I did it! I made it through my first day of The Paleo diet, and I didn’t die. I didn’t eat dairy (not even in my coffee!) or sugar or grain or drink any alcohol for a full 24 hours. I missed the alcohol most, because I do so enjoy a martini while I watch American Idol, but it’s a habit. And it’s good to break habits sometimes, just to make sure you still can.
The Paleo diet is all the rage these days. It advocates that, well, in a nutshell, we’re supposed to stop eating all processed foods (even the so called “healthy” ones that come in a box marked organic!) and eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors. So, lots of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The kind you’d find in the wild. Or at least on a hip urban farm.
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., who’s website says he’s the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets proclaims that by “eating the foods that we are genetically adapted to eat, followers of the Paleo Diet are naturally lean, have acne-free skin, improved athletic performance, and are experiencing relief from numerous metabolic-related and autoimmune diseases.”
Fine, I said. I’ll try it. I don’t actually have acne or any diseases, but I do like me some improved athletic performance!
Actually, I just need to cut the crap and eat better so I can sleep better and stop the sluggish wave of tired that hits me every day when I wake up and realize I need to get out of bed and run or swim and get the kids out the door and get to work and clean the house and drive the kids around and work some more and make dinner and, and…
I know that if I stopped drinking alcohol at night and eating refined and processed foods, this would all be easier to do. I know this because every time I get healthy on the food, I do feel better, and it is all easier to do.
I know I’m healthy in general, but the fact is, I’m sensitive. I’ve dealt with food allergies and fatigue in the past, along with a bit of depression and anxiety. So far, I’ve been able to control all my tricky issues by going back to being careful about food and consistent with exercise, and checking in with doctors now in then to fix my uterus and ovarian cysts, as needed.
So, when my friend IronMom Robin told me she’s back on the Paleo thing and feels fantastic, I thought I’d give it a try. She’s training me for the Eugene Half Marathon and there’s talk of a mini-tri later this spring, and it’s time to get serious about watching my weight again because my clothes are getting tight again and I’m too cheap to buy new ones.
The first day of going Paleo was the worst, I think. I felt funky all day despite making some great stir fry with coconut chicken and baked cauliflower with leaks and a very good spinach salad with hardboiled eggs and assorted colorful veggie add-ins but I really, really wanted some of the chocolate that came in a gift basket from friends that showed up on our front porch to welcome us to our new home. They did not realize this was my first Paleo day, I’m sure.
And man, I wanted a drink last night at about 7:00, when I started winding down for the day and all my quirky girl things pop up – too much sound drives me nuts. Loudish kids, barking dogs, clanky dinner dishes, blaring TVs, acres and acres of conversations and questions demanding answers floating towards me with no buffer…nothing screams please take the edge off! like sensory overload.
But I knew if I gave in last night today would be even harder because I don’t like to fail. So I persevered and I won. I slept a little better, and woke up feeling much better.
And then I had some nuts. And later I made some scrambled eggs with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach and a little meat. And now I’m officially on day two.
So, anyone else out there doing Paleo? Send me your best ideas and links, I’ll update this page as we go.
Here are a few good ones to get us started:
Every Mom to IronMom’s “What I’ve been Eating” post with recipes
Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragaso