30 Day Paleo Challenge – Week Two

There are many different reasons that people decide to follow a paleo diet, but one thing that we all have in common is we want to cut out all of the unnatural foods that are available today, so we can feel good. The point of doing the 30 day challenge is to eliminate all toxins, sugar and gut-irritating foods from your diet, to get back to a clean slate where you can slowly introduce foods to see which affect you the most or don’t affect you at all. All kinds of autoimmune diseases, and conditions have been knowingly treated through following a paleo diet or close to it, I have even heard of people who have had bad acid reflux start it, and their symptoms have virtually disappeared within a week. Everybody’s body is different, so you have to follow the right diet to suit you, but by eliminating all of the foods first that are known to most commonly react to different bodies in some way or the other, then slowly reintroducing certain food types, you will end up finding out what is right or wrong for you.

This isn’t some kind of fad diet, it’s a way of finding out the right combination of foods that make you feel good all the time, not constantly tired, bloated, anxious, depressed or low in energy, then changing your lifestyle to suit. Think of all of the unnatural foods that we eat, and how these must affect our bodies when they are not designed to digest them! After the 30 day challenge, I am not going to go back eating ‘normally’ and I’m not going to completely rule out foods altogether, but stick to foods that leave me feeling good at least 80% of the time, and the other 20% can be left for going out for dinner, and occasions where it might not be possible. That way I have a little bit of flexibility, without being the ‘fussy’ or annoying person when eating out. With leaky gut syndrome, I know that I should avoid all gut irritating foods for as long as it takes the gut to heal without disturbing the process. I will continue taking helpful supplements, and making bone broth to help it along the way. I don’t know if you know, but once upon a time I was able to digest wheat and dairy without any issue at all, it’s only the past 4 – 5 years that I have had real problems, due to what I am 99% sure is leaky gut syndrome  and I have found that following a strict paleo diet relieves me of any symptoms and makes me feel like my normal self again. There is some more interesting information about leaky gut syndrome here, and how to heal it.

Anyway, rant over, and here is what I ate and how I felt this week:

Beginning of week 2  – 6.6kg over goal weight.

I just wanted to say a bit about my goal weight too, this is something that I want to work towards until the end of the month, it’s a weight where I know that I feel good about myself, but I also know the discipline and exercise it takes to get it there. It is going to motivate me to add more exercise into my life, and once I have full energy again this month, it will be a perfect time to reintroduce it into my weekly routine again!

I am also taking the same supplements as last week, minus the pysilium husks to see if it reduces my bloating.

Breakfast

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Day 1 – Homemade meatloaf (which I made last night and is delicious) with blanched asparagus, avocado, fresh lime and a fried egg

Day 2 – Homemade meatloaf, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato

Day 3 – Meatloaf with left over sweet potato mash, tomato, and a fried egg

Day 4 – Meatloaf hash with courgette, tomato and a fried egg

Day 5 – No more meatloaf! Scrambled eggs with tomato and pan fried salmon

Day 6 – Poached eggs with mushrooms, chorizo, avocado, tomato and asparagus.

Day 7 – Omelette with leftover cabbage, pease and pancetta, tomato, and sauerkraut

Lunch

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Day 1 – Simple salad with spinach, rocket, cos lettuce, cucumber , and smoked salmon flakes with mustard seeds and black pepper. Dressed with a little balsamic vinegar.

Day 2 – 70’s style ham and egg salad (don’t judge me) I got cheap ham off cuts from the market, and all I wanted it with was lettuce, tomato, carrot and egg. It was great!

Day 3 – Cos lettuce, tomato, avocado, anchovy, cucumber and ham salad

Day 4 – Lettuce wraps with ham, tomato and green peppers

Day 5 – Cockles, roast beef and a packet of blueberries. (there was nothing left at work and I wasn’t prepared)

Day 6 – Some ham, an apple and a satsuma

Day 7 – Today I was in town and decided to get a salad bowl from a newish burrito place by Churchill Sq in Brighton. It had the potential to be delicious but it really wasn’t! Made with slow cooked chicken, lettuce, peppers, onions, salsa and guacamole. What a shame, but I know never to get one there again!

Snacks

Day 1 – A very thin sliver of meatloaf when I got home (I couldn’t resist) and a couple of nuts during the day. I didn’t feel like snacking today!

Day 2 – Some slices of ham and an apple

Day 3 – A few nuts, and a pear

Day 4 – Some nuts, a nectarine, and a cup of bone broth (if that’s a snack)

Day 5 – Bone broth, nuts, and some slices of ham

Day 6 – Bone broth, brazil nuts, sugar free pickles, venison bier stick and a Coyo vanilla coconut milk yoghurt

Day 7 – PIckles, venison bier stick, paleo home made jalepeno bread.

