January: New Year Nutrition.
Really, before I tackle any other goals and focuses, I need to feel good, first, right? That's why 2013 will start with the inside, which, of course, starts with food.
|Paleo Eats from Dare You To...|
Step 1: Return to Paleo
I've gushed about the paleo lifestyle before, and I've shared my personal experience going paleo to "mostly paleo," and yet, in spite of my conviction that it is incredibly healthy and yields undeniable positive results, I've fallen off the wagon.
This fall, I got busy, and tired, and just sort of consciously gave concessions for a while, going beyond just 80/20 or "flexible." In that craziness, I also came to rely on sugar for energy. My poison of choice? Chocolate-covered almonds, cashews, and blueberries. It was a temporary sweetness, that soon left me feeling foggy-headed.
Just as I discovered last spring, the food I eat really relates to the symptoms I experience. Sure enough, my hand eczema returned with the wheat, and I constantly felt fatigued. I also began getting migraines from time to time, which I suspect are linked to excess nut consumption. The symptoms have piled up, and even a few days of nice, clean eating was always enough to make me feel a bit better. Well, I'm finally ready (again) to stop feeling lousy for good.
Enter: Basically, I'm re-committing to paleo, with a solid, strict month of paleo eats. It's not that I don't think that eating "mostly paleo" can't work for me (I do!), but I need to remind myself how great it feels to follow the protocol, truly, for 30 days. Really, I wanted to do this a month ago, but I didn't want to sabotage myself with the holiday season and all. Plus, what better time than the new year to begin?
As part of this, I was also planning avoid sugar to try to kick that sugar and chocolate-covered treats addiction. If I'm going to go all-in, why not just do it all at once? I think I'm more of an abstainer than a moderator, so I want to do this right. I'd like to really buckle down, feel good, and then re-integrate and target my personal problem foods.
To help with the sugar-free month, I signed up for Diane Sanfilippo's 21 Day Sugar Detox. I know that I have an event at the end of the 3 weeks where I'll likely end my detox a couple days early, but a 19-day sugar-free streak is better than nothing! With Diane's guides, suggestions, recipes, and reminders, I'll have the tools and motivation to really follow through. Plus, my friend Amber, who helped convince me to take the plunge, will be right there with me. It's great to have an encouraging friend!
|See for yourself!|
If you're interested, join in at 21daysugardetox.com! It's her biggest group participating, yet!
Step 2: Increase protein consumption to 90 grams/day
Last spring, I first recognized the effects of protein on my feelings of fullness. I started making salads packed with fish rather than just vegetables, and couldn't believe how satisfying it was; my afternoon snack cravings vanished. Since then, I've done a good job of making sure I get a significant amount of protein at every meal, but I'd like to actually start tracking it and increasing my protein to about 90 grams/day on average. When I pay attention, this is easy. When I don't pay attention, I fall short. This month, I will be tracking my protein intake to make sure I reach my goal!
Step 3: Eat slowly, sitting down.
This is a habit change. I'm finally good about sitting down to eat, but I'm still awfully speedy! Sometimes I don't even realize I've been eating until I look down and my food is gone! I'm not sure how to measure this other than timing myself, which seems a bit tedious, but I'll do my best to slow down, chew each bite thoroughly, and savor my meals.
That's the plan for January! I'll do my best to check in on how it's going. Even if I'm not posting on it, you can follow along on Twitter and Instagram. Also check out Amber's updates, too!
What are your goals for January and Resolutions for 2013?
How are you going to improve or keep up your nutrition habits for the new year?
Have any tips for slowing down at meals?