- 4 years ago
- Wedding: February 2015
After doing lots of research, trying 1000 different ways to lose weight and failing, I decided to try the paleo lifestyle January 1 of this year.
Basically when you eat paleo, you just eat natural, unrefined, unprocessed ingredients. They call it the ” caveman” diet because you’re supposed to eat like a caveman did before all this processed junk food appeared. So I eat tons of veggies, some fruits, lots of meats, fish, chicken, pork, eggs, protein shakes… But don’t eat any wheat, no gluten, no grains so no rice, no legumes, no refined sugars ( but natural honey and maple syrup are ok on occasion) and no dairy ( except for my daily cheat of 2tsp organic milk in my coffee in the morning).
Initially, my body had to get used to not running off all the fake sugar I had been feeding it for decades. For about three weeks, I had sugar cravings, I felt tired, and had headaches. But then one day I woke up and the headaches were gone, I had my normal energy back and felt fantastic! I’m so glad I was patient and have time for my body to adapt because now the sugar cravings are gone! I never thought this could happen to me! I love food and still eat tons of it: I don’t count calories but estimate I must eat around 2000-2500 calories a day for sure depending on the day.
I workout 5-6 times a week lifting heavy weights and cardio. I’ve lost 12 pounds in 3 months and it’s very likely that the scale doesn’t do my progress justice because I’ve gained so much muscle.
But most of all, this is a lifestyle that I can maintain forever and for the first time I don’t feel trapped in a diet! I believe in the health benefits associated to eating all natural foods and am so thankful that I finally found what works for me.
I encourage anyone who is curious about it to do more research and try it out if you think it might be a good option for you! I’m also willing to answer any questions about my experience.
If you wanna try, there are tons of paleo websites out there with so many recipes. You have to be prepared to cook, prepare your food and snacks in advance and use dry spices otherwise you’ll be bored quite rapidly! Lots of sources advise not to cheat on the first few weeks or your body will never get adapted to not having fake sugars and the cravings will never go away. After that initial phase, I am now more than happy with 1 non- paleo treat per week, which I usually end up having on weekends when out with friends. And trust me, I enjoy it SO much more!
My SO and I both eat paleo and that’s definitely a plus. I imagine it harder to maintain if you’re constantly around non-paleo food but it’s not impossible! We live with his brother who eats everything and I’m totally fine with that.
That’s a huge post! Haha Just wanted to share my paleo-love and answer any questions if anyone is interested in taking the leap!