Paleo Challenge Update: Week One

Earlier this week I wrote about the hubby and I challenging ourselves to one month of the paleo lifestyle. So far so good! And since there was so much interest in my post on Tuesday, I thought I’d keep you all posted with an update at the end of each week, where I’ll address each of these four topics. So, here goes!

My Favorite Meal

We tried a few different meats this week, but I’m going to have to go with the pork roast of night one as my favorite! It was delicious, flavorful, and really made me feel like I wasn’t sacrificing anything in the way of dinners. So thanks to the hubby for being an awesome cook and whipping this up for us on the first night!

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My Favorite Snack

Ok, so actually this was my lunch yesterday, but earlier in the week I was snacking on smaller portions of these when I would start feeling munchie. Strawberries, almonds, and prosciutto, oh my!

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Something Learned

I learned that legumes are not ok on the paleo diet, so apples with peanut butter is out. But almonds are a great alternative! Throw some almonds in a food processor and viola, instant almond butter! (I prefer almond butter over peanut butter anyway.) Also, almond milk in my coffee has been quite delicious; I don’t miss my usual sugar and soy creamer at all! In fact, I might switch to almond milk for my coffee permanently.

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How I Feel

The biggest change I’ve notice in week one has been that I don’t get those sudden intense hunger feelings. Normally, hunger works like an off/on switch for me. One second it’s off and the next it’s on… and then it’s a count-down to get food before I start getting cranky. I’m starting to think that might have been because of all the refined carbohydrates I usually eat! I have not had that kind of instant hunger sensation even once all week. So that has been a big and welcome surprise in all this!

Are you living paleo too? How’s it going? If not, are you intrigued yet?

Why I love… Danish Modern

1.Danish Modern Walnut Lounge Chair Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin - signed2. 

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Danish modern design was at it’s height from the 1940’s-1960’s.  It featured clean lines, minimalist designs, and originated in Denmark, of course. Generally the designs of this style really took into account how the human body would interact with the chair, and so you’ll find the proportions to be just right. I’ve noticed more recently that a lot of these designs are coming back, popping up in some of my favorite furniture stores, even the more popular ones like Crate and Barrel and Room and Board.

As a new homeowner and amateur interior designer, I have been loving furnishing the home my husband and I bought recently. It’s a modestly sized house, so finding the right size furniture to fill the space but also allow enough seating for lots of entertaining (which we love to do!) has been a challenge. In my search for an accent chair for the living room, I have found myself consistently leaning toward danish modern designs, and preferably vintage. Here’s what I love about the chairs I’ve been finding:

  • beautiful use of walnut and teak
  • smooth wood, almost baby soft
  • broad curves to compliment a very few sharp angles
  • use of thin pieces of wood, so as to not look bulky; in a small living room like mine, this keeps it from closing off the space leaving the room feeling airy and light

Even though they aren’t super squishy over sized loungers, they still look plenty comfortable for long conversations over a glass of wine or scotch. Plus, the elegance of the wood and the striking style are bound to strike up a conversation about design, which I am always happy to chat about!

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Found Images:

  1. Etsy – Object of Beaty
  2. Room & Board
  3. Apartment Therapy
  4. Furniture Fashion