I made it through my first weekend...!

Well. I mean, I survived. Like, I'm still alive and all. But I don't know how to tell you that I cheated. Twice.

Oh, that wasn't so bad. (Confessions!)

30 Day Paleo Challenge - Paleo Problems

I totally ate one of the donuts my mom brought with her. (However, she is pretty much uninvited from my presence until the paleo challenge is over. Just kidding. Sort of. Wait, life is too short to be serious about that. So yeah, just kidding.)

I also completely planned to cheat (and definitely did) during the Super Bowl. And here I am about 12 hours later to report that apparently my body can already tell the difference between clean-eating-Liz and crappy-food-eating-Liz. Not feeling so hot this morning. Oops.

So! Back on track this morning for sure! The overall challenge hasn't been as bad as I expected. I have already slowly been weaning myself off of sugar and gluten filled foods over time. While I am always "making exceptions," right now, the motivation to complete the challenge has been enough to push away those cravings. Plus, there are so many delicious foods that I can eat. More on that in another post.

On Friday I took the train to Charlottesville to stock up on paleo-friendly foods. Some people at my Crossfit Box had mentioned that Whole Foods had "the best" kombucha on tap. First of all, I had no idea what kombucha was. (I know I'm not alone here, so check out this link for a quick overview. In essence, it's fermented tea.) I did know it was a fermented drink. And I know eating fermented foods is really good for you, but this chick is so not a fan of sauerkraut. So I walked up to the bar at Whole Foods and hesitantly asked to sample the kombucha. You guys, as soon as that stuff hit my mouth my absolute first thought was "Woah. I forgot that wine is fermented grapes." As in... this tastes similar to wine. This is good!

I walked away with a growler full of kombucha. When I got home I helped myself to a wine glass serving size right before bed. And here is what I learned:

It's tea, you all. Like... has caffeine. Right. And...! Apparently you shouldn't just jump right into it. You should only drink 2-4oz a day at first. Not, you know, 8+. Your body needs to get used to it.

Ughhhh.... I was wide awake at 3am feeling pretty ill. That set off my Saturday on the wrong foot and I ended up taking a 2hr nap later that afternoon and going to bed at 8pm that night. So, Saturday was definitely the hardest "stick to paleo" day I had. When I'm sick I just want to eat what I think will make me feel better. In the past that's been saltines... or chicken noodle soup. Or maybe caffeine (to help headaches). It was actually kind of interesting listening to the inner battle going on... wanting to feed my body with foods I know will not nurture it, knowing it was actually a bad idea. I knew I needed to be drinking fresh juice or eating greens... but all I wanted was some buttered toast and saltines. It's crazy, the things that are truly engrained in our minds.

I think this is going to be so much more of a mind battle than a food battle. I'm looking forward to learning more in the coming weeks.

'Til next time...!

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.