I haven't had much time to write lately which is disappointing because a lot has been going on!
The Paleo Challenge is still in full effect. Friday, September 28 marked Week 1 of the challenge and so far, it's going great. I feel really good and this challenge has given me the opportunity to identify those things that make me feel less than optimal.
A friend of mine sent me this article "Another Reason You Shouldn't Go Nuts on Nuts" by Chris Kresser who, by the way, has an awesomely informative podcast to which I regularly listen. Later on that day, I went on to eat some walnuts and I noticed immediately after eating them that I began experiencing some serious bloating and gas. I had been feeling 100% before having eaten the nuts. I think that day I had some eggs and turkey bacon. Maybe some salmon for lunch. And I felt fine. Once the nuts went down though, all hell broke lose. I know that nuts should be soaked but I guess out of sheer laziness or maybe not believing that they really need to be prepped, I have not been soaking them--I've just been eating them raw. Now that I can see a clear connection between digestive issues and raw nuts, I'm motivated to prepare the nuts especially since my children eat them a lot. For the time being, I'm staying away from nuts but when I reintroduce them into my diet, I will be soaking them properly and I may even take out my food dehydrator to make crispy nuts. For pancakes, muffins and other baked goods (which we don't have often at all), I'm sticking to recipes that call for coconut flour as I doubt that the almonds to make almond flour have been properly soaked. As a matter of fact, just last Sunday, I made this recipe for coconut pancakes and they were a hit!
Speaking of podcasts, I found yet another one that is really informative. It's the Balanced Bites podcast through which I found the Balanced Bites blog. What a great resource! Especially for those of us who have emotional issues surrounding food because although there are lots of blogs and podcasts out there that tackle different angles of paleo eating, so few address the other issues that arise when it comes to food. Like, sure you know you should eat more good fat . . . but what about if you have serious issues around actually eating it? Anyway, I just really enjoy the style of writing and the no-nonsense, no-coddling approach to paleo eating and lifestyle. Diane seems to subscribe to one of my life philosophies: either you do or you don't.
In keeping with some promises I made with myself when starting the challenge,
- I am chanting morning and night. I miss some nights but I have been really making an effort at consistency.
- As for walks after dinner, the cold weather we've been having lately has been a huge discouragement and I am still vegging out in front of the computer after dinner with a cup of tea (and coconut flakes). I don't know. I think after dinner, that's all I really want to do--to kind of be left alone and have some quiet time before bed. If I really look at it, it's not a bad thing.
- I cheated and got on the scale this past Sunday only to find out that somehow, I lost 2 more pounds. Not good. So I have been adding coconut oil to smoothies and eating more starchy tubers. This has been an adventure: some starchy tubers are just awful. Others, I really like such as yam and white sweet potato. But I have not tracked points on Weight Watchers (although I may start tracking on something like FitDay just to check out my macronutrients and see how I'm doing in terms of calories)
- No yoga with the kids yet. I am just so tired at the end of the day, I just want them to go to sleep. Fast. But I'm not giving up on this one just yet. If I can at least commit to shutting down the computer at 8:00PM, we can get it done.
- I am still meal planning although I haven't posted a plan for this week. Here's to hoping I can get it up here for next week. Really quickly though, I roasted a chicken and butternut squash for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Today is pizza for the guys (baked fish, yam fries and broccoli for me), chili for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday dinner.
So all that to say, I'm doing well on the challenge. I don't know how many folks are actually doing it along with me but I'm so excited about how fabulous I feel and encourage you to at least try it.