My Paleo Experience- What I Learned

I spent 21 days on the Paleo Diet.  It was somehow both easier and more challenging than I had expected it to be. Here is an overview of my experience and some of the key discoveries I made by going Paleo.

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The Good… 

  • It was not nearly as limiting as I expected!  I was pleasantly surprised how diverse my grocery cart and meals were every week.
  • My culinary creativity expanded!  I made things I never would think to make in my pre-Paleo diet.  It was exciting to try new things- from snacks like clementines dipped in dark chocolate and almond slices, to vegetables like roasted cabbage and main dishes like sauteed shrimp and pork chops.
  • I felt substantially healthier.

The Bad… 

  • My wallet shrunk more than my waistline.  Eating fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins was not cheap!  I found myself spending a lot more money than what I expected.
  • Eating out was not easy.  While eating at home was pretty manageable, eating out anywhere felt like a multi-phased balancing act.  I tried to plan ahead when I knew I would be eating out but reading through menus was a frustrating reminder of all the delicious breads, pastas and other foods I was avoiding.

Overall Challenge Enjoyment: 7/10. I enjoyed the food I ate but it felt limiting to stay perfectly within the paleo guidelines.

Success in Completing Challenge: B. I had a few slips: croutons in my salad, a piece of bread, a sandwich but overall I felt pleased with my commitment.

Likelihood in Continuing Challenge: Moderate (but with some allowances)

 

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