Here’s what I expected from my first week of the Paleo diet:
-I expected hunger
-I expected difficulty sticking with the diet
-I expected difficulty meal planning
-I expected to feel more energy
-I expected serious carb and sugar cravings
-I expected it to be worth it but hard
Here’s what happened in the first week:
-My hunger is more satisfied than it has been in months
-I actually WANT to stick to the diet
-Meal planning has been a dream (have meat, have veggies, use any combo of both and you have a meal)
-I absolutely DO have more energy
-I experienced no cravings. (Even walking by doughnuts, I had no desire to get one)
-It has been much easier than expected.
-Both my husband and I have lost weight. (I was surprised by the immediacy of this)
This first week has been so interesting. I have to admit, as much as I wanted to try the diet, I still felt some skepticism about it. But it has been amazing.
The first thing I noticed this week, was a renewed energy. Something I’ve been missing for years. I love the foods we are eating. As a grazer, I was worried I’d really miss having salty carb filled snacks to eat all day–not so. I look forward to munching on some nuts or snap peas and just a few bites satisfy all my snack craving. There is nothing I have missed.
This weekend, we went to a party and lost a little ground. We were hungry and ate what was available. And I have to admit the Orthodox came out in both of us–never refuse food when offered. (Even if it’s a huge piece of chocolate cake with butter cream icing.) But you know what? I didn’t really enjoy any of it and I felt worse afterwards–as did my husband. It was almost good for us to take that break because we realized how much we wanted to continue the diet.
Something that has surprised both of us, is the weight loss. Even after one week, I not only feel trimmer but I feel stronger. Unlike other diets where I’ve simply lost weight by not eating enough and felt weak, the Paleo diet has allowed me to eat as much as I want and feel full while still losing the weight. I don’t have a whole lot of weight to lose but I almost feel like my body is just getting healthier–like my little unpleasant places left over from pregnancy or lack of exercise are turning into body. It feels great.
The most difficult thing has been convenience. It’s hard to go out to eat and you have to plan to have snacks on hand. Also, kids activities are awful–I never realized that every single kids event served nasty little carb ridden snacks. I am going to have to do some more brainwashing to get the kids interested in bringing their own Paleo snacks everywhere they go. Also, getting the kids to eat Paleo has been really easy. They have felt better too, I think, and are more willing to try new things.
I am ecstatic to get back on board this week and continue this journey.