Thirty days of Paleo, it was… rough.
I learned a lot about myself and my eating habits. I was miserable/cranky/irritable, and every other horrible personality trait you can think of. As you can read about here: Beginnings of Paleo.
By day 14 I lost count of what day I was on, eating Paleo became normal, and I no longer thought constantly about the foods I was “missing” out on.
I think my favorite part of the diet is not weighing yourself until the end, Helps not obsessing over weight and just feeling good. I have no goal weight because I just want to feel good in clothes, in life and feel most important HEALTHY. I decided step one is to not be ashamed of my weight and openly share it, and even to the world, via Senior2realworld. :) I felt the changes, I felt good. My jeans from last winter were so loose I could not wear them. Even some yoga pants were loose. At the end of the 30 days I am unsure of how much weight I lost, because I didn’t weigh myself before. I can tell you: before I had my gallbladder surgery I was at 222. After my surgery and not eating for 14 days and at my lowest skinniest nastiest point of the recovery time I was at 198. I began to gain weight once I was eating again. (duh) and I got frustrated and stopped weighing myself after 212. This was well before Paleo. After Whole30, I weighed in at 206.5
The first introduction I had was Graham Central Station Ice cream. To reintroduce sugar and dairy. I felt good. no stomach ache, Could not believe it. I had cheated (oops) through out the diet, very little, a bite of cookie here, food not cooked in coconut oil and I felt as though, I would die. My body rejected the idea of any of this, so I was surprised when I felt fine. I would also get extreme sugar headaches, my body was NO SUGAR. OWW. I had to go for a modified barium swallow and they made me eat graham crackers and honey nectar and fruit cups and I felt so gross after that I could barely shake it for the rest of the day.
Unfortunately the next day was my Cookies and Cocktails Party. Where I indulged in cookies and alcohol. Except I really didn’t have that many cookies because they made my tummy weird, and I really didn’t drink much of the cocktails. I had SEVERE acid reflux issues. Luckily my Dr. before I got off Paleo prescribed reflux medicine because food was traveling down my esophagus slower than normal. I especially noticed this with carbs such as bread, cookies anything like that. But it was painful, un sure if I had this problem before and ignored it because I felt crappy all the time or if it is actually worse now.
I also BURP ALL THE TIME off the diet now. I am currently on vacation and traveling through various family members and I dont want to be that person a “diet” and difficult when it comes to meals because they are already nice enough to let me stay with them and cook for me! I am still making healthy choices when I can. (yesterday at the airport I picked a grilled chicken salad) over subway, the many chinese foods and sushi and mexican I really WANTED.
Once I return home from Vacation Paleo will begin again. But my own version of Paleo so it can become more manageable for me and a lifestyle. For example, I am going to eat beans, and maybe the occasional piece of chocolate and dessert if its special occasion. I want to learn more about what triggers my acid reflux!