EaT RigHT!

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!!

Photo Courtesy of fitbomb.com

Photo Courtesy of fitbomb.com

 

KicKing FibrO’s AsS

Grr.

That’s was my cave girl growl. Scary, right?

For the last thirty days I have been in a Paleo challenge with my Soul Sista and her hubby! The goal is to integrate my eating habits to a more healthy life style. Truthfully, I was 80% Paleo and 20% not so Paleo these past thirty days. Was able to say no to Gluten on some occasions but really, can’t say bye-bye to chocolate ice cream quite yet!

Significant changes? Only three flare days total this month!!! HUGE IMPROVEMENT! I lost a total of 6.5 pounds as well. I am starting to feel the difference in the way my clothes fit, which is always exciting. Energy is up (hey, I left the house on a Sunday…three weeks in a row!) and I am feeling happy once again. Yes, I still have days of pain and days of fatigue but they are less frequent. My last doctor’s appointment went rather well. She did prescribe a new pain medication but after three very unsuccessful attempts of taking it, I will just stick with my eating healthy and using Advil.

And I have to give a shout out to the family and my Soul Sista…without their support, I’d probably be eating a Big Mac right now! I also created a support group on face book called Primal Paleo & Fibromyalgia. We are small group with a common goal of using the paleo lifestyle to help manage our fibromyalgia. Small group thus far but informative and fun!

Next month, it will be all about exercise! I will be reviewing the book I found called Exercise for Fibromyalgia! With it getting way hotter each day here in Hades, I mean, Arizona, walking will become a bit of a chore. It’s a good time to try something new.