So for those of you who dont know, I had a baby eight weeks ago yesterday. And I noticed that certain things (dairy, beans, etc) were really affecting Thomas. So I set out to find out exactly what it was that was affecting him (he was being extra fussy and not sleeping well), as well as what triggers I had for my digestive health. I had tried the Whole 30 challenge before I got pregnant, but had to stop because of nausea. I set out to do it again, but I realized that if I tried to deprive myself of things that I really wanted, I would binge and do more harm than good. So I am attempting to do a Paleo approach, but cheating when I want to (within reason). The only exception to this is dairy, because Thomas is not tolerating that at all. I am not doing this to lose weight (although I lost 8 pounds last week!), but am doing it simply as a way to help my baby and me as we adjust to new mommyhood.
One of my favorite things to do is to peruse Pinterest for yummy recipes. I have had several pinned already that fell into the Paleo category (check out my Paleo board here!), but spent some time finding new ones and carving out a meal plan for the week. If you are interested in what I ate, check out my pictures and the link to the recipes that I used!
Breakfast- Paleo Bacon, Egg, and Kale Breakfast Casserole and a few tomato slices.
This recipe is super yummy! I made it then cut it up and put each piece into a zip lock in the fridge so I would have an easy option for a tired morning.
Paleo Ranch Dressing (made with homemade Paleo mayonaise, which is also in the Ranch recipe). I used this recipe for the chicken, which is not Paleo friendly. To make it Paleo, I simply swapped out the butter for Ghee to make it Paleo.
Herbed Salmon with Dry-Roasted Spaghetti Squash was super yummy. We prepared the salmon and spaghetti squash exactly according to the recipe, and prepared extra for lunches. A side of sugar snap peas completed the meal.
Breakfast" I made a simple scrambled egg (a little bit of Ghee in the pan, 3 eggs, salt, pepper, and paprika), cut up a whole tomato, and half an avocado. Simple, yummy, and filling!
Breakfast-more breakfast casserole. No picture-I forgot to take one!
Lunch-More leftover salmon salad
Dinner-Honey Soy marinated Chicken thighs with Sweet Potato fries and broccoli. This was super good. I am making this again, for sure! I just swapped out the soy sauce for coconut aminos to make it Paleo.
Breakfast-Breakfast casserole (I'm getting boring, I know!)
Lunch-My typical salad with leftover chicken thighs and Paleo ranch dressing.
Breakfast-Yummy eggs, sausage, and tomato. I added a little Frank's hot sauce to the eggs and it was GOOD.
Lunch: Salad with Salmon. Boring. I was so over it at this point.
Dinner: I didnt take a picture for some reason. But I made this Paleo Slow Cooker Pad Thai. It was really good, but I had to add a good bit of salt. Ben ate it over rice and seemed to enjoy it.
Breakfast-I cheated and had cinnamon rolls from Hardee's. SO WORTH IT.
Dinner-We marinated some chicken breast with the marinade from the steak salad (from Day Seven). We threw it and some Cajun Okra on the grill and cut up a giant tomato on the side. The marinade was AWESOME.
Breakfast-I actually skipped breakfast this day. Sue me. It was Sunday and I was running late for church!
Lunch-My usual salad with leftover grilled chicken and a bowl of fruit.
Asian Marinated Flank Steak with a Summer Salad and squash.