My 5 Days of Paleo – WIAW Halloween Edition

Thanks for all of your comments on my Accent Vlog. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must! It is so much fun that you’ll want to make one too.

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Now, onto my post’s title today: Five Days of Paleo. What?! Paleo? Is she crazy? Doesn’t she have enough restrictions without giving up grains too?

Hold your horses there my fellow bloggers. These five days of Paleo were not intentional. It just so happens that I ran out of both my quinoa flakes and my brown rice protein powder on Sunday… And I’m not going home til Friday night. Hence, a week of “forced” Paleo.

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But don’t get me wrong, I’m actually quite excited. While I do love my protein breads and quinoa porridge, I don’t think my stomach always does. I’ve been noticing lately that after eating quinoa flakes my stomach gets particularly bubbly, and sometimes even bloated.

Of course, we don’t want that! So a few weeks ago I looked up some different reasons why I may now be reacting poorly to quinoa flakes. What I came up with was a description off of the Whole9 Approach’s website about what grains do to our bodies:

Many with gluten sensitivities report similar reactions when consuming non-gluten grains, leading us to believe that there are bigger problems with “grains” (including non-grains like quinoa) than gluten. These other grains are still calorie-dense and carbohydrate-dense, promoting an unhealthy hormonal response when consumed in a “normal” serving size.

But where will I get my carbohydrates from? There is nothing – not vitamins, minerals, fiber or phytonutrients – found in grains that you can’t find in copious amounts in fresh vegetables or fruits.

Taken from Gluten-Free Part 1 and Gluten-Free Part 2 on the Whole9Life website.

More on what I’ve been eating later on though… It’s time for WIAW!
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Thank you Peas and Crayons for this awesome Halloween Extravaganza. It’s been a lot of fun!!

However, I haven’t exactly been following this month’s theme for the past few weeks– No spooky snacks or Halloween-themed treats. So today I wanted to make it up to you all and share with my top five “scary” Halloween movies:

*the quotation marks are my acknowledgement that these movies aren’t “scary” to most people… most likely just to me*

5. Get a Clue

This movie is based off of The Westing Game, a great children’s chapter book about a rich millionaire whose ghost is suspected of coming back to haunt his heirs. It’s just one big mystery, and is full of puzzles (which I love!).

4. Halloweentown High

One of the first Halloween movies that I ever remember watching. Sure, it’s a little kiddish, but really, does Disney ever get old? Plus, who hasn’t ever wanted to be a witch?

3. Hocus Pocus

Okay, I take back what I said about wanting to be a witch. I would never want to be these witches! I still to this day close my eyes when Bett Midler’s red-headed witch is revived. Creepy!

2. Casper Meets Wendy

Alright. I just can’t make up my mind today! If I had to be a witch, I’d definitely want to be like Hilary Duff in Casper Meets Wendy. She is just so cute, plus she gets to hang out with the coolest and friendliest ghost around! I’d love to have a friend who could walk through walls and turn invisible. Pshhh. I’d love to be able to turn invisible.

1. Scooby Doo on Zombie Island

This is probably one of the scariest Scooby Doo movies that I have seen to date, and trust me, I’ve seen a lot. I’m like a Scooby Doo fiend! What I like about this one is that it is so different than previous Scooby Doo shows, mainly because this time the monsters are actually real!

Alright, enough Halloween chit-chat. Time for some food.

Here is my last banana protein bread on Sunday before I emptied my protein powder jug:

Yes, just looking at this picture makes me want to shed a tear.

Now that I can’t eat my usual protein powder or quinoa flakes, you may ask yourself: What do I plan on eating for the next five days?

Well, since I can’t have eggs or any nuts/coconuts/avocados (which are all MAJOR Paleo sources of fat and protein) I’m going to have to increase my macronutrients elsewhere with meat, which will be fine, but nothing compared to my breads, pancakes and porridge

Breakfast

On day one I had a banana and some chicken. It wasn’t awful by any means, but let’s just say that my stomach is not fit to handle meat in the morning. Instead, today I just had two bananas. Not ideal, but much better than yesterday!

Lunch

For lunch I did a little experimenting and whipped up a very simple recipe:

Squash, Chicken and Green Bean Soup

2 servings or 1 large serving

Inspired by KathEats

Ingredients:

  • 2 servings (or 1 cup cooked) chicken
  • 1 can unsalted green beans, drained
  • 1/4 cooked butternut squash, cubed

Directions: Combine all ingredients, heat and enjoy!

