When I began “this Paleo thing” 28 days ago, I really knew very little of what I was getting into. All I knew was I didn’t feel good, I was somewhat overweight, I was tired all the time and I looked like I felt. Something needed to change and I wasn’t going to do another diet.
I re-upped my membership to Weight Watchers which worked great the first time, but this time I just couldn’t get into the rhythm…the time wasn’t right, I guess. My days begin at 3:30 a.m., I have an insane schedule, and it just didn’t fit in. Besides, I wasn’t going to start getting up at 2:30 to cook breakfast.
I kept seeing stories and recipes about Paleo. The food looked good, I had never tried it before and I said to myself, “Self…you can do this!! I can try anything for 28 days–what do I have to lose?”
My first breakfast was…different. Day 1 breakfast was a Twice-Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon and Onion and an egg in the middle. I love sweet potatoes–just never had one for breakfast. First you bake a sweet potato. Cook two strips of bacon, set it aside, cook diced onion in the bacon drippings (I’m in at bacon grease!), scoop out the sweet potato flesh, mash it up and mix it with the crumbled bacon and onion then fill the potato shell with that mixture. Make a well in the center, crack an egg (organic and free-range, of course), the pop it into the oven til the egg is cooked. Plate it up and pour real maple syrup over it, and there it is…different and GOOD!! Now I’m intrigued.
I have to say, getting ready to make the shift was more work than actually getting started. You have to get rid of everything in your pantry this is processed, has flour and/or sugar. I was left with….spices…bummer. Fortunately, I did have in my other pantry jars and jars of tomato sauce, Marinara, salsa, diced tomatoes, etc. from my garden…it was a start anyway, and I didn’t feel so much like the old lady who lived in the shoe.
It really is not that hard to stay on track. I do catch myself from time to time reaching for a nibble of something…I work in a kitchen after all. My little inner voice reminds me and I stop in mid-reach.
After 28 days, there is still really only one thing I miss…cheese. I love good cheese. For the sake of the “experiment” I have refrained. I also discovered I have a sweet tooth that strikes at 8 p.m. every night…I never knew that! Thank goodness I’ve discovered many Paleo dessert recipes that hit the spot.
Honestly, it is a bit of a challenge to completely change the way you eat when you’ve eaten pretty much anything and everything (thus the problem!) you’ve wanted to for all these years. My go to proteins–cheese, peanut butter, rice and beans…gone. I have had nothing to drink except water (about half a cup of coffee in the morning) for 28 days. Once I got past the one day of mild headache, fatigue and general grumpiness, it was OK.
One thing I’ve started doing every morning as soon as I come back inside from walking the dogs is to drink an 8-ounce glass of warm water with half a Meyer lemon squeezed into it. Meyer lemons are a little sweeter than regular lemons and they don’t smack you in the face. Since I’ve started doing that, I’ve had ZERO sugar spikes and crashes.
Every day includes a period of meditation of gratitude. I’m thankful for my health, the changes that are taking place in my body and for the food I am using to eat my way back to a healthy place again. I keep a little black satin bag in my pocket that holds a twin quartz given to me by Byron, my Reiki instructor, a Herkimer diamond that is an amplifier for the higher vibrations (higher vibration you feel good, lower vibration you feel bad) and my wellness note of “Get Healthy–Body, Mind and Spirit”.) I wear a blue labrodorite bracelet which is the strongest protector of the mineral kingdom which helps strengthen your natural energies from within.
OK…the results…I sleep better, go into dream sleep almost immediately, I’m not sluggish, fatigued and just generally feel better. All those things are great–well worth the change if that’s all I got out of it. But, the results “outweigh” (sorry, couldn’t resist) the challenges. In 28 days I have lost 15 pounds and 5 inches off my waist. My skin is clearer and not all grey. This is a lifestyle change I can live with. I’m in this for the long haul–the scales don’t lie.
**I will begin putting recipes into the “Let’s Eat” section very soon. Life kind of got in the way since I added that to the front page. I’m excited to share with you the fun stuff I’m cooking. Blessings!! Love each other!! And, LOVE YOURSELF!!