Paleo Week #5: I Think My Sweet Tooth Fell Out

by AliMargo on March 22, 2015

Weight: Who the hell cares?

Shrimp Puttanesca with sweet potato noodles (just because I needed a pretty food photo).

So I have an interesting story to kick off this week’s report. We had friends in town and went out to dinner up at one of these places that does super dressed up bar food. I did the appetizer-and-salad thing Laurel recommended: Thai pork spare ribs and a salad with mixed greens, crispy prosciutto, crisped cashews and some kind of applesauce. The ribs were delicious—slow cooked with meat that fell off the bone but after the first few bites, I started to taste the sugar on the rub. I can’t even explain how odd it is to find a meat dish too sweet. The salad was almost inedible. Between the applesauce on the bottom of the plate and the dressing, all I was getting was sugar, sugar, sugar.

It’s crazy to me that restaurants cook with so much sugar and butter that going out to eat is no longer the fun experience for me that it once was. But I finally get it: once you break your addiction to sugar, you don’t even want it anymore.

I remember during the first couple weeks when I got into a debate with Dr. Scott about using Stevia, which has no carbs, no calories and does not effect your insulin response. He asked me to stick with his rules for these 6 weeks and then do what I want after that. And now (Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!) a light went off—it was my taste buds he was concerned about, and breaking my addiction to sweetness (Stevia being dramatically sweeter than table sugar). I get it now! I get it!

New This Week:

About to go for a run in my new HokaOneOnes!

I bought a pair of HokaOneOne ultra-cushioned running shoes and am so excited to get back into running again. I’ve always struggled with injuries and am hoping these amazing shoes will make the difference. They are super light, too. Running has always been the only exercise that gets me the results I want—maybe something about the weight bearing. And I love that it’s so simple, just a pair of shoes, and that you get a lot in a short amount of time. Plus, living on the Frying Pan is a runner’s dream. Pretty flat with gentle rolling terrain along the river and the most beautiful scenery you could ever ask for.  But I have to be careful; I did a 6.5 mile run (probably too far too soon) and then 5 miles the next day and had that “running on my bones” feeling—achy joints, sore Achilles and major fatigue. I really need to take at least 1 recovery day between runs and cross train with cycling and hiking if I want to avoid injury, but I met my goal last week of 4 days of running and 5 of yoga.

A Few Fun Recipes
Loved Laurel’s artichoke hummus—a really great satisfying snack with crudité made from almonds, artichokes (I used bottled ones and they were a bit pickled so the vinegar added some yummy tang), lemon and garlic. Simple but yummy and great for when you want a crunchy snack.

Maple Chili Pork Chops
I got this recipe from a new blog I discovered PaleOMG which has lots of great recipes. I was so tired of grilled pork chops I needed a change. We love the brined pork chops from Whole Foods—they’re tender and juicy and hard to screw up. This recipe combined a nice spicy rub (cayenne, chili powder, paprika) with a citrusy sauce made from OJ, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. The recipe called to cook on the stove but with the thicker cut of pork chop I had, I finished them in the oven. Loved the spicy/sweet combo of this dish and would definitely make again.

Thank god for Lara
I’m at the point where a Lara Bar tastes like a chocolate sundae to me. I think I would die without them as a little treat with my coffee.

Going Coconuts
I’m pretty sure I’m eating every part of the coconut on this diet and I can’t get enough of it. I discovered coconut chips at Whole Foods that make a delicious addition to any sweet snack. I also switched it up from almond milk to an almond/coconut combo and always have coconut water on hand for my smoothies (my go-to smoothie is almond/coconut milk, coconut water blueberries, strawberries, ½ frozen banana, hemp protein, chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut).

Looking Ahead:
I’m pretty happy with where I’m at now and wouldn’t make any other changes. I’ve upped my fitness routine to integrate 4 days of cardio and 5 days of yoga as a goal. With the mild weather it’s a treat to get outside and enjoy the mountains. The big challenge ahead is how to continue with the challenge once the challenge is over. My yoga teacher Bikram once said, “It is much easier to achieve a goal than to maintain it.” How long before the devil on my shoulder creeps back in, “It’s Friday, go ahead,” or “You’re with friends. Eat a slice of pizza. Don’t be the high maintenance one” or “You can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and not eat beans and cheese.”

Thanks for all your comments and support along the way. You guys are awesome!

One more week to go …

XOXO,

Ali

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