…and it was not 100% my idea. Actually, I have been secretly opposed to this whole “Caveman” eating thing. I am pretty happy with my 80/20 lifestyle. I honestly don’t know the science behind Paleo. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about why this is some kind of miracle diet (whoops) I mean “Lifestyle Change.” The husband dragged me into it, as well of some of my fellow Crossfitters at my box. If you know me at all, my top two food groups are cheese and crackers. Well, guess what? There is none of that allowed in this lifestyle change. All I know is there is a nice list of things that I am able to eat (YAY BACON!) and a GIANT list of things I cannot eat/drink (boo pumpkin spice lattes and beer). Well, unfortunately, I am Team ALL THE FOOD GROUPS so this is not as fun and exciting as it sounds.
We signed up for the Lurong Paleo Challenge on Sunday. I weighed in and was measured up. We started the challenge on Monday, so I’ll give you a little recap of the last few days.
Day 1 (Monday): You’d think that this was going to be ok, right? Since it’s new and exciting and everything. Well, unfortunately I woke up shocked about how absolutely unprepared I was for this lifestyle change. Good morning! Here is your BLACK. COFFEE. happy Monday! Try, not-so-happy Monday (as if Mondays weren’t bad enough). I was a zombie all day. I couldn’t drink my coffee, I literally was moving at a snails pace trying to get my work done. Who knew the sugar detox would start at 6:30 am the day I started the lifestyle change? Pretty sure I was eating Tiramisu the day before. Anyways, I made it through somehow but didn’t have time to go to the store until Tuesday night.
Day 2 (Tuesday): Was slightly better. My only concern was still just my coffee. I had 1 cup with 1 teaspoon of Agave nectar. Husband and I ventured to the store but never made it to the one of only TWO Whole Foods in this city. How does St. Louis live life with only two Whole Foods Stores? I don’t know. I made it through Day 2 with only one second of a mental breakdown mainly because of the free pizza I had to skip out on at work.
Day 3 (Wednesday): Ooooooh Happy Day! I woke up feeling like a beast. I had almond milk and agave in my coffee. I was ready to take on the world…. until about 1:30 when I had an after lunch slump and an extremely bad sugar detox headache. I got home and stuffed my face with boiled eggs before finally heading out to Whole Foods. Husband made me a delicious grassfed steak for dinner (I just missed my potato). I felt like I was getting the hang of it.
Day 4 (Today): The morning was fine. I made a homemade Paleo coffee creamer that is pretty much on the same satisfactory level as the Almond milk. Then, we had a cake day at work. I did not eat the cake, but I did stare it down daydreaming of sinking my teeth into the soft, fluffy bread and sweet icing. I sat there and ate my salad while everyone around me ate whatever they wanted. I had made it through the smells of coworkers pasta dish left overs, chicken noodle soups, pizza, pretzel bun hot pockets, etc. etc. but that cake really did it for me. I got home and ate another boiled egg before Crossfit. Crossfit was a disaster tonight. I didn’t want to do anything. I felt weak and miserable and angry. I got through the first 5 reps of our WOD before literally crying. I just wanted to sleep, y’all. Crossfit was not fun. After today, I actually hated Crossfit. I do not hate Crossfit, but my body sure did. This is when I had my breakdown. I might have teared up a little. My poor Husband had to deal with my complaining and whining and hatred towards this “STUPID DIET!” *gasp*. I began to shove my face full of Almond butter and raspberries and felt a little better…but right now I am still a Bitter Betty. I don’t want to think about what I am eating all of the time. I don’t want to feel guilty for eating something that tastes good. I just want to live and live well. Life is too short to cut out carb’s, y’all.
They say it gets better after 10ish days. I’ll keep you updated on my journey… the weekend is coming and unfortunately I feel a cheat coming on. Birthday Parties and Jazz Fests will get the best of me.
Have you ever done a Paleo Challenge? Any type of Food Challenge?
How was your experience?