|Used these for my pull-ups|
As for the paleo challenge, yesterday was technically my last day. Over the weekend though, I had kind of a depression breakdown, I didn't want to do anything and I just had this strong craving for something and I couldn't figure out what it was. On Sunday Nathan wanted Zippy's and I got dinner there. Of course, it was not paleo in the least. There is no paleo at Zippy's. It was an interesting experiment. I had some french fries, and that did not satisfy the craving. I had some of a bear claw and that did not satisfy the craving. I am glad that I did the experiment as a "cheat" during my challenge. It turns out that all of those snacks that I would seek out to satisfy that craving, didn't satisfy at all. So I stopped eating them. Back to better eating on Monday. I did this challenge in my own way without guilt, so like I said in earlier posts, it was not a perfect "whole30." I didn't follow all of the rules, I just closely based my eating habits on it.
So in review for this challenge:
I was not a stickler about cheese. I didn't actively put cheese on my food, but several times we went out to dinner and invariably there would be cheese on the salad. I would flick some off, but eat the rest. Dairy has not been a huge issue for me, so I didn't go totally crazy about keeping it off my food. I did not, however, drink milk or have yogurt or kefir. I think I'm going to add back kefir at times now that I'm done with the challenge.
I kept bread out totally. This is the main one that I want to keep doing. With every other food in the world I seem to be able to regulate. Bread is my kryptonite. As for the rest of grains, I'll leave out rice for the most part, noodles totally. Other grains like quinoa, granola, oatmeal- in moderation as a special treat. Definitely not a daily addition.
Soy I'm done with. I was never a fan of it in the first place, so there's no reason for me to reintroduce. I will not be an asshole if someone offers me something to eat if it is soy based, but I'm definitely going to steer clear if I'm not making anyone uncomfortable.
Sugar- I'm going to do my best to stick to high percentage cacao as a replacement for sugary desserts. Bananas, other fruit and coconut milk are great replacements as well. There are going to be times that I will be offered sugary treats. I am going to turn them down as a general rule. There may be times like this weekend where I may need some chocolate. Again, I'm going to do my best to use the better options and steer clear of things like snickers or peanut butter cups.
Alcohol. This was hard for me during the challenge, which tells me something about my relationship with alcohol. It's something for me to think about for sure. A glass of wine with dinner or after is no big deal, but I need to get clear about what the strong cravings were about. I need to get better at coping with boredom or loneliness/sadness with something other than food/drink. I was surprised that there were times that I almost panicked. I wrote about the day I gave in and had tequila with coconut water. It was obvious once I had some that it was not the cure-all I had been looking for. I never did figure out why I wanted some so badly. Then last night I had wine- a few glasses with Anna and Keysa. On the drive to take Keysa home I actually felt naseous. Obviously had too much. So I'm gonna keep an eye on this one. I will continue to report because this is my freaking blog and I can do what I want.