Unfortunately for Kayce, I eat a lot of eggs. I actually ate eggs most mornings before I started the challenge so this wasn’t a huge change for me. I used to have them with toast or a small bowl of cereal, but now I usually make a veggie omelet or have a piece of fruit and a few scrambled eggs. I’ve successfully found nitrate-free sausage and uncured bacon at Whole Foods but I only eat it on the weekends, not every day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you should probably avoid having fruit smoothies every morning but they’re good when you need a break from eggs. I make mine with almond milk and a couple teaspoons of almond butter for protein. You can also grab a handfull of walnuts or almonds to increase the fat and protein and help you stay full longer.
Breakfast can definitely be challenging. There are very options that are traditional breakfast foods. I’ve seen a lot of recommendations to just eat normal leftovers for breakfast but I don’t find that too appealing.
My biggest triumph for breakfast has been adapting to black coffee or coffee with almond milk only and no sugar. There are certainly days I crave a giant latte with sugar but so far I’ve been very happy with my new coffee regimen. If you don’t like black coffee, I’ve found it’s easier to drink plain tea.
The hardest thing about lunch is planning ahead. I usually try to bring leftovers from dinner the night before but sometimes that doesn’t work out (especially if we eat it all or if it’s something stinky like fish). If I don’t bring my lunch, I have to really work to find something I can eat out. I usually get a big salad with chicken or try to find somewhere I can get grilled meat and plain vegetables.
Sometimes lunch out just doesn’t work, especially if you go with coworkers or clients and don’t have a say in the restaurant choice. When that happens, I just do the best I can. I also use this rule when eating out: Worry about what you can see, not what you can’t. Vegetables are probably cooked in butter, there’s probably sugar and other “bad” ingredients used to marinate the meat, etc. but I personally do not want to worry about my food at that level when I eat out. Instead, I try to focus on things that are easier to control, like ordering something without sauce, not breaded, not fried, asking for no cheese, getting dressing on the side, etc. It makes me feel like my choices are good but that food isn’t taking over my life. It’s all about balance.
Dinners are usually pretty easy. Grill some meat, roast some veggies, make up a batch of cauliflower rice if I’m really missing carbs. I’ve let my wine intake creep up over the last few weeks so I would like to cut back on that in May, but overall I’m drinking and snacking a lot less in the evenings. I’d like to get more into herbal teas as well.
Most packaged snack foods are a no go. I usually bring apples slices, carrot sticks and plain nuts with me to work if I think I’ll need a snack during the day. I also really like pumpkin seeds when I’m not very hungry but feel “munchy”. I also started eating organic popcorn made on the stove with a little olive oil even though it’s not really paleo. It has lots of fiber and really fills that potato chip/pretzel void for me. I’ve heard the phrase “cheat smart” in reference to dieting and that’s how I feel about popcorn.