Time to get started
Apr. 2, 2013 12:22 pm
Updated: Apr. 5, 2013 5:45 am
I have been toying with the idea of changing my diet the paleo way for a few months. I have been hesitant because I was not sure if I could really commit to eating a hamburger wrapped in lettuce leaves without cheese instead of a cheeseburger on a bun or
not making our traditional Christmas cookies anymore. I am having a hard time getting my husband and kids on board as well. Due to annoying, not life threatening health issues, I have decided that I have to try. I know that dairy, grains, and refined sugar
are all horrible for people and I know that if I do not buy pasta anymore, my family will not eat it.
I know I can do this. The truth is, I have been making my own food since I was a teenager. I never liked the taste of processed or canned foods because there was always too much salt or sugar in it for me. The first pumpkin pie my parents ever had that came
from an actual pumpkin was one that I made when I was 17 years old when I was old enough to drive to the farm myself to buy the pumpkin. We had apple trees in our yard growning up so I made applesauce from the apples instead of buying jars of it from the
grocery store. I started making my own bread around 25 when I had a back injury that prevented me from sitting or laying down for too long. I guess I have been practicing for this for a long time now. I do not have many "convenience foods" in my pantry
to start with so it is just a matter of making better decisions at the store. Nuts instead of popcorn for movie night snacks, celery instead of corn chips for quacamole, things like that. It will take some practice and planning but I want to do this. I
feel like I have to do this.
I am starting small. We are having real polish kielbasa from the local butcher for dinner tonight. I plan to stir fry it with plenty of colorful veggies and "forget" to cook the rice. It is a start. After dinner is cleaned up, I am getting myself on the treadmill.
I plan to walk for about 30 minutes tonight and build up to an hour of jogging. I have no set time frame in which to accomplish anything because I want to make it a new way of life, not just another "diet" which will inevitably end in failure. Wish me luck!