As we near the end of the Paleo Challenge, the question has to get asked, was this just a “diet” for you or has your lifestyle changed?
Paleo for me has become a lifestyle. It is the way that I eat most of the time. My old habits of pizza on Fridays and baking cookies on Sundays are things of the past. Instead I spend my Sunday’s making Paleo muffins, turkey burgers, meatballs, better barbeque sauce and roasted vegetables. On Friday’s we grill out and maybe make some coconut ice cream. I am certainly not Paleo 100% of the time but the majority of my food is Paleo. I feel better, look better and perform better when I eat foods found in nature. This is what keeps me eating this way about 90% of the time. Ultimately I am 100% aware of how the food I eat affects me. There is the occasional time when I decide to eat whatever I want, Paleo or not. Sometimes its worth it. Most of the time its not and so I go back to my normal routine of eating Paleo and all is good again.
My advice to you as the Paleo Challenge comes to an end is to eat whatever it is that you missed the most. Eat a really good quality version of that food. Enjoy it. But before you do, before Saturday think about how this challenged affected you. What have you learned? How did it change how you think and feel about food? What parts of the Paleo diet have you turned into a lifestyle?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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