My Paleo Menu: Week Four

I’m back!  Not only did I go silent for almost two weeks, but I also left you hanging on the results from my 30-day Paleo Challenge.

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Let’s cut to the chase and find out where I stand after 30 days of avoiding dairy, grains, legumes and processed sugar – or at least trying to avoid them.  I earned myself 20 burpees everytime I broke the rules (damn that rice paper roll and avocado torte!).  The burpees were accumulated week after week until the 30th day – March 4th. 

CHEAT / BURPEE TALLY:

  • Week #1: 2.5 cheats
  • Week #2: 7 cheats
  • Week #3: 0 cheats
  • Week #4: 0.5 cheats
  • Total over 30-days: 10 cheats
  • Total Punishment: 200 burpees

This Sunday you’re in for a treat…and I am in for one hell of a punishment.  You’ll get to observe me (and my guilty conscience) doing 200 god-awful burpees AT ONCE.   My husband has graciously offered to record my burpee session (gee, thanks Keith) which I expect will last AT LEAST 25 minutes.  I’m feeling sick just from the thought of it!

Now, for some good news.  I felt SO AMAZING these 4 weeks – I was the leanest, most energetic, and healthiest (i.e. no bloating or digestive issues) I’ve been in a year…or since the last time I attempted this diet.  Why wouldn’t I continue eating this clean for 60 days, 325 days, everyday?  Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to do but I am sure as heck going to try!

Here’s one last look at what was on my plate during the final 7 days of the challenge.

My Paleo Menu: Week #4

Saturday, February 25th

Workout:

  • Stairmaster – 25 minutes (intervals)
  • Rower – 2 minutes (average pace – 2:07)
  • Weights – Biceps (3 sets), abs and squats with 8 lb medicine ball (3 sets)

Breakfast:

  • One slice of my Seed Loaf (blended mixture of seeds, coconut, banana, apple) – see photo to the right
  • Apple
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

Lunch:

  • 2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, steamed broccoli

Dinner:  Takeout from Bahn Thai Restaurant in Burlington (yum!)

  • Panang Chicken Curry, Green Curry Chicken, Chinese Vegetable Stirfry (shared with Keith)

Snacks: At my brother & sister-in-laws birthday party.  Avoided the chips, popcorn, candy, cake, cookies and excessive drinking (felt SO good not to have a food/alcohol hangover the next morning!)

  • Raw veggies (1 cup – celery, carrots, tomatoes)
  • Mixed nuts and dried cranberries (1/2 cup)
  • 4 organic dried apricots
  • Perrier with lime (3 glasses with lime)
  • 2 glasses of red wine
  • 3 x 800 mls of water

Sunday, February 26th

Workout:  Off day

Breakfast:

  • Slide of Seed Loaf with tbsp of almond butter

Lunch:

Dinner:

  • Seared scallops (1/2 cup), sautéed swiss chard (2 cups), and king oyster mushrooms (two)

Snacks:

Monday, February 27th

Workout:

  • Cross Trainer – 27 minutes on (intervals) + 3 sets of situps with ball + 3 sets of push press (15 reps x 15 lbs)

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • 2 eggs with 1/4 avocado, 2 cups steamed spinach with coconut oil

Dinner:

  • Apple
  • Spinach salad with mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin seeds

Snacks:

Tuesday, February 28th

Workout:  Um, can’t remember.  Maybe CrossFit?

Breakfast:

  • 2 Beet & Carrot Cake Bites
  • Apple
  • Vitamix smoothie: pumpkin seeds, flax seeds (1 tbsp each), almond milk, 1/2 banana and 2 ice cubes

Lunch:

  • Curry vegetable stir fry with hardboiled egg (at work)

Dinner:

  • Spinach, celery, cucumber, tomato salad
  • Sauteed cabbage and sausage (2 bowls)

Snacks:

Wednesday, February 29th

Workout:   CrossFit

  • Barbara.  My time:  39:20.  Remember my first attempt at this workout? Dreadful.  Thankfully, there was no urge to run to the bathroom and be sick this time.

