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What I Wish I Knew Before Paleo: Other People’s Reactions

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Let’s pretend I’m Alexandra Trebek for a minute and play some blog Jeopardy.

ANSWER: White Chocolate Candy Corn M&Ms and a sock bun.

QUESTION: What did Katy do on her lunch break today?

Those M&M things are totally legal until 9/16, when they turn into contraband. So YEAH, faileo tiiiime. Walk into CVS for shampoo, cotton balls and hand sanitizer, walk out with shampoo, cotton balls, hand sanitizer and a bag of limited edition M&Ms. Then I went home and cut up an old sock and put it in my hair. For having such long hair, my hair makes a really tiny bun. Lame. Not anymore! Thanks random slipper sock.

I’ve had a pretty productive week, both in the office and out. Earlier this week I christened my mini loaf pan with PaleOMG Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, which fed me for a good 5 meals in a row. However, not having made it in months, I loved every single bite.

Absence really does make the heart (and stomach) grow fonder. Now how to deal with colleagues who think you’re weird when you drink red wine out of single serve plastic bottles at a BYOB company clambake. (This is not a joke. I did that last year.)

THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE THE PALEO CHALLENGE – Part 4

YOUR NON-PALEO FRIENDS WILL QUESTION YOUR SANITY.

Yes, they will. So will your family and so will your coworkers. Do not let this rattle you. It’s going to be frustrating sometimes when you’re out to dinner, or your loving Mom is aware of your restrictions and decides to make pizza for dinner when she invites you over anyways. (This has happened. Love you Mom!) What to do? Be prepared to ask for a few modifications. Use your clean-eating noggin and come up with an alternative that won’t upset the apple cart too much. That one pizza night, I ended up making myself a plate full of sausage-stuffed mushroom caps from the available pizza toppings.

My mother and sister still make comments about how good they looked! At restaurants, burgers with no buns and a side of double vegetables or salad shall become the norm. You may feel like an Atkins-subscribing weenie when asking a server for no bun, but I’d rather feel like that than feel both tempted and wasteful when the food comes and I leave it behind on my plate.

A lot of the comments you get from people calling you crazy are really just masking the likelihood that they don’t have enough discipline to do what you’re doing. There have been plenty of people who have expressed a desire to lose weight or clean it up a bit to me, but then say “I could never do what you’re doing.” Pardon my French, but that’s bullsh*t. It’s just a whole lot easier to get out of doing something by saying it’s hard, instead of actually sucking it up doing it. That’s why before I joined CrossFit last year, I was like… gah I hope they don’t make me eat Paleo… that –ish is nuts. Then, I snapped out of it hearing another girl in my morning class complain that it was too hard and there’s no way anyone could be happy eating like that.

Does the ability to drink a beer or eat a slice of cheese really define how happy I am going to be on any given day? NO. The vast majority of people out there want to drop a few lbs, but are unwilling to give up the very foods that could be causing the problems they complain about day in and day out.  So, instead of saying Paleo was hard and stopping the buck right there, I decided to give it a shot. It was a 2-month trial. If I didn’t like it, there was no obligation to continue eating Paleo forever. It was going to be hard, but not impossible. Why else do you think it’s called a CHALLENGE and not a cakewalk?

Leave me and my almond milk latte alone. Not only is it good for me, it’s freakin’ delicious.

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