One Year of Paleo!

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!

Pal-e-Yo!

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:
    Gluten Baby!

    My gluten baby…note the awesome cow phone cover! Mooooo!

    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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  1. Marcy (AmniconStudio) July 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Hey you! So glad to see you are blogging again. I’ve been *waiting* and waiting. :-)

    Happy to hear you are staying on track!

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