Today marks 1 full week of the Paleo Challenge. That’s 7 days of “meat and vegetables, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.” I’m feeling seriously awesome at this point. I have tremendous amounts of energy, much more than I’ve had in a while. I went to the gym 3 times this past week and then ran a “fast” (well, fast for me) mile on Sunday. I’m starting to crave working out in any way, shape, or form. I think I’m addicted to the endorphins.
So far, eating has been good, and I’ve only craved something non-paleo this past Saturday when I was in Asheville. There’s a ridiculously good dessert shop called the French Broad Chocolate Lounge that is life changing it’s so good. However, I just walked right on by, begrudgingly, but at least I walked by.
I have to say that this has been the least stressful diet challenge I’ve undertaken simply because of the meal planning I do now. I’ve been spending a little time one or two evenings a week to look up new recipes, make out shopping lists, and plan all of my meals for the week. I just created a table in a Word Doc with the days of the week and breakfast, lunch, and dinner columns. I’m not making every single meal I eat so I’ve also been allotting for business lunches or dinners that I’ll likely eat out.
I made out a shopping list earlier last week, so when I got back in from Asheville on Sunday, all I had to do was grab my list and head to EarthFare. No thinking involved. It was blissful. I’ve started a new tradition of spending my Sunday afternoons cooking. Yesterday I made up some tuna salad and omelet muffins for the week. Then I also washed some romaine lettuce and chopped some veggies to put in Tupperware so I can just grab throughout the week. This is such a tremendous time saver through the week when I need to whip up some dinner after a long day.
I’m already starting to feel like this is a lifestyle I can maintain and that feels really good.