A wonderful friend of mine, and the same person who introduced me to 3 Day Potty Training, has a friend who follows the Paleo Diet. When she told me about it, I rolled my eyes as far back as I could get them and touted the importance of “moderation”, not extremes in eating. OH, and they drink raw milk. *PUKE*. Add to that the fact that they spend $2k on groceries per MONTH and you’ve got a diet I just am not willing to follow.
I probably had a migraine that night.
Then I met these weird caveman people at her daughter’s birthday party, where she had prepared lots of Paleo friendly food. It was all SUPER good (with the exception of the deviled eggs, which I probably would have liked, had I known what was in them prior to popping one in my mouth). Then this weird family didn’t have cupcakes with the rest of us, they had some sort of chocolate grain-free muffin.
I went home in my usual fatigued fog and had a headache.
Then someone in my blogging group said that her family had just switched over to the Paleo lifestyle and that they didn’t spend $2k on groceries per month, AND they have a bigger family.
Glimmer of hope.
I suffered several migraines a couple of weeks ago and when I mentioned them to my chiropractor he told me that grains cause inflammation which can cause migraines in some people.
YES! I have never been able to pinpoint my migraine triggers, but over the course of the next few days I paid close attention to what I ate and what effects it had on my body. You’ll never guess what happened when I ate bread or cereal.
If you guessed that I got a headache you’d be right. But it also made me sluggish, tired, and achy all over.
I went to the chiropractor again that week and asked him if he had heard of Paleo. He said YES, and that it was THE best diet for our health. He said that it is how we are designed to eat, that it is the most efficient way to eat, and that it would not only help me with my overall health, but might help Kyle and Styles with their ADHD.
So I really started thinking, and did a little topical research about it. I pondered Baby-Led Weaning and how I had already decided to not give Grady any grains or infant cereal. He’s eating sweet potatoes, apples, squash, bananas, etc… but no grains or legumes.
Then this morning, I decided to do more reading and that’s all I’ve done for 3 hours. I searched recipes, googled their ingredients for pricing, read testimonials from people who had made the change, checked cookbooks, and looked at Nutrition Coaches‘ sites to see what they had to say.
Lots of women had suffered with endometriosis, infertility, PCOS, migraines, and uncontrollable weight gain. Holy Crap. They’re talking about ME.
And now I’m on my way to Barnes & Noble to buy a Paleo cookbook so I can go to the grocery store to get what I need to make my first Paleo meal for dinner tonight. I also am finding inspiration at The Foodie & The Family. They went primal in May and are seriously loving it.
Kyle isn’t convinced. He loves sugar. He loves crackers. He loves bagels. GOD does he love bagels. He loves cheese (so do I). He loves everything you cannot have on this diet, but I want to try to get into the kitchen and change his
I don’t care about losing weight. OK I lie, I DO care about losing weight but that’s secondary. What I care most about is becoming healthy. I want to not wake up in pain just one day. I’d like to go an hour without living in a fog. I’d love to NOT have a headache for two minutes. It’s not normal. It’s not how we were created to live. And it is proven that lifestyle changes can help.
The best thing that I found? This doesn’t have to be expensive. I can spend the same amount that I spend now on groceries, I’ll just have to spend a little more time in the kitchen prepping and cooking. I don’t know where I’m going to find that time but I have a feeling I’ll be wearing Grady a lot more than I do now. If I cut out the junk, the processed foods, the grains, I should come out with a grocery bill that is comparable to what I’m spending now. I can also order almond flour online (which seems to be a staple in the lifestyle).
So I’m excited to try something new but nervous about getting my family on board.
Do you have any experience with lifestyle changes and a resistant family? How did it go?
I want to know!