Belly-Friendly Banana Bread

I grew up in a house where weekends meant pancakes or homemade scones for breakfast. I love waking up to the smell of baking in the house. Many Paleo enthusiasts frown at the idea of Paleo baking as the end product is not exactly a nutritionally dense meal and as such doesn’t hold up to the core Paleo principles. While I was fully on board with this for the Whole30, I will never be a ‘food for fuel’ kind of girl! I enjoy food; the flavours, the textures, the making, the sharing and the eating! So, I fully intend to explore the world of Paleo treats. Some will say I may as well just eat gluten, dairy and sugar filled treats if a treat is what I want, but I tend to disagree. I want to be able to eat something nice with a cup of tea on a Sunday morning and not feel bloated and crampy for the rest of the day. And after a day of non-Paleo treats yesterday, that’s exactly how I did feel. So maybe this banana bread won’t be the most nutritious thing you’ll ever eat, but it will be more nutritious than white flour scones and I promise you won’t feel rubbish after eating it!

Belly-Friendly Banana Bread

I made this particular recipe for the first time last year and after experimenting a little with proportions of almond and coconut flour, I think I have it down! I added organic dark chocolate chips but you could add some chopped walnuts or raisins if you prefer.

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Ingredients
70grams Almond Flour
25grams Coconut Flour
3/4 tspn of baking soda
1/2 tspn of sea salt
2 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter
3 eggs
2 ripe bananas
60mls organic pure maple syrup
75grms organic dark chocolate chips

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 180oC.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
3. Mix all the wet ingredients together.
4. Blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using an electric mixer.
5. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment and oil or butter it.
6. Pour in batter and bake for approx 30-35mins or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
7. Leave to cool on a wire wrack.

This is yummy eaten while still warm or toasted with a little butter. The nut flour makes it very filling and calorific so you only need a small slice.

Enjoy!

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Drum Roll Please…

I did it! I, Miss No Will-Power, stuck with something for a Whole30 days. (See what I did there?!) I am so excited to be writing this post and I’ve got a few little bits for you today but first up The Before and After Shot!

The Dreaded Before and After Shot

If you’ve looked on any diet related site you will find hundreds of ‘Before’ and ‘After’ shots illustrating the phenomenal (and sometimes fantastical) effects of said diet. Many of them are so photo-shopped and choreographed that it is difficult to know what was the diet and what was the photographer! Some diets do so much more than help you lose weight though. Have you seen the pic of the unhappy, balding, pasty Irish guy pre (insert fad diet here)? Come the After shot, not only is he a stone lighter but his receding hairline has miraculously disappeared and he awoke on Day30 to find he was half Spanish all along and now has a killer tan to boot! These shots not only represent a distorted account of the progress made by the individual, but also create completely unrealistic expectations for people.

Photo Courtesy of kootation.com

Photo Courtesy of kootation.com

All ranting aside, Before and After shots can be a very good way to measure your progress. Boyfriend (a photographer and graphic designer) took the Before and After shots for his Crossfit Group who have also just finished the Whoel30. These photos won’t be posted anywhere or looked at by anyone other than the individual themselves. When taking the photos he tried to get the same lighting in both shots and advised people to wear the same clothes on Day 1 and Day 30. This is really important if you want to get an accurate reflection of your progress.

A few people have asked me whether I would be posting a Before and After photo on the blog? The answer is no. I have taken a few pics of myself in my workout gear on Day 1 and Day 30 of the programme but ultimately, they are for me. I can look at them proudly and very clearly see the progress I have made. But do I want the world to see me half naked in all my pasty glory? Hell-No! My version of the Before and After shot here will come in the form of my stats as promised. So, without further adieu here they are (side by side for your ease of comparison).

Height: Before 5ft 7” After 5ft 7”(amazingly, still the same!)
Weight: 143lbs to 133lbs (10lbs loss)
Bodyfat: 26% to 24% (Down 2%)
Waist: 30inches to 28 inches (2 inch loss)
Belly:35 inches to 32 inches (3 inch loss)
Hips: 38 inches to 37 inches (1 inch loss– I told you I had a booty!)

