But then I stumbled across this blog called Mark's Daily Apple. And read more about Paleo. And his version which he calls Primal.
And then I tried it for a couple of weeks.
And it was like a miracle had happened to me. I felt amazing. I had energy, and clarity. I loved what I was eating. Food tasted better to me. And most amazingly, I didn't have the cravings and food craziness that I thought were just hardwired into my brain. I've done a few clean eating challenges in my day, and even did Joshi's Holistic Detox for a couple of weeks, but I've never felt anything like this.
The more time I spend working at (or struggling with) weight loss -- the more I read, and learn, and experiment, the more I firmly believe there is something wrong with the standard North American diet. I don't think people were meant to eat the way we do. Following the 'primal' diet for a few weeks further convinced me. Sugar and grains are like drugs, at least for some people. I'm one of them.
This week I got a reminder email from Amazon that "It Starts With Food"was released this week. It's a book based on a 30 day challenge of eating a very strict paleo-like diet.
I rushed out and picked it up right away. And devoured it. And decided to do it.
Basically the rules are:
- No sugar
- No grains
- No legumes
- No dairy
- No soy
- No alcohol
Which means you eat:
- Meat, fish and poultry
- Nuts and seeds
- Lots of healthy fats like coconut, olive oil, avocado, clarified butter, bacon, oily fish, etc.
For 30 days. It sounds crazy and militant but it's actually pretty amazing. Although in the past, I haven't done it this strictly. I've kept dairy and red wine and bits of dark chocolate a couple times a week. Even that was enough to make me feel great but this time I want to really go for it.
I plan to stock up on groceries tomorrow and start on Monday. I also plan to blog most of the process and my food choices. I don't think I'll be able to update every day -- I'm just too busy, I think -- but I'm going to try to log what I can. In the past, when I've eaten paleo and then quit, it's always been for more emotional reasons -- I start to get bent out of shape about not being able to eat 'like a normal person'. I'm hoping that blogging through the process will give me a place to better deal with all those things.