I’m starting something new this week to go along with my 1/2 marathon training! I’m going 100% paleo with my diet – and, if you know anything about me and my obsession with various types of cuisine (and sugar…lots and lots of sugar), you can imagine how much of a struggle this may be for me.
If you’re not familiar with what the paleo lifestyle is, Nerd Fitness has ya covered. Reading this was the first time I had ever even HEARD of it, so it’s a good place to start!
For my first day, though, I’m still alive and well! And something tells me that I will, in all likelihood, be not only alive and well in a month from now, but I’ll be alive, well, and BETTER.
Here’s how my day started:
I woke up, stumbled out of bed (looking like Cousin It…as always), and I made my way to the kitchen. Side note: my hunger is my alarm clock, not even kidding, so I always eat first thing in the morning. For breakfast, I cut up some apples and spread them with almond butter, which, might I add, I am addicted to. I also ate a handful of blueberries with some almond milk and coffee.
Great! It was delicious, and I was full, satisfied, and happy.
When I arrived at work, I immediately smelled bread. Yes, I SMELLED carbs. If there are carbs within the length of a football field from wherever I am standing, I will sniff them out. I located the tray of bagels. I groaned, and carried right on past it. I sat down in my cubicle, patted myself on the back, told myself I was awesome, and began to start my work day.
For lunch, I made a baked chicken breast marinated and topped with fresh tomato salsa, and homemade guacamole! I also had a handful of carrots and a banana to go along with it.
Then, at 4:58 PM, I smelled popcorn. I resisted like a champion, but I questioned how I would resist all of the temptation throughout a full-on life style change if I’m already pining for buttery, salted kernels half way through day numero uno. The important thing is, though, that I am not actually hungry, the smell of popcorn just happens to be intoxicating!
For dinner, I made baked chicken with sugar snap peas, carrots, zucchini, onion, marinara, and salsa (because hotter is better), all baked together to create a deliciously satisfying, drool-worthy, quick, and easy dinner for one!
One day down, a lifetime to go. I will definitely cheat. I’m not going balls-to-the-walls from here on out, by any means. I will stick with this paleo thing as a regular day-to-day way of living, but I refuse to lie to you and say I will turn down every piece of chocolate cake I find involuntarily and/or voluntarily placed in front of my face.
Tomorrow, I am going out to lunch with a co-worker who has already been doing the paleo thing for a few months. Once I get the hang of it, I’ll start exploring new recipes and become one of those people who choose to be responsible and cook every day.
Til then, wish me luck!