Saturday, 28 June 2014

I'm taking the plunge (again): Full on paleo meal plan!

I'm really excited to announce that I will be participating in a three week Paleo challenge hosted by Giselle at My Healthy Happy Home! Did I mention that I'm really, really, reaaallly excited about this? Because it's true, I am. 

Since we've been living with my in laws, my healthy diet has definitely ... changed, and I'm not too thrilled with the results (or my lack of self control for that matter!). Not only have I been feeling a bit more sluggish than normal, but I've also noticed it with regards to my weight or rather my figure. 

I can't really complain about how much I weigh at the moment, but I am also very petite (5 feet 1 inch) and even a fluctuation of two pounds is noticeable. Conveniently, any weight I gain tends to go to my belly, especially since having my son. Dear body, please distribute added weight evenly. No? I guess I'll go workout then...

Anyhow, when I was actually sticking to paleo right before we moved here, I noticed that things just seemed less swollen and more proportional. I felt great and had energy. At the time, I was also cooking paleo meals for my husband who absolutely adores carbs (as most Dutch people do), but was happily enjoying the meals I provided. I still struggled with providing consistently paleo lunches for him for work though.  

I'm also really thrilled that he agreed to take the plunge with me! We both recently weighed ourselves and he was a bit unhappy with the result. He's also been feeling the same way as me - low energy, and also some digestive problems. 

This actually going to mean a bit more work for me - more planning and larger portions, but I hope that it's going to really improve how we've been feeling. I do think that Hubby would struggle with going straight to paleo 100% of the time, so I will still be providing some small portions of healthy non paleo foods (quinoa, buckwheat, black beans). Paleo will also be a bit tricky given our living situation, but well, it will definitely be worth it. (Oh and by the way - still no good news on the house front!) 

Now let's talk food. Here's a look at our meals, and the bottom of the post will have a list of groceries that I bought for the next week to two weeks: 


Breakfasts

  • Smoothies
  • Hard boiled eggs with fruit salad
  • Omelets/egg scrambles with veggies (broccoli, kale) and meat (sausage)
  • Tomato scrambled eggs
  • Cabbage and sweet potato hash

Bacon sweet potato fries by Welcome to Mommyhood


Lunches

  • The usual: leftovers + assorted salads
  • Tuna salad 
  • Avocado and tomato salad with grilled chicken 
  • Carrot fries, squash and/or sweet potato fries with salmon 

Bacon sweet potato fries by Welcome to Mommyhood

Dinners

  • Lettuce wraps with cauliflower rice, carrots, cucumber, and lots of zucchini with a homemade, paleo peanut butter sauce (experimental)

Burrito bowl recipe and cauliflower rice recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood #easyhealthyrecipes


Bison Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders

  • Stuffed zucchini with olives, ground meat, avocado, tomatoes, carrots whatever else we have leftover.
  • Steaks with a huge salad and cauliflower and celeriac mash 
  • Leftovers
  • Hubby cooks/grab night

Snacks

  • Apples with almond butter with chia seeds (not ever going to change)
  • Nuts 
  • Paleo popsicles (yea, still)

Healthy Popsicles by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo #vegan #healthypopsicles

Our groceries


Here's a look at what I've bought to get our family of three (two adults and one toddler) through the next week or week to two weeks: 

Healthy Meal Plans by Welcome to Mommyhood: This week, we're going paleo!


  • 3 leeks 
  • 1 butternut squash 
  • 3 boxes of strawberries but one was already consumed by the time we got home from the market
  • 2 boxes of peaches (still need to ripen so we won't be eating them until next week) 
  • 2 lemons 
  • 2 broccoli
  • 1 bunch of radishes 
  • 1/2 a kilo (1 lbs) cherries
  • 2 bags of avocados (need to ripen sadly) 
  • 3 large sweet potatoes 
  • 1 aubergine (I have no idea what to do with this!) 
  • 2 cabbages 
  • 3 mangoes
  • 1 bag of endive 
  • Not pictured: 1 kilo (2 lbs) green beans
Grand total spent on all of the above? 22 euro ($30). I love the market. 

Available in the garden if we want it: 
  • Herbs
  • Carrots 
  • Onions 
  • Limes
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes 
  • Way more zucchini than anyone can ever possibly need
  • Beets
  • Sugar snap peas 
  • All sorts of delicious greens!!!! 
  • Berries (red currants, raspberries, blueberries etc) 

I sent Hubby out to the store to buy some meat after work. I gave him a list, and the quantities were all him. Not pictured, but we now have: 
  • 2 kilos (4 lbs) of chicken 
  • 8 steaks (like I said this was all hubby.)
  • 1 roulade
  • 2 kilos (4 lbs) of stewing beef (? Not sure what to do with this yet) 
  • About 3 kilos (6 lbs) of ground beef 
  • Sausages 
  • 500 grams (1 lbs) bacon 
  • 30 or so eggs
  • Tuna 

Grand total spent? No idea. Hubby forgot the receipt. 


As you can see, some items that I bought weren't included in the meal plan. That's either because I have ideas for the following week (unstuffed cabbage), I will be freezing it (leeks, broccoli), will be using it as a quick meal for the Toddler (any veg we have), or will be using it some sort of salad-y concoction (broccoli again, endive, cabbage). We tend to have very little food waste, even if I buy extra because we love our freezer. Mid week, I tend to re-evaluate my meal plan and try to use up whatever needs to be eaten. 

Do you notice how so many meals include zucchini? Would you like some because they are taking over the garden at the moment!


As always, I am linking up with Org Junkie, Laura at Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers


Want more ideas?


Check out my Healthy Meal Plans Page! For healthy recipes, stop by my clean eating recipes page! And for more paleo-spiration, checkout my Paleo Board on Pinterest! 

Thank you for stopping by,
Yuliya