General Health Before: Frequent headaches, some back pain and achey joints (Such an old woman!).
General Health After: Hip and back pain are far less frequent. The achey joints have pretty much disappeared. I have had fewer headaches though last week’s ear infection brought on a few.

Energy Levels Before: Generally wake up tired but have good energy till mid-afternoon and crash till mid-evening.
Energy Levels After: I wake up ready to go after a good night’s sleep and I have pretty consistent energy all day obviously, getting a little more tired at night.

Diet Pre-Whole30: Porridge with milk for breakfast, a sandwich or soup and bread for lunch and a big dinner, generally with some form of potatoe, rice or pasta. I snack on chocolate, cake or anything with sugar! I mainly drink sugar free diluted juice (packed with sweeteners!). I might have 1 glass of wine or a vodka tonic per week but I’m not a big drinker.
Current diet: Eggs with fruit or a smoothie for breakfast (I’ll post the yummy recipe for this soon), stew or a piece of meat/fish and veg for lunch and, meat and veg (sometimes with sweet potato) for dinner. I snack on nuts, fruit or veggies. I drink water, herbal tea and black coffee. I am no longer craving chocolate like I used to and I have become much more aware of what I am putting into my body on a daily basis. A treat really does mean a treat now!

So, was it worth the hassle? Absolutely! I think the figures speak for themselves. Obviously everyone is different and will have varying degrees of change depending on your lifestyle pre-Whole30 but the difference in how I feel on a daily basis is enough to warrant a recommendation! I am feeling pretty chuffed with myself! I would also encourage anyone taking on a Whole30 not to weigh themselves for the duration of the programme. As someone who weighs themselves very regularly, this was a real challenge for me but the surprise at the end was totally worth it! So, in summary…Try it and I promise you will feel better for it!

The Million Dollar Question

Everyone keeps asking me what I ate yesterday that was not Paleo?! I toyed with the idea of pigging out and then thought it was probably best not to make myself ill! So as a treat I ate two chocolates and a teaspoon of crème fraiche with my dinner. Everything else was Paleo! I realise that probably makes me a little boring but there is no point in undoing all the good I have done over the last month!

What Next?!

I thought that I would introduce either dairy or grain back into my diet but given the fantastic changes I’ve seen I am going to try stick to Paleo as much as possible. I will be introducing white potato back in because, from what I’ve read, it ain’t so bad! I will also be trying out Paleo treats for those times when I want something sweet without the sugar crash or tummy aches. On that note, I hope to start posting more recipes I’m trying since the Paleo Pancake Tuesday post was such a hit.

Writing this blog has been a real incentive to keep going especially on those nights when I got home at the end of a sh*tty day and just wanted to drown my sorrows in a tub of Ben and Jerrys. So I’m gonna keep on posting and hope that you guys don’t get sick of reading about what I’m eating! I promise I’ll start writing about some others things soon.

Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow!

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Full Disclosure!

First, a sincere apology for the lack of updates of late! A combination of a hectic period in work, being sick and some travel meant I’ve had little or no time to put together a decent post. In fact, I write this from a conference in a little town outside Geneva. I have an hour break before we meet again for dinner so thought I’d take the opportunity to write. Plus, I owe you guys a post!

Dear Paleo Diary,

The last two weeks have been interesting! I thought, having reached the half-way mark, I would be chuffed with myself and totally revved about next half but on day 15, all I wanted was junk food! I hadn’t been craving chocolate or chips or cake in the physical sense but after a stressful day of car antics, I would have given anything to not have to cook a dinner that night! I guess this is the part where your will power really gets tested.

The novelty and newness of the Whole30 had begun to ware off and I was realising I had to be in constant control of what I was eating. This process has made me realise how often I left the decisions over where to eat, when to eat and what to eat to family and friends. I’m indecisive at the best of times but when I’m hungry I literally will give anything for someone else to make the decision for me.

