The Paleo Experience

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Before I get into this, let me put all rumors to rest. No, I did not have a gun to my head forcing me to do this nor do I have a concussion rendering me from making sound decisions. Sometimes you just need a little detox and with school coming up I wanted to be feeling at my best. To what could I be referring to? Aside from the obvious title, let me give you some background information. About three weeks ago I decided to take on the paleo diet, other wise known as the “caveman diet”, which was the true test of my will power. People who know me are probably wondering if I’ve gone mad at this point. Since I’m known to be sort of a “Dairy Queen” due to my love of cheese. They all wondered how I will ever survive without the ooey-gooey lactose infused goodness. To be honest with you, at times I questioned along side them.

So let’s cut to the cheese. *slaps knee* For those of you who don’t know what going on a paleo diet means, let me break it down for you. Basically, paleo is a diet that consists of essentially high protein and high fat. Cutting out all grains, dairy, soy, and anything even remotely satisfying. This site is a place of pure honesty (check our “about us” page, we have it in writing), so I have to admit this wasn’t a walk in the Tuscan meadow. In fact, this was one of the most difficult challenges of my life (I’m also known for being a Drama Queen). You don’t know how much you rely on grains until you are restricted from it. So what is a “hangry” girl to do when she is deprived from her own cheesy comfort zone? If I had a dollar for every argument I had with myself on if I really needed to do this diet, I could probably hire someone to write this blog for me.

The most important thing to remember is to not be so hard on yourself. You will have slip up’s, don’t be discouraged. It’s all about finding meals that cheat your cravings. If you’re like me and lactose probably runs through your bloodstream, then eating meals that typically go with a sauce should help hold off those sweet blissful dreams you have where you’re sailing down a river of cheese. For me, I couldn’t just have chicken and asparagus. However, when I incorporated meals that had a thicker consistency, like a sauce, I found myself thinking less about butter on warm toast or a nice bowl of savory pasta. The one downside was that because I was cutting out so much, I had to amp up the nutrients I could eat. Protein was probably my biggest struggle. As a college student on a budget, buying meats can dent your debit card a little. Okay hear me out, this isn’t me being a Drama Queen over $11 for chicken breasts. If you take in just how much you’re spending for how much you can make, it ain’t worth it. I would personally like to thank Trader Joe’s for their decently priced frozen chicken tenders. Raw, fresh chicken I’ll swing for when I have a more stable income.

So here I am, closing in on three weeks and I’ve allowed myself just about three cheat days in the process (hey, life’s too short to not treat yo self every once in awhile). It’s been an overall positive experience so far. I intend to keep with this, with regards to a few alterations of adding in quinoa. Why am I adding in quinoa to my diet, you might ask? Let me graciously refer to my past blog post all about the glory and wonder that is quinoa.

(featured photo credits: diets in review)

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