I was eating my cooked Chicken & Apple Adele's sausage for breakfast when it occurred to me: This tastes a lot different cooked in coconut oil.
Changing your diet can be SO HARD. It can be scary. It was for me. But yes! You CAN do it!
You just have to want feeling better MORE than you want to feel relief from eating the crap.
It's a subtle but totally critical mindset shift.
Also, the tips to success are:
Set your intent by choosing to feel good. Choose to feel health. Choose to love your body.
NEVER leave the house without food. I often have an apple in my purse. Bananas are fantastic. I have a small cooler I bring with me. That way when you are hungry you are not caught near a vending machine unarmed. The first week or month of going Paleo can be rough - you may be really hungry - but then your body gets so used it to you can go hours and hours without really eating and you still feel great.
If you want to eat that donut because you "deserve it" choose to deserve a smile instead. Or a step on the scale to remind yourself how great you are doing or what your goal is. Or a minute of breathing meditation. :)
Throw out everything in your kitchen that is not Paleo.
Don't "not" throw it out to save money. Ditch it to save yourself.
You can still eat dessert. But when you have to cook it yourself you eat it less often. And when it's made with honey instead of processed sugar, it's not addicting.
Check out ChocolateCoveredKatie.com. NomNomPaleo.com. Find positive people logs who make Paleo food they adore and who live a lifestyle they love.
Did I mention bananas?
I will write a post someday about how my family eats 70 bananas a week and all the various ways we eat them.
Above all: love yourself!
You are awesome!
Once I went Paleo I never looked back. Well, maybe I peeked, but it was just a quickl look and I never really meant it. I've talked before about how magnesium supplements cured my cravings for chocolate and how I'm so gluten and rice intolerant I don't even want to cheat...
...so when junk food cravings hit me with a brick now that I'm pregnant I was floored.
When I look at old photos now I wince. I can see the gluten and food issues in my daughter's face so clearly now.
At the time I never noticed.
Her father is blond - so blond he was bald as a baby. My daughter is blonde. So of course she has pale skin, right? It wasn't until after we got her off gluten that I realized she wasn't pale - she was pallid. And the dark circles were not because she had pale skin, but because she was suffering from food intolerances. Dark circles are a sure sign.
Here are more photos of my daughter to show you "before" and "after" we got her off gluten. I'm so familiar with these symptoms now I can spot food issues a mile away when I look at children in person or in the pictures their parents post on Facebook.
Paleo is not about what you eat, it's about what you don't eat.
I'm not sitting around eating vegetables while holding my nose like I'm in 5th grade and my parents are tormenting me with asparagus again. Rather, I'm not eating anything that causes inflammation in my body, chains me with addictive behavior or smacks me - and everyone else around me - with mood swings.
Cutting those things out of my diet made me feel happy, instantly.
I went on a 14 day juice fast and ended it after four days today. Why? Because of my Paleo Diet.
Last year this time I went on a 30 day juice fast straight from a Standard American Diet of grains, sugar and processed foods (albeit a gluten, dairy and soy-free version). The change was tremendous. Detoxing and energy jumps and clarity boosts and fireworks shooting out over my head like a love connection in a Brady Bunch rerun.
For about three months now I have been thinking, "I need to go on another juice fast to reboot myself. You know, clear out my year's worth of toxins." So last week when a dear friend decided to kick the processed food habit and juice I jumped right in. "Me, too, I'll start when you do!" and I declared 14 days. 14 days of juicing! Yes! I put a motivational poster on my wall with check-boxes and everything.
Do you know what I felt while juicing?
I like the easy Paleo stuff.