Paleo Challenge: Week 1

On the 15th Mark and I began a 30 day Paleo challenge and so far it has been just that, a challenge. The Paleolithic lifestyle is pretty simple: eliminate processed, man-made foods and focus on getting nutrition from whole, unprocessed foods {aka: REAL food}. On this diet we get to eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit and nuts and we exclude breads, rice or grain of any kind, dairy, legumes and all things sugary. It may seem crazy to give up the conventional food pyramid with its suggested 6 or more daily servings of grains but the more we researched and considered Paleo the more it began to make sense.

This all-inclusive post from FITBOMB goes deep into the details of how our bodies are made to consume certain foods and how the American carb and sugar-laden diet is slowly changing our bodies for the worse. It’s a crazy long post but it’s worth the read if you’re interested in knowing more.

Here are a few things I’ve learned so far from this Paleo lifestyle change:

  • Fat = friend…consuming a higher than “normal” amount of good fats does not automatically mean you will die from heart disease. There’s nothing wrong with using your leftover bacon fat to saute the next meal’s onions in.
  • If you’re hungry, eat. If you’re not, don’t…when your food choices are all healthy ones, your body will tell you when it needs more.
  • Carbs were calling the shots…the first couple of days into our Paleo challenge I had a constant, dull headache and I felt nauseous at times; I could just feel my body pouting, saying ‘Hey! What’s going on? I want some bread!’
  • Temptation will lead to failure…we removed all temptation by ridding our entire apartment of non-Paleo foods; out of sight, out of mind.
  • Preparation & planning are key…I printed off a calendar and every Sunday I plan out our meals for the week, make a grocery list and go grocery shopping.

Now, do we plan on living with a strict Paleo diet for the rest of our lives? Maybe! It all depends on how we feel when day 30 rolls around. They say it will take about 2 weeks for your body to fully adjust from a carb-based diet to a fat-based diet so hanging in there for an entire month is important. My guess is that we’re going to feel amazing and thanks to this 30 day challenge our meals in the future will be more centered around meats and vegetables instead of grains and sugars. Here’s hoping that weeks 2, 3 and 4 are just as great as week 1 has been!

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  1. Paleo Challenge: Week 2 « life by britney Says:

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