Eleni itching to restart Paleo
A YEAR on from beginning the Paleolithic diet, Grafton local Eleni Hayman is still going strong and says she feels better than ever.
Although in recent months she has had to put the Paleo lifestyle on hold when she fell pregnant for the first time.
However she is looking forward to going back on the diet once she gives birth, which is expected later this month.
Ms Hayman didn't go on the diet to lose weight and saw it as an opportunity to change her lifestyle and feel healthier and happier in her body.
"I wouldn't call it a diet," Ms Hayman said.
"I think of a diet as something that limits intake, portion control. The Paleo way is more about just changing the type of foods you eat. I didn't do it for weight loss; I did it to feel better about myself.
"It was excellent doing the Paleo way. I felt great and healthy and I honestly couldn't complain about anything over the year."
The Paleo diet has been referred to as the ultimate fad diet of 2013 after many people who got on board early bowed out before too long. Ms Hayman had a suggestion as to why people couldn't keep up with the lifestyle but also advice for those who were currently struggling along.
"People struggle to stay on the diet because there is so much temptation," she said.
"When you walk into the supermarket there are aisles and aisles of processed food and fatty foods, but only one section with meat and vegetables.
"There is so much convenience and way too much commercialisation of bad foods."
Ms Hayman's brief foray away from the Paleo life
style while pregnant has been enough for her to realise the benefits and will be restarting with the Paleo lifestyle as soon as her baby is born.
"When I fell pregnant I needed more carbs and more energy," she said.
"I have been eating more carbs and pastas and breads but I will be going back on it once I have my baby, providing my body can cope with the change again."