As I mentioned in my recent recipe post, I've now been on the Paleo diet for 1 week!
If you don't know what the paleo diet consists of, it's basically a no wheat and dairy diet, and the idea behind it is that you wouldn't eat something that you couldn't hunt for yourself, as though you were a caveman. So yes, that means no Mr Kipling cakes, because they unfortunately don't grow in the wild. Which is such a shame, because they're on offer for £1 in so many shops at the moment...if you're a wheat eater please go gorge on Mr Kipling cake for me, and buy one for me for my cheat day!
In my first post about going paleo I did say how this wasn't intended to be a quick fix, and I was looking for a long term diet plan, and I think I'm starting to establish something I could manage that isn't entirely paleo. I've been opting for a 'mostly' paleo diet, meaning here and there, dairy or wheat are involved. This has meant I've still eaten certain gravies or marinades that use wheat, but on the dairy side of things, I've turned down cheese, coffee's midway through my 9 and a half hour shifts and have managed surprisingly well without all the things that were once very ingrained in my diet...however, it has only been a week!
I have managed to lose 3lbs on the diet already and I think cutting out gluten has definitely contributed to that, and as well as that some pretty intense HIIT workouts from YouTube by Fitness Blender. If you want to get your sweat on I'd definitely recommend these workouts, you don't stop moving and you can really feel it the day after...even a few days after! Weight isn't a factor I'm focusing on as much, instead I've been measuring myself, and I've lost half an inch off my hips, half off my thighs and an inch off of my stomach, which I think is down to no more bloating, and this it definitely something!
I've been finding alternatives to things I love, and making pancakes and muffins, all low in sugar and free of wheat and dairy. Dinners have always been delicious, and I think the important thing with this kind of diet is to be creative. I can imagine so many people giving up quickly on this diet, due to the fact it restricts a lot of the things we're used to cooking, but have a browse on the web, especially through pinterest and blogs, because you can find some true gems that you'll be surprised are free from so much!
My main challenge with this has actually been cutting down my sugar intake. Daily I was finding my sugar intake was far too high, snacking mostly on fruit, which I already knew was high in sugar, but after snacking on lots of it, I didn't realise how high! But it's a learning curve! I hope to keep this up, as I said, as a lifestyle, once I go back to uni, which will be where I'll find it most challenging. I allow myself a cheat day, or two, but ensure I stay on track. Uni will also mean I'll be back at the gym in a few weeks time, which makes me a very happy bunny!
So one week down, I'd give the paleo diet a thumbs up. Check back to hear from on my first month, and in the meantime, keep an eye out for Paleo recipes!