Paleo(ish): Month 6
Alright. Today is the 6 month mark for my Paleo journey thing. I already wrote a monster post on “why Paleo” and all that, so I’ll keep this one short. Let’s start with the numbers. I didn’t go Paleo to lose weight, I did it out of necessity for my health. But losing weight has been an added perk to eating right and working out. Let’s see the progress, shall we?
Height: 5’3″ Weight: 165 Shoulders: 45.5″ Chest: 38″ Waist: 33.75″ Hips: 42.75″ Thigh: 20.5″ Arm: 10.5″ BF%: 35.9
Weight: 145 lbs Shoulders: 41″ Chest: 36″ Waist: 30.5″ Hips: 41″ Arms” 10″ Thigh: 19.5″ BF%: 32
Weight: 138 lbs Shoulders: 40″ Chest: 36″ Waist: 30″ Hips: 39.5″ Thigh: 19″ Arms: Hard to measure by yourself BF%: couldn’t measure
Weight: 122 lbs Shoulders: 40″ Chest: 36″ Waist: 28″ Hips: 38″ Thighs: 18″ Arms: 11″ BF%: No clue, but a lot less
The Paleo has been going pretty well overall. I’ve only had a few mishaps—namely, french fries. But that won’t be happening again. Why? Turns out that simple little food that you thought was just fried potatoes is no longer just fried potatoes. Most fries are now coated in combinations of wheat, dextrose, rice flour, and sugar. For realz. Which explains all of the headaches I’ve had (4) in the last 3 months. Boooooo! You know what I think of companies that fill up what should be a simple food full of crap to make it hyper-tasty and cheap? I think they’re assholes. The good news is that those 4 headaches are the ONLY symptoms I’ve had this whole time. Woot!
Drinking enough water is still a challenge for me, but it becomes clearer every day how many elements of health hinge on proper hydration. So, I’m working hard on it. The probiotic foods have totally done the magic, however, so all is good in intestinal land. I’m finding now as the weather gets colder that I’m craving a lot more fat, carbs, root and cruciferous vegetables. All your brassicas are belong to me! I also crave sweet things, by which I mean my almond butter and honey. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten my bodyweight in apples this fall, but usually only one or two a day. With some almond butter and honey or maple syrup. That’s the only sugar I have. But I’m starting to wonder if that’s too much… but I’d be really sad to not have that little bit of sweet in my life, and my god, one has got to draw the line somewhere. Right? Maybe not.
So, I’ve been thinking about doing a Whole30. If I start today, I’ll be done by Elevensies, which would be perfect. (Elevensies is the winter holiday my family celebrates. It is the celebration during the generally 11 days between the Winter Solstice and the New Year). I’m already doing everything else on the Whole30 with the exception of the odd potato, the odd carrageenan additive (hard to get almond milk without it), and honey and occasionally maple syrup. I’d like to know how I feel completely sugar-free. I’ve been reading Sarah Wilson’s blog (which I love), and it raves about the results of living sugar-(read fructose)-free. She’s also got Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis like I do, and much of her information relates to how being sugar-free has helped her symptoms. Finally, I watched this amazing video by Dr. Lustig called Sugar: The Bitter Truth. I highly recommend watching it. It will rock your world.
The only thing holding me back is that I’ve already cut out so much from my diet. I’m happy for it. There are very, very few foods that I miss, and most of those have great Paleo alternatives. I worry about getting too strict, and then I remember how I felt before I went Paleo. I will not ever go back to that, so strict is a very good thing. It’s only for a month, and it would give me some good data. So, yeah. I’m going to do it.
As for the rest, I told myself that I’d do a strict 6 month baseline before trying to add anything back in. I’m feeling really, really good right now. Energy is good, I’m sleeping great, and my mind is clearer than it’s been in years. This is the best I’ve felt since before I was diagnosed with Hashi’s 14 years ago. It’s a really big deal. Because of that, I don’t want to mess with things too much. The only food that I will consider trying to add back in right now is butter—specifically grass-fed ghee. I think that’s important. I’m not going to add in any grains, as I really don’t think I’ll respond well to them. I’m surprisingly fine without legumes—the only notable exception being chickpeas for hummus (om nom nom). I think I can let a few chickpeas slide now and then. But for now, that’s it.
So, the one month plan is to do a Whole30 and test out adding grass-feed ghee into my diet. We’ll see how it goes!