After I fell completely off the Paleo wagon, it became apparent that a drastic change wasn’t going to work for me. Maybe if I wasn’t running major mileage, I could handle the lack of energy. Maybe if it wasn’t winter and I wasn’t already dealing with grey and cold, I could handle the crabbiness that occurred. But I can’t. Not right now.
So, instead, I’m moving slowly towards a paleo lifestyle. I know I’ll never be 100% for more than a few weeks. Why? Two words: beer and cheese. Anyways, I’ve been debating the best way to start. I thought about cutting out wheat, or legumes, or most grains, but in the end, I decided that rather than cut out any one food, for now I’ll work on decreasing them all. Here are some of my successes and “failures” this week…
I love oatmeal. I’ve given it up for the most part, but when the “feels like” is 8 degrees, nothing is better. I added in sweet potato, walnuts, and dried fruit (and admittedly, a small amount of maple syrup. I LOVE maple syrup. I’m not sure I can ever give it up.)
From top left, going clockwise:
- Sauteed veggies, eggs, salsa and avocado. I’ll pretty much put salsa on any veggies and be happy.
- My new favorite snack: mashed avocado with fresh ground pepper, cauliflower for dipping.
- Pear and nuts. This (or an apple) is my go to when I’m hungry between meals.
- Kohlrabi sauteed in coconut oil. I could eat a whole kohlrabi at a time…
Lunch tends to be my most Paleo meal since I don’t have to worry about anyone but myself.
Last night I made stuffed sweet peppers. This was perhaps one of the easiest meals for me to make Paleo and still keep my family happy. I blanched a couple of sweet peppers and sauteed some grass fed ground beef. (We are in beef mode at the moment as my next quarter of a steer arrives on February 1). I also sauteed some cabbage, mushrooms, and peppers for mine. To assemble mine, I layered meat, veggies, and salsa and repeat. For Beer Geek, I layered meat, salsa, and cheese. Then I baked them in my convection toaster oven for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. So very good! And I totally did not miss having a “carb”!
Yesterday I did an hour of yoga and then ran 4.3 miles on the treadmill. Supposedly I’m running outside today, but a “feels like” of 5 is making me want to cry. I may brave it for as long as I can and then finish on the treadmill. I have to admit that I’m not unhappy that my lower mileage week is coinciding with the coldest temps Virginia has had in about four years…