In 1996, I was 25 close to 26, and I discovered I was going to struggle with my weight. I always had weight on the edge of my brain as my mom struggles as well. However, until I was 25 years old, I had thought, “Maybe I didn’t get that gene.”
My entire grown-up life, I’ve fought the pounds. I have kickboxed (loved), worked with a trainer (loved much less), and restricted my diet. I have run a 5k. I have had cabbage soup for 7 days. I tried many tricks. Nowadays, I eat pretty healthy, cooking most of our meals and working fruit and vegetables into every meal.
Nothing has worked. Nothing.
I remember the time when my first-born was about 8 months old, and I decided my husband and I would start taking lunch to work. I also added circuit training and swimming to 5-6 days of my weeks. He did not. He lost 15 pounds in about 3 months. I did not.
Sometime in the past year, I decided it was over. I was always going to be overweight. I fought the battle many times, and I lost. So, now what?
Well, it sounds like now would be a good time to open a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and just give up. Mmmmm…. that sounds so good right now.
Instead, I decided to make sure I was healthy. That’s when my mind wandered back to Facebook posts my cousin had posted showing delicious food. She always talked about how great she and her husband felt when they ate this food. I went back to her photos and examined the pictures. I might just be able to handle this.
“This” is Paleo. Before one of you bows your head in sadness that I may be buying into a diet fad…hear me out.
Exactly one week ago, I decided to try it. I was going to ease into it. I gave myself no goals, hence, no pressure. However, I’m not the type to ease into anything, and since the morning of Wednesday, October 19, 2016, I have had NO sugar, NO dairy, NO grains.
My coffee is no longer luxurious with whole milk and sweet with sugar. My spaghetti sauce no longer tops yummy thin spaghetti noodles. And Ben and Jerry’s? Well, thankfully I hardly allow myself that goodness, so no…no Ben and Jerry’s.
What I have had is:
Coconut Chicken with a kick
Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs and Avocado
Honey Salmon with Zucchini and Squash ribbons
The Smoothies I usually have, but with Almond Milk now
Roasted Chicken with Cauliflower “Rice” (That’s what the main image is)
That is just a snapshot, but a good picture of the types of foods I’m eating.
Do I miss the cheese, noodles, and sugar? YES! Do I crave them? Nope. Not one bit. It’s like I told my brain, “This is what you get buddy, so eat that healthy crap now!” And my brain got on board with me.
Ok, back to all of you who may have jumped right to: “She’s crazy!” when I proclaimed I’m on a Paleo “diet”. I promise, I am not … well, not exactly.
I can’t sign up for a “diet” that says bacon is better for me than chickpeas or edamame. I can’t sign up for a “diet” that says I can down that big T-bone steak, but don’t touch those peas!
I can, however, look at the foods that don’t work for my body, and eliminate them. I think we can all agree that dairy, sugar, and bread aren’t the best for us. Then, we can start to focus on the other foods.
Right now, I’m still in “cold turkey” mode and only eating meats (chicken and fish mostly), fruits and vegetables, with some Coconut milks/oils and nut milks mixed in the day.
One side note: This isn’t cheap. You are spending more on Coconut Milk than regular Organic Milk. However, I have limited the crazy high-priced things, and focused on the fresh foods.
Also, if you don’t like to prep meals, this won’t work. I love planning my grocery list, looking up recipes, and prepping meals. I don’t always have time for it, but I love to do it. I have, therefore, found ways to feed myself. You really do have to think it all out, or you will feel hungry most of the time. In my own personal experience, that just doesn’t work.
I don’t know how long this will last. I am surprised it has lasted this long. I’m surprised I haven’t either fallen into the fetal position crying for all my old comfort foods, or screamed at my kids because they don’t know the struggle yet.
Every once in a while, though, I may add a blog on this subject to update you. Or, if you never read anything again about it here on my blog site: You know I returned to the Dark Side.