"Hello, my name is Beth and I’m a carbohydrate addict. I’ve been grain and sugar free for exactly 30 hours.
My head hurts, I’m exhausted, and I pretty much hate everyone on the planet. But I know from experience this feeling will pass … hopefully in another 24-48 hours.
I’ve battled my weight since my mid-20s, but things really got serious about two years ago. What changed?
I went back to work full-time after seven years working from home while raising my kids. My new job requires about eight hours a day of riding in my car or sitting at my desk.
Stress and inactivity added up, and suddenly I find myself breathless at the top of a tall flight of stairs and hitting the couch more often than the treadmill. It’s long past time for a change.
First, I Got Rid of Bread and SugarLast summer, I dropped bread and sugar from my diet. I also dropped 30 pounds in three months. It was the only time in my life I’ve achieved significant weight loss, and I felt like a new woman.
I did some research and realized that what I was already doing was very close to the Paleo diet. And so, in an effort to get a handle on my carb addiction- (which is once again getting the best of me) once and for all, I started my own personal 30-day Paleo challenge.
So, What Will My Primal Diet Look Like?
- No added sugar. Why did I put this first? Because I believe it’s the most important for me, and that it’s also the most difficult. The one exception to this rule will be a very small serving of dark chocolate chips now and then. See below.
- No grains of any kind
- Limited legumes. This is not strictly Paleo, but I am going to allow the occasionally spoon of peanut butter or dish of peas.
- No processed foods and likewise no food additives.
- No dairy
- No vegetable oils
What will I eat?My goal is to stay 80% on the Paleo track. When I do go off plan (the 20%), my goal is for it to be something like a cup of brown rice or a sushi dinner with my husband. No cupcakes.
- lean cuts of meat
- the occasional not-so lean cuts of meat (bacon, anyone?)
- nuts and seeds
- oils as needed for cooking
- starchy root vegetables
- dark chocolate chips
If you are a Paleo expert, this series is not for you, though I welcome you to read along and chime in. I can use all the help I can get. But if you, like me, suffer from carb-addiction and think that the Paleo lifestyle is too far out of your comfort zone, then let me be your guide.
If I can do this, anyone can."
Three words: screw lean meat! Focus more on it being grass-fed and/or pastured--you need the fat to stay satiated, and every gram you can work in helps. It doesn't all have to come from coconut oil and avocados.