One of my crazy goals this year is to actually do a 30-day Paleo diet. What is the Paleo diet? According to wikipedia, it is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. The “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
I came across this diet a year ago but I didn’t really pay that much attention to it. I was interested on paper that it seems interesting and the idea is promising. But, it’s certainly going to be a psychological battle to actually follow through with the diet. Basically, I will be eliminating most things I eat daily — rice, pasta, bread — and really be picky where I eat out, or eliminate that too completely. I’d have to prepare my Paleo meals which will consist mostly of grass-fed meat, veggies and fruits.
Why am I doing this? I’ve been exercising regularly either in the gym or in the volleyball court, but I still feel that something is missing. I never really changed my diet because I don’t want to miss out on things that I really like. I think growing older and feeling more aches in the body have made me realize that I might also need to look into what I actually put in my body.
At this moment, I don’t plan to go fulltime Paleo in my life. I still love my bread, rice, pasta and all Chinese, Filipino and American dishes! Most of them are non-Paleo. The idea is to get exposed to food that I won’t usually eat or prepare, and integrate it in my diet. So, most days, instead of filling myself with a heavy cream pasta dish, I’d probably try and eat an avocado chicken dish.
I plan to start this in February, and I’ll do it for 30 days. I plan to chronicle it in my blog and probably setup a page to really follow my progress and write down things that happened during this experiment. So far, I’ve been trying to drink coffee black, and minimizing desserts, rice, bread, and other non-Paleo food items. I am trying to get a lot of recipes as well and plan my meals regularly so I don’t stray much especially during those days when food is not available. Let’s see how this goes and one big good luck to me!