Don’t worry though, I did cook dinner that night and days 15-20 went pretty well. I even stayed strong on a night away with boyfriend. We ate in two really nice restaurants and both were very helpful when we explained we couldn’t eat grain, sugar or dairy! I have seen a slow and gradual change in my body and my jeans are a little looser! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to work out as much as I would like but I am getting in 2-3 workouts a week. My energy levels have been much better and I’ve also noticed my concentration levels have been improving particularly given the jam-packed schedule I’ve had! All seems too good to be true ay?!

And it kind of was! After avoiding flues and viruses for the winter, I got hit by a double whammy at the weekend! I was leading a youth workshop on Saturday and was about half way through when I suddenly found the right side of my head was numb (later discovered it was only an ear infection). Obviously we had a whole afternoon left to do so I just kept at it but I was pretty wiped and a bit dizzy all day. I was the same on Sunday, and when boyfriend got hit by a wall of tiredness I figured it was a virus of some sort. Still, I kept eating good Paleo food…nothing better for you than nutritionally dense food when you are run-down.

And then I got really sick. Lets just say it wasn’t pretty! After trying and failing to keep numerous Paleo options down, I had to concede. I always said I would be completely honest so here it is: on day 23 I ate one piece of toast and one white potato. I guess this means that technically I failed the Whole30, but I’m not bothered! I tried as hard as I could to stick to it despite how sick I felt and unfortunately my tummy wasn’t settling. Plus, I went straight back on the Whole30 straight after that potato! Even though my tummy clearly has not enjoyed the food the last few days, I have stuck to it. Maybe the inflammatory affects have just been restarted all over again but this process has been as much about my relationship with food as it has been about the physical affects.

So, here I am, in Switzerland, the land of fondue and chocolate (possibly two of my favourite foods) at a conference in a plush hotel with very appetising breakfast pastries, desserts and cheeses, and despite my supposed failure I have not used that as an excuse to tuck in. My Whole30 and the goals I have set for myself finish next Monday and not a minute before!

Keep on keeping on!

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Turning The Corner

Today’s diary post is a little shorter than usual. As some of you may have seen, the lovely folks over at WorldIrish.com reposted my Paleo Pancake Tuesday post on their kick-ass website! They also asked me to write an article on my Whole30 experience to date, giving some tips on Flexing Your Will Power This Lent. You can check it out here or read it below:

With Lent starting tomorrow, everyone is talking about what they will give up this year. Whether you do it for religious reasons, to improve your health or just as an act of self-discipline, Lent offers us the opportunity to challenge our daily habits and recommit to bettering ourselves. On that note, I thought I would write about my own ‘Lent’ which started last week.

I am in my second week of a Paleo Whole30. What’s a Whole30, I hear you ask? Well, it’s a 30 day challenge during which you eliminate all potentially inflammatory and overly processed foods from your diet. This means a total elimination of all dairy, grains and sugar for 30 days. The second level to this is to break the unhealthy habits and associations many of us have with food. Whether your vice is sweet chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks, it is best to avoid snacks that replicate that taste and emotional reaction during the 30 days. The result is that your body will be cleansed of all inflammatory toxins and your mind will have established a different relationship with the food you eat. For more information, check out the Whole30 website here: http://whole9life.com/2012/12/january-2013-whole30/

When I decided to do this challenge, I had three key objectives in mind: To boost and enhance my overall health; to see which foods have a negative physical effect on my body and; to change the relationship I have with food (sugar in particular). I am tired of starting and stopping ‘diets’ and I am concerned that I don’t really know what I’m consuming in processed foods every day. I hope this challenge will kick my sugar habit and that the result will be a healthy, balanced and sustainable diet that nourishes my body and mind.

This, as you can see is no easy change. Not only am I eliminating junk food, I am also taking away many of the staples I generally survive on such porridge, potatoes, sandwiches and milk. And for someone who has never stuck at any diet for longer than a few days before, I can assure you, this is flexing my will power. 30 days seems like a long time when you’re on day 5! I am doing pretty well though and I think this is down to having clear objectives for this challenge and creating support systems in various aspects of my life to ensure I don’t make it even harder on myself.

