After 2 weeks of super clean eating with my Paleo Food Challenge, I felt great. The first 3 to 4 days were tough. I was having trouble getting full because my meals weren’t organized properly. It wasn’t until I started adding in more veggies to my snacks and using a little more oil that I was more satisfied.
Once I got to the 1 week mark, I wasn’t thinking about what I was eating next or what I should grab out of the fridge, it became routine. I found what worked for me and went with it!!
My breakfast typically looked like this… or some variation of this!
I don’t necessarily agree with people that say white potatoes are bad. They are still a whole food, they have lots of potassium (they helped to keep me full!)
I didn’t eat them every day, but the days I just had eggs and veggies I was hungry earlier.
For snacks throughout the day and night, I stuck with fruits, veggies, salads, nuts, almond butter, muffins, plantain chips, smoothies, avocado, and roasted plantains. I did have coconut milk ice cream one night.. it was okayy.
Lunches were the easiest for me.. they always consisted of leftovers from dinner the night before. I love no-brainers.
Come dinner time I was always at a loss of what to eat, there were some days I didn’t want a single veggie!! Those nights ended up being take out like Thai Food, Salads, or from a prepared food place!
I made these zoodles and they are amazing, I will share the recipe with you soon.
I did have some cheat snacks... snacks that I wouldn’t even call a CHEAT. They are healthy to me and foods that help me enjoy life. I have low blood pressure so I craved salt during Paleo and I really wanted these things.
Here are a few!
PEANUT BUTTER seriously come on. It was 2 ingredients Peanuts & Salt.
Popcorn (homemade with popcorn kernels & coconut oil)
Brown Rice (I had a small serving) it just goes with spicy Thai food
Overall, Paleo made me feel better, I was less bloated, I felt good, and I loved that I was making smart choices. My workouts were full of great energy and I felt strong.
It did make me realize that I am a healthy eater and there are other foods I enjoy that are HEALTHY. The first thing I had that wasn’t paleo was a yogurt parfait… it tasted like heaven! I seriously thought I could eat them all day. HAHAH
I decided to keep with Paleo 80/20. I am still going to enjoy the foods that I think are healthy that are not on the Paleo meal plan but I like how I feel right now!
Have you ever followed a meal plan or diet and stuck with it for a lifestyle change??
What kind of foods in your diet are healthy and what are some things you should probably eliminate??