The Paleo Diet is still pretty east to stick to. I weighed myself at the Y and I am down to 201lbs. This is exciting for me because when I started my weight loss journey I was 221lbs on October 23, 2013. So, in 7 months I have lost a total of 20lbs. Most of which has fluctuated over the last few months as I was trying to get into a routine that works for us. With the slow weight loss that means I have a better chance at keeping the weight off. The new diet is working well, increasing my energy and I have slept better at night. Well, on the nights my 2 year old doesn’t wake with bad dreams.
On our menu this week was Dehydrated Spinach. It is one of the very few solids he would eat. It doesn’t dehydrate nearly as good as Kale but tastes very yummy.
I have been on the paleo diet for 2 weeks and have so much natural energy it still amazes me. I feel like dinner planning is so much easier having a basic plan. It is also easier to keep sweets and bad carbs out of our diet when there are so many delicious substitutes. Last weekend a group of friends got together and we celebrated our children’s 2nd birthdays with a pot luck picnic. Quite a few of us are now doing the paleo diet so it was interesting to see the things everyone brought. My favorite were the mock chocolate chip cookies. they melted in my mouth having the texture of a soft peanut butter cookie. DELICIOUS!! I found a similar recipe to try.
My attempt is well, very good for a first try. I added my own twist to it. I used the recipe from Fast Paleo as my base.
- 3 1/4 cups Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Almond Extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 cups Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 eggs
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper or aluminum foil. In a large bowl combine 3 1/4 cups of almond flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup of honey. Combine the wet and dry ingredients then add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Spoon them onto the lined pan and put them in the oven. Bake for about 8-10 minutes (the tops will start to get golden brown). If they go longer than that the bottoms burn because of the sugar in the honey.
Should make between 18-24 cookies depending on size.
We are officially one week into our Paleo Venture and it has been an exciting week. Carb cravings weren’t too bad but the sugar cravings were a little more noticeable. I have cut my caffeine as well. I learned some interesting things…
I thought with a reduced amount of caffeine intake I would be tired and sluggish… NOPE, full of energy. WIN
I didn’t know the difference between grass-fed Angus Beef or grass-fed “regular” Beef.. Main difference to me was Angus ground beef only had 1 Tbsp of fat when I made meatloaf and it didn’t shrink in the pan. I hate the grease from meat, I never know what to do with it. The Angus Beef was moist and had a smooth texture. WIN and WIN
Shopping the first couple times has been a long process because I have to read everything. I also notice just because a package meat says “organic” doesn’t mean it is grass-fed. Is there really a difference? Yes, after only 1 week of meal prep and cooking with grass-fed meats I have noticed they are all less fatty. The chicken breast was a bit on the dry side but that can be fixed next time by changing the preparation technique.
Over all I am happy to report that I feel better over all and have more energy than I did before the diet adjustments. My 2 year old will eat all the Kale Chips if I don’t give him his own bowl. We are off to a good start and it wasn’t that hard to do.
Today we started our new diet plan. Thanks to a couple of friends who have started it and have had great success even in as little as 3 days. They are my inspiration!! And thanks to the NOM NOM PALEO iPad app for the iPad for the mouth-watering recipes, best $5.99 I have spent on a cooking app yet. The Nom Nom Paleo website is a wonderful resource tool as well.
Breakfast was a scrambled egg with bacon, garlic, and herb seasoning.
Lunch we had diced chicken and kale
Dinner was a delicious Salad with various greens, tomatoes, red peppers, onions, bacon and kale. YUM YUM YUM…
It was a pretty easy day but I have been warned the carb cravings will kick in soon and to ignore them the best that I can. Good thing is I keep thinking of the health benefits of having a low GI diet. I have hopes that this diet will help my body not need the thyroid medication anymore. I know it won’t happen over night but I sure am looking forward to a few weeks from now when I go back to the Dr for a check up. In addition to the new diet we (my 2yr old & I) are working out at the YMCA 5 days a week.