Like many, I had set aside some goals for 2018 at the New Year. One of my goals was to take a stab at the Paleo diet through my trip to D.C. on January 26th. For 26 days I said no to bread, cheese, sweets, and more. For those who aren’t familiar with the Paleo diet, you can find a great overview here. I tried Paleo my senior year of high school as my “lenten sacrifice” and lost weight at the time. Since then, it’s been nearly impossible. As a broke college student, Paleo isn’t feasible — it’s expensive and requires time to prep food and/or cook regularly. Luckily, I’m in a position where I can execute paleo pretty well, as long as my willpower stays intact.
The great news is I completed my goal! In those 26 days, I lost 9-10 lbs and felt a dramatic difference in my health and body.
Here’s the bad news: Obviously, upon arriving to D.C. having completed my goal, I didn’t restrict myself on eating and went 4 days without working out. I went to brunch, we drank, we had bagels, and chips, and late-night mozzarella sticks. It was a fun, drunk weekend and everyone indulged. I don’t regret a thing, because I know I deserved that one weekend to be carefree. This is what I call the “post-paleo binge”. That being said, I felt horrible once I returned back home. My stomach did not readjust well to the dairy and grains, and I was bloated for days. I hopped on the scale after the weekend and I was mortified. I was quickly motivated to get back into my paleo groove and gym routine.
After about 4-5 days of getting back into the swing of things, I started to feel better, and my weight was back down to where it was pre-D.C. — proof that one bad weekend won’t destroy you. The bloating, retained water, and trouble digesting had passed naturally. I call this the “comeback”. Unfortunately, this past weekend was another crazy one with my friend moving into town and the Super Bowl. Everyone around me was eating all day, and the bingeing was contagious (mostly the 7-layer bean dip and hint of lime Tostitos). This morning I hopped on the scale, and again, was mortified.
The important thing to remember is these few cheat days can’t undo a month’s worth of progress. There is a reason that my body feels sick after weekends like this — it’s been happy with what I’ve putting into it on paleo! Vegetables, meat, fish, and fruit are things that your body wants and needs to work at its best. I know after a few days of eating well and working out, the bloating will go down and I’ll be feeling much better and back to a good place (At least I hope so — I’m heading to Vegas in 10 days!).
That being said, moving forward I plan on continuing paleo the best that I can, without completely restricting myself. All of my groceries and cooking at home will be paleo, but if someone brings donuts to work… don’t count me out.
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