It’s been a while since I gave an update into our Paleo journey.
When The Workaholic moved to North Carolina and left us in Georgia for a few weeks, I slacked BIG. TIME. I packed the kitchen first because it is the most daunting room for me. I left out one pot, one pan, one cookie sheet, and paper plates. I did NOT feel like cooking so the kids ate lots of pre-made things and I ate lots of salad and the occasional bowl of cereal. I was working out while he was gone and it felt SO good to get out of the house and sweat a little bit while someone else dealt with my screaming children. Despite my lack of cooking, I lost 10 more pounds while The Workaholic was gone!
Because of all the travel that we have subjected ourselves to since February, I’ve lost and gained that same 10 pounds twice. I can’t seem to make the best decisions when I’m out to eat, no matter how hard I try.
The great thing about living Paleo as a lifestyle is that it doesn’t really matter! What matters is that we don’t eat processed food at home. We don’t have many grains here. I say “many” because Styles and Madilyn still eat gluten-free cereal in the mornings. They just can’t give it up. Anyone know of a cerealaholic support group, please let me know. We cook from scratch and are thoughtful about what we put in our bodies at home which is where we spend MOST of our time. Paleo might be “restrictive” in that you can’t eat grains or consume pasteurized dairy, but there are substitutions for everything that you “can’t” have. We are rarely without muffins and cookies in our house. The “Any Time Cookies” from “Eat Like a Dinosaur” are a staple in our kitchen. We still eat pancakes. We eat Cauliflower rice like we’re Asian. We do biscuits. We eat Shepherd’s Pie. The Workaholic and the kiddos eat potatoes. WE USE SALT! We do Chinese, Italian, Thai, and Mexican. My kids never feel deprived or like they are missing anything and neither do The Workaholic or I. Yesterday we indulged in freeze dried fruit from Trader Joe’s and dark chocolate. Yum. I understand that it’s difficult to have to prepare all of your food and be thoughtful about what you eat but it’s a decision with sacrifices that we are willing to make for better health for our family.
We met with our new Pediatrician yesterday and I told him about our lifestyle. He was surprised and pleased that my kids ate so many diverse foods. He had heard about Paleo and said that there is never anything wrong or unhealthy with a lifestyle that promotes whole foods (more often referred to as “real food” on this blog). He said for children to grow and for adults to be happy, they need a good combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrates; of which we lack none. He also went on to explain that what it all boils down to is that most grains are simple carbohydrates and break down into sugar in our bodies. Which is EXACTLY why we stay away from them. He said that as long as the kids are getting complex carbohydrates from other sources that they’re fine. Of course, Grady’s growth chart speaks for itself. He went from being in the 50% in height to the 75% in height and stayed in the 5% range for weight. All 3 of my children are tall and lean, which Dr. Fennel said is great, as long as they are following their own individual growth plans.
I’d also like to address how Paleo is “working for us”. I didn’t start eating whole foods to lose weight. That was, and still is not my motivation. My weight loss motivates other people, but it does not motivate me. I started it because I was having chronic migraines, constant joint pain, extreme fatigue, a sluggish digestive system, acne, endometriosis, excessive hair growth in areas you shouldn’t have hair i.e.: neck, and some depression thrown into the mix as well. A doctor recommended Paleo to me and after an entire day of research, I decided I’d give it a shot for 30 days to see if it worked. Within one week, I was pain free. Since then, I have had 3 migraines and each one was after consuming cookies or pasta. 3 migraines in 7 months is a hugely positive change from 3-5 migraines a month. When The Workaholic finally jumped on board, his Irritable Bowel Syndrome went the way of the Dodo. It flares up from time to time when he decides to indulge in pasta or a bagel.
The physical benefits FAR outweigh the amount of weight that we have lost, which collectively is 90lbs.
That said, because weight loss is such a motivating factor to overweight people EVERYWHERE, here is my 7 month update shot:
(REMEMBER: The “before” photo is about 9 pounds lighter than when I actually started Paleo and this “during” shot was taken 6 weeks ago when I was 7 months Paleo and 10 pounds heavier than I am now. We are now officially at 8 months Paleo but I don’t have anyone around to take a shot for me so I’m using this one.)
My advice to you is that you’re looking to become a healthier person, do some serious checking into how Paleo can work for you. If you’re just trying to lose weight and don’t really care about your overall health, keep drinking milkshakes or taking growth hormones or starving yourself. Because that’s all SO super healthy.