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One week without grain, wheat, or sweets – feeling good and energized! It actually hasn’t been that hard. Living a primal lifestyle takes more time and thought to carry out, but well worth the effort. I think the best piece of advice is to never go to a social gathering (where you know there will be all kinds of gluten goodies) hungry. Think ahead and eat something before you go or take something with you. People love when you chip in, so bring a primal inspired dish – they will most likely be pleasantly surprised!

So, switching gears to breakfast; I’m one of those people that could eat eggs every morning and never get tired of them. However, some people need a little more variation. So here is my ever growing list to inspire you on your 8th day of the challenge. Some of these can stand alone as your meal, but some are side items, FYI.

Almond Banana Pancakes or Pumpkin Pancakes

Frittatas – there are so many variations of this that it’s hard to put just one recipe up. Basic Frittata = 12 eggs whisked, 1/2 – 1 cup milk, any veggies you would like to add (I like onions, tomatoes, spinach/swiss chard), salt, pepper, garlic powder and cooked sausage/ bacon/ ground beef, etc and done. Bake on 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until it doesn’t jiggle in the middle when you shake it :).

Full fat greek yogurt with berries – There’s nothing wrong with regular yogurt (although it’s hard to find plain, full fat) but Greek yogurt has more protein, as you are aware, and will keep you full much longer.

Green Smoothie – add some ground flax seed or protein powder. I don’t use protein powder much, but the only one I would without a doubt recommend is  this one from Mark Sisson.

Leftover veggies with scrambled eggs – One of my favorite breakfasts are when I just cook a few eggs and when they are almost done, throw in leftover veggies in the pan to heat up. My absolute favorite is sweet potato, red and orange peppers, onion, sausage, and eggs – yum, yum, yum.

Paleo Carrot Muffins

Pumpkin muffins

Don’t limit breakfast to “breakfast foods”. Any food can be a breakfast food when you make it the first meal of the day. Steak and veggies for breakfast – that’s a great start to the day!

So, here’s what day 8 looked like from the kitchen…

Breakfast – 3 scrambled eggs, 2 slices bacon, black coffee

Lunch – Green Smoothie & 2 almond meal cookies from last night

Workout in the afternoon: good warm up and some sprints. 80% 4 times @ 100m, 100% 4 times @ 100m

Dinner – We had dinner a little early since our lunch was light, Italian meatballs with spaghetti squash. This is one of my favorite quick meals: 1 pound italian sausage (our local farm has some great stuff!) and 1 pound ground beef mixed together and formed into balls. Cook in a little bit of coconut oil on low heat. Serve on top of spaghetti squash and cover with sauce. Yum!

We got together with some friends and someone graciously brought a vegetable tray, so I ate a lot of veggies!

How was your first week? Any changes you’ve noticed yet? What are your favorite Primal breakfasts?

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