It's Sunday and in keeping with tradition, I weighed in this morning. I got 216. That's down one pound from last week. Hey, it's progress!
This week was very enlightening as I stuck with the Primal plan, stayed grain-free and changed things up a bit. I ate less bacon, far less chocolate (only 1 square this week), no lattes (so less milk), and changed from roasted nuts to raw almonds. I also didn't count calories or carbs this week at all.
Then I had those stomach pains going on towards the end of the week, so I cut back on heavier meats and fats and ate more fish and Greek yogurt for protein. That seemed to help! The stomach pains are gone. I know one of the big differences between Primal and Paleo is that Primal gives a big thumbs up to fatty cuts of meat (and saturated fats) while Paleo focuses on lean cuts of meat. I have found that my body does better on the leaner meats, so I will stick with that and get most of my fat from healthy oils, avocado, olives, nuts, and eggs instead.
Another thing I tried yesterday was that whey protein powder I found in the cupboard. YUCK!! Can I just say that again? YUCK!! It was so sickeningly sweet, even with a lot of extra water and ice. I couldn't finish it. It had two different artificial sweeteners in it and some other junk I didn't think was terribly healthy. But it is a BIG tub and I figured I'd give it a try. Let me repeat: YUCK!! After my taste buds have gotten so accustomed to whole foods and the fresh tastes of fruit and yogurt smoothies, that stuff is just nasty. So if I do decide to supplement with whey protein in the future, it will be with an unsweetened, bare bones whey protein. Not this flavored stuff. Into the trash it goes.
I ate something else 'new' yesterday too: some beans. I have been legume-free for a couple of weeks now, but have been mulling over adding *some* legumes back in. For example, I really see no benefit to ever adding peanuts back in; there are a lot of issues with peanuts, so I am leaving them behind forever. I think almond butter is tastier (and healthier) anyway. But beans have always made me feel *good.* I miss them. So yesterday I had a serving of pinto beans with lunch (extra lean ground beef, tomatoes, salad). In the evening I felt MUCH better, energy and mood wise, than I have in awhile. I don't know if it is the extra carbs or what. I've been eating a full 2 servings of fruit per day (because I feel better), but the beans seemed to give me a real boost. If I can stay at that energy level, I will get so much more done and be far more motivated to continue eating this way. I think I have found some tweaks this week that will really help my body.
So my plan for the coming week is:
no processed foods, peanuts, or grains
very little sugar, milk, and cheese
lots of veggies, leaner meats, Greek yogurt, and healthy fats (but limiting how much avocado I eat in a sitting, as that might have been part of my stomach issue)
2 servings of fruit/day
up to 1 serving of beans or lentils/day as desired
raw almonds here and there
I also will probably try to make a "Paleo"-type, grain-free baked good this week, like pumpkin muffins or banana bread. My kids really enjoy it when I bake, but the grain-free versions (with no refined sugar) made with healthy fats will be so much better for them. And I can have a serving too! This past week I had two servings of "Paleo-fyed" recipes: one was the pumpkin custard I made from coconut milk, and the other was a piece of birthday cake my son made for me out of coconut flour, coconut oil, and dates. It was really good and everyone liked it, except for my daughter who shunned it because "it tastes like German chocolate cake" (from the coconut). She hates German chocolate cake. But I like it. The squares also freeze nicely. I will post the recipe later this week. It is really nice to have options for a grain-free/dairy-free/sugar-free birthday treat.
I also walked a little less this week (I'd been going about 2 miles a day) because of the oppressive heat. This week I am going to take my daughter walking with me in the evenings when it is a bit cooler. I'm also going on a little mini-trip this week that should be fun and active! Can't wait!
Have a great week!
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