Truth be told, I’m kind of frustrated with myself. I keep making exceptions . . . only with things I know I will be fine with eating when I’m done the detox (like a few berries here and there, a glass of wine with my dinner, or a protein bar sweetened with dates and figs – I didn’t realize that had 21 grams of sugar till I’d eaten half!!) . . . but stuff I should not be eating yet. I really wanted to do this 100% and I thought I would.
But I think once I got over the worst of the withdrawal symptoms and started feeling like myself again with more energy than ever before, I just wanted to get to my “new normal” as I keep calling it — whatever version of paleo/primal living I end up adopting for myself. I discussed in this post what I want that to look like. (If you missed it, it is suuuuuuper long. Scroll to the bottom, the last section that I titled What The Heck Is Paleo/Primal, Anyway? And What’s The Difference?)
My weight loss is holding steady, which is good. I’m happy with that. I’m still more bloated than I’d like to be. I need to work on getting more greens and fiber so I can be, ahem, more regular. (Sorry, TMI, but something to be aware of when doing a diet like this.)
What I Ate
Okay, I will try to make this brief since I have TWO days to recap. I may not recall quite everything I put in my mouth (like I said, I’ve been indulging in a berry here and there, lol) but this is the gist.
Tuesday morning was the first day of school for my kiddos and I went out to breakfast with some of my friends from the neighborhood. I ordered an omelette with bacon, roasted red peppers, provolone and spinach. It was delicious, but HUGE. I only ate half. And I drank water and coffee. That’s in addition to my usual 2 cups with heavy cream here at home.
I wasn’t hungry for lunch until mid-afternoon, and I grabbed leftover zucchini ribbon salad. Remember how my stomach hurt after dinner on Monday night? And I thought it was the bean salad with the avocado? Evidently the zucchini ribbon salad didn’t agree with me either because after eating the leftovers on Tuesday, my stomach threw a fit.
I have no idea WHAT it was that aggravated me. The almond slivers are my best guess. But there were almonds in my chicken salad on Sunday and I was fine. I hate my stomach, can I just say that? It is so fickle. STILL. After changing my eating habits so drastically. I just have to remember how much worse it was before all this. Sigh . . . I mean, I used to be incapacitated for an entire afternoon when my gastritis was at its worst several years ago. So I’ve come a long way. I just have to keep tweaking, I suppose.
For dinner, we had brisket and the cauliflower mash that were on my menu plan for this Saturday. (I use that as a loose guide, I don’t follow it precisely.) That was delicious! Also, I steamed some green beans from our CSA. I had tea with a friend after dinner, and probably another coffee there in the afternoon somewhere. Oh, and some cheese and Mary’s Gone Crackers before dinner.
On Wednesday morning, I woke up SUPER early, like 4:15 am and came downstairs and got to work. I had three coffees instead of my usual two, and for breakfast I had two fried eggs. I made myself a salad in a jar for lunch. I packed it when I packed my kids’ lunches in the morning and stuck it in the fridge. BRILLIANT! It was so nice to have lunch already ready when I wanted it.
That afternoon, I had another cup of coffee (yes, FOUR – that is a record for me, I think!) and one of these little Coco-Roons I impulsively bought at the grocery store that morning. See, this is what I mean. For a paleo/primal lifestyle, these are a great snack to have around, but I feel like I should see the detox through before incorporating this type of thing back into my life.
While I’m not craving sweets, the idea of a treat is still really compelling. It did hit the spot along with my afternoon coffee. It has 4.5 grams of sugar.
Before dinner I snacked on Mary’s Gone Crackers and cheese. I have to stop doing this. I’m falling back on my old bad habits of snacking before dinner.
For dinner we had a pork tenderloin cooked in leeks and wine sauce. I need to post this recipe. It’s an oldie but goodie. I took some photos, so I hope they turned out. With it we had my brussels sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions, and I also made this ratatouille casserole since I had tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini from the CSA. It was alright. We ate it, but I probably won’t make it again. It was pretty, though!
After dinner, I went right to bed! LOL. I was tired — two mornings in a row getting up at 4:30 caught up with me.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but that’s pretty much it. I’m super psyched because right this minute I have a vanilla almond sponge bread in the oven for breakfast. It’s from Diane’s Practical Paleo cookbook and it’s sugar-detox friendly. I’ll let you know how it turns out!