This beastling is goin’ Paleo…well, for a month anyway. It’s not to lose weight though, it’s to feel better. You see, I am one tired girl. Not the normal tired, where you know your butt should’ve gotten a couple more hours of sleep the night before, but fatigued. I could sleep for 10-12 hours and still crave a nap mid afternoon. Some days, it’s a chore to even brush my teeth. It’s difficult for me to muster up the energy to do anything “fun.” It’s just not enjoyable when you are struggling. The one thing I am able to do is go to the gym. I think because it’s out of sheer ole habit, and I know I’ll feel even worse if I skip my workout.
I’m up to three energy shots a day when the back of the bottle says do not exceed more than two within 24 hours. I know, I know, I catch hell for it on a regular basis from my husband. I take adderall, but I can’t manage to stay focused. A few antidepressants that don’t seem to be cutting the mustard and on top of all that. I recently added yet another med to help with my energy (that I had high hopes for), but I’m not seeing much of a difference. You would think with all those drugs and stimulants, I’D ONLY BE TYPING IN CAPS AND HIGH KICKING INSTEAD OF WALKING! Well, a gal can wish.
I had my thyroid, iron and vitamin D tested a couple weeks ago and the only thing that came back slightly low was the vitamin D. And have you ever heard of Sjogren’s Syndrome? Yeah, I hadn’t either before I was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease back in May. This weird sounding syndrome causes dry eye, dry mouth as well as fatigue, but I don’t have any of those other symptoms as of yet, so why would I be cursed with this exhaustion so early on?
I’m at the end of my rope and that’s why I am turning to my diet. Reading amazing success stories of when people went Paleo, I decided I am now to the point where living this way is no longer tolerable.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Paleo diet, let me give you a brief run down. First off, the Paleo or, Paleolithic diet, is pretty much summed up like this: if the cavemen couldn’t get their grubby little hands on the food, chances are, it’s not on the Paleo approved list. Secondly, the diet does not consist of only meat with a side of meat while chasing it down with some meat juice, you also get to enjoy fish, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds on this plan.
So what makes this diet so special?
Well, the claim is that our fine metabolism has been unable to keep up with the pace in terms of handling the foods that were introduced once agriculture came into the picture. Meaning, our bodies have trouble metabolizing these “newer” foods like dairy, grains and legumes, let alone the sugars and processed foods (e.g., TV dinners, foods with a long shelf life, etc.), and that can end up leading to a whole slew of problems such as obesity, inflammation, heart disease and diabetes.
Now, by trying to eat the way our early ancestors ate waaay back when, the pro-Paleo peeps say we can not only prevent diseases, but we are actually capable of putting those suckers into remission if we diligently stick with the plan. Just take a look at this post from Bonbon Break, where author Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with the Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Or check this post out from Rob Wolff, a Paleo guru, where a woman’s rheumatoid arthritis went into remission after going Paleo.
Aside from such amazingness like achieving remission when it comes to diseases, take a look at some of the other possible benefits one can look forward to when they’re on the Paleo diet?
- Less Inflammation
- Better Digestion
- Weight Loss
- More Energy
- Thicker, Stronger Hair and Nails
- Clearer Skin
- Improved Quality of Sleep
- Less Bloating and Gas
- Reduced Allergies
- Not feeling as though you are constantly having a brain fart!
Just by listing out the benefits, I’m getting excited!
Yeah, and then ask me again three days into the diet (when I haven’t had a drop of sugar) how stoked I am…
Before I begin, I’m taking “before” pictures from far away as well as up close, so I can get a good idea of all the different ways the diet helped my body, from any weight that I lose to the nails getting stronger and my skin clearer. And believe me, I have a few areas to test the skin theory out on…I always thought being an adult meant that your breakouts came to an end. For me, the breakouts just expanded to different parts of my body.
The main thing I am after is the boost in my energy levels; to actually feel like going to the beach, go to the grocery store or enjoy the San Diego weather in my convertible. If going Paleo does that for me, I would easily give up all the sugary treats and processed foods for good. Because I am SO over living this way.