In the last week, I chose to make a lifestyle change and decided to transition into the paleo diet. For those who are unaware of the paleo diet, it consists of eating foods which would be accessible to people living in the paleolithic era, meaning fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, oils, and fats.
I have been wanting to go paleo for a long time but home cooked meals always had me caving, so now that I am a ~*college adult*~ I took matters into my own hands and finally did it. I am officially a week and a day in, and man has it been tough, so I've summarized 5 of the most difficult parts of transitioning for all you readers.
1. Temptations. Are. Everywhere.
At the cafeteria, at Target, walking down the dorm halls, on Pinterest, foods you cannot eat are everywhere, especially now around Halloween/fall time. No more pumpkin spiced treats or candy corn for a while!!
2. You miss your old snacks
^ not kidding, this is me every morning. There is nothing worse than opening my snack drawer and reaching for the almonds sitting among chips and mac and cheese boxes. Nothing. Worse.
3. Everyone flaunts their processed foods in front of you
"Hey Ally, look at this pb&j sandwich!"
"Ally, just order the mozzarella sticks, you've been doing so well, you deserve a break."
"Why would you deprive yourself of boxed foods? Those are the best kinds of foods!"
All things that have been said to me in the past week. As if it isn't already hard enough to eat semi-healthy, people.
4. You get weird looks when you say "I'm paleo I can't eat that"
Although it's fairly popular, lot's of people assume it's being vegan or being pescatarian, which is slightly similar, but still not close enough.
5. You learn to love foods you normally avoided
I wasn't too keen on kale, pitaya or almond butter before going paleo, but I've learned to incorporate it into my diet in ways that, now, are unique and delicious!