Yup. It’s true. My husband put me on a diet.
But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Really. I promise.
Rewind to January of this year. It was 5+ months after the birth of my second daughter. I had a tougher time with my second c-section and it took me a while to get into the groove of having two children. I think I often forget how much my body deals with during pregnancy and after a c-section. Anyway, I was having some medical issues and I saw my primary care doctor. A lot of blood tests later, I was seeing a rheumatologist who did more blood work.
To be honest, nothing definitive came from any of my doctors visits or blood work. However the conclusion was “something isn’t right.” Yes….I paid for that diagnosis.
My blood work did show that there was a chance I have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. No, I don’t have a PhD but I also don’t believe I have either of those diseases. I just don’t. But those are inflammatory diseases.
I talked to my husband about everything and his solution was to put me on a diet. Yes, really. But not THAT kind of diet. Weight loss was not his intention. Getting me healthy was. I often refer to my husband as Mr. Fitness. For those who know him, you know why. He’s a trainer and a fitness coach for a pro soccer team. So the title seems appropriate. Anyway….he’s been eating “Paleo” for over a year and suggested I try it. Notice I don’t say “he’s on a diet” because that just sounds strange.
Paleo is a lifestyle really…it’s not just a diet. You can google it and find much more “expert” explanation of what it is an what it isn’t. There are some great experts such as Rob Wolfe. But simply put, it’s a way of eating like a caveman.
You can eat:
- Meat (organic, grassfed)
- Vegetables (not corn, which is a grain, not a vegetable)
- Nuts (except for peanuts which aren’t really nuts at all, they are legumes)
You can’t eat:
- Dairy (eggs are not dairy, even though they are sold in the dairy section at the grocery store)
- Anything processed
That’s the simplest way to break it down.
So why did my husband recommend this to me? Because all the things you CAN’T eat cause inflammation. And if my body thinks I have an inflammatory disease, he suggested I “clean” my body of those inflammation causing foods and see what happens. He recommend I try it for 6 weeks and see how I feel, and more importantly, how my next blood test come out.
I WAS NOT EASILY CONVINCED.
I like pizza. I like peanut butter. I like milk and cheese. I love Mexican. I love cookies. And cake. And pie.
And I don’t like my husband telling me what to do…especially when it comes to eating.
But he was right. Yes, I said it. He was right.
I reluctantly started in mid-May.
Within two weeks I lost 6 pounds. Three months later, I lost 14 pounds. And remember, weight loss was not my intention….but it was an awesome side effect and the main reason I have kept with Paleo.
My doctor’s appointment has been reschedule multiple times and is later this week. It will be interesting to see what the blood work reveals from a medical side. But I feel amazing. I have more energy and I just feel better. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what that means, but I feel different. And after having a little trouble shedding the final 10 pounds after my second daughter, it was easy to lose the weight on Paleo.
For the first six weeks, I was was almost 100% Paleo. Now I allow myself a few cheat meals a week (usually on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Some of my cheat meals are worth it…and after others, I feel sick.
There are some things I haven’t been able to part with. I still use peanut butter in smoothies and on apples. I still put sugar in my coffee (and sometimes when out, use milk). But compared to the way I used to eat, it’s a HUGE difference.
I’ll be writing posts about how to stay Paleo when you are out to eat and sharing some great Paleo recipes. Is there anything you’d like to know? Do you have any great Paleo recipes you’ve tried? Let me know…. Oh, and I’ll be sure to share the results of my next doctor’s appointment.