2013, the Paleo way!

Discussion in 'Paleo / Primal - Diaries' started by 19JB87, 7 January 2013.

  1. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Firstly, hello everyone! I'm new here but have been lurking in the background reading your threads and thought it would be great to start one of my own as a diary of what I eat, how I feel and hopefully how things change!

    I am getting married to the most wonderful man in September & decided that 2013 was to be the start of the "new us"! Having had a tough couple of years, with one thing and another, we now seem to be in the right frame of mind and place to start taking on a challenge like the paleo diet.

    I was introduced to this way of living by my boss. I work in the field of nutrition, but in a web-development side - so the science-bit isn't my forte! However, my boss was interested in getting a group of us together to try it out, for a trial starting mid-January.

    To tell the truth, after Christmas & New Year, my fiance and I had just about had enough of food! So we decided to start a little earlier than everyone else.

    So, here I'll keep up to date with the weird and wonderful creations that we make! Whilst we are trying to be as paleo as we possibly can be, I will occasionally make the odd exception to allow me a cup of tea! From the excessive amount that I used to drink, to 1 a day has been a big thing for me! However, I will be using almond milk, so I guess it's allowed?

    My wonderful husband-to-be is also so supportive and is doing it with me.

    (I'm currently munching on an apple writing this, so all's still good 7 days in!)

    Day 1:
    Brunch: Omelette (Bacon & Spring Onion)
    Dinner: Minced Beef (With chopped tomatoes & Onions), carrots & leek.
    Snack: Pear

    Day 2:
    Breakfast: Spring Onion/Red Pepper
    Lunch: Salad (Lettuce, Beetroot, Spring Onion, Red Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber, Cress)
    Dinner: Meatballs, courgette "spaghetti", tomato & red pepper sauce
    Snack: Grapes

    Day 3:
    Breakfast: Omelette (Red pepper, spring onion, bacon)
    Lunch: Leftover minced beef & salad (Lettuce, Beetroot, Spring Onion, Red Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber, Cress)
    Dinner: Meatballs, courgette "spaghetti", tomato & red pepper sauce
    Snack: Grapes & Apple

    Day 4:
    Breakfast: Fried Egg, bacon, sweet potato hash browns
    Lunch: 3 meatballs in tomato & red pepper sauce with salad (Lettuce, Beetroot, Spring Onion, Red Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber, Cress)
    Dinner: Pizza!! (Base: Cauliflower, ground almonds, ground linseeds) - Topping: Ricotta (Very, very little!), red pepper, ham, chorizo, fresh basil, onion

    I fried the egg in rapeseed oil after reading that it was paleo - now I read that it isn't! I'm not sure! Can anyone help?

    FYI: Pizza - Not good! Didn't like it, only actually ate 2 mouthfuls! Far, far too cauliflowerish!

    Day 5:
    Breakfast: Fried egg (olive oil), bacon & spring onion
    Lunch: Sweet potato hash, fried egg, lettuce, cress, seeds
    Dinner: Pizza! (Base: Coconut flour, egg, baking soda) - Still not great! And there were supposed to be sweet potato chips, but I burnt them! Haha!

    Day 6:
    Brunch: Sweet potato hash, bacon, fried egg
    Dinner: Roast chicken (From the butcher), kale, white cabbage, celeriac mash, parsnip, carrot, butternut squash, onion, leek, garlic

    Day 7:
    Breakfast: Pancakes (Banana, Almond Butter, Egg, Almond Milk)
    Lunch: Whizzed up a quick soup made of all the left over veg & some chicken from yesterday
    Dinner: Butcher gluten-free sausages, kale, sweet potato & suede mash, onion gravy

    And that brings us up to date!!

    I first weighed myself in the morning of day 3. By this morning (Day 7), I had lost 6lbs ... !

    I must stress, whilst I am also doing this for weight loss, my main aim is to be healthier and more focussed with what I am eating. We have our wedding coming up this year and we both want to feel on top of the world come September! If we get on well with it, we will make this a way of life for us - but it's early days!

    Any suggestions & comments are welcome! :)
  2. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, cavegirl - that link looks superb. What a great source!
  3. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Day 8:
    I must admit, I completely missed breakfast this morning - I'm working from home for a few days and just sat down and got engrossed with work! Whoops!
    Lunch: "Potato cakes" - (Errr ... Just a bit of mashed potato & suede, formed into cakes & shallow fried), lettuce, pepper, cucumber, beetroot & a couple of slices of chorizo for a bit of 'bite' !
    Dinner: Cottage pie - with sweet potato, carrot, parsnip mash. Steamed kale & leek.

