I’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.