I thought that maybe I’d taken on a huge challenge by going with a Paleo diet but after the first two weeks I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself.
For other meals I’ve found it easy to just make a few adjustments. So when my family have spaghetti I have courgetti, when they have mashed potato, I have mashed sweet potato, when they have rice I have cauliflower rice. I even made myself a lasagna using courgette instead of pasta, it was really tasty but it doesn’t stay together well so it just slopped all over my plate and didn’t look like lasagna at all.
My favourite lunchtime meal has been a salad of avocado, cucumber and apple with a home made dressing of french mustard, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. It’s really tasty!
I’ve treated myself to home made chocolate which is incredibly easy to make but does taste like really dark bitter chocolate, so no good if you are a fan of Cadbury’s. I did make a chocolate mousse too which was a little more creamier.
I can’t say that I’ve not felt hungry because my medication makes me feel hungry all the time, but over the two weeks I’ve found I’ve gone for fruit as a snack rather than chocolate or biscuits. Dates are amazing for giving you a sweet hit!
The reason I started this diet was not to lose weight but to help my auto-immune system which has really gone to pot. I wanted to repair my gut which can be the cause of so many problems. I know that since I got sick I’ve put on a lot of weight but I stopped weighing myself after I realised I’d put on two stone. My husband thinks I should weigh myself so I can track any loss, but I’m not sure I want to.
This last weekend I strayed off the diet. On Saturday I had rice with my husbands home made curry. I just didn’t fancy cauliflower rice. I also had some naan bread! That nice I had bloating and heartburn for the first time in two weeks. On Sunday it was Mother’s Day so I had a nice cake after dinner. Again I paid for it with heartburn and an increase in muscle spasms during the night.
I think this confirms that the diet works, but it also tells me that it’s gluten that is probably the main culprit. I’m quite happy giving up dairy now, and giving up sugar hasn’t bothered me too much. I have had cravings for bread though and I still miss cereal. It’s typical that it’s things that are doing me the most harm are the ones I miss the most.
What do you think, could you manage a paleo diet?
Do you think I should be weighing myself?