Jason and I have been really good about changing what we buy at the grocery store. We stock up on fruits and veggies (local and organic when we can), choosing organic chicken and 93% lean ground beef (non-organic for right now), organic dairy for sure, and cutting down on sugars, processed foods, and avoiding anything with high fructose corn syrup and several non-natural ingredients. I’m ready to start making my own sodas and ice creams to cut down on the amount of unnecessary sugars and additives, too. We feel better in general but not great… definitely not as great as we could be.
So I’ve been thinking about the paleo diet. After reading several of Danielle’s posts on paleo over at Breakfast at Toast, I’m checking more resources and planning next week’s menu around it. I am anticipating that cutting out the starches and alcohol will be the most difficult for us but we have already talked about cutting those back and believe it’s for the best. This isn’t to say that we won’t allow ourselves to eat foods on the “avoid” list every once in a while but it’s all about making smarter choices.
It’s also on my bucket list to “work hard for a body I can be proud of” so I’m hoping this will help me reach that goal.
I also like the idea of having a plan to work from. I have been trying to find recipes that don’t include grains or dairy or give alternatives and this could be perfect. There are a few ingredients that I’m not sure about plus I’m not sure I want to spend the money to experiment just yet but it could be fun. Atkins was something entirely different and in a previous life I tried it out. I felt like that was much more of a fad diet than just trying to live a healthier lifestyle. That’s why I feel more comfortable trying to follow this paleo plan.
Clearly paleo and Cross Fit go hand in hand but Cross Fit is entirely new to me. I’m totally into trying it though. Our gym memberships are up in August and I think we will put off renewing until we find a better solution. I have been wanting to try HIIT (high intensity interval training) and can’t justify paying for that if I already have a gym membership. I also want to do more yoga and my current gym only offers one class on a Tuesday night at 7:30p. I like being in a class and be able to have someone correct my posture. I’m pretty on point now but I’d like some more training before getting into my own routine at home. I also want to get to the next level. I’d say I’m almost at intermediate. More to come about that. For now, I think focusing on changing eating habits to be paleo is a good first step. Hopefully, the need to do more will come in a few months.
What are you thoughts on paleo? Have you tried it? Does it work for you? Please share your resources!