Like my House of Femme co-author Hayley, I too am trying out the Paleo lifestyle. I’m embarking on a 30 day Paleo challenge with some of my family. The challenge is to take out the not so great things in your diet for 30 days and see how you feel without them after your body stops craving them. So I’m saying goodbye to sugar, dairy, alcohol, corn, processed foods, and my oh so beloved bread, to see how my body copes. I’m hoping that after the initial shock, I’ll be more focused and happy, with a slimmer body and more radiant skin. Being a pescatarian (someone who doesn’t eat any meat, except fish) due to the horrible treatment of animals in the livestock industry, I’m a little worried that it will be hard for me to eat “like a caveman” without all the animal protein the diet encourages. However, I’m still willing to give it a go.

Exercise is obviously important when considering a new diet or lifestyle change. I began CrossFit at the end of January this year and am currently a member of CrossFit Xtra Mile. That being said, I’ve never been an exercise fanatic. I never hit that runner’s high you hear talked about. I don’t look forward to that morning workout, and the idea of completing an ironman makes my stomach hurt to think about. I’m more of a practical exerciser. I need to turn over the garden. I have to build a fence for the ducks. Those things come with a reward that is less about vanity and more about functionality and that gives me the motivation to try something new. CrossFit is all about functional movement. Keeping my body strong where it pays to be strong. I’ll forever need the strength to bend over, squat down and pull my body up. CrossFit keeps those muscles strong, while keeping workouts both short and constantly varied so as not to bore you or your body.

Food, exercise, motivation, alright so here it goes- 30 days. Sink or Swim or I suppose Starve or Thrive is more accurate because quitting isn’t really an option now. I’ll keep you posted…