So … yeah… remember that one time where I didn’t blog for 6 months?
Oh yeah…that was right now.
Well I can’t say I’ve been sitting around doing nothing. Life just has a way of being busy, crazy, confusing… and before you know it, 6 months pass! So the other day I was sitting her, talking to my hubby, and contemplating life and my blog (not quite in the same category) and I realized I should be saying something and I finally felt like saying something. Its kind of hard to ramble and type if you’re just not into it. So here I am…wheeeeee!
So one thing I realized as June approached is that I was marking one year doing Paleo in June! Woot! What started out as a “well I’ll try this for a month to see what its all about” has turned into a definite lifestyle for me. Meanwhile I have gotten a lot of interesting questions from friends & family, as well as many people who like to find some way to challenge my decisions to eat the way I do. I’ve learned so much about food & eating well over the last year that my head could explode – but in a good way! And I know many people in my life probably wish I would just *shut up* about paleo. To them…I apologize (well not really)… its hard to keep it in!
So here’s what I’ve learned mostly… I feel the best when I keep grains out of my diet; especially gluten! No, I’m not celiac, and no I didn’t have IBS or another huge digestive issue. However here are some things I noticed without grains (and gluten especially)…
- Semi-frequent Heartburn (1-3x/week) is GONE. I always thought that it was the rich foods I ate (peppers, tomato stuff, raw onions, etc). Turns out I can eat that stuff just fine with no bad affects IF I’m not eating grains. It was the grains that caused the digestive burn!
- Gluten = Bloating! And I am not kidding you. Below is a picture from about a month ago when I enjoyed a dessert with wheat flour in it. It takes about a day or two for this to hit fully. Left side is my gluten baby, right side is normal:
And of course where there is bloating…there is… well you know. And that is much improved by keeping grains out of my diet.
- Energy!!! I used to spend a lot of time feeling lethargic. Despite the fact that I exercised 3-4 times/week, and ate “healthy” I often just felt sluggish, especially mid afternoon. I slept until 7:30 or 8:00 on weekends because I was just so tired! After a few months of paleo I was feeling so energized, and now 6-6:30 is a normal waking time for me; and I feel refreshed.
- Sleep Quality... I especially noticed the change in this when I cut back sugar to do the sugar detox at the end of 2013. The change in how well I slept was crazy! During that time I was actually waking, fully refreshed at 5:15-5:30 am! Craziness! I fell off my low-sugar wagon in Feb and I recently just completed the detox again just to get myself on track. I find that I feel SO much better when I keep my sugar to a LOW intake.
So that wraps up my 1 yr of paleo in general. I’ll talk about it more (of course!) in future posts, but that’s my basic, 1 yr wrap up of it. I ♥ Paleo!
I’ll be back soon with an update of my goals I set in Jan as well as some new fitness stuff to share with you all!
So what’s up with yourself? Have you kept your resolutions/goals from Jan? Have you accomplished/finished any of them yet? I’m looking forward to updating you all on mine!
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