I am striving to eat Paleo. There, I said it.
I decided back last April to try putting my son on a gluten free diet to see if it helped his digestion, and maybe even his behavior. It did. The stinker went from pooping 2, 3, sometimes 4 times a day to only once or twice. Yay!!! His teacher also noticed a difference in his behavior. To help me, I bought the book “Eat Like a Dinosaur.” It quickly turned into one of my favorite cookbooks. I started following the Paleo Parents blog. They introduced me to other blogs, and soon I was immersed in paleo.
I fought “becoming paleo” though. I was the kind of person who blogged about things such as Meat-free Mondays. I got my neighbors to do a raw-vegan diet for a month a few years ago. I cared about the environment. I had a pantry filled with rice and various lentils and beans. I liked bread.
As time has gone on though, I have seen the differences in my son as I moved him closer to Paleo. I’ve also seen what happens to him when he gets too much corn, rice, or beans. Not good. I started letting go of the bread. Now, when I eat something with gluten in it I notice that my stomach is not happy. I get a headache. It is hard to think straight. I get agitated, anxious, and sometimes outright unpleasant to be around. I’m noticing now that I feel and look bloated after eating other grains and processed sugar as well. Darn! Does this mean that “those Paleo people” might be on to something?
Almost a year later my son and I are about 80% Paleo. My husband is starting to eat gluten less and less. Vegetables are actually showing up on our table with more frequency and variety than when I was aiming for a plant-based diet. When there is no bread, there is room for extra veggies.
I still felt uncomfortable blogging about it though. Kind of guilty. Worried that people would not agree with me.
Now, one of my sisters is going to do a 21 day Paleo-based Sugar Detox. I told her I would do a somewhat modified version with her to offer my support. So for the next 21 days I will be eating strictly Paleo, mainly meats and vegetables. I will be limiting my fruit intake, something I do not usually recommend for people, but as a means to stabilize blood sugars and train your tastebuds not to want so much sugar I am ok with it.
You all are welcome to follow along with me. I’ll post pictures of what I eat to stay accountable. I’ll share how I feel. Most likely, I’ll lecture about this and that. Take what you want from it. See what could work for your body.
I am sharing because there are so many people in my life who could potentially benefit from a Paleo diet. People I care about who have arthritis, IBS, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, missing gallbladders with lingering digestive issues, obesity, pre-diabetes, full fledged diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, food sensitivities, and so much more.
I love you all. Let’s eat some real food and see if we can’t get healthy.