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.