Day 11 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20z. black coffee, 1 gala apple
L - banana nut paleo cookies, 3 hot wings
S - 1c. butternut squash, more banana nut cookies
D - 8oz. salmon, 1 deviled egg, 1/3 roasted eggplant
S - mixed nuts, wine, deviled eggs @ party

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Day 10 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 40oz. coffee, 1 banana, 1c. butternut squash soup
L - 3 fried eggs, 3 slices of bacon, 30 pecan halves
S - Apple pie Larabar
D - hot wings (smoked, no breading), celery, diet coke
S - 1 granny smith apple

Carbs = 94g
Fat = 250g
Protein = 112g
Calories = 2,122

Ate a ton today, I don't know what it is about my binge eating on the weekends. It is out of control. Also had some diet soda again today. It's so good... and so bad for me!

Really hung over from all the alcohol yesterday. Tired and irritable (this is a reminder for myself to NOT drink at our Halloween party tomorrow).
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Day 9 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20oz. black coffee, 1c. butternut squash soup
L - 2 fried eggs, 2 slices bacon
S - 2 hb eggs, 2c. butternut squash soup
D (at tailgate) - chicken nuggets (Chick-Fil-A), 3 jello shooters, bottle of wine, turkey leg @ game, diet coke (w/liquor)
S - larabar apple pie

Carbs = 107g
Fat = 111g
Protein = 159g
Calories = 2,643

Okay, well I was a little bad, had a few jello shooters, some diet coke & liquor, plus the chicken was slightly breaded. Too drunk to care at the time, though.
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My Plan for a Paleo Halloween Party

Okay, so I know I'll be tempted for Halloween, but hopefully I'll be able to avoid the candy and instead opt for some of the recipes below:

Pumpkin Spiced Mixed Nuts:

* 1 egg white—lightly beaten
* 1 tsp. water
* 1 cup blanched whole almonds
* 1 cup walnut
* 1 cup pecan halves
* 1/4c. raw honey (*next time I'll use LESS of this, too strong)
* 1 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice (or mix together ingredients:1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice)

In a large bowl, combine egg white and water. Add nuts, toss to coat. Combine honey and spice, sprinkle over the nuts and toss until well coated. Place nuts in a single layer on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Immediately transfer the nuts to waxed paper; cool. Break up any large clusters. Store in a covered container.
**After making these, I would suggest leaving them in the oven a little longer. They were yummy, but sticky. I think longer in the oven would have helped with this. Also, add in some salt, they definitely needed salt.

Banana Nut Cookies from
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
few shakes of salt
5 tbsp melted coconut oil
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup (I used maple syrup)
1 mashed banana
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 oz chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl, set aside. Mix coconut oil, honey, mashed banana, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, add to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in nuts and seeds. Spoon batter onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes until set and slightly toasty.

"Angelic Eggs"
(using Paleo Mayo recipe below)

6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
1/4 cup paleo mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
1.2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Paprika for garnish

Remove the egg yolks and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Fill the empty egg white shells with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Paleo Mayonnaise: Yields 1.5c.

1 whole egg
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. boiling water

Place the egg, mustard and 1/4 cup of the oil in an electric blender. Turn
on the motor and add the remaining 3/4 cup oil in a slow, thin stream. Add
the lemon juice and water. Refrigerate.
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Day 8 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20oz. black coffee, 3 eggs, 3 slices of bacon, 1/2 green pepper
L - 1 banana, 1 PB cookie larabar
S - 30 pecan halves
D - 8oz. tilapia, red wine
S -

Carbs = 68g
Fat = 93g
Protein = 83g
Calories = 1,633

Planned to fast, didn't make it:). Tomorrow will be my first Paleo Hokie tailgate. I'm hoping I don't cave (especially after a few glasses of wine), and I'm counting on the shame of having to admit defeat on the 36 Day blog to keep me in line.
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Roasted Eggplant

I don't know what it is about roasting vegetables, but it makes everything better!

1 medium eggplant (peeled)
3 tbs. olive oil (or enough to spread on eggplant slices)
Salt & pepper
Lemon juice

Peel eggplant and slice lengthwise into about 1/4 inch slices. Brush each side of each slice with olive oil, salt & pepper one side and place on a greased cookie sheet (I covered it in foil first and then sprayed with Pam).

