With a New Year comes resolutions.
I have lost count of the resolutions from years gone by that I have broken within weeks.
So who is to say this one will be any different…………I am going to give it my best shot!!
Typically I am looking toward my eating habits, which with pregnancy and breast feeding have got pretty wild to say the least.
I need to clean it up and as a Crossfitter I looked toward the Paleo diet.
(Now before you starting thinking “Hey Sally is breast feeding she can’t diet?!” Paleo is more of a lifestyle then diet, I have likened it to becoming vegetarian….Let me explain)
Over Christmas I had lunch with a friend Sham. He and his wife are avid paleo’s. Having not seem Sham in a while I obviously ask for the low down on what he has been up to and conversation turned to eating.
I told Sham of my desire to clean up my habits and that I often thought of trying paleo but to me it just seemed a bit boring and tricky to keep up with .
To which Sham pulled out his phone to show me all the lovely dishes his wife Sonja prepares. She even has a blog Paleo Recipe Queen.
Scrolling down there was everything I liked to eat there on the plate.
This didn’t look to bad especially when you can make paleo lemon meringue pie!!!
It was great catching up with Sham, he had given me a lot to think over. I decided I needed a further look at this diet.
I bought Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution. A funny and colloquial informative book all about the why, how an.d what of paleo.
After reading the first few chapters I was sold……….
Thing is, it is not just about keeping trim. Paleo is about eating right to prevent many common diseases. As a new mother this is very much on my mind as in 3 short months I will be weening Snoop and want to continue giving him the best start I can.
Paleo in a nutshell is eating like Paleolithic man. He was a hunter and gatherer, who ate lean meats, seasonal veg, fruits and nuts.
It may appear to be a carb free diet to the untrained eye as these days it is thrown in our faces that we must eat carbs like bread and pastas, but Paleo man got all his carbs from seasonal veg, fruits and nuts.
The rule of thumb is :
Gluten free, wheat free and dairy free.
(now I can’t promise I will never eat bread again but I think a good 80-20 rule will apply here)
Sham had said to me if I was going to try it then I should try the 30 day challenge………….
So here I am having completed my first day and half way through the second………
What do I think????
I know it may sound silly to feel the benefits after one day but I really have!!
I think the thing I have noticed the most is without excess sugar ~( I love sweet coffee and tea) I haven’t had the mid afternoon crash, which tends to leave me feeling hungry. I had a nice satisfied feeling without eating a horse.
This is what I had.
2 egg muffins (omelette mix with veg and bacon baked in muffin cases)
A large 1/4 of melon
2 Almonds (don’t really like nuts so might have to find alternative)
Canned Tuna with onion and spinach
Homemade tomato and pepper soup
1 Walnut (see at least I tried the nut thing but I truly don’t like them!!)
Roasted veg with chilli and sausages (gluten, wheat and dairy free sausages)
A baked sweet potato
Half way through dinner I turned to Adi and said I getting full already and still so much left on the plate!!
I can honestly say my belly was well and truly happy at the end of the day.
Maybe this wont be so bad after all.
This morning I took some measurements that I will compare at the end of 30 days.
Dress size 12
Thighs 22 (here and my hips is where I carry the most)
I am going to resist measuring weekly and save it all for after the 30 days. In the meantime I will blog weekly how I have got on with making meals and generally how I have got on with it.
(Along side the 30 days I will be doing 2 x 20 minute run and 1 gym session a week)