Breakfast:

  • 4 ounces of Beet Carrot Apple Juice
  • 1 cup of salad
  • 1/4 cup of cabbage with sausage
  • Sliver of Sunflower Seed Loaf with 2 tbsp almond butter

Lunch:

  • Swiss chard with a small piece of grass-fed beef

Dinner:

  • Salad with pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, cucumber

Snacks:

Friday, March 2nd

Workout: CrossFit

  • Backsquat @ 55lbs (5 reps), 65 lbs (5 reps), 80 lbs (5 reps)…I think that’s right anyhow
  • For time: 30 wall balls (12 lbs) and 30 kettlebell swings (16 kg)

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • Spinach salad with broccoli, cucumber, mushrooms, carrots, hard-boiled eggs

Snack:

  • Apple
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Bite of a Lara Bar
  • About 8 roasted almonds and 4 macadamia nuts

Dinner:

  • “Raw Combo” at LIVE Organic Food Bar - Cannelloni, Artichoke Pizza, Walnut Tostada and a few bites of Almond Avocado Torte
  • Raw Cashew Cheesecake - a modified (and healthier) version of this which I am DEFINITELY making soon

Saturday, March 3rd

WorkoutCrossFit

  • For time:  Max burpees in 30 seconds, 15 box jumps (20″), 10 dumbbell snatches per side (25 lbs) – My time: 12:40.
  • 4 minutes of tabata rowing (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off x 8 rounds)

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • 2 eggs with spinach and avocado
  • Cucumber slices

Dinner: Date with my husband at Spring Rolls (A last minute and convenient decision to eat here, since we were going to see a movie across the street.  Otherwise, this would be one of the last Thai restaurants on my list).

  • Chicken Stirfry, Tom Yum Soup, a few bites of Seaweed Salad and a Perrier.

NOTE: if you’re gluten-free or Paleo, steer clear of Spring Rolls.  They have ~6  menu items that were “gluten-free,” and 4 of which contained fried rice.  Even though my dishes appeared to be Paleo friendly, something did not sit well.  It was the lousiest I’ve felt in 30 days.

  • Peppermint Tea
  • Half of the Nanaimo Bar I bought for Keith from LIVE Food Bar.  There had to be some maple syrup in here. Dammit!  CHEAT – I’ll do 10 burpees (since I only ate half, and it rounds me up to an even 200 burpees).

Sunday, March 4th

Workout: Day Off

Breakfast:

  • Half an apple
  • Tbsp of almond butter and pumpkin seed butter with a few bites of banana

Lunch:  Out for my brother and sister-in-law’s birthday brunch

  • Ridiculously huge 4 egg omelette with asparagus, spinach, peppers, onions
  • Roasted potatoes and a slice of my dad’s bacon

Dinner:

  • Roasted cabbage, beets, parsnip with wild pickerel
  • Sautéed swiss chard and onions
  • Bottle of Perrier with lime

Snacks:

  • Snacked on the leftover roasted veggies
  • 4 Cashew Clusters
  • 2 Banana Almond Avocado mini muffins – similar to this recipe but NO honey or other sugar substitute

This takes us to the end of this bitter-sweet journey.   Conveniently (or not), I departed the following day for a week-long conference in Seattle.  That spells d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r.  I avoided the “bad” conference food as much as possible, but I succumbed to a few destructive meals.

My hotel was conveniently (or not) located near the Cheesecake Factory.  Somehow I found myself forking over $7 for a massive slice of my FAVORITE dessert – chocolate brownie and caramel cheesecake.  Bad, bad, bad.   Add to that, a few Sushi dinners and the famous Beecher’s Grilled Cheese.   Again, I caved…then I suffered with cramps and other issues.  I felt SO good for 4 weeks and just flushed it down the toilet.. 

I’m back in Toronto, and am going to reign myself back in.  Thanks for cheering me on along the way.  The “challenge” may be over but this paleo journey is not, so don’t leave me just yet!  

I’ll see you, and my 200 burpees, on Sunday :-(

 

Related posts:

  1. My Paleo Menu: Week Two
  2. My Paleo Menu: Week Three
  3. My Paleo Menu: Week One
  4. Apple Beet Carrot Juice
  5. Save your PULP! And make Beet Carrot Cake Bites!

About Danielle Binns

CrossFitter in the morning. Marketer by day. Nutritionist by night. Foodie all day long. Danielle gives you a glimpse into her paleo and primal lifestyle with recipes (gluten and dairy free), restaurant reviews (searching for the healthiest spots in Toronto), fitness and nutrition tips. Hope you're hungry!