Well, I did it. I successfully completed 30 days of the Paleo diet *cheers!* If you’re not quite sure what Paleo is about, read about it on this post, but it’s essentially all protein, veggies, fruits, and nuts. As a total carbivore (that’s a totally made up term) I thought this challenge was going to be damn near impossible, but it turned out to not completely suck! In fact, I’ve decided to adopt the Paleo lifestyle in my everyday life, with a few modifications. It definitely had some unexpected consequences…2 great, and 1 not-so-great:
Be sure to check out the video where I talk about my challenges with Paleo
I have these battles at lunch time – my brain and my stomach literally go at each other. It can be exhausting and pretty unnecessary (I mean, it’s one meal). I tend to eat out pretty much everyday for lunch and dinner (I know, I’m working on this!), and there a so many options. This can waste a lot of brain power and lead to a ton of over thinking. Nick Saban, who is the coach of the University of Alabama football team, infamously shared his time management strategy of eating the exact same thing everyday to avoid wasting time studying a menu. Despite the fact that it sounds kind of boring, there’s truth to that. And since things like bread, rice, and fries are such a big part of so many meals, I didn’t have much to choose from. It sounds crazy but I enjoyed this simplicity!
So, I struggled big time for the first week on Paleo. I kind of tried to wing it and stick with a lot of my same habits: I didn’t do much grocery planning; I realized that all of my snacks are non-Paleo; I didn’t have a plan for lunch…rookie stuff like that. By the second week, I realized that I had to try cooking something or I was going to starve. So I made some pretty awesome meals.
Like this chicken, mushrooms and spinach meal.
And this veggie quiche.
And green smoothies, which I’ve ignored because they get so much hype….but I’m done rebelling!
And I discovered some fantastic snacks.I’ve always been a fan of turkey jerky so I brought this back. These chips are made of veggies and they’re awesome…kale chips are another fave.
And best of all, Almond Milk – I’m in love with this stuff! It goes great with these chocolate-roasted almonds.
And I thought that cereal was the magical snack (I do miss kind of miss it though, so I’ll have a bowl every now and then)
So when I mentioned that everything about the diet wasn’t so great, this is what I was talking about. I track my finances on Mint.com and it always has a way of busting my bubble (last time, the big reveal was that buy way too many clothes). Here’s the line item for Food & Dining.
The green line is May and the yellow line is April. See how that green bar is twice as long as that yellow one?? Yea, I spent twice as much on food last month than the one before. Twice. That’s insane! A lot of it was a result of buying a lot of chopped fruit (like pineapples) and my husband and I went through a slight scallop infatuation (another fave!). So again, rookie stuff. My goal next time is to get this down by taking advantage of more sales on meats, fruits, and veggies.
So yea, that little bonus. I mention this in my video too if you watched it. I have this system where I email my measurements to myself every time they change. I haven’t changed much in about a year, but managed to change that this month. The three things I care about are my waist, hips, and thighs (I measure my left thigh 6 inches up from my knee). Well, here’s how we were looking by the middle of the month:
By the end of the month, I shaved another .5 inch off my waist and hips. Not too bad.So, needless to say, I’m a fan of Paleo! As long as I get a few cheat meals (I had one per week on the diet and I’m going to increase it to two for now), and I like the way I’m feeling, it’s the way to go for me.