I am trying to return to a complete Paleo plan. I have been off track for a couple of months. As I rethink my last few months I remembered a list a I made for myself. A list of reminders about how to be successful. So since I was revisiting this, I thought I'd post it again.
Excerpt from July 2012
So let me share some things that are certain for my success:
1. I must be gluten-free at all times. My body hurts when I eat gluten. I
get an immediate reminder. It is a very clear message. I also feel
foggy in my mind. And no gluten-free substitutes. These options are
often not Paleo. Ok I will give myself the occasional gluten free pizza
with pesto of course (like once a month, tops.)
2. I must stay nightshade free. Tomatoes, Potatoes, and peppers. Those also contribute to my achy joints and sore body.
3. I must eat protein for breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. And with Kale or other veggies is even better.
4. I must prepare my food for the day in advance. I must bring snacks
with me in the car. Nuts, dried fruit, and beef jerky. I am happiest
when I eat a sweet potato everyday for lunch or dinner. I love to bring
my lunch to work everyday. I love left-overs ( I'm a weirdo, I know.)
5. I must remove sugar from my diet. No chocolate, and limit dried
fruit. No cream in my coffee. Even that much sugar can throw me off
track. Manage fruits carefully. And Boo, NO ICE CREAM even the homemade
6. I must manage my carb intake. I can eat about 80 carbs a day, max. A min of about 40.
7. I must use a program like Sparkpeople (it's free) to record my food
choices daily. I need to be able to not go unconscious about food. It is
easy for me to make good choices when I have the data in front of me. I
do not consider calories or fat when making food choices. Carb intake
is my driver for food choices as well as a desire for high intake of
vegetables and good meats and saturated fats.
8. I must consume about 120 ounces of water a day. I must consume my
first 32 ounces before lunch. Lemon water is super good for me.
9. I must exercise. I must sweat. Swimming and land workouts with my partner and trainer are essential.
10. I must be gentle with myself. I must remember I am in so much better
condition than I was eight months ago. I must remember that I am doing
great. I must remember that reminding myself of old ways can be good. It
can solidify the new better way of living. It is not failure.
Ok so now I say good luck to me! I will keep you posted on getting back on track! Please leave a comment!