Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The 30 Day Challenge
Grains, sugars, highly processed foods, soy and corn in everything... it's just not that good for the human body. And I noticed positive changes right away... in my appearance, in my well-being. Life is better now.
Beautifully, with paleo not just being a fad, you are free to tweak things a little, so they fit your needs. Of course this also means, that sometimes you may fall off the bandwagon a little. With that I don't mean, that you'll start eating grains again, or stuff your body with a ton of sugar. In my case it was simply a little more of everything. More wine (can't live without wine), more dark chocolate, more nutty desserts. I got really creative, inventing desserts and snacks, that my whole family would appreciate.
And so, after several months of feeling incredibly good and healthy, I became a bit of a slacker. Not that this was a terrible thing. I maintained my weight, and I ate only paleo approved foods. But somewhere inside I knew I just didn't feel quite right anymore. I needed to recommit.
I started my 30 Day Challenge yesterday. Honestly, it's not that much of a challenge. I can't drink any wine during this time, and no chocolate at all. Fortunately I do not experience the same withdrawals as I did in January, when I went cold turkey from living a life of conventional wisdom foods to strictly paleo. It is only Day 2, and already I feel more rested. I had a delicious breakfast of eggs and bacon this morning, went to the gym, where I rode the spinning bike for 30 minutes and did 30 (THIRTY!!) real push-ups. Yes, I took one minute breaks after each set of 10. But, good grief, this is the first time in my life that I can do real push-ups! I'm 36!!
Check out the little food plate up in the corner. After the new food plate was released a few weeks ago, people started tweaking it. This is one of the paleo versions. Mine would likely have a little more protein on it, but otherwise that's pretty much how I eat. Life is good!
And now for something completely different:
Remember I self-published a book in April? Well, the book is available on Amazon, and you can take a quick peek inside before you buy it. It's now available for $9.99 on paperback, and for only $3.99 on the Kindle. It's a good book, a nice and easy summer read. CHECK IT OUT!