“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Our first step? We cleaned out our refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Chips, cookies, spam, mac & cheese, everything! It was a sad day as I kept asking J, “wait, are we throwing this away too?”. But ultimately, it was an empowering experience and the first step in a different direction.
We know we can’t control what’s around us outside of our own house, but inside, we have complete control to avoid any temptations. We’re not completely immune to our cravings either – sometimes when we’re out about, we have a cheeseburger or tacos. But this is about 10% of the time, and we don’t punish ourselves for it. We don’t use it as an excuse either. We make the conscious decision to do so, and we live with it. Just like that first step.
love you like a fat kid love cake – curtis jackson
No-bake choco cake
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp Enjoy Life mini chips
Mix everything in a mug/bowl.
Microwave for 2 minutes.
Top with a pat of butter, more mini chips, and walnuts (or whatever you like!).
Coconut Whipped Cream
- Heavy, full fat coconut cream (refrigerate beforehand)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinammon
Whisk together. Enjoy!
Above is one of our most used hashtags on Instagram. We discovered within the first few days of going paleo that if we couldn’t satisfy our epicurean preferences, this wouldn’t work as a long-term lifestyle for us. We initially ate a lot of grilled steak and simply-prepared veggies, and as good as it was, our taste buds got bored very fast. J loves him some Mexican food, and I can’t go a few days without some type of Asian food. Knowing this, we decided that paleo would definitely be the template for everything that we ate, but would make concessions in order to continue eating what we love. Last week, I cooked some Thai basil beef, and used fish sauce. It wasn’t 100% paleo friendly (this one is though), but it’s one of the few things we kept in our pantry, as it is a staple in most of the Asian dishes I cook. We’re not paleo purists, and we’re okay with that. I’d say we are usually 90/10, with that 10% cushion to use ingredients that may not be all-natural/organic/paleo.
These days, every single meal is earned. If we want something in particular, we have to research recipes, adapt it to our paleo template, then spend time in the kitchen cooking it up. We’re making it work! Tim Gunn would be proud, we’re sure.
J and S here. We are a husband & wife team living in the San Francisco Bay Area (go Niners! go Giants! go Warriors!), and have two handsome, fluffy puppies named Barney & Marshall (HIMYM fans, anyone?). We’ve recently jumped head first into the paleo lifestyle, and have decided to chronicle this journey not just for our own purposes, but for anyone else interested in what it entails.
Our paleo experience began a mere 14 days ago, and it started with a bag of coffee. For J’s 28th birthday a few weeks ago, our good friend Tin graciously gifted him with 2 bags of Bulletproof Coffee, grass-fed butter, and a bottle of MCT oil. Wait, what? We were supposed to put butter and oil into our coffee? As caffeine fiends who enjoy a straight shot of espresso and like to grind and hand pour our coffee, we just couldn’t wrap our heads around it initially. Perhaps it was the pure novelty of the idea that really intrigued us, but what began as a cursory google search led to hours upon hours of reading and researching . What we discovered resulted in a complete paradigm shift away from the SAD (Standard American Diet), and a migration to the philosophy behind the paleolithic diet. Yes, there is skepticism and opposing views, and that is completely fine with us. We’ve decided for ourselves that we wanted to try it before knocking it, and come to our own conclusions. That being said, here are a few milestones that we’ve accomplished since going paleo 14 days ago:
- We’ve almost completely removed grains, dairy, legumes, and processed sugars from our diet. There has been the rare occasion we eat 80/20, but we’ve been consistent overall.
- We’ve cooked almost every single meal from scratch, and most importantly, we cook together.
- We’ve only eaten out at a restaurant once of our own accord, and even then, we chose a sashimi dinner and brought our own coconut amino soy sauce replacement. This is pretty huge, being a couple who previously lived in downtown San Francisco. Dining out became the norm, which then became a crutch.
- We have more energy throughout the day, and our appetites have decreased overall.
- TMI: our bowel movements are much more… pleasant?
- We have more motivation to be active: we play volleyball twice a week, and intend to ramp up our workouts this week (Insanity, anyone?)
- We have collectively lost 18 pounds (!!): 10 pounds for J, 8 pounds for S. We’ve lost inches all around. This is still mind-boggling to us, because 1) we’re only 14 days in, and 2) we put butter and/or coconut oil in our coffee every morning.
- Perhaps most importantly, the discipline required to follow this lifestyle has influenced our everyday choices. We are more productive with our time, and we are much more conscious of what is going into our bodies. As we keep reminding ourselves, this isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.
One caveat if you’ve read this far: everything we’ve accomplished required hard work and extreme dedication. The results did not come easy, and at times we just wanted to succumb to the deliciousness and accessibility of our favorite foods (pizza, donuts, rice). However, all we had to do was look into the mirror and see that the benefits of this lifestyle far outweigh the fleeting feeling of giving into our impulsive desires. We’ve learned how to make this lifestyle work work for us, so we truly feel we aren’t sacrificing taste or satisfaction with what we are eating.
This is just the beginning, and we are 100% committed to this. Stay tuned for yummy recipes, the ubiquitous challenges and everything else we encounter on this road. And if you aren’t already, follow us on Instagram @onthe6thday for our most recent updates!
- J + S