Meal planning and a paleo update

I find it’s a lot easier for us to cook at home (rather than spending money on eating out) if I have a meal plan.  I don’t necessarily plan a meal for every single day of the next week, and I don’t necessarily plan every meal of every day.   I plan for dinner, and we’re usually able to have leftovers for lunches and do something easy like a smoothie for breakfast.  Here’s what’s up for this week.  All meals will be pretty close to or completely paleo-friendly.

Caramelized Honey Dijon Chicken, Roasted Broccoli and Carrots with Cashews

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken in Tangy Peanut Sauce

Balsamic Winter Throw Together Bake

Bacon Beef Butternut Squash

Cider Braised Brats, Onions & Peppers

I’ll also be making a couple of treats:

No-Bake Coconut Crack Bars

Strawberry Frosting Shots

Paleo Brownies

And let’s not forget breakfast!

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Paleo Peach Frangipane Muffins

Yes, this is a pretty ambitious list for me.  Not the regular meals, but the sweets and breakfasts.  But let’s be serious, paleo or not, I have a wicked sweet tooth, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I’m planning to include them this week.  If I have paleo-friendly treats on hand, I’m less likely to eat sugar-laden junk.

As for how paleo is going, when I stick to it, pretty well.  I have no idea if I’ve lost weight, and I really don’t care.  My goal is not to get down to some unreasonably low weight – I don’t care what the scale says, I don’t really care what size clothes I wear, I just want to be proportionate on top and on bottom, and I want to be strong and  healthy to keep up with my kids.  In addition to trying to eat clean more often than not, I’m also getting consistent with my working out (finally, at the age of 44, I like the kettlebell enough to stick to it!).  I notice that I feel better when I eat clean, and I’m starting to notice that some of my clothes are fitting a little looser.  Not so much that I need new ones, but enough that I notice on some things.  I’m also noticing that it’s easier to get down on the floor with the boys, and it’s easier to get into Brian’s big ol’ truck that has no running boards (which is a challenge for vertically challenged me).  So, I’m seeing progress in practical ways, and that motivates me to keep on going!

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