September 6, 2014

So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

I haven't blogged much on the weight journey front, so I think its about time I gave an update on that lovely topic.  Well, on a kind of positive note, between April and July the rapid weight gain stopped and I seemed to have leveled out around 206.  Yes, that is still very far from a healthy number.   Dr. S tested my Insulin, and the number has more than double from last year.  It more than likely is a big factor in why I'm not responding to any of the meds and not ovulating.  I started googling around and really scared myself about what could happen if I don't get my weight under control.  Also, I have a wedding coming up at the end of the month, and I'm scared to try on my bridesmaid dress that I bought mach in February/March.

All that is a lead in to say, I've decided to try  something new.  This week I started easing myself into the Paleo diet.  In case you're unfamiliar with it, this chart, which I found here, sums it up pretty well:

Okay To EatAvoid
Lean MeatsProcessed Food & Sugars
Nuts & SeedsStarches
Healthy FatsAlcohol

I can't tell you how many people have told me its helped someone they know with PCOS (which bugged the daylights out of me at the time) and even two of my doctors have suggested it.  For a while I dismissed the diet as ridiculous.  I still don't believe in the premise really, that we should eat like cavemen, but I've come to be impressed by the results, and the general low carb/ fresh food thing is attractive to me.  So I've caved (almost pun intended).

So far this week it hasn't been bad.  I've got a freezer full of proteins thanks to Costco, and I went back there to stock up on fruits, veggies, nuts, and coconut oil (part of me hated buying something so trendy). Luckily, the Paleo Diet is super popular right now, so finding guides and recipes online is super easy.  So far, I adjusted the blue apron poblano pepper recipe to be more healthy/Paleo friendly, which turned out great.   I also made myself a frittata from here which is amazing!

My biggest problem is dairy. Yes, dairy is on that avoid list, but I looove  dairy.  Seriously, since I was a kid I've usually had at least a glass or two of milk a day, cheese is my best friend, I'm a huge fan of Greek yogurt, and cereal (with milk of course) is my go to snack.  This was also one of my biggest reasons for not trying the Paleo diet sooner.  I tried to research whether dairy is actually good or bad for you, but the studies made my head spin.  There are so many contrary findings and opinions, I have no idea what to think.

So I've decided to make a compromise on the issue.  I'm going to limit my dairy the best I can, especially when it comes to straight up milk and cheese, though that makes me sad.  Yogurt gets to stay for the time being though, considering I've found some articles (like this one) that seem to indicate yogurt might not be all that bad.

That's my summary of starting up!  Here's hoping I can stick with it and see some results!

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