I am hoping that everyone has been thinking about something they want to change (food-wise) in a positive way over a period of 30 days. As many of my constant readers know, I’ve selected a Food Challenge to follow a more Paleo diet – which includes the exclusion of wheat products and all those junky processed foods. Many Paleo followers also exclude dairy from their diet – but I’m not going to do that. I don’t eat a huge amount of dairy anyway – so I’ll just make sure the dairy I do eat is healthy and not processed!
I have started to read another book called The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf (click on the pic to check out his site). I’m only a few chapters in, but I like the writing style of the author so far – he’s sort of funny, and relate-able. I’m glad that I read a book on the whole no-wheat thing, because it definitely helps me have a better understanding of some of the principles behind eating more Paleo style – it all overlaps and comes together. I still feel like a bit of a novice because there is so much information out there – but I hope as I go through this next month or so, I’ll be learning it as I’m living it and able to share my ups & downs – and hopefully my success with you!
As a brief reminder – Paleo isn’t really a “diet.” It’s more of a way of life – returning to our roots and eating more like our ancestors did – natural, unprocessed food. It doesn’t involve counting calories, which is a big plus for me because I’m really tired of doing that. It encourages you to eat when you are hungry but isn’t forcing food down your throat 6-7 times a day. And while there are some things you aren’t supposed to eat – the reasons behind it make sense to me.
For example, I shouldn’t eat this giant piece of cake from the store because it’s all processed and junk. I can ask myself, WWCD? (What would CaveMan Do) – and if he wouldn’t have had that around to snack on, I should probably think twice about indulging. 🙂
I do believe there is a place for dessert and sweets, so I’ll be exploring ways to still indulge occasionally but I’m placing my bets that it will take a bit more preparation on my end. But like anything else, results are usually so much better when you put the effort into getting there, right?
As I’m wrapping up my first week of really spending time THINKING about the foods I normally eat and making some changes to see if I would die or not – I’m glad to say that not eating wheat hasn’t been THAT big of a deal this week. The biggest change is about what I snack on – and trying to be more aware of the ingredients in products that I buy like are they filled with unpronounceable ingredients? That is a red flag!
Starting next week, I’ll be moving more towards total integration of the Paleo diet – and this will mean a pantry renovation to get rid of products that don’t meet the primal eating standards! And really pushing myself to prepare more healthy snacks for during the day so I don’t ever feel like I’m starving myself – because that is NOT the point of this diet change. And i’ll say – I haven’t felt starved this week – the only times I’ve been super hungry is when I didn’t plan my day out right and didn’t have time to eat a snack I’d prepared and that’s really my own fault.
Some of you have said you want to do a 30 day Food Challenge but you aren’t sure what you should pick. Here are some ideas for you:
1) Eat more local veggies & fruits (like buying this stuff from a farmer’s market vs canned items or at the grocery store)
2) Eat better meat – this means grass fed vs. grain fed – and try to buy from humanely raised organizations.
3) Maybe you just need to cut out the processed foods in general – too many 100 calories snack packs and breakfast from a box? This might be good for you.
4) Don’t eat out any fast food this month.
5) Cut caffeine out of your diet.
6) Reduce processed sugar in your daily nutrition (this will happen naturally if you do #3)
7) Drink only water!
So maybe these give you some ideas of things you can change up over the next 30 days – and maybe it will change your life. Maybe it will push you outside your comfort zone and you’ll learn something new about yourself. Maybe it will re-set your palate and you’ll discover you enjoy new foods (I’m hoping this will help expand my palate regarding fruit!).
Maybe it will just remind you that you have the power to make positive changes in your life – all you have to do is commit. I’d love to hear your 30 day challenges and how you are doing with them. You don’t have to start next week, or maybe you have already started….either way, I’ll be here for you along the way – whatever you decide. And by default, you’ll be here for me. Gee, thanks! 🙂