I really really wanted to scarf down a box of gluten free cookies last night. But I didn’t. I poured myself a cup of chamomile tea with 1 TBS collagen and a little raw local honey and sipped slowly and consciously. Then I gave the baby a bath, changed the baby, fed the baby, rocked the baby, blogged and cuddled on the couch with my hubby. So I didn’t even have time to go back to the kitchen and feel tempted by empty calories and sugar.
Whew. Close. Call!
Now, for week 3 in review…
Day 15 (Wednesday)
Breakfast: Roasted taro root, sauteed escarole, steamed zucchini and yellow squash, pork sausage (homemade with just salt and parsley). 1 green apple. 1 cup dandelion root tea with 1 TBS collagen and 1 cup black coffee.
Lunch: Jicama fries. PF Changs shaking beef with extra vegetables, no rice, no sauce, no corn flour on the beef. It was sort of a farewell lunch with my coworkers as I am changing jobs next week. Pretty excited! I totally forgot to take a picture.
Dinner: Grass-fed beef burgers, sweet potato chips fried in grass-fed beef tallow, steamed frozen broccoli florets. This is by far one of my favorite meals.
Day 16 (Thursday)
Breakfast: Homemade pork sausage, roasted taro root, sauteed chard, green apple, bone broth. 2 cups black coffee.
Lunch: Cucumber/red onion cilantro salad with wild caught hake portion, zucchini and green beans for dipping in chicken liver pate. 1 cup chamomile, 1 cup rooibos tea.
Dinner: Beef Heart Stew with yellow onion and leeks, butternut squash, 1/2 Japanese sweet potato (I was feeling carb deprived after a pretty low carb lunch). I was really hungry when I came home from work and then had to wait 40 minutes for the squash to be done. Albeit not an eternity, but in that time I ate a cold hamburger patty and a clementine to hold me over. After dinner I attempted to make a kale smoothie, but the stick blender was top heavy in the container and I ended up spilling more than half of it on the counter. Dah! 1 cup Natural Calm tea.
Day 17 (Friday)
Breakfast: Wild caught salmon, Yucca fries, steamed broccoli florets. 1 cup black tea with 1 TBS collagen. 1 green apple. 1 cup black coffee.
Lunch: Cucumber/red onion & cilantro salad with 1 tsp Kelp salt, arugula with homemade pork sausage and butternut squash with EVOO. Carrots and chicken liver pate.
Dinner: Roasted acorn squash, smoked turkey, steamed kale, mashed plantain. Dates, probably too many, agh. Cup of chamomile and natural calm.
Day 18 (Saturday)
Breakfast: Mashed plantain, yucca fries, hake portion.
Lunch: Beef heart stew, acorn squash, 1 banana, apple chips.
Dinner: Dah! I forgot to take a picture, but it was a salad from the Whole Foods salad bar (we went to a friend’s for a party) – romaine, broccoli, roasted beets, cucumber, grilled chicken breast, EVOO. Also, I totally screwed up and had a paleo treat with chocolate! But I’m not letting it ruin my day. Moving on…look at all the awesome food I’ve been eating.
Day 19 (Sunday)
Lunch: Arugula, butternut squash, wild caught hake. Bone broth. Dried apples, “chocolate” cake (test run for Easter).
Dinner: Roasted rutabaga, baked shad, and sauteed asparagus. 1 cup chamomile tea.
Day 20 (Monday)
Breakfast: Beef heart, mashed plantain, bone broth.
Lunch: Rutabaga, asparagus, shad. Jicama fries with lime juice and salt.
Dinner: Bison bacon bomb (recipe to come!), mashed yam (not white potato, but a yam, and not a sweet potato, they are different and really good!), sauteed purple kale and onion in a little bone broth. 1 mug bone broth.
Day 21 (Tuesday)
Breakfast: Mashed plantain, sauteed purple kale and onion, 50/50 bacon burger, bone broth, 2 cups black coffee, 1 cup green tea.
Lunch: Jicama fries with lime juice and salt. Roasted rutabaga, sauteed asparagus, bison bacon bomb.
Dinner: Went out to dinner with my sister and I totally intended on taking a picture, but then I didn’t. I am starting to suck at this. I ordered a 4 oz sirloin, grilled shrimp, steamed broccoli and sweet potato with butter. Then when I got home I ate a little more sweet potato and a tiny little 50/50 bacon burger slider and a mug of bone broth. Next week I’ll get better with the pics, promise!
Here’s my deal with coffee…It is much easier for me to swear off coffee when I am at home. I just don’t make it. Plus our weekends are so busy anyway, I don’t feel like I need that big caffeine kick, instead a cup of green or black tea works just fine. Sometimes I don’t even have caffeine on the weekends. At work there are giant vats of coffee in the kitchen and it smells so good! I’ve just gotten into the routine of grabbing a cup and going back to my office to type away.
I think coffee for me is more of a habit than an actual addiction. And now that I realize that, I consider it a challenge. Because, while some habits are really good for you, like meditating or exercise, I think ALL habits should be broken – I think it is really important to get out of your comfort zone and do something different from time to time.
What is even better is breaking your habits with a buddy. At dinner tonight my sister and I both agreed to swear off coffee beginning tomorrow for 30 days. Just to see what happens!