Place in pre-heated 400 degree oven about 10 minutes. Flip when the bottoms are gold brown. Cook an additional 5 minutes. The eggplant will be soft and delicious. Squeeze lemon juice on top after removing from the oven.
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Day 7 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20oz. black coffee (caramel macchiato beans), 1 PB cookie Larabar
L - Chicken Fiesta Salad (3oz. chicken breast, green peppers, picante, guacamole, romaine, black olives)
S - 30 pecan halves, 1.5 glasses red wine
D - 8oz. tilapia, 1/3 eggplant (roasted in EVOO & lemon juice)
S - 20oz. black coffee

Carbs = 53g
Fat = 56g
Protein = 80g
Calories = 1,175

Tried to fast this AM, but felt really nauseous, so I ate a larabar. Plan to fast through lunch tomorrow, longer if I can. We'll see.
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Day 6 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices applewood bacon
L - 1.5c. butternut squash bake, 1 pork chop, 2 paleo walnut/raisin/honey cookies
S - remainder of cookies (UGH!!)
D - 2 large glasses of wine, 3 fried eggs, 1c. butternut squash bake

Carbs = 182g
Fat = 169g
Protein = 76g
Calories = 2,657

Okay, this is ridiculous. Didn't work out today except for walking my pups and a pathetic excuse for a warm-up. Drinking too much wine, eating too many carbs.

Back on track tomorrow, for sure.
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Day 5 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20oz. black coffee, 3 mini paleo pancakes (from Mark's Daily Apple), 2tbs. maple syrup (needed some comfort food this AM:), but now it's sitting like a rock in my tummy.)
S - 3 mini paleo pancakes + maple syrup, 1 granny smith apple
L - 1 pork chop, 30 pecan halves, 1 glass of red wine (okay, maybe 3)
D - 1.5c. butternut squash bake (garlic, EVOO, parsley, butternut squash), 2 slices bacon
S - 4 paleo walnut raisin honey tea cookies (gross, but ate 4, so what does that say about me)

Carbs = 183g
Fat = 123g
Protein = 62g
Calories = 2,240

Serious gluttony going on today. I ate a shit load of food and was never really satisfied. Must be the hormones. I was desperate for some chocolate:). Next time I should just fast through these cravings instead of trying to find a substitute.

Headache from the wine this morning.
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Day 4 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

First weekend day of the challenge!

B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices applewood bacon
S - 1 PB Cookie Larabar
L - 1/2 chicken breast, 2c. roasted brussel sprouts, 1 granny smith apple
D - 1 pork chop (molasses & coffee marinade), 30 pecan halves, 12oz. black coffee (leftover from marinade)

+ a few glasses of red wine

Carbs = 101g
Fat = 99g
Protein = 88g
Calories = 1,951

Picked up our half a hog today. The chest freezer is now full of yummy pork for me to cook up! I also have a huge slab of pork belly that I'm going to attempt to make into bacon. I'll post my progress on this once I pick up some "pink salt" (which may or may not be paleo, I'm not sure, but apparently it's needed to make homemade bacon).
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Day 3 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs (fried in bacon drippings), 3 slices applewood bacon
(*seriously nauseated from about 9am on... ugh)
L - 1c. butternut squash soup, 1/2 chicken breast, 30 pecan halves
S - 1 cherry pie larabar, 1 apple, 20oz. black coffee --attack of the munchies around 3pm.
D - 8oz. salmon, 1c. brussel sprouts, 30 R/S almonds
S - 1 apple

Carbs = 102g
Fat = 127g
Protein = 113g
Calories = 2,017

Feeling like crap today, not sure if it's the weather (it's overcast here) or what. Also had a horrible case of the munchies early afternoon & evening. Really wanted to go for something sweet!! :) Overate on fruit & nuts instead, better than the alternative, right?
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Day 2 of 36 - Paleo Challenge

Meal Plan for 10.22.09:
B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs (fried in bacon drippings), 2 slices of applewood smoked bacon
L - 1c. butternut squash soup, 1/2 roasted chicken breast, 30 pecan halves
S - 1 cherry pie Larabar
D - 8oz. salmon, 1c. brussel sprouts (both w/olive oil)
S - 1 apple

Carbs = 84g
Fat = 104g
Protein = 104g
Calories = 1,697

Very hungry before lunch. I think I need to start bringing nuts to work for the 10-11AM hunger that always hits.
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36 Day Paleo Challenge Begins!!

B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs (fried in bacon drippings), 2 slices applewood bacon
L - 1c. butternut squash soup, 1 roasted chicken leg + wing
D - Spinach salad (tomatoes, cucumber, onion, egg (2 HB), artichoke hearts, grilled chicken) --dinner with mom
S - 1 apple, 1 PB cookie Larabar, 30 pecan halves

Carbs = 71g
Fat = 120g
Protein = 123g
Calories = 1,826

Went a little crazy with the snack tonight, but that dinner just didn't stay with me long. Feeling good today, just wish I would've exercised.
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Easy Paleo Butternut Squash Soup


My estimate is this makes about 8 cups.

