On the 7th of March I started with a 30-day Paleo challenge. Basically this means that you do not eat sugar, gluten and dairy during 30 days. I want to take you with me on my journey
When my friend, who now is a lifestyle coach, contacted me to see if I wanted to try the 30-day challenge I wasn’t quite keen on starting. Let me take you a little deeper with into this subject.
My weight issues
You should know that for the most part of my life I have been struggling with my weight. At age 15 I was bullied a lot at school and I felt really self-conscious about this. Part of the things that the bullies said was that my ass was fat in comparison to the rest of my body. Which is true and which I now highly appreciate (we all have big butts in our family). But back then I felt terribly ashamed. I started to loose wait quickly in a very unhealthy way. Basically I’ve weighed everything between 42 kg and 78 kg.
After being extremely thin, I gained back all my weight plus a lot extra in the years that followed, after that I started diet after diet after diet. Lost a lot of weight, put it all back on, lost it all again, put it all back on and so on.
The past couple of months I really wanted to change something about my weight but at the same time I really just wanted to be at peace with myself and with the way I looked. However, I started having health issues. Cramps in my intestines, a lot of thirst, constant heartburn and no energy whatsoever. I decided it was really time for a radical change and one that is something you can do for the rest of your life.
Before starting this challenge my friend advised me to make a meal plan for the entire week and to do my grocery shopping’s in advance. So I started out with a meal plan for a week which basically looked like this:
- Smoothie with 1 banana, frozen red fruit, spinach and almond milk
- Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon or with vegetables (mushrooms, tomatoes)
- Filled salads with loads of veggies and chicken
- Homemade soup
- Leftovers from dinner
- Coodles (courgette noodles) puttanesca
- Stuffed peppers
- Stir fry cauliflower rice
- Banana bread
- Apples, kiwi and pear
I must admit that the first week of Paleo went by super well. You must know, that I’m very good at UNsuccesfull adulting. Basically I never made a grocery list for the entire week plus a week plan. Let me tell you this, if your trying to loose weight, this is a big step in the right direction.
The first week
Never in a million years did I imagine that this week would fly by so easily. I can honestly say that I was never hungry and that I was really satisfied with everything that I made and ate. What also helped me out a lot is that we started this challenge with 20 girls and a shared Facebook group. We can all share our thoughts there, our struggles and also of course our recipes and questions. These girls helped me out a lot and I’m very grateful for them.
Monday the 14th of March I did a weigh-in and had already lost 2 kg! High-five to myself. Furthermore, I haven’t felt this full of energy since I can remember and also a big plus: no heartburn and no cramps, at all!
I have to be honest about this one. To start this challenge you’ll need a lot of products that you usually don’t use such as almond meal, coconut meal, nuts, ghee, coconut oil etc.
I will update you soon about week 2 and I will also try to share some food diaries with pictures to give you all a little bit of an idea of what I eat.
Thank you for sticking with me through this long read.