30 Day Paleo Challenge: Days 5,6, and 7

Today is Day 7 of the 30 Day Paleo Challenge, which means I almost made it through a whole week!  I’ll do a weekly recap with my thoughts so far, but let me tell you how the last few days.  I mentioned that I was worried about weekends in terms of difficulty maintaining this eating style, but it hasn’t been that bad.

Day 5:

Let me start by saying: Friday night was the worst day. 

Oh it wasn’t that bad…

There was a potluck at work.  I took a salad and enjoyed that.  Not eating the rest of the food wasn’t too bad.  I think a lot of it was that I wasn’t particularly hungry when noon rolled around.  Passing up Vietnamese Spring rolls and banh mi sandwiches was tough, but not the worst thing on Earth.

Friday night on the other hand was probably the worst thing on Earth.  I should probably publicly apologize to my boyfriend, because I was in a terrible mood.  I made lettuce wrap shrimp tacos (I was too meh to even take a picture of them) and after we finished them, I felt like I hadn’t eaten anything.  I ate a banana with almond butter to supplement, then I cried.  Low point of the challenge I hope.

I really just wanted bread and cheese and wine, but wasn’t going to happen.

Day 6:

Saturday wasn’t so bad.  I had a wedding to go to and I survived!

Those wedding favors were left on the table and I passed up cake…


That I marginally helped my co-worker assemble.  But honestly, the hardest part of the wedding was not drinking wine and eating the bread that was served along side pasta.  But luckily this wedding was buffet style and had a Mexican and an Italian station, so I could pick what to put on my plate.  I had some fajitas without the tortilla and some grilled vegetables from the Italian station.  It all worked out.

Day 7:

Daylight savings totally threw me off today.  I had to be in LA at 11am.  So I woke up thinking I could have an awesome breakfast but no time for that since I woke up 9:45 NOT 8:45.  Instead I had the usual, then headed to a brunch potluck for a friend’s birthday.  I brought fruit salad.  I ate breakfast before going (the usual paleo pancake and smoothie).

While I was there, I had lots of fruit and some salmon (meant to go on a bagel with cream cheese, but none of that for me).  There were tons of delicious looking breakfast pastries and bagels and such.  I’m realized my strategy is to just not look at it.  It totally works.  I did it yesterday with the wedding too.  I just didn’t look at the cheese and cracker appetizers.  Out of site, out of mind?

After the brunch, a friend and I walked around the Melrose flea market.  By the time I left it was about 3:45pm and I was already hungry with an hour drive home.  I had packed snacks (almonds and an apple) but in my rush to get out the door this morning, I completely forget them!  So in my panic of hunger, I stopped by Costco on the way home and picked up a rotisserie chicken.  I ran in the door and threw this together.


Really, that’s just a pile of arugula.  I can’t even call it a salad.

I can’t believe I didn’t eat my arm off, because I was starving.  I actually ended up eating about half of a chicken breast in addition to that.   Starving.

Now, all I can think about is eating an enormous brownie with ice cream on top.  Instead, I’m going to prep my lunch for tomorrow.

How’d your weekend go?


9 thoughts on “30 Day Paleo Challenge: Days 5,6, and 7

  1. Emily W says:

    Hang in there, girl! When I’ve done no-booze and no-dairy stretches I’ve noticed that the first two weeks are ridiculously difficult and then after that it seems like it doesn’t matter anymore.

    • Karla says:

      Thanks for the encouragement!! Good to know the first week or two are not good. I just did a recap of my first week, and it’s not pretty 😀

  2. Anne Knight says:

    I am on day 10. Sweet cravings eased by day 7. Became constipated with no movement for 5 days so resorted to take senokot, which had me moving again. Day 7 I developed Restless Leg Syndrome, which has been with me for the last three nights. Apart from these set backs my energy has increased, although with broken sleep not sure how long that will last. I will keep going, onwards and upwards.

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