So, if you’re toying with the idea of giving something up but bail last minute because you don’t think you’ll survive the 40 days (like I always did), check out these Top 5 tips for flexing your will power this month:

  • Set clear goals. Decide what exactly you want to give up and why. What do you hope to gain by doing this? Focus on one or two goals and don’t get distracted by others. I am not doing the Whole30 to lose weight, so I am not stepping on scales for the duration of the challenge.
  • Educate yourself. Read articles and blogs to find out what to expect when you give that something up. If its diet related, you might find you have sugar headaches on days 2-3 or feel grumpy for the first week.
  • Build motivators into your daily life. Get a few friends on board so that you can spur each other on. Sign up to a news letter or blog that gives you words of motivation and encouragement. Find tasty recipes and buy nice ingredients that will make you want to be in the kitchen! I started writing about it on my blog which keeps me accountable.
  • Set up safety nets. Planning is key. Write down all the potential scenarios in which you might be ready to throw the towel in and then think of ways to prevent you falling off the band wagon. Got a chocolate bar hidden in your cupboard? Chuck it! Usually have a mid-morning latte and choccy biscuit? Keep healthy snacks in your drawers at work.
  • Ignore the Negative-Nancies! There will always be someone there to say ‘That paleo thing is ridiculous’ or ‘Go on, one slice won’t kill you’ or ‘There’s no way you’re going to last’. Screw them! It’s not their body, their mind, their life. It’s yours. Take ownership of it! You’re the only one that will be disappointed if you give up and delighted if you follow through. Your example might even inspire a Negative-Nancy to embark on the own ‘Lent’!

Best of luck to all of you giving up something for Lent…YOU CAN DO IT!

 

Dear Paleo Diary,

I thought I had turned the corner on Saturday, but it turns out it was not a corner but a mere bend in the road that obscured a steep hill on the other side! I had my first proper social event on Saturday evening as we celebrated my dear friend Caitriona’s baby shower. I had packed a few snacks just in case but they weren’t needed. Thankfully, there were some tasty Paleo options available such as a vegetable thai green curry and chicken drumsticks…yum! Let be honest, though, it was always going to be the treats that I struggled with: Red velvet cupcakes, a peach sponge cake, and a box of roses that must have been passed to me at least three times! I faced those sugar demons in all their glory and I won! I know…I surprised myself too!

Instead of celebrating my win, my body decided to fall apart on Sunday. Boyfriend and I were seriously cranky and the fungriness just wouldn’t dissipate. By Sunday evening, my tummy felt ill and I couldn’t stomach another piece of meat. So I didn’t. My head was telling me to eat a slice of toast, like I usually do when I feel ill, but my body wanted the nutrients of good simple veg. I heated a small sweet potato and had that with a big plate of steamed broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and peas. I realise this wouldn’t qualify as a strictly paleo meal (no protein or fat) but I feel I learned a valuable lesson. Listen to your body. Not your head or your sweet tooth, but your body. This made me take a really good look at what I had eaten in the previous 24 hours and recognise that I had eaten plenty of protein, good fats and fruit but not enough veg. And what do you know?! Those veg fixed me right up!

And on Monday, I finally did turn that corner. My energy levels have been far steadier the last few days. I’ve been a busy little bee this week with a few different projects, both work and non-work related but I’ve had enough energy to stay on top of things and keep powering through my kettlebell classes (total beast mode 😉 )! Quite frankly, I’ve been in flying form!

Bring on the next 19 days!

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Paleo Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday is one of my favourite days of the year. My mum makes amazing pancakes and we usually have them with lemon and golden syrup or bacon and maple syrup…but not this year! I am powering through the Whole30 and not going to let the temptation get to me. If you’re looking for a tasty alternative to white flour pancakes, you’ve come to the right place and after the pancake feast we had this morning, I am confident no one will feel deprived this Pancake Tuesday! These are also a good weekend or occasional breakfast for those times when you just can’t eat another plate of scrambled eggs and greens.

