Shift to Paleo Diet

As you probably have noticed….I have not blogged in about a month. Why? You may ask.  I guess  I just didn’t have anything to say that was worthwhile.  In that time frame, I’ve had a big shift in my life. At work, in the calendar of “schooldom”(yes this is a made up word), in my personal life, but mostly in my eating habits.

I still love the Pioneer Woman  show and all that Ree Drummond stands for. I applaud her spirit and Lord knows her recipes are delicious but I felt a need for a change. I was in a rut.  Spiritually, emotionaĺy, and physically. Anyone that knows me well, knows I like change. This change though is  out of necessity for my health and self esteem and hopefully for the health and well being of my family as well.

Thanks to my new coworker, who is a “Godsend”, I am doing
                                                   the PALEO DIET.
Today is the end of week one.  So I will be “blogging in” every week to share my thoughts, experiences and maybe some good recipes.

For those of you who may not know what the Paleo diet is, basically it was fashioned after what our ancestors ate before modern day farming was invented. No gluten, no diary (since we are the only species to drink another species milk), no sugar (except natural sugar in fruit and raw honey).  If you know me well, you know that I am a sugar-a-holic and chocoholic too.  I didn’t think I could do it. I love my sweet tea (the house wine of the South) and my sodas (because I am not a coffee drinker).  I did do it though, COLD TURKEY!

So let me tell you about the 2nd day of my Paleo Diet.  I felt so bad on Tuesday of this week.  That night after dinner, I just had to go to bed.  I think I was experiencing “withdrawal”.  My body was in shock from no sugar, no caffeine, no diary, and no gluten.

After that day, though, I have felt great. I have more energy, my mood has improved but most of all I have noticed the reduction in inflammation in my body. I have less swelling in my hands and I don’t wake up hurting like I used to. At my age that is monumental.  Oh yeah…I lost a couple of pounds too.  That is the great fringe benefit.

There are some challenges to this new way of eating though. 
1)Making multiple trips to the grocery store to keep fruits and vegetables  available.
2)Trying to keep my husband and 15 year old son satisfied without having junk around. (My cereal stash has increased)
3)I frequent the restroom (if you know what I mean)
4) Finding enough portable snacks to take to work with me so the vending machine doesn’t call me.
5) Not really a challenge but….needed to buy a lunchbox to take to work.

Today starts week 2. I will keep you posted.

About theneatandeatlife

Wife, Mother of 3, Nana to one beautiful grandson, Early Childhood Professional, Lover of dogs (especially dachshunds), Professional Organizer, Musician and now a small business owner of Pellows-handmade pillows. I firmly believe in my tag above, that everyone has something to offer the world and after being on this planet for over half a century, I’d like to share my offerings.
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