I am so excited to start this journey with you all! The fact that you are even reading this post means that you’ve decided to take a big first step. You are here because you are willing to take part in my summer food experiment. I know you- I designed this program especially for you. You’ve heard about paleo and although intrigued, you are skeptical. You know it’s popular. Maybe you even know a few people who have tried it and have been successful on it. But ultimately you think it’s too restrictive, not sustainable, a fad diet, and you still think that the jury is still out on whether or not grains are bad for you.
I know you….you’ve seen the Whole30 plan and practically spit out your drink when you read all the foods you would have to give up for a month. I can just hear you now “no grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, AND alcohol?! What the heck am I supposed to eat?!” I know you because I’ve met you. Well, maybe not you exactly, but many people just.like.you. You don’t think you can do it alone and now you don’t have to. I will be here with you all summer holding your hand and walking you through a baby steps approach to paleo eating.
Remember that change occurs outside of your comfort zone. If what you have been doing has not been working for you, then frankly it’s time to try something new. That is how I started. I was frustrated that with all my running and “eating healthy” that my body was not where I thought it should be or where I wanted it to be. “If it’s not the exercise, then is has to be my diet.” Those were the exact words I said to Brent when I told him I was interested in participating in my first paleo challenge. I also said that as a nutrition and health teacher that I would do this as a personal experiment so if ever asked, I would be able to give my honest opinion. I had such an amazing experience that I wrote an entire post called My paleo Transformation.
So if Whole30 put you in the “shutdown zone” then I want you to view this challenge as putting you in your “growth zone.”
ELIMINATE GRAINS FROM BREAKFAST.
Yes that’s it. For the entire week all I want you to focus on is breakfast-otherwise known as “meal 1.” I prefer to call it meal 1 because once you start to think outside of the (breakfast) box <pun intended> you open your plate & palate to new non-traditional breakfast foods. When I ask my 7th grade students to name me typical breakfast foods they come up with: bagels, waffles, pancakes, toast, cereal, English muffins, muffins, scones, etc. What do all these have in common? Well basically they are all what I lovingly refer to as “crappy carbs.” Crappy carbs are wasted calories, empty calories, calories that are void of any real nutrition, and cheap fillers.
Have you ever had eggs, bacon, and fruit for breakfast before? If so, you’ve already eaten a “paleo” meal. Have you ever had leftovers from dinner the night before for breakfast on a weekend when you wake up late? Good, you’ve had a non-traditional breakfast before.
Here are some links to get you started this weekend:
- I wrote a post with tips & advice for starting a new challenge.
- I did a post on how I navigate the supermarket & what I buy.
- Dani wrote about how she tackles meal planning.
- I did a post on what a typical day of eating looks like for me.
Dani’s favorite breakfast as of late has been 2 hardboiled eggs, 1/2 avocado topped with sriracha which is a type of hot sauce. I am a baby with hot things, so I eat the same thing, but I mix it with my home-made mayo.
Some of my go-to breakfasts are:
- my banana omelets stuffed with sun butter
- Home made Lara Bars with a few slices of deli meats
- Meatloaf Muffins with sweet potato & Kerry Gold butter
I am also a huge fan of dinner leftovers for breakfast. Today I had leftover beef roast with carrots for breakfast & my entire home room thought it smelled amazing!
Thanks for taking on this challenge with us and let me know if you have any questions. You can leave them here as a comment, on our Facebook page, or send me an email using the contact page here.