1 medium butternut squash, peeled & cut into 1" cubes
1 yellow/white onion
2-3 tbs. olive oil
2 c. homemade chicken stock
1 c. water (or more if you want a thinner soup)
generous shakes of cinnamon
few shakes of nutmeg
salt & pepper to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat and add onions. Cook until translucent. Add in butternut squash & chicken stock + 1c. water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer until squash is tender.

Put entire mixture into a blender (be careful of it exploding out of the top due to the heat), and puree until smooth. Transfer back to the stovetop & simmer until reheated through. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg & salt & pepper. Add in water to thin, if desired.

Nutritional information from The Daily Plate:
Calories = 932
Fat = 48g
Carbs = 100g
Protein = 19g
(divide everything by 8 for 1c. measurements)
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs (fried in bacon drippings), 2 slices applewood smoked bacon
L - 2c. butternut squash soup (well, actually measured today and what I thought was 2c. is actually 1c!), 8oz. tilapia
S - PB cookie Larabar
S - white chocolate macadamia nut cookies
D - PIZZA!! 3 slices of 12" The Works pizza (hamburger, pepperoni, cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms)
(Binging on bad stuff since the challenge starts tomorrow.)

Carbs = 195g
Fat = 113g
Protein = 111g
Calories = 2,243

Ugh, I feel miserable... like I'm going to puke. Happy to start the challenge tomorrow, now! :)

Tomorrow is day 1 of the 36 Day Paleo Challenge. Time to get strict!! :)
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices applewood bacon (Niman Ranch, no preservatives)
L - 30 pecan halves
S - PB Cookie Larabar
S - 1 apple (PWO)
D - Roast Chicken - leg + wing, 2c. butternut squash soup (butternut squash, evoo, onions, chicken stock, cinnamon, nutmeg, S&P)

Carbs = 79g
Fat = 136g
Protein = 81g
Calories = 1,836

MMmm... nothing says fall quite like butternut squash soup. I'll post recipe shortly, it is about the easiest thing I've ever made.
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs fried in EVOO
L - bowl of chicken soup from Carraba's
S - donut holes from Dunkin' Donuts + chips & salsa (ugh - feel sick)
D - 8oz. tilapia w/olive oil
S - 1 apple

Carbs = 200g
Fat = 79g
Protein = 87g
Calories = 1,862

Nothing to say really... I'm weak and I cannot resist donuts in my house. I blame Adam:), but not really b/c I'm the one with no self-control.
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 3 fried eggs
S - PB cookie Larabar
D - Wedding (2 swedish meatballs, 1 slice of ham, 1/2c. pasta salad, 1/2c. broccoli & cauliflower, 1/4c. green beans w/bacon + 1 roll, 1/4 slice of wedding cake), 2 glasses of red wine, 2 diet pepsi's
S - McDonald's @ 11pm - 1 quarter pounder w/cheese, med. french fries, diet coke

Carbs = 207g
Protein = 71g
Fat = 96g
Calories = 2,345

WAY over on calories & carbs today, but I ate McDonald's, so... :)
Wedding was so awesome! Lots of dancing, so hopefully I burned off some of the carbs that way;).
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 1c. paleo chicken salad, 2 lettuce leaves
L - 8oz. tilapia, 2/3 eggplant (about 2.5c), 15 pecan halves (uncomfortably full after this... too much eggplant:) or maybe my dress is too tight.)
S - 1 apple pie Larabar
D - *rehearsal dinner - BBQ sandwich (w/ bun), 1/4c. each of potato salad, coleslaw & pasta salad, 2 cans diet dr. pepper

Carbs = 102g
Fat = 129g
Protein = 143g
Calories = 2,118

Over on everything today, but that's to be expected since I couldn't control dinner. Could have fasted, but I didn't want to do that and the bbq was absolutely scrumptious:).

Weddding tomorrow, which means another day of non-paleo eating more than likely. Coming home tonight, I wanted to eat some other junk since the day was already a bad one, but controlled myself and went to bed instead. Small victory:).
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 1c. paleo chicken salad, 2 lettuce leaves
L - 1/2c. meat sauce, 1c. broccoli, 15 pecan halves
S - 1 cherry pie Larabar
S - 1 apple (PWO)
D - 1/3 roasted eggplant (DELICIOUS!), 8oz. tilapia (broiled w/ olive oil), 30 pecan halves

Carbs = 83g
Fat = 122g
Protein = 93g
Calories = 1,735

I'm not sure if anyone else uses to track their food, but I always find it humorous on their "healthy alternatives" to the item you look up. For pecan halves, guess what a couple of the healthy alternatives were? Organic tortilla chips or a demi baguette (no clue what this is)... I mean, really?? :) I know it's probably just some random computer generated information, but it's funny nonetheless.

