Though I hate to admit it, the holiday season is definitely over. With Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years combined, I sure did my share of indulging from sweets like sugar cookies to the warm comforts of my mother’s baked ziti. But a new year means news resolutions, and this year I’ve made it my goal to be a better and healthier version of my self on the inside AND out. I’m already a fitness fanatic, from power yoga to spin classes, thus working out isn’t an obstacle for me. So for this year, I’m striving to adopt the Paleo diet.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Not another craze diet. But before you roll your eyes, it’s helpful to know that Paleo is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. Eliminating all processed foods that wreak havoc on our bodies, the Paleo regimen focuses on eating how the cavemen did. This includes meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some healthy fats. Pretty easy, right?
Well, not so fast. Becoming Paleo will be a bit more challenging for me because I’m a vegetarian. Actually, Pescetarian to be exact, so my diet consists of fish, eggs, yogurt, tofu, beans, and of course, healthy grains. Except, not anymore. The Paleo diet strictly prohibits dairy, soy and grains, so long gone are my days of edamame, chickpeas and quinoa. Ouch.
Although I’m anxious and hesitant to begin this new way of eating, I’m excited to see the external and internal benefits it promises. Finding adequate sources of protein will be the most challenging, but I plan on getting creative with as much produce, fish and eggs as possible!
As I ate my final Quest Bar this morning for breakfast, I felt empowered to begin the new year with a healthier outlook on life. Stay tuned for the trials and tribulations of a Pescetarian’s Paleo Push.