In 2010 a friend in New York, who was into Crossfit started a Whole30 challenge with some other friends and I made a last minute decision to join her on New Year's Day, 2010. I was at 155 at that point. I stayed strict, lost 25 pounds and then had to deal with the "do I stay strict paleo or can I have some of the other foods back" stage. I've varied with my strictness over the last year and a half, but I notice that when I eat grains or dairy I have immediate bloating and I start to feel lethargic after a few days. It is a challenge for me to stay away from alcohol and that is the toughest part for me, however, every cell in my body tells me that I am healthier, much healthier now than I was when I was counting calories. I am stronger, I have more energy and I stopped taking Prozac, which I had to start taking in 2009. There is no going back for me, even if I don't always stay on the strict path. I will always return to eating this way.
The comfort foods I grew up with had to be replaced. Bread with everything. Creamer in my coffee. Pasta. Rice. I had to be creative in how I replaced the food "vehicles" as I call them. They are not nutritious, but they hold your food and make it easier to get your meats, veggies and sauces into your piehole.
What advice (if any) would you give to someone interested in trying a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet? Were there any obstacles that you overcame that could help future dieters?
The first week is super tough, and then for me there is always bad dreams 2 weeks in to going strict after veering off the path. Dreams of downing donuts and pie and other crap that I haven't eaten in years and then feeling super guilty about it, knowing you'll have to tell all of your friends.
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