My Paleo Journey

A couple of months ago, back in August, I wrote a post about the Paleo Diet and how I was planning on starting it and would keep you posted on my progress. Well, it has been about two and half months now since I wrote that post so I figured it was time to update you on my progress!

I just want to say that in all of my years of dieting, this “diet” has been the easiest to start and stick with! I have done so many fad diets in the past. I’ve tried Atkins, I’ve tried NutriSystem, I’ve tried some tomato soup diet, I’ve tried Weight Watchers, and I have tried to just plain old manage my eating myself by cutting out some carbs or cutting back on my food intake or whatever! This way of eating, the Paleo way, is by far the easiest and best way to go. At least for me. I will be honest, for the first 8 days or so I had a terrible headache! I cut out all refined sugar so my body reacted! But, after the headache went away, it was much easier to keep going. Next came intense hunger for about another week to two weeks! I was always hungry! I couldn’t get enough food, it seemed. I was getting online and printing up as many yummy tasting Paleo recipes that I could find and filling my belly with all of the safe snacks like nuts, fruit, and veggies. My stomach didn’t like what I was feeding it and was always growling at me until it finally realized that it was indeed full and my body was becoming much happier with the foods I was giving it! I slowly saw the pounds coming off. It was at a rate of 2 pounds per week for a while. By the third week I had lost 6 pounds and was very excited about it! I had been cooking some really yummy meals and was feeling satisfied by them. I even baked some desserts! Yes, you can have desserts with Paleo! I’ve baked two different kinds of brownies, a Tiramisu, chocolate tartlets, lemon blueberry bread, banana bread, and the list goes on. So I have not felt deprived of yummy food yet! That is why this is so easy. I had to learn about what Paleo eating is all about. I had to learn how to bake differently. Instead of baking with white flour, you bake with Almond, Coconut or Tapioca flour. Instead of sweetening your desserts with sugar, you use maple sugar or honey, or even dates. I am telling you, the stuff I have made with these substitutions still tastes great! I have a few picky eaters in my house who have a very strong sweet tooth so the desserts that I have made that they have tried, haven’t tasted sweet enough to them and didn’t like them much. They aren’t as sweet, I will admit, but that is okay! Once your taste buds adjust to a different kind of sweetness, you will be amazed at how good things taste being less sugary sweet!

So, to fast forward in time now to today. I have been eating Paleo now for 12 weeks, I have lost 18 pounds! I feel healthier. I have less pain in my body, whether that be in my joints or muscles. I have lost a ton of inches! By body looks different and feels different and I love it! I have lost weight in the past. The most I have ever lost before on any of the diets that I tried in the past was 15 pounds. Of course, it was good and I went down a pant size and it was nice but I was never able to sustain that weight loss. The diet I was using to lose that weight was just too hard to stick to for life. I didn’t want to never have a dessert, or eat meat all of the time at every meal. I just couldn’t keep it up. The Paleo way of eating, so far, has been really easy for me to keep up and I anticipate that it will continue to be that way for months and years to come. I love feeling like if I have a craving for a dessert type item, I can go to the internet and look up a Paleo recipe for it and make it! I can enjoy eating it and know that I have not “cheated on my diet” but rather ate something yummy that my body is completely capable of digesting and using. I can’t wait to go to the doctor and have some labs done! I have struggled with high cholesterol for almost 20 years! I was told that I was pre-diabetic a couple of years ago when my AIC number hit 5.8! My blood sugar levels have always been 100 or over! So, I can’t wait to see what those numbers will be now after 3 months of eating this way! I will post those results when I get them!

If you have struggled with your weight at all, either a lot of just a little and you just can’t seem to lose it or if you have chronic pain, pre-diabetic, high cholesterol, an auto-immune disease or whatever it may be. May I suggest trying out the Paleo way of eating. It has been successful for me so far! I can’t wait to see what more changes my body makes as it continues to get healthier!