So, as many of you know, after battling some severe stomach issues and joint pain and having very little answers as to why, my sister in law Jenny sent me this link. It was Danielle Alexander's story of her health transformation. I had already been eating very healthy, but up until this point, I
allowed myself to eat some grains (rice, quinoa, & oats), peanuts, and beans. Even though I was eating super healthy, something was still off. Her story wasn't exactly the same, but it was eerily similar. For the first time in months, I actually had some hope that this wouldn't go on forever. However, as I did research on the paleo diet she recommended, I was overwhelmed to say the least. I didn't know how I could ever eat with such restrictions. We went to Barnes and Noble and got her cookbook and it was amazing! It even had desserts....not weird paleo desserts, but normal things like chocolate chip cookies, cakes, etc... It also had a ton of basic info that made the diet so much easier to start.
I began the Paleo diet with the help of some sweet friends and my wonderful husband who had to help me because I was unable to cook. Within about a month, I was feeling better. I went to the Mayo Clinic and found out that one of the things I had was a very severe case of Crohn's. We're still not sure why my bones kept dislocating though. A little while later, I was able to get out of my wheelchair for short periods and began physical therapy! I got stronger and stronger and was no longer getting sick every 10-15 minutes, but more like 1-2 times a day. I also gained 25 pounds back and was back up to 110, so I looked much healthier as well! My skeptical side didn't know if this was just a coincidence (the normal ups and downs of autoimmune flares) or if it was really due to the dietary changes. So, I began to allow myself some "cheats." We're not talking big cheats...just a little wheat and sugar here and there. I was still eating super healthy compared to most people. It wasn't long until I started to hurt again and was having trouble walking. I got back on the diet and had a lot of friends praying and am now feeling a lot better. I am still dealing with some stomach problems, so I'm kicking myself for cheating, but I'm also trying to give myself grace because it's a tough diet to follow. I will try to keep you all posted as to whether it continues to help me.
As I told my friend, it's a very hard diet to be on, so even though it's great for anyone, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it unless you were having health problems or thought you could make a lifestyle change. I do not believe in "diets," because 90-95% of people who come off of them gain all weight back and usually even more. This isn't about weight, it's about feeding your body what it needs to restore your health. I know a lot of people that are on it for weight loss reasons and have seen amazing results, but I am nowhere near determined enough to stick to it for weight loss reasons. ha! Pain and the inability to walk or move your arms is a good motivator though. : ) I am getting a lot better at eating this way. The Against all grains cookbook helped me a ton! I can even have cookies now!...just cookies made with almond flour and coconut flour.
With that said, here are my tips for GOING PALEO:
cashews or almonds with raisins, veggies with paleo ranch, turkey bacon (I make a bunch up and grab a piece when I'm having a salty craving), and sweet potato chips (that I lay out on a cookie sheet, spray with olive oils, sprinkle with a little sea salt and bake a little longer so they taste much yummier- I do the whole batch and then put them back in the bag, so I don't have to do that every time.
I like this alfredo sauce : ) I can see this being a creamy base for all sorts of soups if you omitted some of the garlic, so I am looking forward to playing with it!
Here are some more recipes I have tweaked:
Please ignore the spelling error marks. I just took pictures of my word documents with my snipping tool and apparently Microsoft word isn't up on paleo : )
One thing that helps me, is reminding myself that I am so blessed to be able to find and afford foods that don't make me sick. This is a luxury that a lot of people don't have. So instead of living in the world of, "I can't have this or that...woe is me." I can live in an attitude of gratefulness, to have food at all, much less wonderful and delicious fruits, meats, and vegetables! We are so blessed and I pray that I'll always have a heart that reflects how grateful I am.
Some verses about food:
*As always please do research on this for yourself. I did a TON before beginning this and would never recommend starting something without doing that.