January is finally up! Actually it’s been up for about 9 days now, but let’s not talk about that, hmm?
That officially means that my Paleo diet experiment was completed 9 days ago.
If you’re like me though, you want the nitty-gritty, the down and dirty, the unvarnished truth. Did it work? Was it hard? Do you have any measurable results?
Overall? Yes, I would say it worked- really well. Was it hard? Yes- I missed bread, pasta and sugar more than I thought, but those cravings seemed to diminish as the weeks went on. After a few weeks, a piece of fruit, some berries with frozen coconut milk, or some cocoa-covered almonds were as satisfying as a piece of cake or ice cream. Yes, occasionally I really craved a doughnut or candy bar- but it seemed linked to my stress levels more than my hunger. I guess I use food to deal with stress more than I thought I did.
Officially, I’ve lost 7.5 pounds in January. I did fall off the wagon the beginning of February and gained a few pounds back- but I’m now working that off again.
2.75″ in my waist
2.25″ in my chest
1.75″ in my hips
1″ in my thighs
and .5″ in my arms
On the less tangible side of things, I seem to be happier and feel less stressed. My blood pressure is now in the normal range- it had been in the pre-hypertension range ever since I had Li. I also am not as tired during the day- especially during that lag after lunch. While I haven’t gotten to the point of wanting to work out- I definitely seem to enjoy exercising more once I’ve started. Also a bonus- Brisket and I haven’t really fought over the last month (except in the beginning about how there was nothing for me to eat!).
The verdict? Brisket and I are going to continue on with a modified version of the diet. We’ll be adding some dairy back in since it doesn’t seem to bother our systems but will continue to reduce/eliminate the grains and processed sugars. I do miss my cookies and cakes- but we’re fine enjoying the occasional plate of pasta. We both want to “lean out”, and it’s working for us.