New Year, New You

Each year, my friends host a “New Year, New You” food challenge, using the Paleo diet as the foundation.  It was started last year by a very organized couple, and by the end of the first week, there were over 35 participants, including yours truly.

How We Did It:

We learned what was and was not allowed (see below).

We went to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, the local market or Fresh Direct and bought paleo-friendly foods.

We got creative in the kitchen.

We uploaded photos of every meal on a group Facebook page which helped keep us on-track and inspire others with our meals.

We wound up with smaller waists, clearer skin, more energy and slept better.

We learned how to eat healthier.  Some of us stayed strict Paleo, some were Lacto/Paleo like me (we allow small amounts of dairy) and some simply used Paleo as a foundation and incorporated two “cheat meals” each week.

All-in-all, it was a huge success (one friend lost over 15 lbs in 3 weeks).  The best part? With Paleo, you eat clean and don’t crave the starches as much as you would with Atkins and other “low-carb” diets.  That’s a big deal for a girl who loves pasta and craves “a little something sweet” every night(I am Italian, after all).  If you’re like me and find it hard to stick to diets that point you into the direction of Kale,  you might want to give it a try.  That said,  I’ve since discovered that kale is pretty good when topped with chicken, veggies, cranberries and homemade balsamic dressing.

Learn More about Paleo here.

Get a few recipes here.

Buy Paleo-Friendly desserts here.

This morning, I made a Frittata with all natural “Italian-style” chicken sausage, egg whites, tomatoes, three kinds of peppers, onions, chopped veggies, feta, goat cheese and swiss (small amounts).  I served it with a few slivers of avocado, a sliced orange and a cup of coffee.  Yum!