Ok, so if you missed my last post, I’m going on the Paleo diet for a month. Tomorrow (Monday) is the day I begin and ever since I decided on the day, I have been shoving my face full of pizza, gluten filled baked goods and guzzling down Diet Dr Pepper like it’s my job. I feel like it’s the old days when I would tell myself, “I’ll start my diet on Monday,” and then proceed to inhale food as though I were a professional eater getting ready for the big contest.
That’s what most diet’s do to me! Eliminating one or more food groups creates this, “Holy crap, I’m going to be deprived soon and I have to get my kicks in while I can before my life is over with” mentality. I fell right into my binge/restrict pattern. Even though my goal this time is to eliminate fatigue, I seem to be repeating my same habits before beginning a diet where my main purpose was to lose weight. I needed to take a step back and remind myself of why I am committing to 30 days of this challenging plan.
I Want to Be Healthy, Duh
As I explained in my last post, I’m exhausted. All the time. Regardless of how much sleep I get. Three anti-depressants, adderall, and too many energy shots get me through the day, but I could easily go down for a nap. I also have Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease I was diagnosed with last year, and this diet has been known to reverse autoimmune diseases. So needless to say, my health is the main focus as I set out on this whole Paleo journey.
However, that is much easier said than done. I know myself and my brain will get distracted with all the foods I can’t have. The thing I need to keep in the front of my mind though is the bottom line. What is my bottom line? It’s the fact that I can no longer tolerate living this way.
Glass is Half Full
Instead of centering my attention on the foods I am unable to eat (again, easier said than done), I should use my resources to truly enjoy all of the foods that I AM able to have. There is recipe upon recipe of ah-mazing Paleo-friendly meals out there, so it’s up to me to put a little effort into it. I don’t want to consume grilled chicken with vegetables night after night and end up fricking hating every minute of eating Paleo. Then I’m just asking to feel deprived and tempted to cheat with an entire 7 layer chocolate mousse cake.
Shout Out for the Girl Scout
One way that works well for me is to be super prepared. If I plan meals out in advance so I have all the ingredients already on hand, I’m good to go. But if the process of making dinner isn’t convenient and as painless as possible, then chances are, Big Girl doesn’t get it done. Just ask my husband.
Keep It Stupid, Simple…Wait…
Before Monday, I need to make it a point to get all the delicious junk food either out of the house or hidden so it’s not sitting right there on the counter, bullying me. You know if I don’t have a constant reminder of what I can’t relish, I’ll EVENTUALLY forget about it.
Go Get a Goal
Not only will I be working on my Paleo-ness, I am also setting a more fun goal of experiencing the fine city I live in, San Diego. My husband and I have lived here almost two years and we feel we haven’t done diddly-squat for having been here this long.
So all in all, I’m pretty confident that I will be successful in completing the month. I say “pretty confident” because I can never totally anticipate what my behavior will be like around food! My husband is doing the Paleo diet with me and a diet buddy is always helpful. Just like workout buddies, diet buddies hold you accountable and help to keep you on track.
Stay tuned for my updates!