I am the poster child for drive-thru gourmet. I’d rather order out than cook. So, with that constant struggle, I have taken on the most arduous task in my life…learning to cook. I do cook. I can make a pretty decent dinner and my St. Pat’s Day meal is amazing. Sadly, I find no joy in it. My joy comes from organizing, paper-crafting and shopping.
As part of my journey in chronic illness, I have learned that healthy eating is the best combatant against many of my symptoms. I was amazed how much eating grains affected my IBS and how much it affected my symptoms in general. It was so discouraging to me that I had gained a majority of my weight back when I was dealing with my illness. It added to the aches & pains, depression and it pissed me off! I had worked so hard with the running that to gain it all back (plus some) was sad.
I was told about the Paleo lifestyle (it has so many names and diagrams, google it & pick what works for you). Think meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and no grains or milks. I hit my highest (160ish) and felt like a roly poly anger ball. In April of this year, friends and I did a Whole30 Challenge. I think I lasted a good two weeks (not bad for my first try). But the most amazing thing happened…I FRACKIN LOST WEIGHT! Yep, as of today I am under 150 and have twelve more pounds to go to my ultimate goal of 135.
It’s not just weight loss (though, it was important to me) it was learning to change my habits. I do love my hamburgers (I get it protein style – wrapped in lettuce). I make an effort to eat at least two meals per day Paleo style so if I mess up and have some grains…it’s just one meal.
I wish I could say that I am 100% Paleo, but I am not. I am me. I love Oreo’s and ice cream. You can try to take those away from me but I do know how to hit peeps with a club!
Have a restful and wonderful Thanksgiving!!