I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to transition to a Paleo diet for several years – and one of the biggest obstacles has been having a family who loves their pizza, rice and beans and Chinese food. I found myself trying to cook multiple things at the same time and wore myself out.
And then I started to get sick and tired of being sick and tired. One viral thing after another since December and I just couldn’t seem to get well.
And so with little advance warning I decided to just do it on March 5, upcoming birthdays and Easter/Passover notwithstanding. The long hot Florida summer is looming and in all seriousness, I hate being fat in a hot climate like Florida.
I’ve owned and loved the Well Fed cookbooks from The Clothes Make the Girl. So much so that I cook that way even when I’m not strictly following Paleo. And it was those books (which are mostly Whole30 compliant) that showed me that I could actually do this.
And so I began…dragging my 15 year old daughter along for the ride and ignoring the complaints and pleas from other family members.
Today I’m three weeks into this. What have I been doing differently this time?
- I immediately started to Instagram my meals (just my way of finding some accountability) and sharing on Facebook. Surprisingly, people started to tell me that I was inspiring them.
- Knowing that a blog post would probably be forthcoming, I actually took a “before” pic (but I’m not talking about my weight…)
- I started reorganizing my kitchen. We have three (really!) refrigerators. One in the kitchen, two in a side room. I keep all my paleo fixings in one of them. I’ve learned how to throw a good meal together on the fly. I’m a “hot meal” kind of person and too many salads make me a little crazy.
So how am I doing three weeks in? Down six pounds (I wish it were more but am being realistic that being over 50 is going to make it that much harder.) My pants are all falling down (even my yoga pants) but I can’t move down a size yet. My skin is clear and energy levels are better. My blood pressure levels (while not terribly high to begin with) have noticeably dropped.
I wasn’t able to start exercising until this week because of an unexpectedly long recovery time after a procedure at the beginning of the month but I’ve been starting my days with 30 minutes of walking and 15 minutes rebounding. Then 30 minutes of yoga at night.
I’ve already decided that I’m going to do this for 60 days, and then continue with the Whole 9 protocol. Decades of dysfunctional eating patterns are not going to suddenly disappear. My sugar cravings have disappeared and I am completely ignoring the Trader Joe’s Dunkers lurking in the cabinets. (For some reason it’s easier to not eat the first than try to stop once I’ve started…wait..I’ve heard that somewhere before!)
I’m sure it’s going to take the better part of the year to get where I’d like to be but I’m taking it one day at a time.
Have you tried a Whole 30 or Paleo diet? How has it worked for you?
Finally…here’s that before pic