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 Eat||Avoid|
|Lean Meats||Processed Food & Sugars|
|Nuts & Seeds||Starches|
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!