I dream of potatoes, Haribo and brie

Written by on May 12, 2014 in BLOG - 5 Comments

shade of paleoI’ve needed an overhaul for some time.  The past few months have been difficult, in many ways, and I’ve been comfort eating. I saw that Northern Mum had started a paleo diet and how the benefits didn’t just end at weight loss.

A fortnight ago I started paleo-ing.  The Husband decided to join me, which helped.  In five days we both lost 5lbs.

I’ve been eating meat, veg and fruit.  But no carbs, sugar or dairy. A typical day involves bacon and poached eggs, some nuts, a salad, fruit, meat and loads of veg, followed by more fruit and loads of water.

The first few days were hard, I suffered headaches, which is probably the sugar withdrawal and all I thought about was food, in a slightly psychotic fashion.  After that it became easier and with the added weight loss it felt great.

As it was a bank holiday my paleo diet slipped and I drank gin (a LOT of gin) and various non-paleo foods.  I was straight back on it on Tuesday though and, without exercising. I have now lost 8lbs, over two weeks. Without exerting myself. Imagine if I moved too?!

I’ve had to be more organised, making sure we have the right foods in, and I’ve try to vary the food we eat so it’s not too boring. I heard a rumour that cauliflower rice is delicious …

Already my skin is brighter, I am sleeping better at night – although having vivid dreams and I have more energy. The best thing is that I don’t feel bloated at the end of the day.

It hasn’t been without problems. There are only two aisles in the supermarket that I can safely visit, now.  I accidentally wandered into the cheese aisle last week and was found in a trance next to the brie, salivating.

Also some of you will know that I haven’t eaten chocolate for three years, without incident, after some aversion therapy.  Since I started paleo I have thought about eating chocolate A LOT.

My plan for next week is to ramp up the fast dog walking and exercise. I’m even considering running. I haven’t run anywhere for over 20 years and then it was probably with the promise of cake or a donut at the end. I’ve just downloaded the ‘Couch to 5k app’ and I’ve been researching sports bras, with extra reinforcement and scaffolding.

I’m not a die hard paleo nut, I just can’t do it.  I can paleo during the week and cheat a bit at the weekend.  Life is far too short to have boring, non gin weekends without the odd cheaty carb.  Having spoken to a fellow paleo-er she said “I did some paleo baking a few weeks ago and decided very quickly that if I was going to treat myself then it should be with proper cake” and I couldn’t agree more.

It feels good and I feel better in myself, which is the most important thing. Now leave me be so that I can research the heady heights of sports bras and cauliflower rice.

5 Comments on "I dream of potatoes, Haribo and brie"

  1. Jane @ northernmum May 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm · Reply

    I dream about cashew nuts! but I am know to splurge on 80% cocca chocolate! Glad it is going well x

  2. Kate/WitWitWoo May 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm · Reply

    You’ve blogged about this so I don’t have to! But I will … because I daydream about Mini Eggs and fried bread. #PaleoTwats

  3. Nics Notebook May 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm · Reply

    Wow, well done to you! I did a (mainly) sugar free diet for nearly 2 months but have let it slip a bit now! x

  4. Metropolitan Mum May 12, 2014 at 11:25 am · Reply

    Wow!! I mean, WOW! How do you do it with the kids? Did you stop buying foods with refined sugar in them, i.e. biscuits and snacks? I am trying to keep the kids sugar free, but it’s hard. I have been living sugar free for a long time but unfortunately feel off the wagon over Easter. It’s amazing how much better you feel without refined sugar in your life. Once the excruciating headaches are gone…

    • Laura - AWNTYM? May 12, 2014 at 11:28 am · Reply

      At the moment just The Husband and I are doing it. I’m sure over time it will slowly work down to the kids more, but they are still eating normally.

      I still can’t believe how easy it’s been. There are tough moments, sure, but overall I can’t believe how easy it is to get results!

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