Welcome back to the Paleo Experiment, where I’ve been documenting 30 days on the Paleo diet, addressing 5 questions I’d posited in the first post.
1. Is it affordable?
This week, I spent just under $95 on groceries, proving that it is possible to eat Paleo on a budget. It’s just $25 less than last week, but that’s $100 a month I wouldn’t mind saving.
2. Will it make me crazy?
My mood is holding steady–I don’t feel any crazier than usual. One challenge is going to bed on time and getting enough sleep. I haven’t gotten my hand on blackout curtains yet, but I have been using Flux to make the color of my computer screen adapt to the time of day, and hopefully this will help over time.
3. Any cravings?
I’ll be honest, I’ve been really craving things like whipped cream, peanut butter cups, milk chocolate and other treats. However, I’ve been holding strong and have not succumbed to these Neolithic cravings. It’s just 30 days, right?
These types of foods in moderation after the 30 days of the challenge will not be a problem, I don’t think, but I am still hoping to get a good read on their effects upon reintroduction before making any decisions.
4. Will it support my workouts and sport?
This is hard to say since I haven’t been working out as hard as I intend to once I get into the swing of things (jiu jitsu, etc.) again. I’ve been getting all of my workouts in but am still not at the intensity I would like to be. However, this could be due to transitioning to winter and other factors. So the jury is still out on this one.
5. Am I going to lose weight?
I am holding steady with just 3 lbs. of fat loss, though it did look like it was closer to 5 lbs. in the middle of last week. It’s worth noting that I don’t think I had a whole lot I wanted to lose in the beginning, and that results might be different for someone with serious weight to lose.
Back next week with another update.