But here I am, mindlessly typing away about how I haven't been blogging. So what am I doing here? Well, Kate asked me to discuss the Paleo diet I have started, so you can thank her for pulling back into the Blog world today!
So let's talk Paleo!
First things first I'd like to say that I am still learning about this lifestyle choice. So I definitely don't know everything, but if you have questions please ask me in the comments and I will respond!! Promise :)
What is the Paleo diet?
My definition: First off it's not a diet, more of a lifestyle choice. Basically it is based on the facts that we were not made to eat processed food (no surprise there), instead we should eat like the Cavemen and women did many moons ago. This includes things that can be found naturally with little to no additives in them.
How did you chose the diet?
I have been eating terribly and feeling terribly about how I look for a long time. Based on my weight and height I am in the "overweight" category for my BMI and I'm not surprised. I don't like the way I fit/look in my clothes and I'm just unhappy with my appearance. In the past I've tried limiting what I eat, but have not seen any results. It is my hope that with this diet, I will be able to see some weight loss once and for all and to help my body get into a healthier state. So I figured that since I hadn't seen results by just limiting my intake of food, I should try the Paleo diet where I simply cut out food groups completely. Plus I've seen a lot of people have successful results with this lifestyle change.
What are you not allowed to eat on the Paleo diet?
No grains, dairy or legumes (beans, this includes peanuts). Still with me?! At first I was like there is no way I can do this. That takes way everything I eat and love, which is the main reason I knew I needed to do it.
Seriously?! Then what CAN you eat?
Meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and natural oils (coconut, Olive Oil)
How did you start the diet?
I went cold turkey, I cut out all dairy, legumes and grains. For some it maybe better to phase different food groups out. But so far this is working for me.
What is a typical days meal plan for you like?
I'm only on day 6 but here is what I've been eating:
Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs (sometimes with sautéed peppers and onions) 2-3 pieces of bacon, and fruit( cantaloupe or banana with cinnamon). I also make a smoothie some mornings - my favorite combo is pineapple, banana and strawberry.
Snack- Trial Mix (almonds, cashews, pistachios, chocolate chips)
Lunch: Salad- Romaine and Cabbage mix, broccoli, bell peppers, 1 hardboiled egg, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and Avocado. I'll normally have an apple or celery with Sunflower butter.
Snack: Normally fruit (Apple or Peach), a paleo granola ball or pecans
Dinner: Chicken Stir fry with broccoli, carrots, onions and peppers and Cauliflower "Rice". Last night I made Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini.
I normally have two snacks a day when I'm in classes because I helps keep me going since we have such long days.
Are you following the diet exactly?
No. The diet says that you should buy only grassfed meats and organic everything else. I have a grad student budget I am working with, so it is not possible for me to fork (ha! no Pun intended!) out a lot of money each week. Also, I had normal soy sauce on my stir fry, but not a lot so I think it's okay. Oh and my chocolate in the trial mix is semi- sweet, but in order for it to be true Paleo approved chocolate it needs to be dark and at least 70%.
Additionally, my mom is coming up this weekend and I know I will be put in situations (i.e. restaurants) that will not have paleo options. I just have to make smart decisions while I'm out. For instance, I won't be loading up on breads, pastas and things of that sort. I can stick to meats and veggies, salads (w/out cheese) etc.
Do I think this will hinder me in the long run?
Not at all. I eat the trial mix once a day and it's packed with tons of nuts to balance the chocolate out. And while it's certainly ideal in any case to buy all organic and grassfed meats, it's not an option for me. I want the diet to help me learn to make smart choices about my eating and what I am putting in my mouth.
Have you had any cravings?
Not particularly. Sometimes I would really like to have a piece of toast with bananas and peanut butter or sometime of the sort instead of eggs, but it's not a feeling of immediate need or life will not go on if I don't get it kind of thing.
What challenges have you faced thus far?
I started this diet on Wednesday (the 3rd) and went to Trader Joe's to buy somethings, the sample guy had Cookie Butter Ice Cream to taste test and I had to turn him down. He wished me luck though.
Then on Thursday AND Friday this nursing organization provided Panera Bagels and all the bread breakfast treats they have and everyone in my class flocked to the table to get some, except me!! Thursday night I was invited to Mexican, which I turned down and then Saturday I was invited to Panera. AHH I've said no to a lot of my favorites this week! That has been a challenge and it hasn't been a full week yet!
Also, I don't eat a lot of meat in the first place and definitely no red meat. So I have to make sure I get enough protein in my diet.
And I miss peanut butter:( I'm trying out sunflower butter from Trader Joe's and it's just not the same.
Kate wanted to know about all the Paleo "treats" she sees on Pinterest and what I think about them.
Chocolate is basically a food group in my life! I LOVE it!! It's something I'm not willing to part with. So I've got my Chocolate in my Trail Mix and my 70% Paleo approved kind, but now instead of eating chocolate 2+ times a day, like I was doing, I eat it 1-2 but in much smaller amounts. I've pinned some other paleo treats on Pinterest and just like the chocolate I think as long as you eat them in moderation, you will be fine. You can't eat anything with white or wheat flour or granulated sugar in it, so paleo desserts are made with almond, coconut and a lot of other flours I'd never heard of before. I think they are better for you, but just limit yourself. The only "dessert" I've had since starting as been my chocolate.
How long do you plan to do the Paleo Diet?
Definitely a month, though like I said with my mom coming up I will be less strict next weekend. I want to see if this will truly help me lose weight. If it does, then I will definitely continue it, though I may add in grains once a week or dairy. We will see. I plan to reevaluate at the one month mark aka October 3rd.
Are you exercising?
Yes! I'm back at Pure Barre after not going for a month and it is kicking my booty! I love PB, more than any other type of exercise. For now I'm sticking with that and maybe I'll add in an at home workout video from time to time.
What is your end goal?
Ideally I want to lose 30 pounds, that will put me in the appropriate BMI category for my height. I want to tone up, lose my batwing tripcep jiggle and my thunder thighs. I want to feel better about the way I look and feel in my clothes. But most importantly I want to gain more self confidence and be happy with how I look, because right now I do not.
Did I miss anything? What else can I answer for you?!
Anyone else doing the Paleo diet?!