Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paleo Meal Plan

So for those of you who dont know, I had a baby eight weeks ago yesterday. And I noticed that certain things (dairy, beans, etc) were really affecting Thomas. So I set out to find out exactly what it was that was affecting him (he was being extra fussy and not sleeping well), as well as what triggers I had for my digestive health. I had tried the Whole 30 challenge before I got pregnant, but had to stop because of nausea. I set out to do it again, but I realized that if I tried to deprive myself of things that I really wanted, I would binge and do more harm than good. So I am attempting to do a Paleo approach, but cheating when I want to (within reason). The only exception to this is dairy, because Thomas is not tolerating that at all. I am not doing this to lose weight (although I lost 8 pounds last week!), but am doing it simply as a way to help my baby and me as we adjust to new mommyhood. 

One of my favorite things to do is to peruse Pinterest for yummy recipes. I have had several pinned already that fell into the Paleo category (check out my Paleo board here!), but spent some time finding new ones and carving out a meal plan for the week. If you are interested in what I ate, check out my pictures and the link to the recipes that I used!

Day One:
Breakfast- Paleo Bacon, Egg, and Kale Breakfast Casserole and a few tomato slices.
This recipe is super yummy! I made it then cut it up and put each piece into a zip lock in the fridge so I would have an easy option for a tired morning. 
Lunch-Buffalo Chicken with a salad topped with red and green peppers, celery, carrots, avocado, and homemade Paleo Ranch Dressing (made with homemade Paleo mayonaise, which is also in the Ranch recipe). I used this recipe for the chicken, which is not Paleo friendly. To make it Paleo, I simply swapped out the butter for Ghee to make it Paleo.
Dinner- This Herbed Salmon with Dry-Roasted Spaghetti Squash was super yummy. We prepared the salmon and spaghetti squash exactly according to the recipe, and prepared extra for lunches. A side of sugar snap peas completed the meal.
Day Two:
Breakfast" I made a simple scrambled egg (a little bit of Ghee in the pan, 3 eggs, salt, pepper, and paprika), cut up a whole tomato, and half an avocado. Simple, yummy, and filling!

Lunch- I used the leftover salmon from dinner the night before and put it on a salad with avocado and homemade Paleo ranch.

Dinner- I dont have a picture because I was starving. But we made eggs, bacon, and tomato for dinner. I was too hungry to fix anything else!

Day Three:
Breakfast-more breakfast casserole. No picture-I forgot to take one!
Lunch-More leftover salmon salad
Dinner-Honey Soy marinated Chicken thighs with Sweet Potato fries and broccoli. This was super good. I am making this again, for sure! I just swapped out the soy sauce for coconut aminos to make it Paleo.
Day Four
Breakfast-Breakfast casserole (I'm getting boring, I know!)
Lunch-My typical salad with leftover chicken thighs and Paleo ranch dressing.
Dinner-I cheated. I was tired and didnt feel good, so Ben and I went to Del Taco. I actually had a hamburger. And it was amazing. But I felt it later after having eaten clean all week!

Day Five:
Breakfast-Yummy eggs, sausage, and tomato. I added a little Frank's hot sauce to the eggs and it was GOOD.

Lunch: Salad with Salmon. Boring. I was so over it at this point.
Dinner: I didnt take a picture for some reason. But I made this Paleo Slow Cooker Pad Thai. It was really good, but I had to add a good bit of salt. Ben ate it over rice and seemed to enjoy it.

Day Six:
Breakfast-I cheated and had cinnamon rolls from Hardee's. SO WORTH IT.
Lunch-Leftover salad
Dinner-We marinated some chicken breast with the marinade from the steak salad (from Day Seven). We threw it and some Cajun Okra on the grill and cut up a giant tomato on the side. The marinade was AWESOME.

Day Seven:
Breakfast-I actually skipped breakfast this day. Sue me. It was Sunday and I was running late for church!
Lunch-My usual salad with leftover grilled chicken and a bowl of fruit.
 Dinner-Asian Marinated Flank Steak with a Summer Salad and squash.
What do you think of what I ate last week? I am having so much fun picking out recipes and cant wait to continue to cook different things. I am definitely noticing a difference in how I feel, and cant wait to see how that progresses the longer I eat this way.

1 comment:

  1. YUM! Way to go you for trying new things! I'm impressed (says my picky, plain alter ego who eat the same things every day). :)


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