Paleo Progress- Day 20

Yet another terrifying post...heading your way. Terrifying, at least for me.

In effort to prove that even the most non-diet type girl (that was me) can make paleo work.

So lets catch up, shall we?

As vain as it is, I've taken the same photo in the same outfit so that I can actually SEE my progress. I can feel it, but its nice to actually be able to see it. It's just a motivation tool. Trust me, it's rather painful every time. 

So here we have it.
To anyone else, it's nothing noticeable, but I know changes are a'brewin over here. Pants are looser, shirts aren't as fitted and ultimately, I'm rather proud of myself for finally taking control of my overall health.

It's such a big win for myself when a random craving or temptation comes over me and I push through it. It happens, not nearly as frequently than in the beginning, but it still happens. A saturday spent running errands, it is quite easy to give in and pop into a chickfila drive through. But I said no. A dinner with girlfriends at one of my favorite pizza places wasn't as easy. I stared that bread down and told myself it wasn't worth it, so I ordered chicken instead. 

It just takes the willpower to change and A LOT of planning ahead. There is no such thing as grab and go in the paleo world. I make lists upon list these days:meal planning, grocery visits several times each week. And on occasion, I will "splurge" and eat a meal out.
It simply requires a few modifications. Take the photo above. It's been my tradition to go to a kosher  Israeli restaurant on Sundays after church. I typically get the Schwarma pita (which is so unbelievably good, by the way), but today I made a jerk out of myself and requested this sans pita. And I'm here to tell you, it was just as good without the guilt.
Seen here is the chicken dish I ordered. If you're in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor and go to Gio's. it's right next to Antico and owned by the same person. This was literally four meals for me. And I felt ok with eating this, knowing that the chicken they buy is of the HIGHEST standards, even in the paleo world. 
There's even been some experimenting in my kitchen, including these blueberry pancakes, made from almond meal. They were adapted from my favorite go to recipe or paleo shortcakes (see below).
Even if you couldn't care less about paleo rules, these suckers are incredible. They're such a good foundation for any type of baked good, such as muffins, waffles, etc.

Paleo Shortcakes
2 cups blanched almond meal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 large eggs
2 tbsp honey
1tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients very well with a mixer. Using a spoon, drop the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Typically there should be around 8 cakes. Bake until slightly browned.

Serve these with fresh fruit and honey drizzled or however you choose. These are my daily "cookie." And they are too good!!

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