Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Paleo Update

I have been eating the Paleolithic Diet and Crossfitting for 4 solid months now and I wanted to share my thoughts on how I feel today versus the beginning. I was interviewed by Steve Kamb for his blog. It got me thinking about the last 4 months. I will let you know when the interview has been posted!I will be the first to admit that it has not been easy and peachy to adapt to this new lifestyle. I love pasta, bread, rice, soda and tons of other things that have been cut out.
The first step I took was to begin to think of my food as fuel for my body instead of just for the taste. I worked on the Zone principle of eating 1.Protein 2.Low-glycemic Carbohydrates 3.Fat
I took meals we would normally eat and replaced a processed item like pasta with a fresh ingredient like vegetables. I liked this part because I like to cook. That part was easy. I began to realize I didn't feel hungry or unsatisfied after a meal like I initially thought I would.
Lunch has been the biggest struggle for me. I work from home so the possibilities are endless. I can cook instead of brown bagging it! However I continue to struggle here. I grew up making thinks like macaroni for lunch, and that habit has been hard to break.
However, the changes on my body are real. Although hard to see, I know my body has changed. How I look has changed, what I weigh has changed and most importantly how I react to "bad" food has changed. I can't go out and eat fried appetizers for dinner without paying for it later. My body quickly reminds me that I don't do that anymore. I don't crave rice, or soda anymore. I drink my tea with honey and honestly never want a coke.

Since I've incorporated Crossfit along with the Paleo diet I have seen incredible strength changes in myself as well. In just 4 months I can do 3 pullups. I can also do full "boy" pushups. I've done 65 in a twenty minute workout. The strength changes have been the most noticeable.So the point of my blog is to share my journey. So four months in how do I feel? Better! Do I think it's worth it? YES!
This isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle. Do I cheat? Yes. But do I feel better about myself and my body? Yes. I know what I'm doing is right. I am healthier that I was by far when I started this journey.
More from my paleo kitchen soon!

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