My Journey To Paleo
Today I am not sharing a recipe with you. Instead I am going to get a little personal and share a bit about myself and my journey to Paleo.
Being an introverted person, I don’t often “open up”. I am much more comfortable behind the keyboard, but here goes nothing!
Several years ago, I started a journey towards better health. I wanted to completely change the way my family was eating. I wanted to change the way I was living. I gained A LOT of weight after having my children, my health declined, I developed many food allergies and intolerances, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and I suffered from severe eczema my entire life.
In 2010 I weaned my last babe (Grady). When we switched him to dairy, it was instantly clear he had an allergy. We switched him to soy and I actually think that allergy was even worse! He developed asthma and eczema and was subject to severe diarrhea and vomiting. It was terrible! Because of Grady’s intolerances, we made a lot of changes to our food out of necessity. I also realized a lot of the issues Grady had, I had as well, so I removed dairy from my diet too. I then decided to embark on an elimination diet.
The elimination diet focused a lot on rice and beans, but took out many other irritating foods in addition to dairy and soy; like nuts and gluten. I was feeling GREAT! I lost 40lbs on this somewhat vegan/vegetarian approach to eating. After a while though, things took a turn for the worse. I gained that weight back. My thyroid was not under control; I had to increase my medication a couple times. My immune system went bananas! I was suddenly allergic to EVERYTHING! I went to see an allergist who diagnosed me with Oral Allergy Syndrome. It was a very difficult and depressing time in my life. I was so limited on what I could eat without it causing me to have a severe gastro reaction, or without it causing me to experience heart issues such as tachycardia and body flushing.
In 2011 I went through a rebellion. I just gave up. I can’t eat anything, so I am just going to eat everything! Who cares about my health!? McDonald’s is so overly processed I didn’t react to it, so I ate it and any other processed crap I could tolerate. I was miserable, depressed and grieving. I just wanted to be normal. It took some time, but in 2012 I had come full circle and began to accept my situation, and I started to focus on being positive. I declared that 2012 would be the year that I just focused on eating food I could tolerate and worry about weight loss later. I really started looking at the Paleo approach to eating and removing all grains and legumes from my diet. Finding the Paleo diet was so inspiring. I didn’t feel like such a food freak anymore. There is a whole group of people who have to, or choose to eat this way!
By 2013 I was seeing really amazing improvements in my health by eating the Paleo Diet and following the Autoimmune Protocol. I no longer suffer from Oral Allergy Syndrome. I can actually eat fruits and vegetables again without worrying about them cross reacting with my seasonal allergies to Ragweed and Grass. In fact I didn’t suffer from seasonal allergies this year AT ALL! I didn’t shove a steroid spray up my nose 2 times a day or take an anti-histamine. My ENT had told me I was one more infection away from needing surgery on my sinus’. I have not had a sinus infection this entire year! I was able to LOWER my thyroid medication, and I lost 55lbs! My eczema is GONE! Completely!
So a few weeks ago I felt brave enough to share a Before and Current picture of myself on instagram. It wasn’t an easy thing to do because my before picture is so terrible, do I really have to relive being that obese person?
I call it my “Current” picture and not my “After” picture because I am also still overweight… I haven’t talked about my weight loss before because I have always thought I should wait until I achieve this perfect “After” image of myself before I share my journey…. Well I am happy to say that I have decided to STOP living for that Future *perfect* me and instead celebrate the person that I am right now! I think it is going to be helpful for me and my journey to start celebrating my success today. To be happy and live in this moment right now. I have lost 55lbs and I have seen a complete turn around in my health. That is something to be proud of!
I know I need to step things up to lose my last 35lbs. I need to exercise more, get active. I am looking forward to sharing the rest of my journey with you