Leftovers are also great because it lets all the flavors meld together. In Kath’s original recipe she includes chopped apples, which I think would make a wonderful addition. This time though I just wanted to keep it simple.

Snack

I ate these grapes while walking between classes. It was so cold and rainy today! My face was permanently red and frozen.

Dinner

For dinner I had the same thing both yesterday and today, although today I had substantially less chicken, which was way easier on my stomach. Yesterday I felt like I had swallowed a brick for the rest of the night!

A salad with a lettuce mix, shredded carrots, cucumber slices and grapes.

And grilled chicken. I also had more unpictured grapes later on.

Snack

And what do you know? More bananas. To even out the sugar I also had some cucumber slices. Got to get my vegetables in!

Here are how my first two days went so far:

Day One:

It wasn’t even remotely hard because I have zero temptation. Haha. Seriously, without the protein powder and quinoa flakes in my room to taunt me, eating paleo was a breeze. Basically every non-paleo food at my school I am allergic to!

Stomach wise, it was so-so. My body just can’t handles that much meat at once I think. Even though I have been taking some digestive enzymes that are supposed to be helping with all of that, I was definitely on overload by the end of the day. Weirdly enough though, I felt “heavy” but I was actually hungry constantly. Maybe it was all of the fruit and simple sugars?

Day Two:

Today my stomach felt much better and less weighed down. I also ate a lot less meat, which I think contributed to the improvement. Right now I feel kind of stuffed, even though I didn’t eat an outrageous amount of food for my snack tonight. Hopefully this feeling wears off soon.

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I’m hoping that my remaining three days of my mini-Paleo challenge continue to get better. Come Friday night when I get home (or Saturday morning) I will most likely indulge in some protein power and quinoa. However, if by Friday I feel like a million bucks, I won’t be one to deny what’s right for my body.

Proponents of the Paleo lifestyle, particularly those who follow the Whole30 approach, say that going Paleo was the best decision that they ever made. There are dozens of testimonials on the Whole9Life website that support this idea.

Some of the testimonials that were of particular interest to me were: Acid reflux, acne, allergies (food and seasonal), candida, circulation, cravings, eating disorders, GERD, IBS, reactive hypoglycemia, and weight loss, things that have all crossed my mind or have affected me in one way or another.

Oh, and Happy Halloween!

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Have you tried the Paleo diet before? How did you feel? Do any of these testimonials resonate with you?

Do you have a hard time digesting a lot of meat? If so, what do you do?

What is your favorite “scary” movie?

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

*Edited to add a video of this man who goes OMG when trees start falling during Hurricane Sandy. Hilarious!

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60 thoughts on “My 5 Days of Paleo – WIAW Halloween Edition

  1. Oooh this is interesting. Sometimes I have an accidental week of vegetarianism, never paleo though, as I do like my grains. I don’t eat a lot of meat, mostly chicken, because I don’t like the taste or can’t be bothered to cook it. As for Halloween, not celebrating over here! So I don’t get to dress up or eat mounds of pumpkin haha. Happy Halloween to you though! Are you dressing up? x

    • I am not dressing up, but some of my friends have Batman costumes planned. Can’t wait to see them! 🙂

      I have accidental vegan days sometimes, and honestly I feel great those days. Paleo though? I don’t think it will last long. I may just give up quinoa flakes because grains don’t really agree with me, but bring back the protein powder. I miss it!!

  2. A few years ago, I noticed that my stomach doesn’t like meat, so I stopped eating it. I do love grains, though, and eat whole wheat or rye bread, brown rice, and quinoa almost every day. That’s why I could never go paleo. I just refuse to eat meat, for many reasons. Have you ever considered a frutarian diet or 80/10/10? If paleo doesn’t work for you, it might be worth trying.
    My favorite scary movies are Sleepy Hollow and Shaun of the Dead.
    No dressing up around here, sorry. We Germans only do that for Carnival. 😉

    • I love grains too, but quinoa flakes and rice are the only ones that I can eat without too much problem. I don’t think my stomach likes meat either, but I don’t think that I could give it up because I can’t get protein elsewhere from beans or nuts. The fruitarian diet does sound interesting, but again, I wouldn’t be able to eat anything other than fruit, literally because of the nut thing.