Score big for me today! I avoided the Dove chocolates despite watching Adam eat one.
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B - 20oz. black coffee, 1c. paleo chicken salad, 2 lettuce leaves
L - 8oz. salmon, 3/4c. collard greens, 15 almonds
D - Grilled chicken "burger" from Red Robin (no lettuce, no cheese, no mayo), w/tomato slices, pickles, lettuce bun, 5 french fries, 1/2c. chex mix (m&m's, chex mix, pecans), 24oz. diet coke
S - 20oz. black coffee

Carbs = 70g
Fat = 63g
Protein = 100g
Calories = 1,243

I feel like I should be eating more calories... I guess it really doesn't matter, but I don't want my body to start storing fat. That's the last thing I need when I'm trying to shed some! :)

Dinner was a bit of a disaster... ate french fries and then chex mix when I got home. I really cannot cheat in a small way. It snowballs.
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Cheated today, ugh. Adam came home with chocolate & "Moe's". I swear, living with him definitely gives me plenty of opportunity to work on my willpower. Still have a long way to go!

B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs, 2tbs. guacamole, 15 almonds
L - 1c. paleo chicken salad, 2 lettuce leaves
S - Apple pie Larabar, 3 pieces of Dove chocolate
D - 8oz. salmon, 1c. collard greens
S - 1 apple, tortilla chips from Moe's + 1 bite of Adam's burrito.

Carbs = 99g
Fat = 73g
Protein = 89g
Calories = 1,423

Starting anther paleo challenge, but with some support this time. Rich Vos from Crossfit Northern Kentucky is putting together a group challenge starting 10/21. Looking forward to this!
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Paleo Chicken Salad

After my horrible eating this weekend, I decided to make something paleo for dinner last night that would be good leftover as well.

Paleo Chicken Salad (with green mayo per

3c. cooked chicken, diced (used organic/free-range)
1/4c. raisins
2 stalks celery
1/4 medium onion (I used yellow, but red would be better)
1/3c. chopped pecans
5tbs. paleo green mayonnaise (recipe below)
1tsp. lemon juice
1/8tsp. curry powder
salt & pepper to taste
Green leaf lettuce (or any kind of big leaf lettuce)

I pan-fried the chicken breasts in 1tbs. coconut oil and 1tbs. olive oil, after salting & peppering. While that was cooking, I chopped up the onion & celery (finely diced) and combined them with the raisins & chopped pecans. Once chicken was done, I added that to the mixture.

In a separate bowl, I combined the paleo mayo, lemon juice, curry powder, salt & pepper. Added this to the chicken & vegetable mixture. This is good warm, but better after it has been refrigerated.

Paleo Green Mayonnaise:
3/4c. parsley
1/5c. fresh basil
1 whole egg
splash of water
3/4c. olive oil
2tbs. lemon juice
ground pepper

In a blender, combine egg, parsley, fresh basil & water until herbs are crushed. While blending, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Add lemon juice & pepper. I played around with the measurements until I got it to a consistency that I was comfortable with. The original recipe calls for 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, but I didn't want waste an egg white, so I just used water instead.

Very creamy & delicious. This won't last long, a few days in the refrigerator due to the fresh herbs, so use it fast!
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Had a bad weekend and drank... which led to eating crap. Back on track tomorrow. Feel like shit today.
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Paleo/Primal Challenge Day 5

Day 5 Meal Plan:
B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 eggs (fried), 2tbs. guacamole, 15 almonds
L - 8oz. salmon, 6 Raisin Walnut cookies
S - 1 Granny Smith apple
D - 2c. meat sauce, 1.5c. broccoli, 30 almonds

Carbs = 112g
Fat = 120g
Protein = 93g
Calories = 1,833

*Finished off the last of the cookies, I am NOT making any other baked goods that will sit around the house and tempt me anytime soon:).
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Spicy Collard Greens

Got this recipe off the back of a package of frozen collard greens. Very easy and very delicious.


1 package frozen collard greens
14-15oz. chicken broth (I used 1c. homemade stock, and then 6-7oz. of water)
1 clove garlic, minced
few shakes crushed red pepper flakes (as much as to your taste, I like quite a bit)
1/4tsp. salt


Add frozen greens, broth & garlic to skillet/pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Reduce heat, cover & simmer for 30 minutes. Add in salt & red pepper. Serve!

