What Did You Eat Today?

As a 30 day Better Body Challenge gets underway at Crossfit717, I thought it would be a good idea to catalogue what I’m eating to help others as they become accustom to a new way of thinking about food. Whether you decided to eat based on Paleo or Zone, you can’t go wrong with the ideas you’ll find below.

Remember, don’t over think Paleo. Prepare food ahead of time so you’re not left starving without a quick snack while you cook dinner. Cook an extra piece of protein with each meal so you’ll have leftovers for breakfast, lunch or snack the next day. Utilize a crock pot on hectic days to make soup, stew or chili that can last all week.

Protein. Plants.

BREAKFAST: Today I enjoyed leftover pancakes that I made for my daughters yesterday. This is a rarity for two reasons, 1, I don’t typically eat breakfast because I’m not hungry in the morning and 2, I don’t actually like pancakes. But Paleo pancakes I can get down with. I warmed them up for 15 seconds and enjoyed their delight with a little butter and coffee. I then tossed back a few pieces of sirloin from last night’s dinner for a boost of energy and protein. And because I love steak.

Hardboiled eggs are great to have on hand for a snack or to add protein to a side or dinner salad.

After our meeting at the Box, I stopped by the grocery to pick up a few items that we eat daily: tub of greens, cucumbers, peppers, fruit for the kids as well as a few items for this week’s food prep: eggplant and yams. I also checked out the meats and picked up a great deal on Nature’s Promise whole chickens, uncured bacon, store brand pork loin and nitrate free lunch meat for my kids and husband.

COOK DAY: Typically Sundays and Thursdays end up being “cook days” in my house to maintain fresh options for quick meals and snacks or sides. Today I have a roasted chicken, hardboiled eggs, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato chips to go with the roasted eggplant dip I’m prepping, cantaloupe and pineapple. Incidentally, did you know you can grow a pineapple by simply lopping off the top, soaking in water and replanting after it begins to root? In a mere 24-36 months your plant will produce it’s very own pineapple from the middle of its leaves. This also works with celery and chives, both of which I have growing in my playroom and both of which grow at a much more rapid pace than the pineapple. Once I cut the pineapple, I will not hesitate to begin growing my own.

Roast a chicken for snacks, salads or breakfast options, then use the carcass to make your own broth and soup.

LUNCH: I had cole slaw, 2 drumsticks and chicken breast from the roasted chicken.

DINNER: We will be having the pork loin I just bought, mashed sweet potatoes and a large side salad including mixed greens (the greener the more nutritious), cucumbers, onions, carrots, egg.
If this is a helpful idea, I’ll be happy to update this post occasionally with more menu items from our household. It would be fantastic if you shared what you are enjoying today as well. Please post a comment with your day’s menu by clicking the ‘comment’ link at the top of this post. Inspire and motivate others!

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January 16

LUNCH: Tuna on greens with carrot slices, celery and hardboiled eggs. A dribble of raspberry vinaigrette.

DINNER:  Chicken with sautéed onions and peppers. Side salad with cucumbers, carrots, radishes, celery, onions, red peppers. A little too much variety for my taste, but I ate it because I didn’t have to cook it.

January 17

LUNCH: Leftover sirloin with sauerkraut (source of probiotics which seems to keep my skin clear). I actually shelled and ate a hardboiled egg while I heated up my lunch too. Yum.

Not sure what we’ll have for dinner tonight but a girlfriend emailed me that she’s found relief in scheduling 2 days a week with the same meal. She says it’s taken the ‘pressure’ off coming up with new and exciting dinners every night. Whatever works!

(We ended up having meatloaf, roasted onions peppers and celery, and almond stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. YUM!)

January 18

LUNCH: Shrimp and bacon.

DINNER: I hate to say it, but we’re making pork again (hey, it was on sale AND it’s delish) so I may resort to my favorite dish in the whole word: Sweet potatoes and sauerkraut with apple sauce. Delightful. However, I know my family will not entertain this meal again so they will probably have noodles and salad. *sigh* Paleo is MY choice. I can not force another to adhere.

Paleo is a new way of eating and you may find yourself questioning new habits. It’s going to be okay. What did you eat today?


3 Comments on “What Did You Eat Today?”

  1. Katie says:

    B: Leftover Honeycakes (paleo pancakes we can’t use the word “pancakes” in our house, don’t ask) and bacon

    L: salad mix with grilled chicken, avocado, and cukes.

    D: Salmon, mashed cauliflower and steamed broccoli

    I boiled my eggs for the week and have lots of goodies planned to eat.
    Planning ahead =Success

  2. Sounds yummy, Katie – Congrats on 2 weeks Paleo!

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