WIAW: Paleo Habits
Happy Wednesday everyone! I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday, and thinking the week was almost over. My mind plays cruel tricks on me every now and then.
I decided to take part in this WIAW because yesterday I really tried to change my eating habits. Lately I’ve been grabbing whatever’s convenient and just eating it, and a lot of that has included eating out. If you read any sort of healthy living blogs, you’ll know that Paleo is all the rage these days. I’m going to be honest, I hated the idea of Paleo when I first saw it. I honestly thought that the Paleo diet went against everything a healthy balance stands for. It includes restriction and exclusion of food groups, and reminded me of the Atkins fad that went around a couple of years ago.
Plus, I’ve always been a firm believer in a healthy balance, and any “eating style” that makes you restrict a food group has always rubbed me the wrong way. Everything in moderation y’all – it works.
That being said, I do think Paleo has some great qualities about it. I’ve been a little bit of a carb-a-whore all of my life, so I can definitely go without all the carbs I eat in my day to day diet (AHHH BUT I LOVE IT). So yesterday I tried a new theory I’m testing out. I tried to make (most) of my meals 70-80% Paleo. Now, I didn’t follow it exactly and I wasn’t strict about it at all, but it definitely made me more aware of what I was eating and how to make healthy decisions.
Two egg omelet with ham, cheese, peppers, and onions.
Mixed green salad with hard-boiled egg whites, grilled chicken, red peppers and balsamic dressing.
When I got home from work around 5:30, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that both of these meals had kept me full throughout the entire day. I never once craved a snack, or a bag of chips, or something to quench my sweet tooth. Was it the 80% Paleo eating? Maybe. Was it the healthier choices I made while trying to stick to Paleo? Definitely.
I was starting to get hungry, but I wanted to hit the gym before I made dinner for the night. I quickly hardboiled two eggs (and failed to make sure the yolk was cooked all the way throug…fail) and ate the egg whites.
This clearly wasn’t enough to fuel me through a workout, so I grabbed a chocolate peanut butter 90 calorie bar we had sitting in the pantry. It definitely did the trick, and I had plenty of energy while at the gym that night.
I haven’t gone grocery shopping in weeks so I’ve been using up the last of my resources for meals. I’m running really low – so I decided to make some pasta with marinara sauce and broccoli. It was delicious!
All in all, my views on Paleo haven’t changed. I think doing Paleo 100% of the time and being 100% strict isn’t for everyone, and it’s definitely not for me. I don’t have the time, energy, money, or desire to do that. But, by trying to eat 80% Paleo each day it’s led me to make healthier choices. Whether or not they were “Paleo-friendly”, who knows? But they were healthy and good choices for me, and that’s what counts!
Let’s Talk – Have you tried Paleo? What are your thoughts on the Paleo lifestyle?