30 Day Paleo Challenge


I’m a firm believer in trying new things.  I’m also of the belief that if you’re not happy with something, change it.  So right now, these two beliefs are coming together to form this 30 Day Paleo Challenge.

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If you are at all into health/fitness, you’ve probably heard about the Paleo diet and the cult of Crossfit.  I hate to say it but I’ve drank the Kool Aid.  I think Crossfit is totally fun.  I feel like a total bad ass every time I do a power snatch.  But that’s not why I want to give Paleo a try.

Let’s be honest.  We all know I have a sugar problem.

Hi, my name is Karla and I’m a sugarddict. 

While I like to joke about it, it’s something I don’t like about myself.  I wish I could pass up a piece of cake, or look at a cookie and not really want it.  So instead of complaining about it, I’m going to try to do something to change it.

30 days. 

That’s not forever, but it might be long enough to help me break a less-than-desirable habit.

What does the 30 Day Paleo Challenge mean?

That means for 30 Days I will:

Avoid:
-Dairy
-Grains
-Legumes
-Alcohol
-Sugar (and sugar substitutes)
-Processed foods

Enjoy:
-Lean Meats
-Vegetables
-Fruits
-Nuts
-Healthy Fats

You’re probably thinking what about all the baked goods?

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I have a few that I’m committed to baking for events, but other than that I’ll try to feature Paleo-friendly recipes.

Like this Baingan Bharta I made wayyy back when

I don’t want to call this a diet, because I hate diets and I’m not necessarily desperate to lose weight.  What I am tired of is constantly wanting something sweet after lunch and dinner.  So this isn’t a diet.  Instead, I’m calling this a challenge and an experiment.

I’ve read tons of things about how Paleo has helped people crave less sugar and feel more energized.  Seems worth a shot to me.

I fully expect this to be challenging, and maybe even suck at first.  I’ve drank coffee with milk and splenda/sugar substitute every morning for as long as I can remember (literally since I was probably like 8 years old).  That will probably be the biggest challenge, but I’m willing to give it a try.

I’d love to have clearer skin, fewer headaches, fewer cravings and more energy!  Who wouldn’t?  I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be happy to lose a few pounds too.

I’ve got nothing to lose (except maybe a few pounds), so why not give it a try?

This week, I’m easing into it.  Finishing up any beans or cheese left in my fridge (because while I want to be healthy, I also don’t want to be wasteful) and transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle.

The full fledged challenge begins on Monday, March 4th!

What do you think? Do you have any experiences with Paleo?

Want to join in on the 30 Day Paleo Challenge? Interested in me documenting the journey on here?

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13 thoughts on “30 Day Paleo Challenge

  1. Lauren says:

    Karla,
    I have to say that this Paleo thing would be hard for me because I love bulgur, wild brown rice, lentils, yogurt, and cheese. But, that is just me. I will read and cheer you on!

  2. drmara says:

    About 8 years ago or so I quit eating refined sugar for 6 months. I put honey in my tea and ate lots of fruit, but no white sugar. Everything else about my diet stayed the same, but after those 6 months, sugar didn’t have the same hold on me. To this day, I love desserts, but I don’t crave them, and after the first few bites I think to myself “the next bite isn’t going to taste as good as the last” and I stop eating. I am totally surprised that 8 years later, that 6 month break I took from sugar is still relevant in my relationship with desserts and sugar! Good luck Karla!

  3. Anna says:

    Sugar is definitely a problem for me too. Ryan and I have been limiting ourselves to desserts only (usually) on the weekends, which has been helpful.

    Man, I KNOW so many people love paleo, but there just seem to be too many of my staples on there to truly give it a try. I’ll be interested to see how you like it!

    • Karla says:

      Agreed! People seem to love it so I feel like it’s worth a try. I am really concerned about the no beans thing. I definitely consider beans to be a staple for me. So that one will be difficult to cut out, but again 30 days is a good trial run. Thanks for your feedback!

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