Banana Paleo Pancakes

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I’ve been making these for about a year and a half, toying with the banana to egg ratio and I think I have it down. Boyfriend and I eat them even when we’re not going Paleo…that’s how good they are!

Recipe (for two people)
2 medium bananas
2 whole eggs
3 egg whites (for extra fluffiness and protein!)
1 tblsp almond butter
1 tsp of cinnamon
Coconut oil

Directions
1. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or with a hand blender.
2. Heat your coconut oil (approx 1.5 tsp for each round) in a flat non-stick pan on a medium heat. These pancakes burn a little easier than flour pancakes so make a little cooler than you would normally.
3. Pour batter on to make smaller American style pancakes. They are a little more delicate than flour pancakes and don’t flip as well if they are too big.
4. Cook for 2-3 mins on each side until golden.
5. Repeat with remaining batter. This recipe should make about 7-8 pancakes.
6. Serve and eat with any of the accompaniment options below!

Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes

For these, simply add 2-3 tsps of unsweetened cocoa (depending on how chocolatey you want them!) and a good handful of blueberries to the recipe above. The batter will be slightly thicker so don’t add more than 3 tsps of cocoa. Simply follow the same instructions as above.

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Because I was avoiding cocoa, I asked my mum and dad to try these and they both gave them two thumbs up and swore it had nothing to do with the fact that I’m their daughter 😉

Now for those tasty accompaniments!

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While the chocolate blueberry pancakes are probably best eaten alone, the banana pancakes are delicious with a little something extra such as some good quality crispy bacon (and organic maple if you’re not on Whole30!) or some meaty sausages such as the venison ones above! They are also delicious with fresh berries like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. One of my favourite accompaniments however is fruit coulis and marscapone. Since I can’t eat sugar or dairy, I made this yummy coulis instead this morning. The apple and cinnamon make this super tasty and you don’t miss the sugar at all!

Recipe
1 red apple cored and chopped (I love a good pink lady!)
A mug of frozen mixed berries
1tsp of cinnamon
2 tblsp of water

Directions
1. Heat all the ingredients in a pot over a medium heat.
2. When it becomes runny and starts to bubble, lower heat.
3. Gently simmer and allow to reduce. Total cooking time approx 20mins.

This was boyfriends pre-biking brekkie this morning heaped with all the tasty accompaniments:

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So there you have it. Now you can feel smug eating your yummy, healthy, inflammation-free pancakes while everyone else is heaping spoons of sugar onto white flour! Let me know how you get on and feel free to send me pics or ideas of your own accompaniments.

But before I go, a here’s a quick progress update.

Dear Paleo Diary,

Phew, I’m sure glad that first week is over! It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster! I’ve been rather tired and grumpy the last couple of days though I’m in better form today. I’ve noticed I really need to up my fluid intake as I am a lot thirstier than usual.

Yesterday (Day 7) was the first day I really craved chocolate and stodgy carbs. I wasn’t feeling great so I think I just wanted comfort food. But, I obviously still have that association between feeling rubbish and wanting to eat crap. One of the reasons for doing a Whole30 is to break that association and change how you relate to the food you eat. For this reason, I steered clear of one of the pancake options below this morning, even though the ingredients were technically Paleo and Whole30 approved. Chocolate is clearly a weak spot for me!

On a good note, I am already noticing a difference in how my body looks! My jeans are sitting a teeny bit looser and my tummy and legs are a little tighter. I think this is a combination of the Whole30 and kettlebells. I have also noticed the aches in my joints have been better. Cleansing my body of those inflammatory foods is obviously paying off!

Have an awesome weekend folks and a tasty Pancake Tuesday!

