Welcome back to the Paleo experiment, where I document 30 days on the Paleo diet. We are halfway finished with our experiment! Here’s what I’ve got on the questions I’d originally posited.
1. Is it affordable?
This week we spent a total of $239.52 on groceries. This included about $25 on Boston Market’s chicken and sides (no we did not eat cornbread or get the brownies, cookies or soda), so really could have been a bit less. Anyway, it’s just under $120 per person. We did the bulk of our shopping at Trader Joe’s, though, which I think saved us quite a bit. Ideally we’d like to spend about $100 a week each, but I think experimenting with the wide variety of foods like we have been will help us figure out what we want to splurge on later and where we can save.
2. Will it make me crazy?
We’ve definitely both felt a bit lethargic lately, but have been told this could simply be due to switching from burning carbs to burning fats. Time will tell.
3. Any cravings?
I’m eating about one dark chocolate bar a week, which is taking care of cravings for now. Sugar cravings are like a monster; the more you feed it the more it will grow. So I think really paying attention to and limiting those feedings is a good idea anyway (Paleo or not).
4. Will it support my workouts and sport?
I’ve gotten all of my workouts in, though feeling a bit tired is kind of slowing me down and putting a damper on things. I think this will turn around soon.
5. Am I going to lose weight?
So far I’ve lost about 3 lbs. It looked as if I’d lost 4 a few days ago, but could just have been a fluctuation. I hadn’t really expected to lose any weight, but can’t say I exactly mind. I’m interested in what happens over the next 2 weeks–will keep you posted.