A Week of Strict Paleo

We’re doing a 30 day Paleo challenge at Survival Fitness. If you aren’t sure what Paleo is, check out the beginner’s guide. It officially started last Wednesday, but I starting eating strict on Monday to get myself going. In the first week, I’ve lost 5 pounds and dropped about 1% body fat (according to my Withings scale). I think this is the first time I’ve been under 175 pounds in a decade. I don’t want to go any lower though, because 175-180 is a good range for me. I do want to lose more body fat and put on muscle to replace it. It’s extremely difficult to do both at the same time though, especially with where I’m at. It’s going to be interesting to see how the numbers shake out over the next few weeks.

I was asked to post about what I ate during the week, so here goes. I starting logging my food on Wednesday because that’s when the official challenge started. Monday and Tuesday meals would have been very similar.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Lunch: Beef roast and broccoli
  • Snack: Sweet potato
  • Dinner: Chicken breasts and broccoli

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Lunch: Beef roast, broccoli, and coffee
  • Snack: Raw almond butter
  • Snack: Sweet potatoes
  • Dinner: Chicken breasts, beef roast, and green beans with slivered almonds

Friday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Snack: Raw almond butter
  • Lunch: Salmon and broccoli
  • Snack: Raw almond butter
  • Dinner: Salad (it had some croutons and cheese), grilled white fish, and broccoli

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Lunch: Salmon, green beans, and blueberries
  • Snack: Almond milk
  • Dinner: Pork chops and broccoli

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and coffee
  • Snack: Sweet potatoes and almond milk
  • Lunch: Pork chops and green beans
  • Dinner: Beef roast, green beans, coffee, and an egg-turkey burger-spinach muffin

Notes

  • I do CrossFit about 5 times a week, but that’s nothing new.
  • I’m drinking 90+ ounces of water each day.
  • I don’t weight or measure my portions. I generally keep my meat, chicken, and fish portions to the size of a fist, but it’s not something I watch closely.
  • When I eat eggs I usually have 4.
  • Wherever you see sweet potatoes as a snack, that’s what I eat as soon as I get home from a CrossFit workout.
  • The almond milk I buy is unsweetened. I also put some of it in my coffee, which isn’t mentioned above.
  • I’m a big fan of frozen steamable vegetables because of the convenience. I frequently eat an entire 12oz package with a meal.
  • For the week, the only thing I ate off-plan was some croutons and shredded cheese that came on my salad Friday night at dinner. The amount was so small it’s hard for me to even call it a cheat.

If you have any questions, leave a comment.

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