Friday, 10 March 2017

Out of the Cave - My Journey with a Paleo Diet

I've never been one for dieting, I just eat what I eat. I try to eat healthily but taking notice of everything that goes in my mouth just drives me nuts.

When I was young my weight was never an issue, I was naturally skinny. Apart from two of my pregnancies, I was skinny during my 20s and my 30s. Then I hit my 40s and had three kids! This took its toll on my body and for the first time ever I went up a dress size. I  thought about doing something about it but in the end I decided that it didn't really matter that I was carrying a few extra pounds.

Now I'm sick and I take a lot of drugs which make me put on weight. I'm very close to going up another dress size and I'm really bloated. But, there is something much more important that needs fixing other than my weight and that's why I've been researching the Paleo diet.

I have an auto-immune disorder, my own body has attacked itself. I know the culprit, it's called the glycine receptor anti-body. I don't know why it attacked my central nervous system and took away my ability to walk. But I do know that before it happened I had gastric problems and a scan had told me that my gut was leaking.

So I did some Googling about auto-immune disorders in relation to diet and a leaky guts and I came up with the Paleo diet.

It sounds drastic but if it helps me cure my gut then it might just help me start to repair my body. I am waiting on a treatment in the future which could help me lots, but it doesn't work permanently so what if I repaired my body by dieting, or at least made it work a little better? Maybe, the treatment would last longer, or not have to be repeated too often.

I'm at the stage now that I'm not so worried about what I look like, but being overweight can be really unhealthy and carry risks. I've already been told that I have tested positive for a blood clot. I'm not very mobile and can't exercise much so I really do need to address my weight.

So, why have I chosen the Paleo Diet?
Firstly, because it's  diet that addresses a leaky gut and auto-immune disorders. It can help repair the basis of what is wrong with me.
Also, I really do think I can do it.

I believe that everything should be done in moderation so although I know I need to be strict to make this work, if I find that cutting something out of my diet is too difficult I won't beat myself up about it. However, there are so many alternatives available these days I'll be sure to try them all.

What does the Paleo diet involve?

You should avoid, grains, rice, beans and pulses, dairy products, processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, ready meals, refined vegetable oils, chocolate and sweets, refined table salt.

You can have, meat,  fish, seafood, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, olive oil, coconut oil, nut oil, hoeny, coconut sugar, nut and seed milks, and even coffee and alcohol in moderation.

It's not that bad is it?

No chocolate and cake...eeek!

There are always alternatives though. I've been checking out some sweet recipes just in case my sweet tooth tries to break me.

My pinterest board for Paleo recipes is filling up nicely

I have my supplies and I am working on my meal plans, so I'm all set to go next week!
Have you tried eating Paleo? Do let me know in the comments of your experiences, or feel free just to wish me luck with mine.

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