I never thought that I would try a Paleo diet. However, I heard that it could be a good anti-inflammatory diet. I suffer with major digestive issues and chronic pain. I was optimistic about feeling better and getting rid of my daily bloating. The results were not what I had hoped they would be.
As the 30 days went by, I kept waiting to feel better, but I never did. One positive thing that came from the 30 days was me losing 10 pounds. I have to say that did feel good. It felt so good in fact that I have not fully abandoned the plan because I want to lose more weight.
I didn’t eat out much on the plan because I really wanted to stay on track. I gave up my legumes, dairy, grains, sugar and soy. It was not easy, but I was focused. I do like that I was eating more real food and preparing it myself. I was always focused on eating food that tasted good.
I tried some things like making plantain bread and cauliflower rice. I never had plantains previously. I became a fan of coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. I like that it has so much less sodium. I love the flavor. I like to sauté my broccoli in it. Since we have so much growing in my garden, I was eating asparagus practically every day.
As I mentioned above, I have not been able to abandon the plan totally. I am eating better and I am on such a high from the weight and inches lost. I am fitting into clothes that I have not been able to wear in at least a few years. I want to continue. What I am focusing on now is cutting out more foods that could be contributing to my issues.
The last couple of days, I have been reading about a Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. It is much stricter version of Paleo. If I went with that, I would have to cut out nightshades like peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. Eggs, seeds and nuts would also be out on this program. Before I think about going that strict, I am going to cutout just the nightshades and eggs for a time.
I really hope that I don’t have to give up tomatoes for the rest of my life. I definitely cannot imagine a diet without my beloved spaghetti and pizza. I have been just fine with some Paleo versions of those. When I first started the plan, I figured I would start adding food back into my diet at the end of the 30 days, but since I have not felt any better that plan has changed.
I do hope I can find a way to feel better. One thing that I would say about my Paleo experience is that I am finding it harder to just go back to eating junk food. I didn’t eat all badly before, but I certainly ate out a lot and that rarely makes for total clean eating.
I don’t know what I will come up with that will make me feel better and actually keep the weight off for good. However, I do want to keep it clean. I like keeping GMOs and chemicals out of my diet. The way I think about food and eating has definitely changed for the better.
Information on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol