Days 20 & 21 Primal Challenge 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Day 20
10am: Fluffy omelet made with 2 eggs, filled with red onion, bacon and cheese
1pm: Decaf Nespresso, 2 pieces Cashew & Almond Dark Chocolate
4pm: 3 crackers with Camembert, small slice primal chocolate cake
7pm: Pork Belly with Crackling & applesauce, broccoli, beans and cream based cheese sauce

Pretty good day of food! Felt a little cravey for sweets and had a little primal cake. Pork belly was amazing and it's a sure fire way to get my eating on the straight and narrow for the week. Last day of challenge tomorrow, hopefully I can end on a great day of food!

Day 21
9.30am 2 egg omelet made with cream, filled with tomato, fresh basil and Egmont cheese, decaf nespresso, piece 85% Lindt
12pm Decaf Nespresso
3pm Almond & Flax cracker with Camembert, 2 pieces cashew & almond dark chocolate
6.30pm Eye fillet with pepper sauce and pumpkin mash with cream cheese, broccoli & beans, handful of raspberries

I managed to do my first lot of exercise today since my back injury. Physio didn't seem to help me so instead my Pilates instructor suggested aqua jogging, I feel pretty lame doing it and it's frustrating not being able to lift weights and do Pilates like I normally can but I need to remind myself that it's small steps to get through this injury. My eating was good today and feeling much better without the cravings, they always surface when I indulge but luckily if I get straight into things like pork belly I manage to deal with the cravings much more easily!

Today was the official last day on the 21 day challenge. What did it achieve? Well it made me much more aware of how many little non primal indulgences had slipped back into my diet without me being super conscious about it, although I had a few little slips it was a nice reminder that this journey is always going to be a lifetime challenge, it's never going to be super easy but most of the time it feels so natural to eat well and therefore I know I'll never eat any other way. There's been no amazing epiphanies but I'm happy with how I have done.  How did any of you do on your challenge?


  1. Hello,

    I love following your food diary, it helps give me an idea of what I can eat :)

    I have been Paleo for 6 months now but my weight loss is very slow. I have just started eating cheese again, but was wondering if there is a daily limit? I was eating too many root vegetables at first, so there was no weight loss, Im attempting to stay in ketosis most of the time now so see if that works better. I was also wondering what your daily calorie intake is? Mine is between 1500-1800 with 3 meals a day, and i Crossfit 3-5 times a week.

    Thanks for all your awesome pictures?

  2. Oops, that ? was meant to be a ! :)

    1. Sorry to be flooding your comments, but i forgot to ask if coffee is an issue? I have a black coffee everyday, but have noticed that you have decaf- is there a reason for that? does it inhibit weight loss? Also, Ive incorporated the Atkins approach also- and have had a couple of their chocolate bars allowed in the induction phase- what is your opinion on those? Thank you!!! Jess


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