Thursday, January 30, 2014

Paleo Update - 2 Weeks

Here is an update on my Paleo progress.  You can read about why I'm doing Paleo here.

I did two weeks with minor cheating.  I had a couple bites of chocolate here and there, I had a yogurt one day, and I had a pão de queijo one day.   But other than that it has been strictly meat, vegetables, fruit, and nuts.  

Please forgive the horrible lighting in these pictures.

NOTE: I have not exercised at all in the past 2 weeks because my asthma has been sooo bad (also because it's a million degrees outside and something in the air is giving me asthma).  And, contrary to what some people believe, exercise does not improve asthma.  Trust me.

The front doesn't look better, but the backside does.  I can't tell if it's just the lighting or my posture, though.  I don't have a scale, so I have no idea if I've lost any weight.  I love living without a scale because then I can focus on how my body feels and how my clothes fit, rather than being fixated on a number.

So I have decided that I will continue with Paleo the best that I can.  The main benefit is that I feel satisfied for longer after meals.  I don't feel hungry all the time like I used to.  And I eat smaller portions now.  I have no desire for sugar or rice, though I do miss potatoes.  My asthma has improved a lot, so I am going to start exercising as best as I can, starting with yoga, and eventually swimming "laps" in our tiny pool.  I'll post more pictures in another two weeks.

I am not going to beat myself up if I cheat on the diet a tiny bit.  I have friends coming to visit from the States, and I will enjoy a glass of wine and a cappuccino or two while they're here.

I'd like to encourage others to try the Paleo diet.  It really isn't as hard as it might seem.  Cook your food fresh, don't rely on any packaged food, and it's easy peasy!

Have you tried Paleo yet?

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