Friday, March 28, 2014

It's still March

Since I have been going through all of the trial and error with my body and dairy products in March, I'm going to start this crazy lifestyle in April. But these past few days I have been weening myself off of the major carbs that I eat everyday like bread, pasta and rice. Just to prepare and not be in shock and indulge later. I can tell you that for the past two weeks, having minimal bread, I have noticed it in my body. I'm losing my belly! I didn't have a large one to begin with but I am the type of person to become stressed and overwhelmed with work and school and I will eat junk and gain weight. My pants were struggling to stay buttoned!
I have been concentrating on buying more vegetables, bacon and meats. I love cooking but my main thing is baking! I'm going to miss that for this month. I might just give in considering Easter. The good thing about Paleo is that you can eat all day and not feel bad because it's all good for you.
Some tricks: You can go to a party and eat like everyone else, just don't bring home leftovers. Same with eating out at a restaurant.
Eat: Meats, eggs, seafood, fats from plant foods, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds
Don't eat: Processed foods, grains, legumes, sugar
Drinks: Mostly water, tea and coffee acceptable, occasional alcohol hard ciders and gluten free beers organic red wine too!

I keep telling myself it can't be that bad... right?

What is Paleo?

My brother is a CrossFit trainer. This is a whole lifestyle in itself of very supportive gym members all testing their strength and endurance to make it better and feel better. Although they train together it is a test of self and the motivation comes from the trainer and your supportive gym members. 
ANYWAY, my brother does this Paleo thing and suggested I do the Whole 30 Challenge. I didn't know what it was so i asked my friend Google. She told me (ha ha see what i did there) its basically when you eat the Paleo life style for 30 days.
What is Paleo you ask? well I bought a cookbook (on my nook which i will never do again with a cookbook) The Paleo Cookbook: 300 recipes...
The Paleolithic diet (caveman) replicates eating patterns of the paleolithic era. Its basically consuming large amounts of animal fats and proteins and small amounts of carbohydrates. A doctor that founded this diet used it to treat patients suffering from Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. they showed significant health improvements from this diet. This book closely replicates the most natural and realistic of the Stone Age Diet without being unrealistic about going to find strange ingredients.
Now you may be thinking why am I going to do this? Well I was told that if I try this for 30 days then reintroduce my body to dairy, I might be able to have it again like normal. 
Let's do this!

No Not the Ice Cream!

Becoming lactose intolerant out of nowhere was pretty shocking. I have no allergies or anything! When I had a bad reaction to chocolate milk I was shocked and kept experimenting with all of the food I ate. Everyday I would take a Greek yogurt to work with me, have some cheese in my sandwich eat ice cream for dessert!! This can't be happening to me.
After going to the doctor and asking about a lactose intolerant test or something to prove that this was true he just said "you treat it exactly like you are doing, through experimentation." I was relieved i didn't have to take any medication but I had to rearrange how I ate and how I got my protein daily.
I have been going to the gym, on and off, since January of this year. I have been pretty good about keeping fit this year physically and religiously. So I have been watching what i eat and making better choices for the most part.
I have been drinking almond milk for about a year and a half already since my niece and nephew introduced it to me. It was great until now that I put it into my coffee. It was just too nutty of a flavor. I like flavored coffee but this just didn't agree. So i tried coconut milk. It went well with coffee but i don't think i can drink it alone. My nephew has been raised eating the Paleo lifestyle. 
I can't eat Paleo! what about rice and pasta and beans!
 Do I even dare think about switching to this lifestyle??