Sam recently finished his 30 Day Paleo Challenge, and we got to interview him again about the last two weeks of the challenge and his overall results. You can also read our post on Sam’s Progress after Two Weeks of Paleo.

Sam Pointing At You!During our last interview with Sam, he told us he had lost 10 pounds during the first 2 weeks of his paleo challenge. He has sleeping better, had more energy, and no longer had gastrointestinal problems. What progress!

Now that he has finished his challenge, we asked him a few more questions to get a better understanding of his experience with paleo and his intentions for the future.

Were the last two weeks of the challenge easier for you?

Actually, they were harder. I fought more with cravings during the last two weeks of my challenge than in the beginning. I wanted pizza and beer all the time, plus I had a horrible sweet tooth. And believe it or not, this didn’t seem to have much to do with Thanksgiving happening during that time, either. We hired a new baker in the restaurant where I work, and the SMELLS from his baking nearly killed me.

Did you discover any tricks that worked for you and made eating paleo easier?

Whenever I want something sweet, I eat a kiwi. That knocks out my cravings most of the time.

Do you think you can continue with the Paleo Diet? 

YES. Absolutely, because I saw results. There have been a lot of improvements in my overall health and energy, not to mention I lost 16 pounds in a month! I am well on my way to my goal weight of 180 pounds, and I am not stopping now.

What is your plan after this?

I am going to try to eat 100% paleo for 4 days out of the week, most likely in a row. This will give me a sense of accomplishment every week and remind me that it is possible. Then, for the remaining 3 days, I will keep paleo in mind but allow myself some flexibility. I hope this will allow me to have more freedom in my diet while continuing to lose weight and stay on the paleo path, improving my health.

To see all of Sam’s before and after pictures, and read his testimonial, visit the Paleo Testimonials page here.