Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm baaacckk!!!

We are back!!! Wow..it is great to be home. We had an awesome time in San Francisco. Our goal was to eat as Paleo as we could...and we kind of failed miserably. We started out with good intentions! We drove up the PCH on our way there- it took us about 13 hours- and we brought snacks- water, plantain chips, nuts, OhMyBars and Laughing Giraffes. And we did great on the way up- we stopped at this beautiful cafe and had salads. Then when we got into town we headed to a restaurant called Anchor and Hope. We decided to have a beer- and when we looked at the menu there were not a lot Paleo choices. So I had a lobster roll and Matt had the fish and chips. The food was pretty good- but overpriced in our opinion. And it all went downhill from there....here is a look at some of the delicious, non-paleo food we ate this trip.

YUM. It was all very, very good- but my body is doing very, very bad. With 5 days of non Paleo I have gained like 5 lbs (no joke), my face has broken out, I feel nauseous, I couldn't sleep through the nights, my visits to the bathroom did not go well (sorry, TMI) and I just feel like BLAH= Bloated Lazy Awful and Heavy.
So, was it worth it? This is a tough question I have been thinking about since we got home and on the drive home (which was only 5 1/2 hours). I would have to say Yes and No. Yes because I got to eat a lot of my old favorite foods- and they did taste very good. No, because I feel like a lot of my hard work is wasted. I am back to the old me- and I don't like this me. The old me thought it was normal to feel sleepy after a meal, ate all of these foods without a care and felt like crap- but did not realize what I was feeling was crap UNTIL Paleo. So now when I go back and eat all of these things I am more aware of what it is doing to my body. It is kind of a blessing and a curse- a blessing because now I am on a path to healthier and happier life but a curse because my body reacts so badly to foods that are non-paleo and the knowledge of all the negative things the food is doing to my body kind of ruins the fun in eating bad things. But I still kept ordering the bad stuff. Why? Two reasons- number 1 this bad food is addicting. Very addicting. That is why a majority of Americans are overweight. number 2- I was so much hungrier than I usually am! And I ate so much more! I guess when the quality of the food goes down the amount of food you need to feel full goes up. So when I did have a chance to order something non-Paleo- I found myself thinking- but I am so hungry that won't fill me up! And it probably wouldn't have due to the way I had been eating. It makes me think back to my first week of the challenge- I was STARVING. Until my body adjusted- then much less food satisfied me. I guess this is what this week will be like! A huge detox. I will probably be cranky and tired- so prepare if you plan on reading about it. So we decided to go ahead and go back to strict Paleo until we get all of this shi* out of our bodies. No dairy ( :( ) and less carbs. We will start today! I think I will have a protein shake for breakfast and then I need to do some major grocery shopping. I will keep you all filled in on our road to recovery. In the meantime here are some more fun pics of San Fran!!

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