I really don’t like to cook. Which is why I’ve always been a big consumer of convenience foods and fast food. Those habit have lead to weight gain. To change that I know I have to cook at home.
Green beans and shrimp
So this is what I eat for lunch. Green beans sauteed in olive oil and then I added some shrimp. It was quick, easy, and tasty! Score!
Have you ever seen the Biggest Loser? Where week one, they lose 15, 20 and 30+ pounds. They are amazed and so happy. Then comes week two and the weight loss goes down significantly. Two pounds. One pound. Or even no weight lost at all! And everyone is so shocked. What happened? Why such low numbers?
I feel like I’m on Biggest Loser. Last week I lost a crazy amount of weight. This week not so much was lost. But a loss is a loss. And I’m grateful I didn’t gain anything.
As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. So my initial goal was to lose two pounds a week. So I am defiantly still on track.
I started the week out sick and work has gotten super crazy. And it will probably be like this until the school year ends. I feel like my work load has tripled since before Christmas break. I say all this to say I didn’t get much exercise in this week. Actually that would be none at all. I just couldn’t take the time from my planning period to walk, too much to do. Though I know it is an excuse. I am still planning to do the boot camp workout because it is quite effective.
I made a goal to cook more. I have so many reasons why I don’t cook. Being too tried being the main one. I made a point to try some new paleo slow cooker recipes. I figured if I spent 10 minutes prepping dinner the night before, I could come home to an already prepared meal. (Just remember to take the Crockpot out of the refrigerator and turn it on in the morning! Something I totally did this week.)
I’ve tried four new recipes this week. Two of which weren’t very successful in the fact that I really didn’t like the taste of the veggies in them. Ended up just picking the meat out of the pot and adding it to salads and steamed veggies instead. But I am still proud of myself for trying something new.
However there were two recipes that I loved. A beef stew that I made up with things I had on hand and I forgot to take pics of and this:
I did make some changes; I halved the recipe and used seasonings I had on hand. AndI used a jar of organic marinara sauce from Martins’.
So this all began because I came across the book by Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It.
The point of the book was to give the research into the best diet for humans, turns out it is a lower carbohydrate diet. He mentioned in it the Paleo Diet which lead me The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
I read this book from the cover to the end. I was hooked. I decided that because of my family history of diabetes, this was the perfect lifestyle for me. Over the holiday break I read everything I possibly could to get ready for the change. I found many great blogs and articles. Before heading home I stocked up at Trader Joe’s and Martin’s. Then I did something I’ve never done before, which was completely clean out my fridge and cabinets of all non paleo foods.
Take a peek inside my stocked fridge:
Eating all organic costs more but I already feel a difference. I’m not craving sweets as badly or wanting to snack late at night. But it still is the first week. Old habits die hard. So far I can only say good things about eating the paleo way! Anyone wanna join me?