|The Brickhouse Chronicles...|
Hello Lovelies! We'll just get right down to business...
Prior to starting Paleo, I was experiencing joint pain (6 on a scale of 10) and swelling. I'd wake up with stiffness in my back, knees and feet. I was also taking a prescription anti-inflammatory daily. My current situation has improved tremendously. I no longer have pain in the morning, considerably less snap/crackle/pop throughout the day and I've been able to reduce the anti-inflammatory drug to twice per week. Nice!
I've always had bouts of insomnia, but I have been sleeping like a baby through the experiment. I've been making a conscious effort to get to bed earlier. Even an extra 30-45 minutes is beneficial at this point.
Gastro Hot Mess
Now, I am not writing any of this to influence y'all, but gluten is da debil! I am 100% convinced. I used to have issues with bloating/gas when I consumed most grain-based products. I am a stubborn heifer, so that didn't stop me from occasionally loving on my Einstein Bros. Everything Bagel. My tummy issues disappeared completely after a WEEK of eating Paleo. My stomach lays much flatter now.
This was a big concern of mine, but I've been pleasantly surprised. I was a little sluggish on Day 3, but I've felt super charged after that point. Paleo is definitely lower carb for me (I was previously taking in over 200 carbs per day...don't freak...it's easy to do with processed meals and a love of crackers/sweets), but I still get a decent amount of carbs from fruit and sweet potatoes. My workouts have improved as well.
I had cravings during Week 1, but I feel that's normal for any new eating plan. I never once felt that I'd give in. My AI diagnosis has given me a motivationx10. I feel strong, focused and most importantly...HOPEFUL.
I'll admit...seeing the list of foods that weren't officially Paleo almost caused a Stage 5 tantrum before I even got started. However, I realized this was an elimination diet for me. I had to start with the bare bones in order to see what my body could tolerate. Some sites have even more rules for those with autoimmune diseases. I consumed eggs in moderation and continue to avoid nightshade veggies for now. Protein choices haven't been an issue because I LURVE MEAT.
I know this is the only reason you're reading this LOL. I lost 2.8 lbs this week...that brings my 30 Day total to 20.8 lbs! To say that I am pleased would be a huge understatement. I even got a weight loss compliment at work yesterday. Umm...do you know how long it's been since I heard one? Yeah...motivation...super high.
What the hell do you plan to do now?
Needless to say, Paleo is going to be a way of life for me now. Will I be 100% Paleo? Doubtful. I refuse to give up having a piece of cake on my special day, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. I can tell you that food choices on those occasions will be made with Paleo in mind (i.e. I don't really need 52 cups of my mom's famous mac and cheese, etc). The general consensus is that leaping off the Paleo wagon makes folks feel like DEATH...and I'm not in a hurry to experience it. As for possibly adding certain items back into my diet, that remains to be seen. I wasn't a major dairy person (greek yogurt is the only thing I would possibly miss...I've been off cow's milk for over a year). I do miss hummus, but I've seen a few recipes on Paleo sites that I may try. I haven't had a craving for pizza yet, but I'm sure it's coming. There's a Paleo sub for almost everything, but it might break my heart. LOL
Anyway, that's the short version of my thoughts on the matter. :) I will be posting various Paleo entries from time to time...and weight loss updates will be reported monthly. I've added a cute little ticker to the front page if you're interested in what the scale is doing on a regular basis. Thanks again to everyone that offered encouragement during this big transition. I am a lucky girl!
Enjoy your week,