Saturday, 12 April 2014

Paleo Meal Plan Week 3

Paleo meal plan
Before we get into the meals we'll be eating, let's talk about how this whole paleo thing is going! 


Paleo update 

The first week, it was kind of hard. Even though I held out most of the time, I did crave breads and sweets. By week 2, something wonderful happened. I no longer craved obnoxious amounts of sweets and bread. I mean, if Hubby would have come home with a delicious chocolate cake again (like he did during week 1), I certainly wouldn't refuse it! At the same time, I didn't think 'Gimmie chocolate nom nom' during the week as I typically do. 


I also didn't miss any grains or pasta, but they aren't foods that I normally crave either. I feel like my body is adjusting well to the changes in my diet except for one thing -

Before cutting out the breads and grains, I could easily drink two or three large cups of coffee without a problem. Suddenly, I a) no longer want to and b) one cup gives me a stomach ache. This happened after the first full day of paleo eating. 

Aside from being pleased to have decreased my insane sweets cravings, something else has happened - I lost weight. Hubby even noticed. The man typically seems oblivious to fluctuations in my weight (or so he says). Even though I didn't start eating paleo to lose weight, but rather to maintain a healthier lifestyle, it sure is a great bonus! 

I don't actually know how much I weigh now or what I weighed before because we don't own a scale. I kind of want to be able to say- hey, look what I did, but I love not having a scale at home. I don't need to worry if I gain/lose a pound or *gasp* a whole kilo because I don't have a number to compare it with. I can tell if I gain or lose weight by how I feel and how my clothes fit, but not owning a scale has let me stop obsessing about the specific number. 

Aside from me, the Toddler has been doing well, too. While I am not overhauling his diet, I am reducing the carbs. He still will get breads and oats about two or three times a week, and he gets greek yogurt fairly regularly, but neither will be happening everyday. To be honest, the child hasn't noticed a change in his diet, and is more than happy to gobble up whatever fruits, veggies or meats I give him. 

Struggles

I am really struggling with figuring out what to feed my husband in particular for work lunches. He doesn't mind my more extreme decisions when it comes to what we are eating as long as it tastes good and isn't very expensive. However, he also needs to be able to eat it easily and he doesn't want to have to heat something up everyday. 

So that leaves me wondering what else I can give besides the sandwiches he normally takes? He won't be satisfied with just a salad either. Leftovers a few times? I don't know. 

Aside from this, I would also like to be able to come up with more paleo friendly desserts. The problem is, I really don't want to buy things like almond flour because quite simply, it's really expensive here. I'm sure that I'll be able to find a few pinteresting recipes though. 

That's the long update, now let's move onto the eats!

Meal plan

Breakfast

Smoothies - I am officially addicted and cannot start my mornings without one!


Welcome to Mommyhood: healthy pancakes

Eggs - scrambled, hard boiled, however we feel like having them
For the Toddler: greek yogurt, chia seeds, and fruit salad 

Lunch

Meatless meatballs experiment with salad
Salmon with grilled veggies and a salad 
Leftovers 
Salad bowl with grilled chicken 
Paleo sweet potato patties with a salad 

Dinner

Sausage with sweet potato latkes and a salad 
Curry with cauliflower rice
Healthy chicken Kyiv with roasted broccoli and asparagus
Unstuffed cabbage 
Chili with baked sweet potatoes (I made the chili already and froze it. This is coming out the night we get back from Germany) 
Stamppot Andijvie with sweet potato. This is a Dutch recipe, and Kat at Naturally Global (a fellow US expat living in the Netherlands) has a lovely recipe. I'm going to be trying to figure out a paleo version of this. 
Husband cooks 

There's a lot of sweet potato on the menu this week! Yum! 


Now, let's end with some questions and have can chat! Have you ever made a drastic change in your eating habits? Was it hard to adjust? Did you stick with it? And lastly, do you own a scale? 

Our not too exciting paleo update! Again, I'm linking up with Laura at Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers, along with Org Junkie

Thank you for reading, 
Yuliya