Remember when I was Paleo for a hot second?
(These are the kinds of places I frequent these days….)
Ummm, yeah, I don’t really either. But I was! On and off for a couple years, back in 2012 through 2013. Heck, my oat-less Paleo faux oatmeal is still one of my most popular blog posts!
Like I mentioned last week, I’m starting a Paleo Whole30 on Monday after I’m back from Seattle, in an effort to get back onto a healthier bandwagon. This means 30 days of clean, Paleo-inspired eating, from April 6 through May 5. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo margaritas, dare I say. 😉
Now to be clear, I don’t think Paleo is the only way to eat, nor do I think it’s the “ideal” healthy way to eat for everyone, or healthIER than what you do in your life for yourself. Everyone knows their own body (or should!), and personally, I have no angst with whole grains. Um, hello, pancakes are my fav food? I do not at all think they’re the devil or some ingredient that is ruining mankind and making America fat. That being said, what I – a normal person with no official medical/health/nutrition training – appreciate about the Paleo lifestyle is the emphasis on cutting out sugar (which I DO think is the devil.. processed sugar specifically, not fruit), and adding more protein and veggies into your diet. I usually feel a boost in energy and lose a bit of my hanger edge (aka being unreasonably angry when hungry…). And THAT is why I almost always end up turning to Paleo when I need a kick in the booty, diet wise.
For a refresher (and those of you new to Paleo), here are some do’s and don’ts, totally pulled from one of my blog posts on Paleo eating two years ago:
Peanuts are legumes and therefore not allowed by the Paleo gods (bye-bye, peanut butter), and white potatoes are also not generally approved for a Whole30, which is basically intended to be a stricter, super clean kick-off for starting a Paleo lifestyle. I am not a paleo expert, but you can find lots of helpful info on Whole30 “rules” from gurus across the internet, such as here. My boyfriend is vegetarian, recently turned, and as a result I feel like I end up eating mostly eggs or grains with him… primarily because I’m too lazy to cook chicken or something else separate. SO, I’ve been consuming far less protein lately than I feel is best for my body and energy levels, and heavier on the breads and such. Exhibit A:
March has been the month of sandwiches the size of my head.
Soooooooooo. Here we are.
My friend Kirby and her fiance (hi!) are joining me virtually for the next month – anyone else want to? Please say yes!
Personally, if I have something around, I’ll eat it……so best to clean out the kitchen cabinets and refrigerator shelves (you can always donate unopened items to food pantries, give to neighbors), or – if you live with other people not joining you on this Paleo journey – set hard and fast rules that all the pasta and bagels and frozen waffles are your significant other’s/roommate’s only… pretend you’ll get struck by lightening if you touch their waffles. Whatever.
And on that note, I’m going to go eat some carbs before Monday rolls around.
Paleo – how do you feel about it? Ever tried it? Want to join me for this monthly challenge/recharge?!