First of all, congrats to Megan H., the winner of our last contest!
Now onto business. I’ve been hinting at this next contest for a week now, so I’ll finally let its insidious little head rise to the surface today. Some of you have done everything right on this 30-day Paleo challenge so far. Everything EXCEPT give up caffeine.
So I’m going to give you a week to let it play out. A week for you to finally give up your coffee, tea (green, black, and white – not herbal), soda, diet soda, caffeine pills, energy drink, or whatever else harbors your cherished caffeine. Commit to giving it up today. Drink less of it tomorrow. Saturday, drink even less, and Sunday say goodbye. Or just go cold turkey right now – whatever fits your personality better. Just get it out of your life. In a week, you can write in and tell me how the first week (of many) went.
If you’re saying, “But I can’t function without caffeine – I’m not like other people,” then you are precisely the person who needs to give it up. At least for a while. If it makes you feel better to think of this as a trial separation, do that – give it 3 weeks. If after 3 weeks you want to go back to your co-dependent love affair then do that, but a break is in order right now. It may just be ruining your life.
Here’s a blog post on why you would ever consider doing such a thing. The basic gist is that caffeine messes with your hormonal balance and your blood sugar balance and creates energy swings and inflammation. Among other things. With your new Paleo diet providing you with balanced blood sugar, you don’t need coffee to keep you awake anymore.
Give up your caffeine (that means de-caf coffee, too). Tell me about it next Thursday through Saturday in the comment section of this blog post. Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or on our Facebook page here. You’ll be automatically entered to win this. I’ll remind you to let us know how it’s going – don’t worry.
1. $75 worth of product from Slant Shack Jerky. 100% grass-fed beef made into delicious jerky for your snacking delight.
2. 1 hour of Private Paleo Coaching over the phone or Skype with yours truly, Neely Quinn. I’m a Nutrition Therapist and I regularly help people one-on-one with tailoring the diet to suit their lifestyle and needs.