Today’s testimonial is written by one of my closest friends, Christina Grishman. She gives more proof that it TRULY is possible to eat Paleo in college and in nursing school.
Living in a city like Baton Rouge, I found myself constantly surrounded by a myriad of late-night drive-thru restaurants, a plethora of fro-yo shops and local Louisiana kitchens, all of which compose the backbone of most college students’ diets. Approximately six months ago, I decided to make a lifestyle change after I researched information regarding the Paleolithic Diet. Typically, this nutritional plan, also referred to as the “caveman diet,” consists mainly of vegetables, eggs, fruit, nuts, fish, and grass-fed pasture raised meats. It excludes grains, dairy products, legumes, potatoes, processed oils and refined salt and sugar.
Before becoming a modern-day “cavewoman,” I maintained what I thought to be a relatively healthy diet. Frequently, my eating regime would include protein, some dairy products, whole-wheat foods, hummus, pita bread, a variety of salads and fruit. (Many of these foods include hidden sugars, processed flours, etc.) Consequently, during the first few days and weeks of my transition to the Paleo Diet, my body underwent a detoxification process. I experienced daily cravings; however, I made sure not to give in to these “diet crashers.” I kept reminding myself, “mind over matter,” and after a brief period of time, the cravings for “carbs on carbs on carbs” diminished successfully.