Friday, September 9, 2011

Confession: A junk food binge

 I'm not going to lie. This is not just a random list of junk food ...
  • Two cherry limeades
  • Chicken and beef enchiladas (wrapped in corn tortillas) with rice
  • One soft serve vanilla ice cream cone
  • One Helados paleta
  • Three onion rings
  • Cheeseburger (with the bun)
  • Homemade bread with butter and jam
  • Caramel Frappe (decaf)
This is a list of all the junk food I ate last week (the week of August 29th). It didn't happen all in one day, and all this crap was offset by plenty of real food. But still! I really don't know what came over me, and one week later I am still disappointed in myself. I'm OK with a treat now and then, but a whole week of treats? Not OK. Especially because when I eat this junk, my baby eats this junk. If I could reverse the clock, I would keep the enchiladas (because they were crazy delicious and I had been thinking about good Mexican food for more than week) and toss everything else.

I didn't have any real trouble with this food (miraculously!) until Monday -- the day after my junk food binge ended and the day after the cheeseburger and homemade bread. My left ear was congested and I felt goopy in the back of my throat -- symptoms of overexposure to gluten.

I've been back on track this week, for the most part. Admittedly, though, I am struggling with paleo at the moment. I am not doubting its benefits and I have no intention of abandoning it ... I'm just a little bored and a lot tired of meat and eggs (please tell me I am not the only one who goes through this!?). I'm sure this is directly related to my lack of motivation in the kitchen. If I felt like cooking, I would probably be trying new recipes and would not be so bored. For now, though, it is a gargantuan effort to get a package of meat out of the freezer.  I'm wondering ... if it is this hard now, how much harder will it be once the baby arrives? At first, Carl will be home to cook and my parents will be here to help out, too. We might even make some paleo freezer meals in advance. But after Carl goes back to work and we start to settle into a routine, I'll be on kitchen duty once again. If I don't recapture at least some motivation, who knows what will happen. I'm just going to keep my hopes up that this whole cooking/food aversion thing will pass once I am no longer pregnant.


  1. Aww Dawn, you're not alone! I've been munching on grilled cheese sandwiches. Not everyday off course, and I make sure I mix it up with some real food. I'm on vacation and next week, I'm planning to go back on track. I think, Paleo doesn't really work with pregnancy and summer? I have cooking aversion now, and I'm blaming the hot weather. Hang in there, this too shall pass. :)

  2. HI there, I just discovered your great blog. I agree, I am 18 weeks and though I was loving paleo prior to pregnancy it has been really tough thus far. I went through a terrible vegetable aversion and even now I am only 60% paleo. I think it's challenge in terms of variety and motivation. We have to try and find balance as being pregnant is job in itself, don't be too hard on yourself!

  3. Maybe you could consider using a service like this while you are in a cooking rut:

    They have paleo menus with local ingredients. Might help during rough patches, esp during the first few months after the baby.

  4. you are doing better than I am, like Sarah (above) I'm maybe 60% Paleo at 21 weeks pregnant and there is a lot of juice, gluten free pretzels and cookies thrown in there too. Don't beat yourself up about it. :)

  5. Thanks for all the empathy, lovely ladies! Annisa -- I love grilled cheese! Yum. We should plan a non-paleo field trip to the grilled cheese grill (they have gluten-free bread). I cannot remember the last time I had a sandwich. Unless you count the burger, but I mean a normal sandwich.

    Sabrina, I just read your Sassy Chicken blog. LOVE it and can't wait to read more of your posts!

    I have managed to be pretty well throughout most of my pregnancy, but it hasn't always been easy. I feel better, way better, when I stay on track so that helps keep me motivated. And now that I am nearing the end, I want to make sure that I feel well when I go into labor.

    Sheryl -- I've known about Chef by Request for a long time and like the concept. Unfortunately, I haven't heard great reviews. :(

  6. Grilled cheese? Guilty! Also: french fries, pizza crusts, freshly baked sourdough bread, spelt/rye bread, bad sushi (no doubt with HFCS in the vinegar and who-knows-what in the spicy sauce), chocolate cake, B&J's Cherry Garcia, a whole bag of Taro chips, brownies...

    I've been paleo on and off for over a decade and I've never had any trouble avoiding gluten and sugar before. I never thought I would experience aversions to meat and vegetables and cravings for bread. Pregnancy really does change things.

    Looks like I'm averaging about 250g of carbs a day for the last two weeks, up from 150 in my first trimester. I wonder if maybe I'm going into a growth spurt (I'm in my 17th week now) and need to start gaining some weight.

    One thing I have been doing is drinking a freshly squeezed green juice every day for the past few weeks. And reminding myself that as long as I'm also eating good nutrient-dense foods along with the junk that's creeping in, the baby will get what he needs. It's when all you're eating is white sugar and flour that your baby misses out on nutrients.

    Hang in there ladies!

  7. Dawn,
    Sounds a lot like me (but I'm a whole lot worse!) I ate FOUR slices of pizza yesterday, plus pad thai. And trust me, there's been a lot more. And everyday, all I want is Cheerios. I'd been a very strict Primal eater (I wanted some cheese and Greek Yogurt, but otherwise, was Paleo) until week eight of pregnancy. Lately, I've also had a vegetable aversion. It's awful! I keep telling myself it will get better, and I still eat a whole lot better then when before I started my CrossFit/Primal lifestyle. Hang in there!

  8. we all have those momenta. and actually, I think it's good to allow a cheat (of whatever you want) .... I give myself 1 big cheat a week...if I feel like it. I don't force a cheat.

    or I spread my cheat to 3 little cheats. dean from says that he gives himself a cheat every 3/4 days. something little. anyone can get thru 3 days of being strict. :)

    80% strict - that's what I'm doing. 90% is my push. no body is perfect :)

    just keep on going!

  9. I just found your blog today and I am so happy! My daughter is 9 months old, we nurse, and I've been doing Paleo since she was 5 months old. Yes, it was super hard at first to find the time to prepare extra food (the rest of the family eats a more 'normal' diet...). You can do it! Keep up the good work :) You've taught me that Paleo during pregnancy works!

  10. My husband and I have been discussing trying the Paleo diet. I am 23 weeks pregnant and am excited to have found your blog!
    I'm really reluctant to start this diet because I'm afraid I won't be able to stick with it.(I also LOVE cheese!)
    It was nice to see this post and to know that it is ok to slip up or whatever you want to call it.
    I may not jump into this diet head first but I think I can use it to make beneficial changes to my current diet.
    I look forward to reading more!

  11. Thanks again for your comments, everyone! Britini -- I love cheese, too! That was actually the first thing I eliminated. I didn't jump right in to paleo at first, I started with dairy and cheese and slowly started cutting out other things. I think it is OK to do it that way. The most important thing is finding out what works for you!

  12. Dont be so hard on yourself. Think of each meal as a new place to restart! You are doing a wonderful job taking care of yourself and the baby! As you already know, try to preplan as much as possible. Some days you may not make it to the store so be sure to have a well stocked pantry for those moments when you forget to take something out of the freezer or you cant make it to the store.

  13. Thanks! I don't really see this as being hard on myself, though ... I just don't like feeling like crap and I do know better. I can easily handle (and bounce back from) a once-a-week thing ... but a string of bad days is so not worth it to me.


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