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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

AGC Goes Paleo


I will soon be 24 and what do I have to show for it? Well, I have a college degree under my belt, I am a published writer (you can Google me), I have two monthly columns and freelance for another magazine. Not to shabby, if I say so myself. I've been told my experience on my resume is probably more than anyone my age, and after working with barely no pay, my free labor was well worth it. 

One year ago, all I knew was waiting tables. Working in a restaurant WAS my life. Here I am, another college graduate fighting for a job in the state with the highest unemployment rate. The industry I am in, I have to be willing to do whatever it takes, paid or not paid, in order to make it big. So now, as my birthday approaches, I need to make some moves, strategic moves. Not only for my career but for my own well being.

Boredom for Gemini's mixes just as well as oil and vinegar. Things need to happen quickly and effectively, of course with some sort of chaos intertwined in the process. Only drastic changes will keep my attention as well as my determination to succeed. So when the dreaded four letter word that is the bane of every women's existence comes to a forefront in their minds, somethings have to change.

Diet.

D- don't
I- intentionally
E- eat
T- treats

Key word... intentionally. Not only does my clever acronym help back my argument, it shows my inability to take the word seriously. This is how I decided to do something drastic, so drastic it's almost not possible. The Paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet). It is based on a hunter-gatherer diet focusing on eating nutritious proteins, vegetables, fruits, eggs and unrefined fats. It includes avoiding any processed foods, oils, sugars, dairy, grains and legumes (types of beans). This means my beloved ice cream and sweet treats are 86'ed out of my diet for one whole month. I have known some friends who have done this diet for a month and dropped a significant amount of weight. There isn't a specific amount of weight that I want to lose, instead, I have a pair of pants I want to fit into and once I can, then I reached my goal. Scales freak me and a lot of other women out, I'm sure. I like the idea of aiming to fit into smaller clothing, or clothes that used to fit you because it give a closer sense of size. Losing 5 pounds means nothing to me but if I went from a size 10 to a size 8 or 6, I'll be thrilled. This is perfect because summer is around the corner and I already bought my bathing suit, so bring it on Paleo!

Starting April 1st, I am doing the diet for one month with my boyfriend and will stick true to the restrictions and regulations that comes along with it. Through my blog, I will document my struggles and progression with the diet with a weekly roundup. I have never done anything like this so for a girl that likes to eat...a lot, this should get real interesting. Thank God for Pinterest, because there are hundreds of Paleo recipes that look tasty and easy to make. Follow me on my journey through this insane diet and give me some pointers if you know any ! I'll need as much help as I can get.


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