Out of the Cave – My Journey with a Paleo Diet (week 6)

I’m now in my 6th week of a Paleo diet but I have some confessions to make.
I was doing really well but the last two weeks while the kids have been on holiday from school I have really slipped, or fallen from the Paleo path.
I think having the kids around all day hasn’t helped because I’d got into a really nice routine. I’d not have breakfast until the kids were at school, which meant I could spend some time preparing it. Then at lunch time I’d be making lunch just for myself so it was ok to spend time preparing something healthy and delicious. With the kids at home I’d be making lunch for them, and by the time I’d finished I’d end up grabbing myself a sandwich or another unhealthy snack.

It wasn’t all bad though. I still kept off the sugar and dairy (apart from a little cheese on a couple of occasions.) And for Easter I had just one small dark chocolate egg (72% cocoa solids) with no extras. I have to be honest, I hated it and salivated over the kids Cadburys eggs. But I was good.

I know I said I wasn’t doing this for weight loss but I had a bit of a shock today. I had a hospital appointment and the first thing they did was weigh me. I’ve put on a total of 3 stone since I first got sick, January 1st 2016. That’s 3 stone in just under 16 months! That’s heavier than I have ever been in my life, even when pregnant. My consultant said a lot of the weight gain is due to the steroids that I’ve been on, and I have to admit I do feel so much more ‘swollen’ since taking them. Even my face is fat, so is my neck. He said that once I come off the steroids then the weight should start to come off too. But that much weight is going to need a helping hand surely? The good news is, I’m starting to come off the steroids now and it should only take a couple of months.

I’ve yet to check if my next course of treatment will cause weight gain, I hope not. I really want the next treatment to work, the steroids haven’t. If I can help in any way then I will, that is why I’m determined to get back onto this diet full swing.

Now the kids are back at school I can take my time over preparing my breakfast and lunch again. It’s six weeks until they are off again so plenty of time to make a difference and hopefully I’ll be more prepared for the next holiday so I don’t slip so much.

I’m collecting recipes via Pinterest and various other places.

I’m looking forward to trying some new things in the coming weeks. I’m also hoping that I can shed a few pounds (or stones) too. The goal posts have been moved after today’s shock.

7 Comments

  1. April 26, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I tend to have similar problems sticking to my routine when my son's off school. Sometimes it's just because we are in a rush, but we also eat away from home more often which brings its own challenges.

  2. Jen Walshaw
    April 26, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I find that steroids do that to me. I am at the heaviest I have ever been and have a moon face! I can imagine that it must be harder when the kids are about, not just due to temptation, but also time factors

  3. susannabritmums
    April 27, 2017 / 7:18 am

    My sister swears by the paleo diet … good luck!

  4. April 27, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I have often looked at a Paleo diet and think it is an amazing thing to do and really helps to clean your system out. You have done well to stick at it for so many weeks, that is amazing but it is hard to maintain any diet all the time. Good luck with getting back to it

  5. April 28, 2017 / 12:00 am

    I have read great things about the paelo diet. Hope you manage to get back on track

  6. cassfrugalfamily
    April 29, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I hope you manage to get back on track and that your next treatment is more successful than the steroids have been x x

  7. May 2, 2017 / 7:43 am

    My daughter's boyfriend did this diet with amazing results, it is really hard to stick to though

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