My month long Paleo challenge ended over a week ago and I’ve been avoiding writing about it, obviously. Looking back on the full month long challenge now I have mixed feelings about it so here we go.
My initial reaction when asked by friends, ‘How was your paleo challenge?’ is to say, ‘Oh it was an epic fail! I ordered pizza twice the last week and ate tons of non-paleo foods!’ Which is all true. I stopped logging my food completely after a couple weeks. It wasn’t intentional. One day slipped by, then another, and another and it was too hard to remember what I ate 4 days ago so I just stopped. Into the third week I was just tired of thinking so hard about every meal, fighting with my two toddlers about food, and dang I really just wanted to eat a loaf of bread and have a glass (or 3) of wine! Especially during week 1 and week 3 when my husband was out of town and I had twenty-four hour duty with thing 1 and thing 2. Needless to say, I have concluded that strict Paleo, well, strict ANYTHING is not for me. Sometimes with food it is about what is good for your soul as well as your body. In moderation of course.
When I thought a little deeper about the Paleo Challenge I remember some of the great recipes I’ve discovered and hope to continue. Paleo granola? Addictively delicious. Cauliflower rice? So easy and a great alternative! Greens in a shake? I’m not so scared anymore. Coconut oil? Amazingly easy. I also noticed how much better my belly felt when I was strict, or strict-er paleo. After the initial sugar detox passed, anyways. Once I reintroduced wheat, I could definitely tell a difference which is part of why I avoided taking an after picture for a week. I clearly felt better on Paleo and it looked good on me!
Besides generally avoiding an after picture, I mentioned before our schedules recently changed and and I hadn’t had a chance to have my hubby take after pics like he did the before ones. Today I finally decided to do them myself, poor lighting and all. To my surprise I CAN see a difference so apparently the Paleo did more good than even I realized.
Also, I knocked 30 seconds off of the baseline workout I did on the first day and the last day.
So what will I do know? The approach I have maintained for the past couple of years which is gradual changes (swapping real granola for Paleo or learning to use coconut oil) but allowing indulgences (wine and cheese anyone?) This was my first ever ‘diet’ and the last 5 days my body went into complete rebellion eating everything I should not. That is not healthy. My way is a slower road to getting results, but it is working for me and will keep me more sane in the long run. This was definitely a learning experience for me and hopefully it has been for someone else too. I really wanted to have an after picture with 6 pack abs but what can I say. Nobody is perfect. And I like Pizza.