So following a mid-examination period stress-related breakdown, I’ve decided I need to treat my body properly, filling it only with real, good food and appreciating it the way I should. The Whole30 challenge, or the caveman diet, is a way for me to say thank you to my body for all the stress I put it under and also (hopefully) to lose the few pounds I’ve put on through stress eating and get the body I’ve always wanted!
In order to create a sense of accountability and to trap myself into completing the challenge properly, I’m going to be sharing my journey with you, updating you on my daily meals, workouts and Paleo recipes and tracking the changes I see in my body. It is therefore, regretfully, my duty to post my before photo (note the sad face) and hopefully at the end of the journey, there will be a jaw dropping after photo (with a happy face!)
I’d like for this page to be a beacon of positivity and happiness, hopefully with you commenting your tips and sharing your own pages for me to check in on! Here’s to a wonderful 30 days!
I’ve completed another day in the Whole 30 challenge, and that means I am one fifth of the way in! I understand I don’t post complex recipes or foods that are a paleo recreation of normal foods, and that is simply because the lifestyle stresses eating as simply and with as little production as possible. So, if you’re planning on taking the challenge on, or if you are already doing it, I strongly recommend you don’t try to recreate the bad foods (e.g. Caramel Macchiatos, chocolate cake etc.) that got you into this state to begin with!
Breakfast: I one again stuffed myself to the brim with watermelon and I’m beggining to think this is affecting the results, because their so full of fructose. Even though these sugars are completely natural, I still think I should only be eating them in moderation so in the next few days I’m planning on cutting down my fruit intake a bit.
Lunch: Lunch was absolutely delicious: Grilled fillet steak, boiled vegetables and (of course) sweet potatoes.
Dinner: I had a really busy day and wasn’t in the mood to make a huge dinner, so I simply had 2 boiled eggs with some carrots and cucumber.
I also had time to practice yoga yesterday with my yoga buddy and we ended up taking some cool photos aside from working out! Headstand anyone?
So another day another accomplishment! We had guests round for coffee in the afternoon and there was cakes, trifles and sweets surrounding me, but I persevered and I’m proud! I also managed to fit a Spinning class in between studying and entertaining so overall today was paleoperfect!
Breakfast: 1 boiled egg, a strip of bacon (Bacon is good for me!) fried in its own fat and half a sweet yellow pepper. The fact that I can have bacon for breakfast and not feel like I’m sabotaging myself is one of the beauties of paleo. I was so happy, I even made the food smile back at me 🙂
Lunch: Grilled pork chops and a huuuuge garden salad with avocado. All of this was seasoned heavily with an array of herbs including turmeric, because if you read my previous post, reposted from the beautiful Kellie (food to glow) “a daily dose of turmeric is a jolly good idea!”
Dinner: As previously mentioned, watermelon is basically a national pride for us Cypriots (seriously, it’s heaven) so at the coffee I basically scoffed my face with endless amounts of watermelon and honeydew melon. I know I’m not supposed to go made with the fruit while on paleo, but I can’t help myself! It’s too good!
Anyway, so hope you’re all having a nice day! Until tomorrow!
I’m getting more used to the food and the lack of sugary treats and already I’ve noticed a huge change in myself! My skin is clearer, my pores less clogged and (although I know I shouldn’t have) I weighed myself this morning and within 4 days I have already lost 3kg! How crazy is that?! I know it’s all mostly water weight that was causing the bloating, but I think it’s a huge achievement and now I’ve already lost just under half the weight I was hoping to!
Breakfast: Just your standard 2 boiled eggs with half a red pepper
Lunch: Roast chicken breast, roasted sweet potatoes (they are AMAZING) and a simple salad with avocado
Dinner: I made a chicken salad from what was left over at lunch and also snuck in a couple sweet potatoes too. I am seriously loving this lifestyle change, the food is so tasty and filling.
Snack: In Cyprus, watermelon is almost considered a synonym to summer. You eat it morning, day and night because (prod patriot alert) we have the best watermelons. So today to officially start the summer I cut up a watermelon and while I’ve only pictured what I was supposed to eat, it was so good that I kept going back and ended up eating almost half a whole melon! But that’s the great thing about paleo! I was allowed to and I felt no guilt over doing it.
So today was a whirlwind and I’m finally able to sit down at 12:54 am.
My day has been hectic and tiring but absolutely wonderful because I pushed beyond my comfort zone and tried something new: SUP yoga! This is yoga that is performed on a paddle board in the depths of the sea and, I must say, it was an invigorating experience! It also burns between 500-700 calories an hour so that was my exercise for the day!
I was on the go at 6am so I only managed to take with me a banana and a handful of cashews along with my heavenly iced coffee (Thanking my lucky stars that coffee is allowed on paleo!)
For lunch I met with my parents at a restaurant and thankfully managed to eat all paleo! We shared a meat platter, grilled vegetables and I also had some Sashimi salad (without the dressing)
My lack of sleep led me to snack avidly after lunch, so after a multitude of nuts and dried fruit, I wasn’t hungry enough to make dinner. I also went to a friend’s birthday tonight and (defying all odds) was able to completely avoid inhaling all the pizza and brownies (Score!)
And that concludes day 3! I must say, I did fancy a bit of cake tonight, but exercising my discipline is also a goal that paleo is helping me work towards, so I’m really proud that I was able to stay in control.
The day has got away from me. I am still cooking for a class this evening (it is 4.18 pm) but I really, really wanted to give something to you today. For the first time ever I am pretty much re-posting one of my top posts; one that many of you will not have seen.
I don’t have much truck with the idea of super foods, as for nearly anything you can name context is so important and the term super food as typically used gives a false sense of importance in the diet. But, I will stick my neck out a bit and tentatively declare a daily ‘dose’ of turmeric to be a jolly good idea. Read the following and you will see why, and just how to get it into your life in the easiest way possible. Just a warning though: I know many people who have…
So day two is done and done! I must say, today I feel amazing!
No sugar withdrawal symptoms or anything just energy and happiness (Om Shanti)
Breakfast: Two boiled eggs, half a carrot, a cucumber and leftover tuna salad
Lunch: Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes, peppers and a small garden salad
Dinner: Carrots, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes in an avocado dip.
*I’m a huge snacker so after lunch I munched on some nuts and sultanas and so by dinner I’m never too hungry. The platter was shared with my best friend 🙂
Snacks: Strawberries and a handful of cashews and sultanas (not pictured)
All the foods were smothered in cayenne pepper, which I love love love, adding that extra zing!
I also went to the gym for some HIIT in the form of GRIT and felt awesome for the rest of the day. The my yoga buddy came before dinner and we spent an hour contorting our bodies into pretzels before enjoying our paleoliscious lunch. All in all I’m feeling only positive vibes, if the rest of the journey continues as so, it will be a breeze.