      Wow. You are like a real “scary” movie person, huh? 😀

      What is Carnival? I’ve been to a carnival before, but I think that sounds like something different…

      • Carnival is something like Mardi Gras, celebrated to end winter and welcome spring. In some areas, people go crazy and party for days.
        Um, yeah, I’ve always loved horror movies. 😉

      • Oh, forgot to add: green vegetables like brokkoli, spinach, and kale also contain plenty of protein. And maybe we don’t need that much protein anyway?
        Just keep experimenting, and one day you’ll find out what works for you.

      • I’ve heard that kale is pretty high in protein, and I love Kale!! I need to find some ways to cook it up and bring it to school with me so that I can enjoy it all week long. Thanks for the suggestion!

        I know that some people don’t need a lot of protein, but I personally thrive on high levels of protein. My problem is just in how I get it. With meat I definitely get a lot, but it makes me feel weighed down. With protein powder I feel great, but I know that it’s not the purest form.

        Thanks for the comments. Gave me lots to think about 🙂

    • Thanks for the insight! I don’t really eat red meat, but I never thought about it. I totally believe in doing what you need to do too, which is why I wanted to try this out for a few days. I figured that it couldn’t hurt, and if there was the possibility that I would feel better, than I’m all for it!

    • I find the whole concept of Paleo so interesting. I’m not sure how it will go for me though. Thanks for the support!

      A few weeks into winter I’ll probably regret saying this, but I actually like the cold. Somewhat. Snow is awesome! I’m taking it doesn’t snow much where you live, right? Haha.

  3. First of all, LOVE Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus. Have watched them both recently.
    And second, I think it’s really interesting to read about you learning what works for your digestive system. I went through something similar a couple years ago. It was gluten, and I’ve found that other grains are totally fine for me. Never thought about going full blown Paleo, dairy is a-ok with my stomach and I wouldn’t want to give that up!

    • I wish I had a TV so that I could watch them. Neither is on Netflix. I may just have to dig around on YouTube though to get my Halloween fix 🙂

      Technically I am just allergic to wheat and rye, but all gluten-grains bother me. Most other grains bother me as well too. Looking back just a few weeks ago to my banana bread recipe, while technically gluten-free, was absolutely terrible on my stomach. Rice and quinoa flakes seem to be the only things that don’t kill me. Haha. And I totally wouldn’t go full-blown Paleo either if I could eat dairy… and peanut butter! Like I said though, at least for me it’s not a lot to give up, and it’s just five days… I already have plans for this weekend. 🙂

  4. I think you should experiment but be careful it isn’t an off balance overall of food groups that is making your stomach upset. sometimes when you are not consuming enough food or enough fat or enough carbs you can get that feeling. Keep trying things out and good luck!

    • Thanks for the tips. Overall I feel okay actually, it’s just after eating certain things like quinoa flakes and meat that my stomach starts acting funky. I know that I am out of balance with fats, and how I wish I could eat them without feeling terrible. This weekend I might experiment again with some type of fat. But it always goes horribly wrong. Lol 😦

      Oh, and I think you are right about the balance just within meals too. I definitely need to watch my proportions of veggies, fruits and meat within meals to see how I react.

  5. Girl, I hear you on the tummy troubles. Going GF cured a huge chunk of them for me, but I still struggle from time to time. While Paleo isn’t right for me (I’m a big believer in the theory that different things work for different people), there are definitely people who’ve benefited from it. I say listen to your body and do whatever makes you feel the best! 🙂

    As for scary movies, I’m the world’s biggest wuss when it comes to that stuff! I got *completely* wigged out watching the teen slasher movies that all my friends thought were hilarious – as a case in point, I couldn’t pick up the phone for, like, a full week after watching ‘Scream.’ :-/ Oy vey.

    Happy WIAW, and happy Halloween!

    • Going gluten-free has certainly helped me too, along with getting rid of all of the food that I was allergic to. I’m not sure if Paleo is necessarily “right” for me either, but I think that it is opening my eyes to the idea that I should probably limit my grains more. We’ll see!

      I’m a total wuss too! I can literally count on one hand the number of real scary movies that I have seen, and even then those are probably mild compared to what others watch. I walked into the living room once while my brother was watching Scream and walked right back out. No thank you!

      Happy Belated Halloween! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  6. I’ve not tried Paleo. It’s hard for me to figure out what to do since I don’t eat red meat. It’s not a digestion issue (although I do tend to get sick on high protein diets) or an ethical one. I just don’t like red meat.

