I've gone Paleo for the last 4 weeks (off and on). However, I just returned from vacation and have lost weight. Even with eating out daily doses of decadent food, I've lost weight. I won't reveal the number just yet, so as to ensure that it is all really happening.
Before Paleo, by the end of everyday, all I ever wanted was a nice sugary latte with soy and a large cookie. It was my comfort. It truly enveloped me in a warm hug and made me feel calm and collected. For about 2 weeks in November 2011, I ate it every day. It was an addiction. It was all consuming. I was stuffing myself with gluten and sugar. And it was calling me often; like crack or dope. I knew that I needed to stop the binge.
In the last week, I made the choice to not eat any grains and occasionally partake in desserts that were grain free. And there were times when I didn't eat the dessert, even when it was a flourless cake that was so decadent and divine that I could've died and gone to heaven.
Do I miss it? No. Not really. I never really liked pasta. I am not a big bread fan, but I did like baking it. I don't crave the saucer sized, toll house cookie. I am fine living without the sugary latte with soy. I feel better. I have more energy. I don't need it anymore. It isn't calling my name. And I am saving money in the end too.
I woke up this morning at 5:40 a.m. and did a short Tabata workout. Tabata is interval training for 30 seconds each: Low Impact (30 sec) and High Impact (30 sec) for 2 repetitions and a 30 second rest in between sets; there were 4 sets of exercises. I wrote up an interval training program: Low impact is my Kettlebells (around the body or bent over row) exercise for 30 seconds and High Impact (plyometrics, like jumping jacks or skaters) was 30 seconds, for example. I did 4 exercises at 2 repetitions each. It was about a 10 minute workout routine in total. I then supplemented cardio with 10 minutes on spin bike. That is all the time I had. I felt great afterwards.
I had a nice breakfast of two eggs cooked in bacon fat (yes, bacon fat) with pineapples as a side. It sure beats having cereal with milk, or oatmeal with milk, or a bagel. I then sauteed spinach in bacon fat with shallots and garlic, which was for lunch. I had saved pieces of pork loin that I roasted last night. I added green beans too. For dessert, grapes; that is how I get the sweet. After a long morning meeting, when I entered my office, I had an unexpected meeting. I didn't get to snack on my yogurt. I ate lunch much later than usual, but I wasn't hungry like I would've been on a conventional eating plan.
For my afternoon snack, I had a yogurt with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, which will keep me full while I cook dinner for the 6 of us. So while the cravings are gone, I am still working hard to make the choice to eat Paleo. It is a struggle, but one that I'm willing to make.
On a side, benefit note, I realized last night, while reading a fitness magazine where the fitness model stopped eating gluten and no longer was on a steroid inhaler, that I've not used my steroid inhaler that I've used twice daily for the last 9 years in the last week since leaving for vacation. I don't even know where I packed it. I have not felt wheezy or short of breath in a couple of weeks. I am thinking there is definitely a connection to gluten and my acute asthma. Food for thought.
What do you do to combat cravings?