Well I made through Day 1 with minimal issues.  The toughest part has been figuring out the correct amounts of food for each meal, since the goal is to have only 3 meals and no snacks.  Sounds kinda crazy right?  Well, this entire plan seems kinda crazy at times.  Except for the fact that the goal is to feel better, have more energy, improve performance, focus and concentration and decrease the overall inflammation in my body and with that kind of return, this is ALL worth it for me. Okay so it’s only Day 2, but I’m pretty sure it’s all going to be worth it!

There are several clients and friends joining me on this journey so I’ll be sharing some of their stories and most importantly recipe ideas.  But back to my meals for a second….

What I did wrong yesterday:
I had too much protein in the morning and had it way too early for that big of a meal, at least for me. I quickly found that I was not able to function well with that much protein.  I pretty much felt like there was a rock in my stomach all morning. The good news was, I was not hungry for Meal 2 until about 2:30pm and Meal 1 came at 5:45 am.  Additionally, I only ate 1/2 of meal 2 and was ready for a nice well rounded Meal 3.

Today, I did much better but in the coming days will add a few more calories for Meal 1. I went a little too light and couldn’t wait for Meal 2, which was great but I’m pretty much dreaming about Meal 3, been kinda hungry today.  I cannot say I hit the optimum satiation point today.  Tomorrow I’ll give it another try.

What I’ve been hearing from others is similar, in that the trick here is to be patient for the first couple days as you figure out what you need to eat to function well, to not be hungry and the balance of the 3 meals throughout the day.  This is definitely a PERSONAL thing. There are no magic numbers here.  It is all dependent on your level of activity, your body’s metabolism and how dependent you are currently on sugar for energy.  One story, an unnamed person found themself was running to the Cashew Butter Jar several times during the day yesterday, Day 1, to help with the sugar craving.  I’m not sure that was within the “recommendations” of this eating plan, however, sugar was not the winner!  Nicely Done Peanut!

The Take Aways for Day 1 and Day 2

  1. Be Patient
  2. Use your resources by finding recipe ideas
  3. Make adaptations
  4. The sugar cravings are REAL and challenging.

Meal Ideas from the past two days:

Meal 1 Boiled Eggs, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2 Spicy Italian Sausage, sprinkled with Tajin Seasoning, Kiwi & Bluberries

Meal 1
Boiled Eggs, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2 Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage, sprinkled with Tajin Seasoning, Kiwi & Blueberries

 

Meal 1 or 2 Baby Kale, Mixed Greens, 2-3 cups, roasted potatoes, avocado, 1/2 Italian Chicken Sausage. Tossed with homemade dressing.

Meal 1 or 2
Baby Kale, Mixed Greens, 2-3 cups, roasted potatoes, avocado, 1/2 Italian Chicken Sausage. Tossed with homemade dressing.  Dressing: Lemon Olive Oil, Balsamic Glaze, Freshly squeezed Lemon and Orange Juice, salt and pepper.

 

Meal 2 or 3 Grass Fed Beef Mini Sliders, Sweet Potatoes, Veggies, topped with Homemade Spicy Mayo and pickles.

Meal 2 or 3
Grass Fed Beef Mini Sliders, Sweet Potatoes, Veggies, topped with Homemade Spicy Mayo and pickles. Sweet Potatoes are microwaved until soft, then in a frying pan warm small amount of coconut oil and brown the sweet potatoes. Homemade Mayo: www.paleoleap.com/mayo-revisted/ (changes we made to this recipe, only 1/2 the oil, used a combo of avocado, light olive and lemon olive oil to equal 1/2 cup, only one tsp lemon juice was used, and Cholula Hot Sauce was added to taste to make it spicy.

 

Meal 3 BBQ Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage over Grilled Sweet Gems rubbed with Lemon Olive Oil, Blanched Green Beans with Drizzle, Roasted potatoes.

Meal 3
BBQ Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage over Grilled Sweet Gems rubbed with Lemon Olive Oil, Blanched Green Beans with Drizzle, Roasted potatoes. Sweet Gems are found at Trader Joes, rub with any type Olive Oil grill for 3-4 minutes rotating on all sides. Green Beans were blanched and then sauteed in Clarified Butter, Shallots, and Garlic, coconut aminos, salt and pepper, the juices left in the pan were the drizzle!