Well actually its kinda the opposite of that.
So a few weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook that I was Paleo-curious. That statement was met with mixed reviews so I thought I would explain my thoughts.
I am a binge eater. I have certain trigger foods. This also mean that restriction is kind of the opposite of a good idea for me.
But because I am trying to lose weight, restriction is kinda the name of the game. I have learned moderation, but there are some things that no matter how moderate I go I just don't "allow" myself to have. Cupcakes for example is one of these things.
But the thing is, I LOVE cupcakes. I want to be able to eat them! I want to be able to eat them and not FEEL guilty.
Also a note- I am lactose intolerant. So I severely limit my dairy consumption. It has been tough, but I have spent too many nights with tear inducing stomach cramps at 2 in the morning to justify eating ice cream. And since I started eating healthy, I stopped eating refined carbs pretty much all together. I get hamburgers bun-less. I don't eat sandwiches. I haven't had pasta in MONTHS. These are just healthy changes I have made in my life, and I FEEL better because of it.
So back to Paleo. Basically I already eat mostly Paleo. I don't eat processed junk, I eat meat, fruits, veggies and starches like sweet potatoes. Putting a label on it doesn't mean anything to me. But there is something intriguing about Paleo. All the recipes there are!
I can have cupcakes. Paleo cupcakes. I can HAVE waffles! Paleo waffles. I can eat healthier versions of the foods that I love, which lets me live.
I have a dream. I have a dream that one day I will be able to live my life without counting anything, calories, containers, carbs, whatever. I will be active because it feels good and I will eat what feels good and I wont be messed up in the head about food. I will be recovered. I won’t use food as a coping mechanism. I won’t lose control at a buffet. I will be a happy, mentally and physically healthy Jess.
I see this as a step in that direction.
And the first step is the Whole 30.
I have gotten off track in the last couple months. Parties and pizza and life have tempted me and I FEEL it. My stomach hurts and I am lethargic and I need to change. So I started researching and I found “It Starts with Food”. A book all about how what we eat impacts our body and how it functions. I am completely fascinated by this. Along with this book, there is a program called the Whole 30. It is 100% free and eliminates unhealthy things (like sugars and refined carbs) from your diet. It brings your body chemistry back to where it should be.
My dear friend and coach Maggie and I are going to do the Whole 30 together starting May 5th and we are looking for a few people to join us. We are only taking 10 people, and there will be a few requirements. We want to succeed as a whole, and so we are looking for people to support us. You will need to obtain the book “It Starts with Food”. I am looking at my local library first. You will also need to commit 100% to the plan. If you have a birthday or pot luck or Memorial Day party coming up, this might not be the best timing for you. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
So if that sounds like you, lets connect. You can friend request me on Facebook or email me or leave a comment with your email.
And no worries, you know I will talk about this paleo-venture in obscene detail because thats how I do ;)
Are you paleo? Have you tried paleo? Do you know what paleo is? Do you also think of dinosaurs when you read the word paleo? Want to tell me its a terrible idea? Lay it on me :D