So after my Monday freak out, I was ready to quit this challenge. Thanks everyone for your supportive comments. They were very encouraging and I truly appreciate it!
I decided to tough it out a little longer. During the week, Paleo isn’t that hard. I’m used to making my own lunch and bringing it to work, so that’s not anything new. I used to bring salad, soups and beans a lot. Now I’ve just replaced the beans with meat (which I’m not a huge fan of).
I think the challenge will remain the weekends.
On the hunger front, things have also been better. This is potentially for 2 reasons:
1. I’m busy at work so I don’t think about food as much as I would on the weekends.
2. I’ve started packing enormous lunches that are guaranteed to keep me full.
Day 9 Lunch:
It looks small, but there is literally half of a spaghetti squash in that container, with spinach, marinara and two pieces of chicken. Ordinarily I would consider that to be two meals, but now I eat it at once. I’ve had this two days in a row and it has kept me pretty satisfied.
Later that night, I had dinner at my sister’s house.
We had salad, sweet potatoes and tilapia. I had a bit of non-paleo mayo (with the sweet potato). Not the worst slip up on Earth. I’ll survive.
I decided to switch it up. Everyday I had been eating a Paleo Pancake with a green smoothie. Today I had this:
Bacon Avocado Egg Scramble
1 slice of bacon
1/4 avocado, dice
Cook bacon in a skillet until crispy. Remove bacon from pan (once cooled, chop) and wipe off some of the bacon fat with a paper towel. I think a lot of people would have kept the bacon fat but it just looked like too much to me. In a bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add eggs to pan with remaining bacon fat, add bacon and scramble. Just before the eggs are done, add avocado and mix around. Serve with coffee for a super breakfast or a great dinner.
This one is pretty easy to scale up. You can add salt and pepper too. I didn’t, but I won’t stop you from doing so.
This was pretty tasty. It was a great manly breakfast after my manly feeling crossfit workout (clean & jerk, 15-12-9!). I won’t lie my black coffee was a little less enjoyable without my paleo pancake.
For lunch, I packed a mighty salad of lettuce, spinach, mini bell peppers, pickles, and avocado, along with a chicken breast.
Again, I was full for a long time. I’m glad the hunger levels are going down. That makes it all a little more manageable.
Unfortunately, I am still pretty much always up for a cookie.
I’m starting to think that won’t ever change…