Thursday, 8 February 2018

10 Things I've Learnt After 1 Week On The 30 Day Paleo Reset

Eat What Makes You Happy - Jon Tyson

1. Don't worry about calories
Oh my god, it's taken me a week to actually get my head around that when you eat whole foods, you don't need to count calories and, I'm not going to lie, it's been a hard habit to try and shake off. This is for two reasons. One, it's nearly impossible to overeat on whole foods, I just can't do it! Two, after doing a lot of research, a big mistake people make is not eating enough food. 

2. You will feel constantly ravenous 
OK, this is a slight overreaction but I have found myself getting really hungry a lot quicker than I usually do. I put this down to the decrease in carbs! This is where it's important to substitute with healthy fats like an avocado or something.

3. You'll be constantly reading labels
In fact, you read labels and have to put the item back down so much that it doesn't take long to realise that just meat, fish and vegetables are a lot easier. Also, when you do find products that are made of completely whole foods they're so expensive... but, hey, I'm not having alcohol!

4. Your 'toilet habits' might go a bit crazy
I've been needing a wee so much more than I usually do and also my tummy has been very iffy - I think from dealing with the massive shift in diet. I won't go into too much more detail, don't worry!

5. Coconut will become your best friend
Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, desiccated coconut, coconut yoghurt - enough said.

6. You will feel bloated
I have found myself feeling pretty good in the mornings but by bedtime, I'm often feeling quite bloated!

7. Your gut health will improve
Well, mine has! I can actually eat berries again and not be in excruciating pain! I definitely think that my diet mixed with probiotic supplements every day has allowed my stomach to tolerate fruit again - yay!

8. You won't have as much energy to workout
I have been either not wanting to workout at all or tried to and just ran out of energy really quickly. I've read that this, as well as the toilet habits and bloating, improves later on in the reset, though, so I'm not really worried.

9. You won't feel full and guilty after any meal
It's so refreshing for me to be able to eat and not feel guilty about it. It honestly takes such a huge weight off my mind and that is one of the biggest reasons why I don't want to go back to eating how I used to. I haven't felt this carefree around food in so long, I don't even remember!

10. MY SKIN IS IMPROVING
Oh my god, my skin is actually getting a bit better! I only have a couple of spots on my chin at the moment which is literally amazing for me. The main thing that I've noticed is when I run my hand across my chin it's feeling less and less inflamed and angry and starting to smooth out.

 I am starting to get a hunch that the culprit could be dairy as this is the first time I've really cut it out fully and I used to be lactose intolerant. Also, I've been making a conscious effort to chill the eff out because I know stress sets it off too. So, nobody stress me out!

In all seriousness, I am so happy that I have started to see an improvement even if it is very small because it's still early days and I was expecting to have to wait months to see any change. It's the first week and I'm really looking forward to learning more about my body and what foods etc effect how it runs!
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