Paleo Week 1

The first week of paleo was challenging.

First, I did not have any paleo ingredients until halfway through the week. What does this mean, I lived off a flavorless chicken and carrots. Not to mention my constant craving for sugar.

Day 1: I spent most of the day with an excruciating headache and extreme drowsiness. I made paleo muffins to feel a little better (week 2 will be the week I break away from paleo substitutes). I went to CrossFit which helped me take my mind off of things.

Day 2: I felt better. I still ate a bland chicken. However, I found simple things to eat that were healthy and delicious.

Day 3: I went grocery shopping. Let me tell you, paleo ingredients are expensive! However, I paid the unreasonable prices. I made a delicious balsamic chicken recipe. I went to CrossFit feeling more energized.

Day 4: My diet consisted of balsamic chicken and ‘paleo muffins’. Nothing memorable happened today.

Day 5: I made spaghetti squash which was not so great. Note to self: do not expect substitute foods to taste like the original. Squash is a vegetable, not wheat. I made garlic mashed cauliflower. That was not good at all.

Day 6: I cheated a little today. I was at a party for my grandparents and felt obligated to cheat.

Day 7: I felt annoyed that I haven’t seen major results like some people have. I sulk as I eat my salad.

Times cheated: 1
Overall feeling: meh.

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Paleo Diet: Day 1

One day, twenty-nine more to go!


 

Before I begin, I will post my ‘before photo’ tomorrow. I would have posted it today but I didn’t like how the photos turned out. Also, I will not base the diet off of how much weight I lose since I do CrossFit and muscles weigh more than fat. The more muscle I gain, the greater I will weigh. However, muscle burns fat so I will look thinner.Today was the first day of my attempt to start the paleo diet. For those who do not know what the paleo diet is, go see my previous blog post. The post covers everything you need to know about my 30-day challenge.


 

Yesterday, I decided that to celebrate my last day of unhealthy eating, I would eat an alarming amount of processed foods and ice cream. However, that was a huge mistake. I now have leftover cookies, ice cream, soda, and pasta taunting me in my kitchen. Tip for people beginning a diet: either transition slowly into the diet or throw out all junk food in your house.

Why can’t I do that? Because I live with my family and they are not doing the paleo diet. Living with a group of people who are not sharing your eating habits, especially if you are starting a new diet, is extremely difficult. Despite my refusal to eat processed foods, dairy, and grains, they are still able to eat those foods. What does that mean? It means that when they decided to eat spaghetti, I will have to suffer the pain of them eating my favorite food. When I open the freezer door, my butter pecan ice cream is staring at me. The worst part? No one in my family eats ice cream or drinks soda so it will remain taunting me for 30 days.

I am a sugar addict. I have no control when I am around sugar. I am going to be honest with you, if you gave me the chance, I would drink soda every second of the day. Today was horrible. I would walk by cookies and think to myself that no one would know if I ate one. However, I didn’t eat one. I owed it to myself to stick to this diet. It’s sickening how addictive sugar and grains can be. Now that I am in this diet, I refuse to go back to the unhealthy lifestyle that I once knew. Sugar doesn’t control me, I control sugar.

Throughout the first day, I felt constantly hungry. It was as if I could eat everything and still be unsatisfied. Mostly, I felt less energized. Luckily, I texted my friend and she told me it was because I wasn’t eating and drinking. My three meals and no snack routine was not going to work. I made some snacks and felt better.

CrossFit was another thing that helped me. CroffFit helped me feel better and satisfied.

 

I am Starting the Paleo Diet.

Hey friends!

This is insane of me to do. Honestly, I doubt that I will make it thirty days. Maybe one day but not thirty.

WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET?!

The Paleo Diet is when you eat foods that cavemen would have consumed. For example, if you can kill, plant it, or harvest it then you can consume it. However, it is difficult. Dairy and grains are excluded from the diet. Why? Because most grains and dairy store as fats in your body. Also, processed foods are excluded from the diet. Basically, you exclusively eat fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

WHY ARE YOU TRYING THE PALEO DIET?!

At CrossFit, one of the directors was talking to us about nutrition. The director said that the typical diet of a CrossFit athlete is the paleo diet. The diet was not foreign to me. I remember my friend telling me how her family started the diet. That diet sounds crazy, I thought to myself. However, my friend received amazing results from the diet by losing 10 pounds in a few weeks. I decided to give it a try for one month.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING OVER THIS MONTH?

Well, over the next month, I will be posting weekly progress reports. The reports will feature helpful tips, great recipes, and my overall opinion of the diet. I’m starting the diet on Monday. The day I will end my diet will be February 25th. On Monday, I will post a ‘before picture’.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO PREP FOR THIS MONTH?

I will tell you through bullet points.

  1. I tested out many fruit smoothies. I narrowed my list of favorites to five smoothies.
  2. I went on Pinterest to look for potential recipes.
  3. I realized that I had no paleo ingredients for the recipes.
  4. I decided to make a paleo meal despite my non-paleo ingredients.
  5. I made muffins.
  6. The muffins ended up looking like sponges and tasted like pancakes.
  7. I realized that the failure was because I was not prepared.
  8. I went out in a blizzard to buy an obscure amount of coconut products. Who knew there was coconut flour?!
  9. I went home and made more muffins. I have no idea why I only make muffins.
  10. The muffins actually looked like muffins and tasted great! Here is the recipe to the paleo pumpkin spice muffins that I made.

My Blog 2.0

It has been a long time since I have posted on this blog. I got sidetracked with my book blog, school, sports, and other stuff. I decided that if I began to write on this blog again, I would start fresh. With this in mind, I deleted all of my posts. Also, I decided to add a cool addition to my blog. I will begin posting fictional stories that I have written onto this blog! Before I begin this journey with you all, I want you all to know a little about me.

  • Besides this blog, I own a book blog where I post every other day. The blog is Marissa Nicole Reads. I highly recommend that you check it out!
  • love to travel. I am going to Florida in March, Illinois in May, California in June, and South Carolina in August. Besides those trips, I go on little road trips.
  • I have an obsession with going to book events.
  • I watch an unhealthy amount of TV. My favorite shows are Once Upon a TimeHow to Get Away With Murder, The 100, The Fosters, Switched at Birth, Grey’s Anatomy, Bob’s Burgers, and The Vampire Diaries.
  • I love Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Taylor Swift.
  • I am currently on a journey to better my mind and my body.
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Spain.
  • I am currently learning Spanish and American Sign Language.
  • I do CrossFit.
  • I play field hockey and softball.
  • I spoke at a conference for children’s literature.
  • I love broadway shows.
  • I love airports!
  • My favorite movie is Silver Linings Playbook.
  • My favorite food is sushi.
  • My favorite young adult book is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi.
  • I have an obsession with Pinterist.
  • I love the summer!
  • I am a cat person.
  • I want to be a speech pathologist.

Okay, so that concludes the get-to-know-me part of my blog. It was nice to meet you all!