The calorie counting is going okay, but I find I do feel much better when I am not eating certain foods (sugar, grains, processed stuff) so rather than just eating whatever I want that fits into my 1600 calorie budget, I've been eating less of those things and more whole foods. And while I am doing that, I often start considering whether I should cut out some other stuff like dairy and legumes and just go on and try the Paleo thing for awhile. I guess I have been resistant because it seems like the latest fad to me. I wonder if it is sustainable. I consider doing the "Whole 30" which is 30 days of eating Paleo, but then I ask myself, "can you imagine sticking with that forever? Or would you end up just adding legumes and dairy back in later anyway and gaining back any weight you lost?" I dunno. I often think about trying it just for the learning experience, to see how eating that way would affect my body. I don't think it is unhealthy, and don't think it could hurt. But aside from the sustainability issue, I wonder how on earth a person could eat that way while traveling. I travel in the summer. I am busy. I run around doing stuff almost every day. I have a habit of grabbing a protein bar or a shake or hey, stopping for a latte (which, by the way, is not 'junk' but is just skim or low fat milk plus espresso and *maybe* a shot of sugar free flavoring on occasion). I am used to having a string cheese or a Greek yogurt for a quick protein snack. If all those things are eliminated, what am I supposed to eat? Hard boiled eggs are fine but I get tired of eggs everyday. Bags of meat in the car for long trips? I dunno... For those of you who DO eat Paleo or have done the Whole 30, what did you use for grab-and-go nourishment? Like I said, I am considering giving it a shot, but I don't want to start it if I am just going to bail because of inconvenience.
Until I decide, I'm sticking with the calorie counting and am increasing my walking daily. Input welcome!
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