar cheese topped with salsa. The pineapple was fried up in bacon fat and the celery sticks have cashew butter on them. I actually could only finish one celery stick and saved the other two for a mid-morning snack. The milk is not dairy, it’s unsweetened coconut milk. That was the first time I had it and it takes some getting used to, but so did coconut water and now I’m really loving that.

Below is a bedtime snack/dessert I had one night. On the bottom is some full-fat Greek yogurt but that wasn’t even necessary. It is topped with some banana slices, blueberries, and almonds with Abby’s Table Dream Date (a farmer’s market find that is also available at New Seasons). It was seriously decadent. I now have three Abby’s Table dips/dressings and I cannot recommend them enough. They are fantastic.

full fat greek yogurt, banana, blueberries, almonds, Abbys Table dream datesoinach, collard greens, fresh beets, carrots, spicy trail mix, potato curry soup, red onion, sweet onions.This was our Farmer’s Market haul this Sunday. I went for broke with the veggies: one pound of spinach, collard greens, red onion, sweet onions, carrots, fresh beets, and kale. The hubby got some Spicy Trail Mix and bought some Sweet Potato Curry Soup (that’s Paleo-friendly!) in the hopes that I “can” have it. That was nice of him 🙂

I am loving the fresh produce and making a stop at the Farmer’s Market part of our weekend routine. We are planning to enroll in a CSA (or two!) this year and I think it will be even more fun to get what you get (and don’t throw a fit, as Dot would say) and figure out what to do with it from there.

breaded chicken thighs (almond meal, coconut flour) coconut oil suateed spinach and sweet onions, roasted beetsFor example, the beets I picked up? Yeah, I had no clue what to do with them. In fact, beets have always been high on my list of Most Hated Food. But I’m trying new things and giving everything another shot.

After some internet research I decided to roast the beets with the baked chicken thighs (breaded in almond meal and coconut flour, recipe per Everyday Paleo). They actually turned out wonderful, surprisingly sweet and so, so good with the sautéed spinach and onions. I ate a huge dinner at about 6:30pm and headed toward bed around 9pm not hungry at all. I would seriously count this as one of the best dinners of my life and I’m can’t wait to try more recipes, more vegetables, and more new combinations.

Thanks for coming along this journey with me. I’d be happy to answer any questions and love to share any info (not that I’ve got that much, I’m a newbie after all!).

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Lastly, if you’re really looking to learn more about the concept, watch this video!

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