It’s more about eating the vegetables & protein. The 80/20 rule should NOT be 80% Paleo (fruit, Paleo cookies, & pancakes) while 20% cheating with McDonald’s French fries & burgers... Instead, Paleo should really be given 100% effort - 20% being the Paleo sweets & 80% be strictly nutrient dense foods: veggies/proteins/healthy fats. This is truly how to get the most out of Paleo.
I can’t even begin to explain how amazing I feel right now – compared to my trick-day which is tired, groggy, & gross - the rest of the week I feel unstoppable, superman-esque, & bulletproof; I’m already seeing how this 21-day challenge is really paying off.
Day 1-3: NO sugar
Days 5-10: NO sugar
Days 12-17: NO sugar
Days 19-21: NO sugar
Day 4: Trick Day
Day 11: Trick Day
Day 18: Trick Day
Ever since my unplanned-accidental-trick-day last Thursday(Day 4) -which worked out in my favor- I’ve been doing AMAZING with this no-sugar thing. Pshhhh! No sugar? Easy!
This week, I definitely experienced less cravings; I haven't even reached for my 100%-chocolate for a “fix” (which I sometimes do to help me keep going).
During the weekend (Days 5-7) I ate out a lot, which isn't at all normal for me. I went to a 3-day conference where all my lunch & dinner meals had to be purchased. People have told me “Paleo isn’t sustainable, I eat out a lot, & it’s hard to ever eat out with this diet.” I ate out A LOT these 3 days, having no trouble whatsoever; I can find something to eat ANYWHERE (see examples below).
It’s interesting to notice, though, how I feel on my trick-days – last Thursday(Day 4) & this Thursday(Day 11).
I barely have anything at home appropriate to eat, so I have to go shopping specifically for it – buy fruit, dark chocolate, bake Paleo treats, etc.
Day 4 when I had that cheesecake, it didn’t take much time for me to feel the after-effects; I felt gross, bloated, tired, my brain felt foggy, I even felt a little nauseas. It definitely sucked all the energy out of me.
Funny how my body is COMPLETELY not used to this stuff anymore… but I was on a mission to continue with the insulin-spiking for the remainder of the day (in order for this diet to work!). Other observed effects were: I broke out (just a few little pimples) on my chest, & that only happens after eating wheat/gluten for me.
Reflecting on these effects has got me thinking in a new way…
Eventually, after this month is over, my next challenge will probably be to rarely eat ANY [Paleo] sugar - (including honey, maple syrup) because I just feel so great without it now (& not-so-great when I eat it). I might just stick to the once-a-week-trick-day as my normal eating habit instead of considering this as merely part of a 21-day-challenge.
Friday(Day 5) was the day after my first trick-day, & I noticed I had some cravings that day. Wednesday (Day 10) was the only other day I craved something. I wanted chocolate… maybe because my co-worker brought me a Paleo cupcake & it was sitting staring at me all day waiting to be eaten on the next trick-day…
Here are some examples of what I ate during the NO-sugar part of the week:
Thursday = Trick Day!!!
Here's what my trick-days were filled with: