November Paleo Challenge

After two weeks in Paris and Italy and more Pizza than I’ve ever consumed in my entire life, it’s time for a Paleo challenge. I did one a few years ago and felt great (and bonus – I was leaner than I’ve ever been). Skinny is NOT the goal. I just need a reset.

I’ve been feeling sluggish (also bloated – TMI?) after the carb/dairy overload that ensued on my wedding and honeymoon, but Whole30 felt like a “too restrictive” option. With our Chicago “post-wedding” party coming up next weekend, holiday parties and Thanksgiving, no being able to toast and not having a treat or two would be the least fun ever.

Enter my paleo challenge – something I can get behind. If you don’t know too much about Paleo, here’s some more information. I’ll be eating lots of protein and veggies, and avoiding grains, dairy, and sugar and…alcohol (sorry friends – don’t hate me!).The plan is to be paleo all week with one cheat meal each week. For now, I feel motivated and want to keep things really clean since I feel so off-track. This isn’t going to be that big of a stretch for me since I’m mostly paleo in my day-to-day life. I just feel best when I eat this way (I mean, how good does this salad look?) and it’s time to reel it in.

A day in the (paleo) life

Breakfast: 1 organic free range egg mixed with egg whites and 3 organic turkey sausages.

Lunch and dinner: I usually make a few servings of some sort meat and veggies and then alternate between the two for lunch and dinner. So leftovers or a chicken salad (with olive oil and vinegar)

Snacks: vegetables and guacamole, nuts (no peanuts), Rx bars, and berries.

Alcohol: the (very) occasional glass of red wine or tequila with soda water and lime.

Beverages: water and espresso (with a dash of almond milk)

In my pantry

Lots of spices!
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Almond and coconut flour

In my fridge/freezer

Chicken / meat
Frozen fruit
La Croix



When I need a treat

Rx bars
Hail Merry macaroons
Go Raw organic lemon super cookies


Have you tried paleo/clean eating? What foods do you eat regularly or avoid? Any healthy snack options you want to share?

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  • My boyfriend and I just started Whole 30 on Sunday! Going into it thinking we’re doing more of a “Whole 25” though… we aren’t 100% committed to skipping out on yummy food with our families at Thanksgiving. The biggest struggle so far is that there seems to be sugar in ev.ery.thing. It’s crazy! We made your paleo chili recipe a couple nights ago and loved it — if you have any other fun paleo recipes, please share! 🙂

  • Whole 30 always seemed just a little to restrictive for me, but this is something I could probably get behind, a least for a couple weeks. I’ve only ever cut out one thing at a time (alcohol for a month, and dairy for 3 weeks) but I feel like this would be helpful – and probably cut down on food spending too.

  • I’m on day 10 of Whole 30, although I’ve transitioned it to more of a keto/paleo thing tbh. I’m eating lots of healthy fats, watching my carb count, no sugar, no alcohol, no gluten. I’ve been trying not to cheat but I’ve cheated 2 meals – it’s hard to do these and have a social life. But since I’m not giving up my friends ???? I just need to figure out a realistic way to fit this into my life.