It’s not. It is a time of restricted eating. Diet denotes a period of limiting food to one’s body with the desired intention to lose weight. A time of restricted eating means that there are many foods that I avoid, but I fill my belly 3 times a day to its happy content with the desired intention of feeling great.
This year’s Paleo Challenge is geared towards reforming my dietary habits for longevity, with the 30 day period as a launching pad for the rest of the year. It is about getting reacquainted with not having wine every day, following a consistent regime of yoga and exercise, thinking about what goes into my mouth. I want to be healthier in mind, body, and spirit for a lot longer than a mere 30 day period.
I don’t love giving up bread, cheese, beans, booze, but I do. It truly makes me feel great, it makes me refocus on the importance of keeping indulgences to a minimum. It is a focused time to cut the crap in order to motivate myself to be a better human in general.