Our 30 Day Paleo Challenge
January 12, 2012 § 18 Comments
On January 2nd we started a 30 day Paleo challenge. The basic idea is to eat like a caveman for 30 days and see how you feel at the end of it. So far my favourite comment from family and friends has been from my brother who asked, “Where are you going to get dinosaur meat?”
He was just being cute and I was being even cuter when I replied nonchalantly, “Oh, we know a guy.”
The thing I found interesting though is how often, in the 10 days since we started this new way of eating, that the questions come up. “What, no bread?” Nope. “No potatoes, rice or pasta?” Nope. The best has to be, “Then what are you eating”, as though I’m starving myself.
What I am eating is; beef, chicken, pork…bacon, lots of bacon, eggs, spinach, zucchini, carrots, squash, turnips, strawberries, blueberries, coconut milk, raw almonds, cauliflower, green beans, green peppers, assorted leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms, butter and onions.
That’s just in the last 10 days. Really, I’m hardly starving.
But I’ve cheated too. Let’s see…1/2 dozen leftover Christmas cookies, milk chocolate, pizza and the three cough drops I ate because I was too lazy to get up and get the cookies.
Overall though, the last 10 days have shown me that I CAN do this. In general I just feel better, have more energy and a more positive outlook. Despite the setback of actually gaining a couple of pounds in the first week, by sticking with it, I’ve subsequently lost more than I gained and then some.
This shit works.
Changing our diet and the foods we eat is Phase one. The next phase will be about incorporating regular exercise into our routine. We’re not looking to run marathons here, just to invigorate ourselves a little with some physical activity. Especially important here in Canada in January when the weather outside leaves you not even wanting to open the front door, let alone get out for a brisk walk.
Snow, freezing rain, more snow.
For now, I’m keeping Phase Three as a surprise, mostly because I’m not exactly sure about it. I’m leaning towards…ahhh, you’ll have to wait. 😛
If you’re at all interested in Paleo and want more info check out GROKette’s Primal Musings for an intro into the world of Paleo. She has more info, links and experience than I do and I loved her latest article.
I’ll keep you posted.