Once upon a time I was really into trying different styles of eating. I enjoyed switching things up and experimenting, but after the girls arrived, I largely stuck with just focusing on eating real foods. This works really well for me in general for a couple of reasons. First, I do not have any real intolerances or food allergies (though going gluten-free did seem to benefit me when trying to get pregnant) and secondly, I don’t like feeling restricted with eating.
Over the months (years?), I’ve transitioned naturally to a more unprocessed way of eating. I definitely can feel a physical difference (largely bloating and lower energy) when I regularly eat breads/pastas/processed carbs. After indulging plenty over the holidays and my overall lack of exercise (soon to the rectified), I’ve been feeling a little blah and frumpy. It turns out that David is feeling the same (though I don’t believe he used the word frumpy ).
Because of this, we’ve decided (ok, we actually have been planning this for about a month now) to try eating in a Paleo style for 10 days. Now, to answer a few questions I’ve made up myself…
Why Paleo? I tend to eat rather paleo-esque naturally, so it’s not big swing in the opposite direction for me. I like that the Paleo diet focuses on real foods like vegetables, meats, fish, nuts and seeds, fruits, etc.
Why 10 Days? Because I’m too weak to commit to the Whole30? Haha, but truly, yes, I wanted something longer than a week and the only stretch of time David and I could find that worked was this coming Monday. We chose 10 days because our challenge will end on his birthday and we figured we may want to celebrate with an adult beverage. Clearly we aren’t hardcore about this, but with good reason. We already eat fairly healthy, so this is more of a reset than a total system overhaul.
What guidelines will you follow? So when researching Paleo, I found several discrepancies. For some, all potatoes are ok, while others say only sweet potatoes. Some allow a little bit of dairy, while others forbid it. I decided to just set our own guidelines so we will be avoiding: dairy, grains, anything processed, legumes and alcohol. We will be eating potatoes because when planning out the meals I honestly couldn’t fathom how we’d fill our stomachs enough without the help of potatoes.
What are you hoping to gain from this? I’m not sure. I’m excited to try out a few different recipes and use it as a meal planning challenge (it’s a weird sickness I have, my love for meal planning). I am really interested to see what David thinks. Being that he’s on the road so much and in general eats more bread/processed foods and such than I do, I think he might really feel a difference. Plus, it’s just fun to do something together and I’m thrilled that he is game to play along.
What do you think will be the hardest part? No wine? I’m serious. Secondly, the convenience. Next week is a little crazy. I have a TV segment, speaking engagement and a luncheon/meeting. I’m going to make sure I stock up on plenty of grab-n-go options. And thirdly, the cost. I’m curious to see how much more we spend. Or maybe not? We’ll see!
Will the girls be participating? Nope. Hailey eats very much like I do, so I’m sure she will eat our paleo meals, but she’ll have no idea that anything is different.
The plan is to start on Monday morning. I’ve split the 10 days into two separate grocery trips and have already planned out the meals and written the grocery lists. If you want to play along, I’ll be posting all the meals and the grocery lists tomorrow, getting ready for a Monday start! And if it’s not your thing, maybe you’ll still like seeing some of the meals lined up- they look delicious and I’m excited to try some new recipes.
Have you ever changed your style of eating and noticed a distinct difference in the way you feel?
What foods work well for you and vice versa?