Taking the Paleo Plunge

I love how this blog has, in a way, grown with me as the months pass. I have charted every step of my TTC journey, but also my thyroid/auto-immune journey, and now, my diet journey. I like to see how far I’ve come, but I’m also reminded of how much further I need to go.

Many of you mentioned, regarding going Paleo, that I need to just take it slow, getting rid of one food at a time, and then, when I’ve gone full Paleo, bring back foods one at a time, to see how I feel. I agree completely, and that’s what I’m planning to do. I’m not going Paleo for environmental or weight loss reasons (though those are both great reasons to take this on). I’m doing it to feel better. So, if, after going full Paleo, I bring brown rice back into my diet and I feel fine, well then guess what? It’s back. I’m not going to deny myself foods that make me feel good. Of course, I know that all junk foods make me feel like garbage, so I know they won’t be reintroduced to my diet.

That said, at the same time, I feel like I’m making a “right now” life change. I know these sorts of diets are for life, but I can’t commit to that. My hope is that my auto-immune symptoms get themselves under control, and I have babies. After babies, if I’m feeling better 10 years down the road, and I take my kids to get ice cream when we vacation at the Cape (sorry, daydreaming a bit here), then yeah, I’m going to get a cone myself. I’m not going Paleo for life. I’m going Paleo for as long as it takes me to feel better.

My new diet will be more along the lines of Paleo-ish. I might bring back rice, quinoa, and hopefully, cheese. Or, I might not. In fact, I could end up realizing that it’s meat that bothers me (which would go along with what my ND said…anti-inflammatory means no meat…), in which case, I won’t be Paleo-ish, but Vegan-ish. That may end up being what feels best. But I’m starting with Paleo.

Yesterday, N and I went to the grocery store, after planning next week’s meals, and spent more money than I’d like on foods we can eat. I’m happy he is doing this with me – it’s always easier when everyone in the house is on board. For the first time in possibly my entire life, we have no milk in the house. We now have a carton of almond milk and one of coconut milk. We aren’t sure which we’ll like, so we’re trying them both. I have a feeling I’m not going to like either. We’re almost out of precious, precious shredded cheese, and we’re not replacing it (yet). The majority of our cart was filled with veggies.

Now, there are two types of Paleo diets, from what I can see. The first type is where you only eat ingredients that a caveman would’ve been able to find, but you can take those ingredients and do whatever you want with them. For example, this type of Paleo diet allows you to bake with almond flour and that sort of thing. You can have breads, muffins, and cookies. The other type of Paleo diet allows you to only eat ingredients that a caveman would’ve been able to find, but you can’t alter the ingredients. No baking. Some people even go mostly raw, and how they are able to not keel over and die, I’m not sure. Almond flour wouldn’t be allowed – just almonds. Anyway, one is clearly more strict than the other, and you can probably guess which one we’re picking. Yep, we bought both almond flour and coconut flour at the store yesterday. Due to their high prices, however, we decided only to bake with these things as special treats. I’m not going to make bread and have it every day for lunch. I will feel the healthiest when the majority of my diet is vegetables.

We aren’t going 100% until after our little vacation in 2 weeks, and we still are cleaning out our fridge and cupboards. Slowly, though, we’re going Paleo. I’m about to whip up some eggs for breakfast (those are going to get old, quick. Help?), and lunch will be a salad with chicken. N wants to splurge on our new almond flour and make a Paleo pizza for dinner. Tomorrow is Easter, and I will enjoy a piece or two of sugar-free candy. Monday, though, we hit the ground running until vacation. I’ll post recipes as long as they don’t suck, and hopefully something good will come out of all of this!

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10 thoughts on “Taking the Paleo Plunge

  1. Elle says:

    Good luck! Sounds like you are making some great changes! I like almond milk in my granola and coconut in my coffee. I find that alternative milks each serve different purposes. You might be able to make a grain-free granola with lots of nuts, seeds, and cinnamon. My recipe has oats but granola is awesome bc you can literally put anything that sounds good together with olive oil and some kind of mild sweetener and bake on a cookie sheet for 30 mins. Save any dried fruit to mix in after baking. Joyful Abode has lots of grain-free baking recipes. A food journal might help you figure out more specifically how you feel after certain foods. And I’m so glad the hubs is doing this with you- that will help so much!

  2. Peg says:

    I really thought I would hate almond milk but I really liked it. The problem was that it didn’t love me. Even though I can eat almonds just fine, I discovered through drinking almond milk that I have an allergy to almonds. About an hour after I drink it I get horrible double-you-over cramps iny stomach. Not gas type pains but actually in my stomach itself. If I have a handful of almonds I’m fine. Apparently this isn’t strange as almond milk is so concentrated. So despite loving the stuff I had to let it go.

    Here’s a treat using it. Mix a cup of almond milk with some frozen or fresh berries or fruit in a blender. Add a half a banana. Blend it up and voila. Yummy shake. And it should fit you diet.

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