It’s already Day 3 and you’re doing great. Usually the first 3-5 days are the hardest so keep it up. You’re probably feeling some sugar withdrawal, so be sure to eat enough protein and fat to control your hunger.
Keep something with you that you can eat on the go: jerky (we have great grass-fed jerky in the gym), a hard-boiled egg, nuts, carrot or celery sticks, kale chips, radishes, avocado, etc. Plan ahead and have a snack ready. If you’re hungry, it’s better to eat a healthy snack, vs. waiting until you’re starving and standing in line somewhere staring at the brownies. Also, hunger and cravings are often related more to hydration than you would think, so be sure to stay hydrated.
Our favorite cookbook is Practical Paleo. The author, Diane Sanfilippo, also has a website called balancedbites.com with lots of great articles and recipes. We have her cookbook, along with a few other favorite cookbooks for sale in the gym if you want to check it out. Here are some of the recipes I’ve tried from her book (I put my favorites in bold and noted if I didn’t love it):
- Pumpkin pancakes (although I like adding more pumpkin and a little coconut flour to mine, I’ll post the recipe I use later)
- Grain-free porridge – this is really sweet, so I didn’t love it. I mixed it with scrambled eggs though and liked it (2/4 kids liked it)
- Zucchini pancakes – I liked these but my kids didn’t
- Apple streusel egg muffins – these are our favorites and they’re mostly eggs so they’re great for breakfast slathered in unrefined coconut oil or pastured butter
- Bacon wrapped smoky chicken thighs
- Mustard glazed chicken thighs (this works great with bone-in breasts as well)
- Chinese 5-spice turkey lettuce cups
- Balsamic braised short ribs – just made these with boneless, grass-fed short ribs and put it in the crock pot for 10 hours…its was AMAZING!
- Beef and mixed veggie stir-fry
- Roasted marrow bones – so good for you and then you can use the bones for bone broth
- Hayley’s skirt steak tacos – very good but needed salsa
- Lemon rosemary broiled salmon – we have frozen wild Alaskan salmon at the gym
- Pesto shrimp and squash fettuccine – this was also amazing (my kids loved this one)
- Quick and easy salmon cakes – you can make this with canned salmon, so it’s perfect for when you’re running low on groceries (this was much better with a little aioli and my kids love these as well)
- Citrus macadamia nut sole – love this one and it’s very easy
- Simple shrimp ceviche – awesome
- Lamb lettuce boats with ago-ziki sauce – didn’t love this one, thought it was bland
- Spiced lamb meatballs with balsamic-fig compote
- Asparagus with lemon and olives – very good and easy
- Mashed faux-tatoes
- Brussel sprouts with fennel – kids loved this
- Simple baked kale chips
Helpful guides from Balance Bites. These are all posted in the hall by the lockers rooms.