    I don’t watch scary movies but I could watch The Nightmare Before Christmas every night. And, no, Disney never gets old.

    I have a batman shirt. That’s about as dressed up as I get. 🙂

    • I definitely like poultry much more than red meat, but I refrain mainly for digestion.

      Really? I couldn’t make it through The Nightmare Before Christmas. It was so creepy 😀

      Oh man. I totally should have worn my Green Lantern shirt! That would have made up for my lack of costume!!

  7. I don’t think I could go even 5 days of paleo ha ha. Since I tend to suffer from restrictive eating in my past, I think it would just trigger those bad emotions. I totally understand that you’re doing it for positive reasons though. I think that’s important to always do it for health. I hope it goes well for you!!

    • Ya, I realized after I put up the picture that the first movie was actually just “Halloweentown” minus the” “High.” I was too lazy to change it though 🙂 All four are good!

      Hilary Duff was one of my favorite childhood stars. She ranks pretty high up there along the likes of Mary Kate and Ashley 🙂

  8. Happy WIAW! I have experimented with the Paleo diet, I some digestion problems. I was a vegan for 2 years and it did not work for me. I think we are all different and if you have digestion problems you need to experiment to find what work best for you. 🙂
    Thanks for the Halloween movie list. I just watched Hocus Pocus yesterday. I like the old movie Watcher in the Woods, it is scary but not too scary.

    • I honestly think that I would feel better going vegan, but that would limit my options so much and in the end I think my nutrition would suffer. Plus, I love meat and am not ready to give it up 🙂

      Watcher in the Woods totally freaked me out!! You’re right that it wasn’t super scary, but it definitely played with your mind–Kind of mentally taxing. I don’t ever want to watch that again. Literally could not go out in the dark by myself for months straight.

  9. I have not tried the Paleo diet. Don’t think it will work for a vegetarian! So, no digesting meat either. Interesting about the grains. I have some digestion issues, so I have to think more about that. 🙂 What a fun movie list. I guess my favourite is the movie Halloween, but it freaks me out some!

  10. Hocus Pocus is my all time favorite Halloween movie!! I won’t be able to get home til Friday, but my husband is home now and texted me earlier that Hocus Pocus was on so he was DVRing it for me. Hooray!
    Also I really like quinoa, but poor hubby has the same reaction you do, so we very rarely have it. I’m really intrigued by stuff I’m hearing about amaranth, but I have yet to actually find it at the store.

    • I wish we still had DVR at home. That was the life! Lol.

      Have you ever tried quinoa flakes? I can’t eat regular quinoa at all, but quinoa flakes don’t bother me as much. That’s one of the reasons that I am going grain-free for bit- to see if it is actually the quinoa or just my stomach being… “stupid.” Haha 😀

  11. All those Halloween movies make me want to snuggle up in a blanket and have a movie marathon! I think it is a great idea to test out different ways of eating to fin out what works best for your diet. I have accidental weeks of being a vegetarian all the time but probably have only done a few days of being Paleo. Good Luck to you, I can’t wait to see how it works out after day 5!

  12. I probably eat more paleo/primal than not, but I’ve found that I’m just happier including limited grains and beans in my diet. I do soak/sprout/ferment them before cooking though and that has made a positive difference in my digestion. I think I’ve talked about it before?

    Can you have olives or olive oil?

    Fish has a lot more fat that red meat or poultry. I notice that the chicken you had looks skinless. Most of the fat in poultry is actually just under the skin. You would get more fat from chicken with the skin on. I’ve heard that too much protein can upset some tummies.

    I’m praying for you to find something that works for you! Digestion is so individual. {hugs}

    • I’ve heard that soaking and sprouting helps. I just have a really hard time finding uncooked beans that weren’t processed with peanuts or wheat.

      The chicken that I eat is skinless. And I can’t have olives or olive oil because of the fat. I’ve actually been meaning to do a post on this, but my body doesn’t digest fat because of deficiency in lipase. I’m working on bringing my lipase levels up and healing my stomach, so hopefully I can eat nuts and healthy fats soon!

      Thanks so much for the support. I really hope that this sheds some light on what is going in regard to my digestion.

      • I’ve never heard of this before. I’d be interested in reading a post about it.

        I hope this sheds some light on your problem too. Maybe just continue to listen to what your body is telling you … If meat isn’t sitting well, then it’s probably not right for you to eat a lot just because you think you need a certain nutrient.

