Goooooood morning from D.C.!
I’m back and ready to hit the ground running for the new year.
To kick start 2012 into high gear, I’ve decided to do another Paleo Whole 30. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you may recall that I dabbled in Paleo and did my very first Whole 30 back in the summer, until I eventually ended it a few days shy of Day 30 while surrounded by Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes in Disney World. Like I could really turn those down.
In case you have no idea what crazy train I seem to have hopped on this time, in a nutshell the Paleo lifestyle embraces a diet that is grain free, dairy free, and legume free, and without the consumption of added sugar. It focuses on eating lean protein, vegetables, and fruits, along with good fats such as those from nuts (almond butter! no peanuts <–legume), avocado, olive oil, and coconut.
I was pretty intrigued by the whole Paleo concept upon learning about it first from James (<–that’s Penpal! I’ve decided it’s no longer necessary to hide his first name from the world. 😉 ) as it’s really popular with his buddies in the military community, and then from reading about the experiences of another blogger. Everyone (including further research I did, such as pouring over another fantastic Paleo blog or two) talked about how incredible eating Paleo ended up making them feel, how it transformed not only their bodies but their energy levels; that they’d never felt better in their lives.
I’m cautiously optimistic by nature, aka a smiling skeptic, and one with a hardcore journalism background. Needless to say I wanted firsthand proof that what all these people were mooning over was in fact for real and as effective as they said… I usually chalk up most diets to hype and have always believed that moderation will never let you down in terms of a healthy eating plan. After James decided to give Paleo a shot in the summer, though, I figured what the heck! I wasn’t interested in losing weight, but rather wanted to be a guinea pig in order to ascertain whether or not all that Paleo baloney would live up to the hype.
Obviously you know how this story ends, because here I am, six months later, babbling about how I want to do it again. Honestly, I felt amazing while on Paleo.. and that’s coming from someone who lives for a good stack of pancakes and dreams about carbs. I had such a surge of energy during my Paleo experiment, and my body was sincerely more toned and in shape than it has ever been in my life – without changing any of my usual workouts or activities. Yean, it surprised me too.
Since then I’ve suckered two of my good friends into trying the Paleo thang (including Annie, the one I just saw over this past weekend!), and both love its effects too… I only stopped because I love pancakes more than I love my abs.
A Whole 30 is a traditional way to launch a Paleo lifestyle change, as it’s meant to keep you eating strictly Paleo for a full month. No licks out of the peanut butter jar, or chocolate chip cookie crumbs. And I’m personally giving Paleo another go right now because a. I want to get back on track with clean eating and high energy for workouts/LIFE, and b. well….. I want to be in kick-butt shape when a certain boyfriend returns from Afghanistan this winter.
Call me vain, I don’t care.
Oh, and Annie’s doing the Whole 30 along with me again this time, too!
Whole wheat waffles with flax covered in peanut butter and banana.. plus a few leftover granola bars just to get them out of my apartment before today. I know, I’m a picture of nutrition.
Considering all of the pancakes I’ve devoured in the last two weeks, I could probs use a break from carbohydrate loading. 😉
I also just had my first workout of the new year, and it felt great. Sooo, who’s with Annie and I?
I’m going grocery shopping and will be posting a groceries list later on. 🙂
Anyone else ever done Paleo? Want to join for a Whole 30?