My Paleo Diet: Day 29 – The Hardest Mile

I am *almost* done the Whole30/Paleo cleanse. Honestly, this whole thing has been easier and harder than I imagined.

I haven’t felt awesome this whole month. Most proponents of primal eating say that you will feel awesome, have energy, focus, and tiger blood. That hasn’t happened, but there have been a few good spots. I think my GI stuff in generally improved. Being so diligent has made me much more aware of mindless eating patterns and cravings. My sleep has been pretty good overall. And smells don’t bother me quite as much. That sounds really strange, I know. But the natural body products area of any health food store gives me a stomach ache and a headache at the same time. I always have thought it was because I’m allergic to patchouli. But even though my sense of smell is the same, the smells aren’t hitting me the same way. Randomly I have my c reactive protein tested at the start of this, and I had to repeat some tests. At the beginning it was 1.1 and now it’s 0.9. It’s still higher than the desired range, but I have to think that 30 days of this diet has helped my internal inflammation.

The last few days have been the hardest since the first week because I know it’s almost over. Not only is it over, but I’m going out of town for a week. I don’t want to stock up on lots of fridge food that will go bad, and I’m just losing my kitchen creativity and drive. And things are starting to look REALLY good. Hamburgers with buns look delectable, I’m dreaming about pizza, and in the back of my brain I hear “Well, screw it, you’re almost done. It’s not like you’ve had huge changes. Let’s just do whatever we want.” 2 more days, I’ve promised to hold out for 2 more days.

I can’t say if I’ve lost weight. I think clothes are fitting better, but the plan doesn’t let you weigh yourself until the end. So, that’s where I’m at.

You little devil, you.

You little devil, you.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Foodie Questions

Argh! This set of questions is going to be PAINFUL. I’m on Day 24 of the Whole30/Paleo Cleanse and I’m definitely having trouble NOT thinking about all the food in the world I can’t eat.

FMM

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Foodie Questions.

1. Do you make grocery lists? I really don’t. If I’m making a certain dish, I’ll write down things I need, but my normal grocery store visits are by the seat of my pants, which usually means more trips for the things I forgot.

2. Do you have a routine when shopping in your favorite grocery store? Yes, but I have a routine for doing EVERYTHING. I always have to walk in the same door and start at produce. Even if I’m not getting produce, I walk through it. Lately it’s been produce and meat, trying to avoid the bakery as much as possible!

3. What is your favorite seasoning? I have one I make myself. It’s garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, ancho chili powder, and paprika.

4. What is the healthiest food in your fridge right now? Ugh, what’s isn’t! Actually, probably more than I think! I have a lot of vegetables right now and a great crudite mix from True Food kitchen that I brought home last night.

5. What is the most unhealthy food in your fridge now? My husband bought one of those new Starbucks coffee milk drinks. He’s had some, I’m about to throw it away. I haven’t had any, but he said it actually wasn’t very good, so I don’t feel to bad. Coffee milk can we wonderful! We used to drink it when we lived in New England.

6. What is the most exotic produce you’ve ever had? I had a salad with chayote in it once. I think it’s a cactus.

7. Tell us about your favorite local restaurant. I’ve been trying to stay away from restaurants while Paleo, but I’ve broken down a couple times. True Food Kitchen is really amazing. Everything is fresh and prepared so flavorful. They definitely are a healthy type of restaurant. And I was able to get some good Paleo options. They have great gluten free stuff, too. In fact, their gluten free pita breads are so good – better than their normal pita bread. Their hummus is my #1 favorite.

True Food Kitchen has an amazing menu, atmosphere, and their bathrooms are so elegant.

True Food Kitchen has an amazing menu, atmosphere, and their bathrooms are so elegant.

8. What kind of pasta do you prefer (regular, whole wheat, etc.?) I like fresh regular pasta. I can deal with whole wheat, but I do prefer white, even with its evils.

9. If you could make one food calorie-free for an entire week, which food would you choose? Okay, this is being totally subjective because I’m craving stuff, but OMG, I’d love to be able to have pizza for a whole week with no consequences!

10. If you had to choose would you rather give up french fries or chocolate? Since I can’t have either now, that’s hard. I love salty stuff, but chocolate is the pillar of the female diet. I guess, I’d give up french fries if I have the choice, but I’d be torn about it.