Today is Day 6 of my paleo/primal/whatever you call it. For those who don’t know, the basic premise is that we need to eat the things that early humans ate, before we settled down into society and started cultivating grains, which are supposedly toxic to our bodies. This toxicity leads to inflammation. Also, by being “sugar burners” hopped up on carbs, our insulin spikes to counteract the sugar, then we crash, and the cycle begins again and again.
So that means YES to meat, nuts, berries, dairy,veggies and fruit, and NO to grain and grain products, beans and legumes. Also, eat grass fed meat and pasture raised chickens and eggs – none of this processed CAFO stuff, which I don’t like or believe in anyway. Luckily, living in Western WA means I’m surrounded by organic farms, and yes, people who raise grass fed beef. I really can taste the difference and it’s worth the extra money, although I still get sticker shock when I go to the market!
Now, I’m already doing gluten free because I had horrible IBS. I just switch to rice bread, rice crackers and I’m fine. Still, the book I’m reading says to try it for 21 days and see how you feel, so I am. My husband has been doing it for 6 weeks and says he feels better. Lets give it a go.
So far it really hasn’t been that bad. I immediately became aware of just how much I reach for some kind of bread. This diet has forced me to make better food choices. Instead of chips and salsa, I’m reaching for fruit. Instead of a sandwich, I’m grabbing a salad or soup. I would also do lunch meat and cheese in a lettuce wrap instead of a tortilla. I’m eating grapefruit, apples, and more veggies than I ever have!
My biggest challenge is rushing out the door in the morning. I usually have coffee in hand and grab a cereal bar. Well, can’t do that! So, I make eggs. Fine, but I really don’t want to eat them every day. A good “grab and go” is yogurt. So far I found one that I like, and one I don’t at all. I’m still searching for the perfect one . Any suggestions would be appreciated!
My kids came from a friends house yesterday, and their mom gave us some homemade bread. OK, I had a slice and it was amazing, but I”m definitely puffier today because of it! If I don’t stick to this forever, at least I’m going to make bread an occasional special treat. Hey, lox and cream cheese have to go on SOMETHING!