Posted on | February 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
My gym started a 30 Day Challenge today for anyone interested in giving the Paleo/Primal diets a try. Since the holidays, I definitely haven’t been as strict with my diet as I probably should. I’ve snuck in some bread, white potatoes, and cookies here and there, and I’m ready to hunker back down to business! So, that means from today until March 3rd (with the exception of Valentine’s Day weekend), I’m having:
1) No wine *EEEK!*
2) No sugar (besides what is found naturally in fruits and veggies)
3) Very minimal dairy
4) No grains
5) No white potatoes
6) No beans
7) No processed foods and artificial sweeteners
I’m excited to really dig in and see what the difference is in my body and work outs. I tend to get a little heavy handed on the wine and dairy when I’m not paying attention, so I think cutting alcohol out and cutting dairy way down will help improve my performance at the gym. Even a glass or two of wine at night leaves me feeling a little dehydrated and sluggish the next morning, and while I try to avoid it during the week for the most part anyway, I usually end up having wine one or two week days. I’m weak when it comes to the Pinto Grigio (as you all well know!), so, I need to turn it back into a treat rather than a standard.
I’m also not going to drink anything carbonated. Bye-bye La Croix and (gasp) my occasional Diet Coke. You probably remember that I quit the coke awhile back, but I’ve since let myself have one or two a week, so I need to get back to not drinking the poison at all.
Valentine’s weekend is free game. I would maybe not cheat that weekend, but we found out some deployment news that will take affect very shortly after that weekend, so I want to fully enjoy it without worrying about what I can and can’t eat or drink.
Now, I’ll admit, the hardest part about this lifestyle is the prep time for meals and figuring out what to snack on when you get hungry between meals. Our meal plan for this week is:
-Homemade chicken soup (with no grains added)
-Pork tenderloin with roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes
-Turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash with no sugar added sauce and a salad
-Lemon chicken with roasted broccoli and spaghetti squash
For breakfast, I usually chow down on a banana really quickly before the gym. After the gym, I scramble up a couple of eggs and eat a piece of lean meat. Lunch will generally be either leftovers or a salad with protein. Snacks include apples with almond butter, carrots and guacamole, Larabars in a pinch, and little bits of leftovers. Something that takes some getting used to is that you’re eating dinner-like food for virtually every meal and snack.
There are a few withdrawal symptoms I’m expecting based on the last time I went hardcore paleo. The biggest ones were afternoon sluggishness, restless dreams, and hunger. It takes awhile (up to a month), for your body to learn how to metabolize fats rather than using quick carbs as fuel, and sometimes you can feel a little wonky. It gets better, I promise!
If you want to join in, I’ll be checking in once or twice a week and sharing meal plans and how I’m feeling. I’d love to hear your experience!