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Saved by Snacks

The part most people, including myself, struggle with when they decide to embark on a Whole30 (or just paleo in general) is what to eat as snacks? If you can’t have a choccy digestive to dunk in your tea at 11’s or a latte at your mid-afternoon slump, how will you make it to your next meal without falling off the bandwagon?!
So today, I thought I would show you guys what snacks I’m eating to keep me on the straight and narrow. But first, a little progress update!

Dear Paleo Diary,

These last two days have been a little tougher than I expected. I’ve been really tired and achey after my kettle bell class on Monday. I even felt faint yesterday but then I realised I wasn’t eating quite enough. You really do need to chow down on a whole lot of veggies to get enough energy and more protein than you would usually eat if you’re also training. I was particularly grateful for my snack drawer yesterday!

Despite walking to work this morning like I had some form of twitching disorder in my legs, I fought through the urge to sit in the canteen and tuck into a bagel at lunch and killed another kettle-bell class. Or it killed me. I’m still too disorientated to tell! I am tired but it’s these little achievements and the promise of feeling even better than I did before that are keeping me motivated.

Snack Time

Anyone who knows me knows I like convenience. If I have to continually go out of my way for something, I will likely give up and not bother. Call me lazy, unmotivated or lacking in will power. The point is if I want to succeed at something like a Whole30 then I darn well need to be prepared. Otherwise, it’s donut land for me! So I’ve done two sections here: One for those days where you have a little spare time and one for those when you just need something quick and easy.

If you have time at the weekend or in the evenings, these are some good suggestions I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Chop up some carrots, cucumber, broccoli and celery into sticks and place in small sandwich bags in the fridge. That way you can take a bag with you to work each day.

2. Cook a batch of chicken breasts on Sunday and place 1-2 in each sandwich bag. Store in the fridge and take a bag to work with you.

3. Guacamole is your friend! If like me, you love avocados, making up some guac at the weekend to have with veg or veg chips (see below) is a total win! Check out this recipe from Sébastien Noël: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/quick-easy-guacamole/

4. I realise some of you are not quite as addicted to sugar as I am and instead prefer the odd salty treat from time to time. This one is for you guys! Paleo crisps/chips (depending where you come from). You can pretty much make them from any root vegetable as seen here on The Paleo Foodie: http://thepaleofoodie.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/baked-veggie-chips/ Or, you can munch on tasty snacks while uping your greens intake with these tasty Kale Chips from NomNomPaleo (All her recipes are fan-dabby-dozie so have a good root!): http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2648091289/baked-kale-chips

And now for the lazy woman’s way!

Ever been FUNGRY? Fungry (f**king hungry) is that point when you have gone beyond mild hunger pangs and have begun swinging your club around your head daring someone to cross you before you have gotten some food into you. A bit like the diva effect on the snickers ads! Boyfriend and I often get FUNGRY when we’re out longer than we expected. These snacks are perfect for those moments.

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This picture should give you a general idea of the kinds of snacks I like to have close by at all times! In it you’ll find the following:

1. Pukka Three Ginger Tea: I love ginger and this is definitely working as a substitute for my morning latte.

2. Whole brazil nuts, cashews, almonds or mixed seeds. I’m eating these courtesy of The Good Snack Co (http://www.thegoodsnackcompany.com/ ) at the moment. They are an Irish company and run a snack pack giveaway every week on Facebook.

3. Vita Coco Water: This stuff is delicious and perfect for a pre workout drink as it’s filled with hydrating electrolytes.

4. Nut butter: I like Almond or Cashew butter. A spoon of this with an apple is an awesome mid-morning snack.

5. Marks and Spencers Tenderstem, Carrot and Sugar Snap Pea packs. They’re supposed to be for microwaving but I love them raw. And at only 2 for €1.90, they’re a bargain!

6. Naked Bars. These are so tasty and some of them are like eating cake! But, be sure to read the labels as some (Banana bread, Apple etc) have oats. My favourites are Gingerbread, Cashew Nut and Pecan Pie. Eat them sparingly though because they are made of fruit and nuts so can be a little higher on sugar content.

