Thanks for all the encouragement and words of wisdom you gave throughout the challenge.
Now that I understand a little better what Paleo actually is I will continue on this path with some better efficiencies and of courses without dairy and breads/grains, I was never a regular eater of those other than Greek yogurt. I also found that there are better ways to bring out flavor without adding sugar. For example, when BBQ'ing I remembered how much better I like smoked meat rather than slathered with BBQ sauce or avocado, tomato and cucumber on a salad eliminates the need for salad dressing. Keeping this up a way of life will not be that difficult for me, accepting I don't want to stay quite as strict and knowing I will have a cheat (drink or dessert) now and then.
I didn't find the cost of food was more, if anything it was probably less as all the convenience items were eliminated, you can eat a lot of carrots or celery compared to the cost of one Larabar.
"Thanks Brenda for all your help and support through these 30 days! I'm totally continuing and can't wait to feel even better and see greater results."
Having the challenge encouraged us to eat 100% clean and reminded me of how good my body feels when I am fueling it properly. I feel light, energetic, and strong. We hit the challenge during a time when I haven't been able to get to the gym consistently, so it has definitely been a benefit to keep my eating completely clean and avoid any negative results from not working out on a regular basis.
My suggestions for people coming off the challenge is to really focus on the benefits they have felt this month, so they can remember how it has impacted them. I honestly think it takes a few challenges like this to really grasp and understand that.
Thanks for putting this on!
Thanks for all your help and encouragement with this challenge. It was a great life-changing experience.
My Paleo Adventure
The first week of my Paleo Adventure I thought, OMG what the heck did I get myself into? What the H-E-double toothpicks is this squash spaghetti? Eh?!Cauliflower rice? Ewww!AndONLY4x4oz of wine per week and no beer?!! How will I survive?!! I also had zero energy doing my first WOD on Paleo but I took the advice of a fellow WOD'er (I'm sure that's a CF term) and "trusted the system". Second week was a little better. I did have to be talked off the ledge by my Paleo Pals (Jen, Joni and Andrea) several times this week. But, that support system is crucial for success in my opinion! By weekthree, I must admit, I had a ton more energy and was sleeping MUCH better which is huge for me! I also experienced a new obstacle of traveling on Paleobut thanks to Brenda for helping me put together a survival guide of snacks and things to look out for in restaurants. My biggest challenge traveling (and all month actually) was meeting the wine quota. To be honest, all but one of my points was a result of going over the wine allotment. I'll seek the 12-step program next.;) By the end of the challenge I only lost an overall 2 inches (not sure on weight since I don't weigh myself) but I do feel a ton better! More energy, not as puffy, and my muscles and joints do feel better! Who would have thought food could do all that?! My husband also commented my hands and face look smaller... I think that's a compliment. :) Overall, this has been a very educational experience and I will apply these lessons learned to the rest of my life-long journey towards greater health!Thanks much to the coaches, my Paleo Pals and fellow WOD'ers for your support!