Falling Off the Wagon

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My last post was so encouraging. I made it through 5 days on my Paleo/Primal diet lifestyle change. I had a little cheat day yesterday when we took the kids to eat at Applebee’s. We got the Appetizer Sampler, and I indulged in a quesadilla slice, a cheese stick, and chips with spinach and artichoke dip. For my entrée, I ordered steak with onions, mushrooms, and potatoes. This was the first time ever that I’ve ordered a steak at a restaurant. Before going Primal, I’d never been much of a meat eater. Actually, my friends called me a “casual vegetarian” because I never purposely meant to eat vegetarian; it just sort of happened. So you can see my dilemma now that I’m on a high protein diet. I have to increase my meat and poultry intake.

To be perfectly honest, I felt great after eating that steak. I’m not sure I ever had that much meat in one sitting, and had I not been eating Primal, I probably would have ordered something totally different.

Today was a different story all together. I woke up feeling drained, depressed, and I cried at every thought I had of eating Primal. I cringed at the thought of having another omelet for breakfast. We were almost completely out of fruits and vegetables, not to mention meat and bacon, so I didn’t have much of an arsenal to choose from. I forced down another onion and tomato omelet and got ready to go to Whole Foods for some stocking up.

Let’s just say, I left empty-handed. I couldn’t believe how much pricier it was to eat healthy. I almost started crying in the store. I couldn’t justify blowing an entire month’s food budget on enough food to last us a couple of days. No wonder the majority of Americans are flocking to Hamburger Helper. It feeds a family of four on a minimal budget. Now I know there are probably a ton of ways to still eat healthy while maintaining a proper food budget, but I haven’t found it yet. I’ve researched a lot and it’s giving me hope, but it’s still unbelievably frustrating.

So frustrating, that I had a turkey club wrap and 3 cookies for lunch. Yup, a wrap, tortilla and all. Oh and 3 sugar laden, sprinkle soaked, half-dipped-in-chocolate cookies. I stopped short of the soda. I don’t think I fell off the wagon. I think the wagon threw me off after it found out what I had for lunch.

So, it’s back to the grocery store tonight to look for fruits and veggies. I may not be able to afford all the organic stuff, but at least my family and I will have some sort of fruits and veggies in our diet. As for me, it’s back onto the wagon I go. Tomorrow’s a new day.

2 thoughts on “Falling Off the Wagon

  1. It’s a shame that proteins are so expensive. I rarely buy meats from some of the higher end stores. Even my farmers market has good meat cheaper. I’ve been trying to make veggie salads and mixes to try to get some new flavors in. Keep it up though, you’re body will love you for it!

    • Thank you! I agree that proteins are expensive. Checking out farmers markets is a great idea! I never thought of doing that for proteins. Another thing that I think sabotages me is the price of carbs is so much cheaper! Pasta at Wal-Mart is $1.00 and it will feed us for at least 2 days. I have to get out of the mentality that “Cheaper is better” because I know we can’t be eating pasta every day of the week and just because Hamburger Helper is on sale doesn’t mean I should buy it!

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