Keep these in your drawer at work, in your biscuit press at home, in your car… I usually have a few naked bars or packets of nuts in my handbag to pull out in case I pass that point of reason!

Pancake Tuesday

This weekend I’ll be doing a post on a Paleo-Friendly Pancake Tuesday. Anyone doing Whole30 need not feel deprived.

Nom nom nom nom nom…

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Screw You Side Effects!

Google ‘whole30 first week symptoms’ and you will get a list of rotten side effects that occur as your body cleanses itself of all the nastiness and begins to heal itself on your new diet of goodness. The list includes a variety of the following delights:

Hunger
Fatigue
Digestive discomfort
Acne
Headaches
Achey muscles
Bloating
Constipation
Lack of concentration
Broken sleep
And lets not forget Moodiness (cranky, angry, impatient or, if you’re me, despair!)

Glad I didn’t google this before starting. So, exactly how many of these symptoms have I experienced from days 1-3?

Dear Paleo Diary

Saturday was pretty ok. I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been and didn’t have a whole lot in the house to make lunch so ended up a bit hungry mid-afternoon. This was not helped by the fact that my grand-aunt decided to bake one of her mouth-wateringly good apple tarts for afternoon tea. I resisted temptation though and sipped my herbal tea (albeit begrudgingly) while the rest ate pie! Dinner was awesome (I love that steak is a win on Paleo) and I felt pretty satisfied after. I missed my dear friend dessert though and I was pretty hungry going to bed.

I was awoken on Sunday by the delicious aroma of freshly baked scones floating into my bedroom. I love Sunday morning breakfasts and was tasting the buttery, jammy goodness when reality hit. And boy did it hit like a wall. When I say I had a headache, I mean there was a little man with massive hammer pounding on the inside of my scull from the moment I woke up till the moment I went to bed last night! I was tired, lacked energy and was unable to focus for much of the day and if it wasn’t for my flower-baring, car-repairing, family-charming boyfriend I would have been a narky wagon all day! However, it did clarify my suspicions that I am in fact a SUGAR FIEND as only 36 hours without sugar had caused this much of a reaction.

So it’s day 3. From what I’ve read I’m supposed to be feeling lethargic and craving sugar today but since I had that in such force yesterday that I think my body decided to give me a break! No headaches, but I am feeling quite uncomfortable in my belly (that’s the medical term) and have some pimples starting on my nose. I’ve had a steady flow of energy for the day and I’m feeling pretty on it.

I reckon that’s 8 of the 11 symptoms listed above! Honestly though, I am feeling good and even though it’s only been 3 days, I am feeling even better about the next 27!

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Ironing Out the Creases in my Loincloth

I assume everyone has a steep learning curve on their first Whole30, or maybe I’m not as clued in as everyone else is when they start and I’m just making a mess of the whole thing! One tip I can give is to plan out your food for the day and then write down what you actually ate. If you’re like me, your meal plan will be similar to the countless study timetables you drew up in school…more of a general guideline than anything you’ll actually follow! I will try get better at sticking to it though.

Anyway, writing down my food helped me notice two things:
1. I ate more fruit than I should have over the weekend
2. I ate more fat than I should have over the weekend.

So today, I swapped my fruit for veggies and reduced the amount of fat I ate. I still ate a big coconut milk curry (Paleo Aloo Gobi-OMG! http://paleomg.com/paleo-aloo-gobi/) and two whole eggs so reckon that’s closer to what I should be eating.

One more tip: Read the labels! I received terrible news today when I discovered that my beloved Kara coconut drink is not Paleo friendly. I made a berry smoothie with this on Saturday…Whole30 fail!

Quick Note on my Kettle Bells

I started my kettle-bell class today and I think I’m gonna love it. I am a total weakling right now but blogs like Girls Gone Strong (http://www.girlsgonestrong.com/) are encouraging me to push my body and see what I’m capable of. I’ll be swinging clubs like a cavewoman in no time.

See me rrrrrrrrrooooaaaaarrrrrr!

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