    I'll post up some photos shortly, if I'm allowed!
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  5. Andrea81

    Andrea81 Success = Dreams>Excuses

    Wow, your food looks great. I'm just starting out with Paleo/primal so seeing your menus etc is great for some ideas.
    Just out of interest, do you mainly just stick to the three meals per day or do you have anything in-between?
    Why I ask is, I'm quite used to 3-a-day and don't feel the need to snack between meals but everything I've read/heard re: paleo suggests 5 meals per day. I was supposed to have a protein shake between my meals today. I did in-between breakfast and lunch but I have been so full I couldn't manage one between lunch - dinner. Think I'm just going to listen to what my body's telling me. If I'm not hungry and don't see the point in having more just for the sake of it?
    Anyway, sorry for blathering on about that. Will look forward to your posts for some inspiration :)
    Andrea x
  6. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Hi Andrea!
    Thanks so much!
    I do only have the 3 meals a day - I don't really snack in between either.
    I tend to agree with you - I don't think I'd eat for the sake of eating, I'll grab something if I do feel hungry - An apple or some grapes - but I tend not to!
    The thing I'm finding weird is that I'm cooking for every course. Before this, I would have just grabbed a slice of toast, or a bowl of cereal, but now I find myself firing up the cooker to do some eggs or bacon.
    I'm still looking at different recipes, as I think I could easily tire of eggs!

    Day 9:
    Breakfast: Sweet potato & onion "potato cakes", Bacon, fried egg
    Lunch: Gluten-free sausage, sweet potato cakes, onion
    Dinner: Cottage Pie with steamed kale & red cabbage

    Day 10:
    Lunch: Stuffed Green Pepper (red cabbage, onion, yellow pepper)
    Dinner: Burgers! (With a paleo bun), salad & sweet potato chips

    Day 11:
    Breakfast: Omelette (Bacon, sundried tomato)
    Lunch: 1/2 Stuffed Red pepper (Stuffed with red cabbage, onion, yellow pepper, chorizo)
    Dinner: Left-Over Cottage Pie, with courgette ribbons & a pepper, celery and tomato sauce.

    Day 12:
    Lunch: Omlette (Sundried tomatoes, bacon, chorizo, spring onion)
    Dinner: Vegetable curry! Maaaan, this was tasty! Butternut squash, parsnip, carrot, celery, onion! Really, hit the spot!
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  9. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    My paleo rolls!


    Really tasty, but not exactly a low-calorie version! And works out quite expensive when you take into account the cost of the ground almonds! But nice for a treat!
  10. 19JB87

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    And finally! The sweet potato chips! :)

  11. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Lost 10lbs so far! YES! :D

    Not started our exercise regime yet, starting that on Tuesday.

    I used to swim competitively, so swimming is an easy option for me - will do a mile at a time, every Tuesday!

    Then, Thursday will be Aqua Aerobics day!

    Chuffed! :D
  12. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Day 13:
    Breakfast: Sausage meat (gluten-free, from butcher) made into little 'patties', egg, 1 rasher of bacon
    Dinner: Left-over curry, with a few lightly sauteed onions on the side.
    Snack: Grapes

    Really didn't feel hungry today at all - Ended up not having lunch.

    I'm feeling really, really good so far! I feel a lot lighter in myself - and do feel like I have a lot more energy than before! :D
  13. 19JB87

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  14. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Feeling really good, today!

    Breakfast: Banana & Coconut Pancake
    (FYI, I don't like banana or coconut, haha)
    Lunch: Ham salad
    Dinner: Corgette ribbons, tomato sauce, meatballs & some small bits of chorizo for a bit of zing!
  15. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Tonight's dinner:


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  16. DeeCe

    DeeCe Well-Known Member

    oo what's that? Looks nice!
  17. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Aw, thanks!

    Yes indeedy! :D

    Really, really yummy!
  18. Deezer

    Deezer Well-Known Member


    And welcome!!!

  19. 19JB87

    19JB87 Well-Known Member

    Hi Deezer!

    Thanks for the welcome! I hope my Paleo journey will be as successful as you have found it!

    Day 15:
    Breakfast: Banana & Coconut Pancake
    Lunch: 2 meatballs, tomato sauce, steamed kale
    Dinner: Omelette (sausage, chorizo, bacon, sundried tomato, onion)

    I must add - I wanted to eat a more substantial dinner yesterday, but we went swimming last night and didn't get back until 9PM - I wanted something, but didn't want the mince that we were going to cook - Ended up with an omelette instead.

    I swam a mile yesterday without stopping. I can normally do it in around 30-35 minutes, but the clock had stopped at the pool yesterday so I had no idea what time I did it in!!

    12lbs down now! :)
    Last edited: 16 January 2013
  20. Deezer

    Deezer Well-Known Member

    Ooooh I can't ait to get swimming again!!! I'm a bit of a fair weather swimmer to be fair lol....

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