Saturday, September 21, 2013
Hey there Sparkpeople! If you're reading this, I'm flattered. I'm also focused really hard on trying to make this as entertaining as possible, because I know these challenge blogs can be very tedious to read. Thanks for stopping by!
I am so far finding the Paleo diet to be super! As previously posted, I have chosen to ignore the obvious limitation of alcohol. I know that it is strictly speaking not Paleo, but I drew the line. In so doing, I have still been able to socialize with friends and enjoy something relatively simple. But I have been following all of the other Paleo tenants! I have given up dairy AND soy, in favor of almond and coconut milk products. This was something huge for me, because I LOVE my soy milk! It's something I'm a huge fan of, because I normally don't drink it very quickly, and it stays good for soooo much longer than dairy milk. BUT, Silk (my chosen brand) makes a pretty delicious almond milk that I have been subbing for my dairy. I AM missing yogurt, however. Does anyone have a good brand suggestions for dairy and soy free yogurt? I've gotten used to having smoothies, and yogurt with pineapple is my primary choice. I'd love any help in good non-dairy/soy brands.
Today I wasn't particularly hungry. I knew I was hungry because my stomach was growling, but I didn't actually feel hungry until around 4:00 today. My food was very colorful today! I had eggs with avocado for breakfast, sauteed chicken and veggies for lunch, and the same for dinner, along with a glass of wine. I have been snacking a bit today- I had a Gala apple (my favorite kind!) and Naked Green Machine juice (my favorite juice!)
But I must say, even though I haven't given up alcohol, even eating a Paleo diet has given me so much energy! I have found that, in the past four days, I have experienced a cleansing of my body and a balance of my energy. I haven't desired snacks or judge food nearly so much as I usually do. BUT that being said, the things I miss most on this diet are chocolate and pastries: GOD DO I MISS BAGELS!! That's probably been the hardest thing about this diet, is missing those things that I LOVE. One of my favorite breakfasts used to be a cinnamon bagel with peanut butter, both of which things are verboten on the Paleo diet. And as good as it is, sunflower butter is NOT peanut butter. I honestly think that first thing I will eat after these 30 days are over is a Panera cinnamon crunch bagel with peanut butter, and a nonfat iced DAIRY latte. Is it bad that I am kind of looking forward to October 15th, when I will have finished my time? I know that a lot of the tenants of the Paleo diet will be very good for me, and I think I will honestly try to incorporate them into my daily diet. But I am looking forward to such a time as when I get to enjoy those things that I am currently missing so much, like peanut and dairy products.
But that being said, I am so far enjoying the Paleo diet! I love feeling so good after all of my meals, and I have rarely experienced the sugar crash that I so often experienced before. My energy levels on this diet are so much more stable. I used to think of a snack at 3:00 s absolutely necessary. Instead, I have been following the Whole30 tenants of thinking of them as meal 1,2 and 3. I eat breakfast around 9:00, but I don't tend to have lunch until around 2:00. I work as a waitress, and sometimes I simply don't have time to eat until the rest of the world (AKA my clients) have already eaten. But don't get me wrong, I am LOVING my job! I meet interesting people every single day, and I get the EXTRAORDINARY chance of talking to them. Last year, I worked as a music teacher, and though I miss it almost daily, there are some things I love about waiting tables that I never get teaching. Maybe other districts will be different, but I have connected so much more with the people I am currently working with. They all have such interesting stories, and I absolutely love hearing them. By being a waitress, I am meeting all kinds of interesting people. I did, however, just apply to be a substitute teacher - gotta build that resume!
For those who are interested in my personal life - my husband is currently gone to boot camp. It has, undoubtedly, been a struggle for me. My husband is my best friend, and I miss him more every day of my life than I though was possible. Last year, I was a full time music teacher, and I greatly look forward to resuming this line of work. But I did decide that, for this year, it was best for me not to work in a school district full time. I miss my old school every single day - I don't think they can ever believe how much I miss them. But, when my husband gets out of boot camp in late November, I have full intentions of moving with him. For those of you who are married, you probably understand where I am coming from, but for those of you who aren't, let me explain myself. My husband is my absolute best friend, and even though I am SURROUNDED by an excellent support system, I miss him so much its disgusting. That being said, I cannot WAIT until such a time as when I get to build a home with him, no matter where it is. My husband is being assigned to base in Quantico, Virginia, and I am greatly hoping to find a teaching job there. SO, while I am currently a full time waitress, I can't wait until I am back in school, with wonderful students in an amazing district. I worry that I won't find one as supportive as the one I left last year, but such is life. I truly believe that my strength in life is connecting with and educating children, and I can't wait until I can do that again.
That being said, I hope that subbing pans out for me. I really miss being around kids!
I know that a lot of this has had nothing to do with the Paleo diet. But to me, a lot of this 30 day process is not only about eating better, but also about obtaining a positive state of mind, something which I feel that I currently feel that I am on my way to achieving. Stay great, SparkPeople! I love that you are here, and that you took the time to stop by!