By Allie DeLay
Will power. That was my number one word going into this first week. Will power, which was something I usually equated with a sprint during the last 400 meters of a timed mile or an extra push up to finish up a plyo workout, took on a whole new meaning this week. Learning to say no to some of the staples in my diet was a real challenge this week.
As a self proclaimed Carb Fanatic, I knew it wasn’t going to be a cake walk giving up my morning bowl of cereal, afternoon sandwich, or as I like to refer to it my “night cap,” a piece of toast with Nutella and fluff (which I would like to point out to my roommates I have successfully done away with). But, I didn’t anticipate how often I was going to have to decline food and avoid giving in to temptation.
When I decided to start eating Paleo, I told my family and although I don’t think they fully understand it, they’ve been extremely supportive. Since I’m still home on winter break, I managed to stock the fridge with plenty of fruits and vegetables but that didn’t mean there wasn’t going to be bread, cereal, and other tempting foods that were a definite no-no in the Paleo Diet, sitting on the shelves in the kitchen just mocking me. (Okay, maybe they weren’t mocking me but, when your mom comes home with four boxes of Special K Chocolatey Delight the week you decide to go Paleo, you may feel a little resentment towards that cereal.)
Thankfully, fruits, vegetables, and eggs become my saving grace. I have managed to stir-fry pretty much anything and everything this week, relying albeit maybe a little too heavily on chicken. I have learned to appreciate more natural flavoring from my vegetables and I have definitely been experimenting a lot in the kitchen.
I have noticed more changes in my energy level and I’ve been feeling full a lot faster, without having the whole “I have a food baby, pull the car over so I can puke” kind of feeling. I just have to remember how great I’ve been feeling and I’m sure if I set my mind to it, my will-power will help me keep this inner cave-woman alive!