In my previous post I mentioned that I have not ever eaten a good number of vegetables. Of a the few vegetables I have tried, I don’t like many of them.  I like corn (which is apparently not technically a vegetable) I like carrots, and I like green beans.  That’s about it. I do not like broccoli, or peas or cucumbers. (the list of ‘do not like’ is longer but I’ll keep it short)  To my knowledge I have never eaten cauliflower, asparagus, beets, brussel spouts, artichoke, chickpeas, many squashes, turnips, and so on, you get the idea.

So how do I plan on being paleo for at least 30 days if I won’t have a large variety of vegetables to work with initially?  Mostly I’m going to wing it.  I will try new things, and can always fall back on my usual veggies if something new doesn’t work out. Since I don’t like that many different vegetables to start with, repetition is obviously not a problem for me. 

I also except my tastes to change. Not suddenly or even drastically. But it’s bound to happen. I don’t see my self ever changing my mind about broccoli or peas, but I could see suddenly finding my self enjoying cucumber. Or tomatoes. That’s another one I don’t like, tomatoes. waaaah! 

Smoothies are also probably going to be a thing. I’m going to need those plant nutrients some how, and I will blend them into a smoothie to hide their flavor behind some fruit if I have to! 

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I’m still not fully prepared to start my month of Paleo, but the other day when I made bacon, eggs, and french toast for breakfast, I opted not to have the french toast and ate some bananas instead with the bacon and eggs.

Of course in the future I’ll probably try out some kind of paleo french toast. Just not having it wasn’t all that hard of a decision though.

Point being, I’m not waiting until some arbitrary Start day to make big sweeping changes.  I’m trying to eat more fresh food, less grains/gluten, less sugar on a regular basis.  Making it a normal thing to pick smart alternatives.  I do not live on my own, and my husband is not likely to be so on board with this Paleo venture.  He doesn’t mind that I’m going to do it of course, but I can’t make him do it too.  So I’m just going to have to make it work.  There’s going to be food around to tempt me.

The only way to stick with it is to want to stick with it. If I sit around thinking “I really want that french toast but I shouldn’t/can’t” then I’m setting myself up for failure. The only solution is truly not really want the french toast.

It’s a mind over matter thing.  Would you just sit and eat a stick or two of butter? Butter (real butter) is delicious, but for most people just eating some butter is unthinkable.  For a lot of people, having butter ever at all is unthinkable, not even counting Paleo. (I could make a whole separate post this, in fact I think I shall!)  It’s a mental thing of what is and isn’t okay to eat.  Making a lifestyle change means making mental shifts.

In my first post on this topic I said that I’ve been attracted to Paleo for a while.  Knowing that Paleo is a good way to go is not something I suddenly decided 2 weeks ago.  Even deciding to actually do it for 30 days wasn’t a sudden idea.  It built up over time.  It might not take everyone that long, I just let it go at its own pace.

I watched those food documentaries and I started following Paleo/gluten-free/healthy type of food blogs and Facebook pages. I really recommend following the food blogs and pages if you’re the kind of person who needs to see good food to want the food.  I’ve seen so many zucchini noodle recipes, that I’m actually pretty interested in trying out the whole “mock noodle” thing.  I’ve seen pictures of food that makes me think “Man, I’ve never had anything like that before, I’m going to try it and I hope I love it….I’m going to be super bummed if I don’t love it.”  I’ve been following some Paleo/Gluten free cooks and bloggers on facebook, and have even share a few of their recipes that I’m looking forward to trying.

I don’t want this to be stressful.  I don’t want to put off a healthier lifestyle until it’s too late.  Until some doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or I’m in danger, that I need to lower my cholesterol because I’m in danger, or that I’ve ended up with the diabetes that I’m predisposed to.  Those things make lifestyle changes stressful, because you’re afraid and worried. I knew I had to make a change eventually, and I just let it simmer, always considering it.  I went from this is probably way to hard, to maybe it won’t be so bad, to yeah I can totally try this.  I’ll be going into this from a place of wanting to do it and knowing I can do it. That’s my recipe for success. As long as I don’t give up, I won’t fail.

It took me a while to finish this post, it was all over the place and I felt it was difficult to make it coherent. I still feel like it’s a little unorganized, but I don’t think anything I change at this point will fix it.  My mind is not with it. I’m having one of those days where I feel like my brain isn’t working right.  An increasingly frequent occurrence that I’m hoping a lifestyle change will make a huge difference with. 

July is here!  In a couple of weeks I hope to be starting my first 30 days of Paleo eating.

Now the reason why I’m not starting it immediately is because I need some things before I get started.  I want this to be as effortless as possible in the beginning. I want to minimize the chances of ever feeling like I’m just screwed.

So I started out with looking at my usual meals, determining which ones I can keep without having to change at all or change the least.  It seems like I mostly need recipes for side dishes.  Then I’ve been recipe hunting, making a shopping list.  More fruits and nuts for snacking or small meals, going to try out zucchini noodles, trying out alternatives to white sugar, make my own almond milk, things like that.