WP_003332 – this stuff is amazing. £2 a pot, but such a nice treat! Made with coconut milk and real vanilla, with added probiotics. No sugar added. Yum.

Dinner

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Day 1 – Paleo Don Buri ‘Chloe style’ with cauliflower ‘rice’ with kafir lime, fish sauce, lime, chilli, pea, ginger and garlic; served with pan fried flaked salmon, steamed broccoli, asparagus, and roasted peppers. Ah-mazing.

Day 2 – Sirloin steak with sweet potato mash ‘creamy’ mushrooms made with almond milk, and broccoli.

Day 3 – The other half of my steak, sliced up and flash fried with roasted sweet potato, roasted kohlrabi, grilled tomato and a mushroom gravy/sauce.

Day 4 – Probably the strangest dinner combination I have had in a while – pan-fried squid with lime and chilli, sweet potato and pea hash, lettuce, and a poached egg. Yep, wierd, but it all tasted good!

Day 5 – This was a late dinner as I had some gin and soda out for a friend’s birthday drinks. Lamb steak with asparagus. Was the perfect after drinking feast – salty and fatty mmm.

Day 6 – Lamb steak with broccoli, asparagus, and savoy cabbage with pancetta and pork broth.

Day 7 – Slow cooked pulled Cochinita pork pibil, homemade paleo jalepeno bread and sauerkraut. (Click on the links for the recipes that I used, delish)

Feelings 

Day 1 – I was up really early this morning and wide awake. Had my supplements, made a coffee and did a little but of yoga. Had lots of energy, all day, it panned out in the evening, but I had no crashes today or no cravings, and I only started to feel tired later in the evening, around 9:30pm. Pretty good as I didn’t have a day off work last week! I had breakfast at 9:30am, then had lunch at 3:45pm, but didn’t get my usual hunger crash before that which is great!

Day 2 – I was up early again this morning, seems to be a common occurance! Felt normal all day today, except I was extra hungry before meals, even got a little light headed which was wierd! Felt mentally tired this afternoon, and we went for a run which I found really hard! My legs felt like weights and I found it hard to push myself. Not to worry though, I know it’s just my body getting used to no carbohydrates and sugar, I know from previously that this will change after a couple of weeks. Felt exhausted when I got home, and a little out of it!

Day 3 – Had a good amount of energy this morning, but felt tired again in the afternoon. I have just realised that I haven’t felt anxious for awhile, when I used to feel really anxious every morning about nothing, just going to work! Made bone broth today with the bones I bought from the butcher for £1 the other day. Will try and drink more of this in the next couple of days. Oh, and not taking the pysillium husks seems to have got rid of the bloating! Yay!

Day 4 – I started the day with my supplements as usual, and then the wierd part, a hot steaming cup of bone broth. Yep that’s right. Yesterday I slow cooked some pork bones that I bought from the butcher for 12 hours, and let it cool before putting it in the fridge. This morning I woke up and it looked like this:

WP_003322 (after I had taken a scoop out of it of course) Bone broth is full of wonderful nutrients that are essential for healing the gut – as by simmering the bones for 8 hours +, you extract most of the nutrients that are inside the bones, and also one of the most important nutrients for gut healing: glutamine. Mark’s Daily Apple has a really good break down of all the nutrients that are included in bone broth here, so please do have a read! It sounds a little gross, but it’s quite delicious, it just tastes like a really nice stock or soup. I had a little more energy today, it is now 9:30pm which is when I am usually falling asleep on the sofa, but I am not yet. After I had my cup of bone broth I did a 25 minute yoga class which was good. I would like to do one every day but it’s just having the time! I’ll see if I wake up early tomorrow morning, and maybe then I will do a yoga session if I have time.

Day 5 – So I was awake at 5:45am, so I got up and did a 30 minute hard Vinyasa flow class, was a great way to start my day though! I had normal energy all day today, although I did start to feel tired later in the evening again, but not as bad as I have been. I was also a lot more hungry today, probably because I did exercise this morning so I must’ve needed more calories.

Day 6 – Found a really good morning yoga class that went for 16 minutes. I felt a little bit hungover today from 3 gins with soda?! I think it may have been because I didn’t eat enough before hand? I didn’t have a proper lunch at work as it was busy, hence the ham and fruit! I also felt really tired again at around 7:30pm. All I wanna do is sleep! Looking forward to (hopefully) an energy change and burst next week!

Day 7 – I woke up early again  (6:45am on a Sunday – not fair) and did a strong 30 minute Vinyasa flow class. I had good energy throughout the day, and didn’t get as tired in the evening which was great! Nothing much else to report as everything was all good 🙂

End of week two – 5.8kg over goal weight

Please feel free to leave a comment below if you would like to share your own experiences, or there you have any questions for me, I would love to hear from you!

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