Well, it has been quite a llllooooong time since I last posted here. Life has changed SO much!! After bringing home Levi, our now 7 year old son from China, my hysterctomy, and adjusting to our new homeschool program, life has just been a little nuts! I am going to be keeping myself accountable here for a new lifestyle/way of eating. I am going to be testing a Paleo way of eating for 3 weeks. For those of you that don’t know exactly what it is, you can look it up at the Ultimate Paleo Diet. Basically I cannot eat any processed foods, dairy (except grass fed butter), grains of any kind, processed sugars, or legumes. So, what is left you say?? REAL, WHOLE, FOOD!! Since my hysterectomy about two years ago, I have gained somewhere between 15 and 20 lbs. NOT HAPPY!!! So, I worked with a nutritionist over the summer to see what was going on. We discovered that I was gluten intolerant, had blood sugar spiking issues, and had a leaky gut, from all the processed food and bread I was addicted to for the past, oh, 30 years!!! It destroyed my gut and my good bacteria, so I was not absorbing the nutrients my food was trying to provide. Gluten is a VERY easy thing to test yourself. I was living with FOG BRAIN and a (Sorry to say) gassy belly and hi/low energy spikes throughout the day. Once I got rid of gluten, I was soooo much better. It took a minute to get used to, but once you get it, not a problem. I am working on switching the whole family over, slowly but surely. SO, this leaves me to record my trail of the Paleo Diet. I need to be held accountable somewhere so this is the place I know to do it! I am so excited to start today…. I still don’t feel 100%, so I am going to eliminate everything not natural and see how things change. I have done this type of eating off and on, here and there, but never to test myself fully, so here goes!!
This morning I had eggs scrambled in butter and I sauteed broccoli, kale and onions in more butter! DELICIOUS! I have always loved butter, but thought that what was causing my weight gain oh so many years ago when our brilliant government told us to eat MORE WHEAT (and less fat)…. because in the end it helped get them more money. NICE! I finally realized to look at our ancestors. They ate meat, cooked in the lard and fat that was left over, and lots of veggies they grew, and bread (their bread was not “franken-wheat” like ours is now…. 3x more glutenous than it is in Europe today). So, I am going to try it!! Also time to get back into my workout routine. I did need a handful of soaked almonds for a snack along with some orange pepper. Just right to tide me over for lunch.
Lunch was a large salad of mixed greens with turkey bacon, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, quacamole, and a tbsp of hemp seeds, with a Braggs dressing. YUM!!! My tip is shredding my veggies. I think it makes them easier to digest and it makes your salad feel more rich and creamy. The kids eat pretty much any veggie I put in salad when I shred it. They love it that way too.
I will have to report what I decided to have for dinner tomorrow. I have to go clean now! ;-) It was a busy busy week so I did not get a chance to plan my meals very well for this week, so hopefully next week I will be able to get back to sharing my complete menu and planning like I know several of you liked to use in the past. Not sure if you want to join me in the Paleo lifestyle though, but maybe after my results you might want to, eh??? I am happy to be the guinea pig!! Who knows, it might stick!! ;-)
Let me know if you have any questions. This is not for everyone I am sure, but with my current state of health, and weight gain, something has to give, and this is my choice for now. We shall see!!! Praying for the Lord to open my eyes to a little bit healthier of a lifestyle and better quality of daily life so I can serve HIM to my full potential!!
Have a blessed day all!!! ~ Dawn