        {hug}

  13. When I first started eating paleo, I was worried about how I’d handle no bread and no dairy. Truthfully, I don’t even really miss bread and grains anymore and don’t miss much dairy, except cheese. Its nice to give your body a chance to eat healthy, whole, natural foods once in awhile 🙂

    • If I was able to eat bread and dairy, I don’t think I would have ever considered doing this. Haha. I would have had no restraint!! 😀 That’s funny though, because I didn’t like cheese to begin with before my allergies. I would have hated giving up whole wheat flour for baking, and Greek yogurt. That’s good that you don’t miss them anymore… I wonder if that would be true of me and grains if I did this for the long haul??

  14. I think experimenting with diets in a healthy way can be fun because you learn a LOT about foods, your body, nutrients, and what works best for you. I’ve never tried the paleo dieting, but it sounds like it sticks to whole foods, so that’s good! I also have a hard time digesting meat, particularly red meats, so I avoid that as much as possible and stick with chicken and fish. I don’t often eat meat during the day, so 1/4 – 1/3 of my dinner is chicken or fish, the rest is veggies and some starch. That–plus regular exercise–helps with my stomach bloating.

    I can’t think of a favorite Hallowe’en movie, but growing up there was “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” 🙂

    • You are definitely right- I am learning a lot about my body and what works best for me. I avoid red meat too, mainly because of the unsaturated fat not digesting well with me. I load up on the chicken though! 🙂 I’ve noticed that just walking more during college has done wonders for my digestion! Whenever I feel bloated (and if I’m not too lazy), I’ll get up and go on a walk. It helps so much!!

      I completely forgot about Charlie Brown. Yes that is a great Halloween movie too.

  15. Ok, “Hocus Pocus” is the greatest Halloween movie in the world. Hands down! haha.

    I’ve never tried Paleo and I don’t plan on it bc of all the meat involved. I’m just not a fan of that much meat in my diet. It’s not a health thing or even a moral one, it’s more of just a preference. I just don’t really like it.

  16. Wow, there’s a lot going on in this post, too – and I love it, too! 🙂
    What the quinoa was doing to you is what happens to me when I eat oats. That and I get extremely nauseous. I suppose it makes sense that if one grain affects you, the others are more likely to, but it just kinda stinks – you fall in love with something and then it doesn’t like you back!
    I’ve heard a lot about Paleo lately. I’m glad it seems to be working for you!
    OK those Halloween movies brought back so many memories! I looooved Halloweentown High when I was younger!

    • Haha. Thanks! 🙂

      I get sick with oats too, which stinks. Aren’t they just awesome? Oats are used in everything! Number one thing? Oatmeal… Haha. I miss that stuff! Exactly, I have a broken heart with my love of grains 😀

      I just watched the first Halloweentown movie on YouTube tonight-Nothing’s changed!

  17. I went on a paleo stint for a few months and it wasn’t so bad, just took a while to prepare my food. I can’t give up having things with a cup and spoon, and without cereal to pour, I would chop apples and carrots and keep in the freezer to use as a crunchy “cereal” in almond milk and a little squash puree to thicken things up. Now I am just gluten free and love quinoa too much to omit.

    Favorite scary movie is definitely Stephen King’s “It”. Just classic and good.

    Can’t wait to hear how you feel after this week is up. Hope you enjoyed your Halloween!

    • That cereal idea is so great! I have to remember that and try it out, because I miss cereal so much.

      Regular quinoa bothers my stomach, so I’m not upset about omitting that. Quinoa flakes aren’t so bad though, so I’m definitely missing those.

      You are one of those true scary movie lovers, aren’t you? I’ve heard of IT. Sounds terrifying!

      I’m working on a recap of Paleo right now. Happy Belated Halloween!!

      • Glad you like the cereal idea! I really did enjoy it, just can be time consuming chopping the apples and carrots. Ha ha, I even tried one of those As Seen On TV “Slapchop” things…..no good. Frozen blueberries are easier since all you have to do is, well, freeze them.

        Yes, I love scary movies, and the older ones seem to be the best. IT is just classic.

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      • That’s what I figured 🙂 My brother loves scary movies too.

        I think the coolest thing about our bodies is when we can pinpoint how our body is acting towards a deficiency in certain vitamins or even an imbalance of macronutrients. It really is amazing!

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