I’ll need some more coconut oil, I already used it sometimes but I’ll be using it a lot more for this venture.  While I’m at it I’ll be buying some hemp oil, maybe some chia seeds or flax seeds to experiment with. Figure out what the best alternative to white/grain flour would be for me to try at first. Some of this stuff I’ll have to buy online, so I just have to wait for all the shopping to fall in line really.

In the meantime I have already been eating more raw foods, less grains, etc.  Preparing my self to jump in with both feet.  I’m really excited about it.  I don’t feel like Paleo is restrictive.  I’ve seen people say that, because of all the things you’re not supposed to eat. But to me that’s like saying being a non-smoker is a restrictive lifestyle, because you’re not smoking cigarettes.  Or that cutting out soda is restrictive because you can’t have soda anymore.  While it follows the literal definition of the word “restrict”  it seems a matter of perspective. People who have never smoked a day in their life, or never really had a thing for soda, who never even think about having those things, I bet they don’t feel restricted.

Also, I keep saying “30 days” or use other verbiage that kind of implies that this will be temporary.  It’s not really that I’m looking at this as something temporary that I’ll do for a few weeks and ditch, it’s more that I’m going to try to follow Paleo as closely to the letter as I can manage for a month.  I’ll see what happens, how I feel, how sustainable it seems.  I may keep doing strict Paleo beyond that point, or I may not.  What won’t change will be my desire to eat more whole, unprocessed and unrefined foods.

Now if you’re curious about all of this, like what is the big deal with refined foods, grains, and carbs, I can point you in a couple directions.  If you’ve ever watched the documentary “Super Size Me”  then a rebuttal documentary called “Fat head” is pretty good.  It’s still all about fast food, but is more about how it’s not the amount fat or the calories so much that make it bad you, so much as all the carbs.  And right towards the end it talks some about ‘good fats’ and what not.   Another very interesting documentary is called “Hungry for Change.”  It doesn’t talk about Paleo, but it does discuss in length why grains and processed/refined foods aren’t good for us. Also why so many people KNOW what’s bad for them, but keep eating it anyway, and why the manufacturers know that it’s bad for us but make/sell it anyway.  And I especially love it for pointing out that just because our government says something is safe and healthy for us, doesn’t mean it’s true.  Both of those are currently (as of the date of this posting) on Netflix.

I’ve watched many other documentaries in the past, and I can’t remember the titles of a lot of them off the top of my head.   There are a lot out there though. If you have Netflix and look up either of the two I’ve already suggested, you will also find a lot of documentaries on the subject of diet and food.

Some big changes!

June 26, 2013

I feel like everything I try to do so far this year I fail at.  Keeping up with blogging? fail.  Trying to get into shape? fail. Trying to do anything on more than a once every 2-3 week basis? FAIL!

I’m pretty sure I’m not depressed.  Although sometimes all that overwhelming fail did get me down for a few days.  I’m pretty familiar with depression, and while I haven’t been able to keep interest in my goals, it’s not that I don’t want to do them.  I want to! I really really want to!  I just don’t have a lot of get up and go lately. More days than not I feel sluggish, I feel like my brain is full of sludge.

Here in the near future I plan on going paleo/primal for at least 30 days.  Probably starting around Mid-july hopefully.   If you’re unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, google is your friend here.  Same with Primal.  The watered down over simplified version is that as Humans we probably eat a whole lot of crap that we don’t need to eat, and would be much healthier without.  We evolved eating a certain kind of diet. Lots of raw food like fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.  Meat of course.   Probably not a lot of grains, if any.  Probably not a lot of dairy, if any. No refined sugars, nothing bleached.   That’s a lot of “probably”  because scientists can’t say for sure “Yes, people X years ago only ate these things”   They have a pretty good idea, but it is up for debate.  What “Primal” is seems a little trickier.  I’ve only found a lot of conflicting info on that.  For the most part here I’m using it to imply that I plan to sometimes have dairy and rice. It seems that according to some people dairy/grains once in a while means that you’re not “officially” paleo, and that you’re primal.  While those people seem ridiculously nit picky, that just seems to be the way it is for some.

I’ve been drawn to it, for over a year or two actually, because it just makes sense.  I see how healthy people who follow it are.  I’ve seen the change it can make in their lives.  I’ve seen what good eating more raw food does.  What good going gluten-free does, cutting back dairy.  So why not do the whole shebang?  Just give it a try.  Can’t hurt, might help, right?  The longer it goes, the more reasons I see to do it.  I know I can’t keep going the way I’m going.  I’ve been to the doctor, there’s nothing wrong with me.  So something has to give.

My plans are to post what I’m eating, recipes I’ve found, products I’m using (I plan to get some coconut oil, hemp oil, chia seeds, coconut mana, almond/coconut/tapioca flour etc), how I feel, changes I’m noticing, if it’s doing anything for me.  My main goal, or hope, for this is to just feel better, feel like a functioning human being again.  That’s it, if any other benefits come with just changing the way I eat, that’s gravy.   Eat better, feel better, live better.  My only expectation.