Super easy:).
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Paleo/Primal Challenge Day 4

Day 4 Meal Plan:
B - 12oz. black coffee, 2 eggs, 2tbs. guacamole, 15 almonds
L - 2c. meat sauce, 1c. broccoli, 30 almonds
S - 3 Raisin/Walnut cookies (pre-workout)
S - 1 apple (post-workout - couldn't wait til dinner - HUNGRY!)
D - 8oz. salmon, 1.5c. collard greens (cooked with chicken broth, garlic, salt & red pepper flakes), 30 almonds

Carbs = 96g
Fat = 111g
Protein = 105g
Calories = 1,815

Dinner was delicious, especially the collard greens. I haven't had them in so long. Might have another cup of coffee tonight; if I do, that would up my total calories by 4 and protein by 1g. Still doing well today.

Felt like shit throughout my workout though. I'm going to omit the cookies pre-workout tomorrow:).
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Primal Raisin Walnut Cookies

Really fiendin' for some cheat foods. My mom gave me a loaf of baked sweet bread, so now that it's in the house and I know I can't eat it, I'm having a crisis:). So I took Shelley's cookie recipe and tweaked with the ingredients slightly to add a new flavor (& remove the chocolate chips since I'm on my challenge). The batter was REALLY yummy, you should try it raw if you make these:)!

1 1/4c. almond flour
1/8tsp. baking soda
few pinches of kosher salt
5tbs. butter (melted)
3tbs. maple syrup
1/4c. chopped walnuts
1/4c. raisins

Mix almond flour, salt & baking soda together. Mix butter & maple syrup (vanilla would be good here as well, just didn't have any in the house). Mix wet ingredients into dry and then fold in walnuts & raisins.

Bake at 350 degrees (F), for about 15 minutes. Keep an eye on them after 12 minutes or so.

Nutritional info (per
Serving size: 2-3 cookies
Calories: 398
Carbs: 27g
Fat: 27g
Protein: 7g
*This is an estimate based on my calculations on The Daily Plate.
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Paleo/Primal Challenge Day 3

Day 3 Meal Plan:
B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 fried eggs, 2tbs. guacamole, 30 almonds
S - PB Cookie LaraBar
L - 8oz. broiled tilapia, 1c. brussel sprouts, 30 almonds
D - 4oz. chicken, 2c. spinach, 2tbs. bacon, 2tbs. walnuts, 1tsp. balsamic vinaigrette (maybe)
S - 1 orange, 3 raisin/walnut cookies

Carbs = 108g
Protein = 143g
Fat = 102g
Calories = 1,962
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Paleo/Primal Challenge Day 2

Day 2 Meal Plan:
B - 20oz. black coffee, 2 fried eggs, 2tbs. guacamole, 12 brazil nuts
L - 2c. meat sauce, 1c. broccoli, 30 almonds
S - Peanut butter cookie Larabar + Apple Pie Larabar... had a bit of a glutton moment b/c I was STARVING when I got home from work
D - 8oz. tilapia, 1c. brussel sprouts (roasted in olive oil), 30 almonds
S - 1 orange, 1 apple

Carbs = 145g
Protein = 118g
Calories = 2,194

High on calories and carbs today, but I was ravenous. I'm going to be mindful of the carbs & calories, but I'm going to focus more on WHAT I eat rather than if I overeat slightly. I'll worry about quantity once I'm through the detox portion:).
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New Challenge - Day 1

It seems I have no will-power when it comes to cheating if I don't put myself to some kind of challenge. My husband always kids me about this, but it's just the way I am. If I don't have a goal to work for, I talk myself into cheating "just a little" and it ends up being alot:).

Day 1 of full-on Paleo/Primal Challenge... not sure about the length. I want to try for 60 days, but that will run into Thanksgiving, so I might just allow myself 2 cheat days for holiday meals.

Day 1 Meal Plan:
B - 20oz. black coffee (no more equal), 2 eggs (fried), 2tbs. guacamole
L - 4 hot wings (no breading/sugar), 2 stalks celery, 45 almonds
S - Larabar - peanut butter cookie
PWO S - 1 orange
D - Meat sauce w/broccoli, 45 almonds
S - 20oz. black coffee

Protein = 74g
Carbs = 90g
Calories = 1,616

Timely post from Mark's Daily Apple on will-power. This post made me feel SO much better about my journey to a paleo lifestyle. While I've had many-a-setback, at least I'm continuing in the right direction.
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