- I’m more prepared for how my body will react to the elimination of certain food groups from my diet. (aka my feelings of wanting to hurt someone for a piece of cheese are less and less)
- I am now in the midst of training for my first full marathon which means learning to eat Paleo on a training schedule. No more pizza after 8 mile runs. Although a sweet potato would be totally acceptable.
- I have embarrassingly arranged this effort around my social schedule. I will have completed my 30 days just as I head off to Boston for my first ever HLS summit! (PS friends, I will still meet you for a drink/dinner- just don’t be put off if I order a seltzer and lemon)
- I plan ahead. No meal goes un-thought-of or not-discussed. It might seem obsessive, but eating cleanly often means planning ahead since snacks are not always readily available.
Week one was hard. I’m not going to lie; it felt more like 3 weeks- especially on Friday night; (it was cold and rainy) I could have easily curled up with a glass of red wine while watching a movie. And last week’s snacks became particularly interesting as I experimented into what would fill my hunger void, and what simply was to satisfy a craving.
I find while eliminating sugar from my diet, my salt cravings become intense. (This could so be from exercising in the heat) So green olives came to the rescue!
The best tip for snacking on Paleo I’ve heard is to keep an open mind. Unfortunately not many snacks are easily portable and Paleo friendly. However snacks like raw nuts, olives, sliced sausage (cooked of course), chopped veggies and even leftovers from dinner work perfectly.
Once the Whole30 is complete, I plan on incorporating more Paleo-ized recipes into my diet (and I promise to share the recipes!) but until then, its strict-mode in our house until August 17th.
Question of the day: For all you Paleo eaters, what is your favorite snack?