So it’s officially been only 2 weeks since I started the paleo challenge and let’s just say the challenge ended quite quickly though these 2 weeks were pretty tough. To start, for those of you that know my grandmother, she’s an awesome cook/baker!Well,I called her not to long ago, and my dearest grandma decided that she just had to fill me in on how much she misses our dinner nights (while I was at SU)..which I do too don’t get me wrong!. The best part of all though was how she misses making me dessert and felt the need to share that she made this incredible apple pie and crescent rolls and can’t believe I’m doing this paleo challenge. She proceeded to discuss the pie and crescent rolls for about another 20 min, how delicious it was, warm out of the oven, etc. (thanks grandma). Both of which are some of my favorite foods.
Then, with a flare up of IBS and other tummy issues earlier this week that left me nauseous and immobile, along with a craving for only applesauce, oatmeal (not paleo), ice cream (not paleo), and crackers (not paleo), I sort of broke the rules a bit. I mean seriously, do you really feel like meat and veggies when your sick?…I didn’t think so. With that being said, I’ve come to realize that while this experience has been eye opening, it’s just not practical for some people, such as myself. I can not physically consume the required meat servings, veggies, and fruit that are being asked of me daily. I miss my probiotic yogurt (which helps with my IBS) as well as my granola (paleo granola is just not cutting it). While I could live without the bread, crackers, processed JUNK, and cheese, as a future Dietitian, I see many benefits that outweigh the negative of eating dairy. Probiotics are essential for intestinal health and let’s be honest: yogurt is good for the waistline ladies.
Another factor that has influenced my decision to do paleo with a twist, is the fact that’s it’s freaken fall, the time of the year when you can get cider donuts, PUMPKIN BEER, pumpkin spice lattes, and all sorts of delicious treats. Lucky for me I had a cider donut before paleo (hehe), but I REFUSE to say no to pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beer. I actually went to a nice little restaurant and known as MeadHall last weekend and enjoyed a few beers thank you very much. One of the things I love about Boston is there extensive beer selection (not that I was ever a huge beer drinker before, I typically prefer wine), but Boston has such a great variety of beers and while I could wait until November to have beer (since it’s not paleo), I think i’ll pass.
Now I appreciate all of those who have supported me and encouraged me to go paleo. My wonderful boyfriend still makes sure not to make me an english muffin in the morning with my omelette to respect the fact that I am trying to eat paleo, though I love that he’ll still let me sneak bites of his (as I pretend I didn’t have any)…and besides it’s not cheating if it’s not on MY plate right?
Anyways, to inform most of you who may be wondering, I AM NOT QUITTING THE PALEO CHALLENGE. I’m just doing “paleo with a twist.” What that is is I am still trying to focus on eating real foods, fresh food, and limit my Carb intake, but I am going to be a bit less strict when necessary. Does that mean I am going to eat a donut when I feel like it? NO! (not til the challenge is over..this is still a challenge people!) I need to show that I can truly challenge myself and stick to something that is difficult. It just means that I am going to allow myself to have healthy dairy and the occasional PB and granola bars. The cakes, pies, cupcakes, ice cream, chips, graham crackers still come after the challenge. This challenge has really shown me how much carbohydrate I really do eat (did you know peas, corn, and milk are a carb??) Well now you do! And that carb gets broken down into sugar! These foods are often seen as healthy and most people over-consume carb on a daily basis… i know I certainly was. I wasn’t eating enough vegetables or protein, and this challenge is really helping me to do so. It’s giving me way more energy than I’ve ever had and the correct nutrients to repair my muscles.
Through working in the hospital setting, it’s been eye opening just how many people have Type 2 Diabetes. But, it’s no wonder with how much junk we put into our bodies. Most of us are unaware that peas, corn, milk, whole grains are all carb and all effect blood sugar. Let’s take a simple b fast of oatmeal and fruit and milk. oatmeal=2 carb, fruit 1 carb, milk 1 carb…that’s 4 carb right there!!=60 gram of carbohydrate! that’s a pretty sufficient amount for breakfast compared to the 30grams or less that are recommended A DAY with paleo. Therefore, to reiterate, while I may not stay below 30grams of carb a day, I am going to at least try to keep my carbohydrates below 80-100grams or stay as close to 30 as possible, hence allowing my body to turn into a fat burning machine :).