Gluten free for 3 days now, and my fingers no longer hurt. Also, I could walk DOWN the stairs without having to move sideways, and "baby step" down. Yay!
But food....food is driving me CRAZY right now in my brain. I like the Paleo lifestyle because it lines up with a lot of what I believe in as far as eating goes:
lean organic meats
~REAL butter (from grass-fed cows)
~coconut oil in lieu of other types
~TONS of gluten free recipes out there that I've discovered, most recently freezer-friendly waffles made with apples, banana, almond butter, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, eggs, and vanilla. YUM! easy and pain free!
~The baked goods using almond or coconut flour and sugar alternatives like honey or dates have been DELICIOUS and guilt-free
~nuts and nut butters! YUM
I DO choose to modify and eat limited dairy (greek yogurt, and I am NOT giving up cheese, cottage cheese or sour cream) and sometimes peanut butter (a legume so technically not part of the paleo plan).
The problem comes I think from having tons of info pumped into my brain over the past 5 years. And following different plans: The 17 Day Diet follows a lot of the Paleo ideas, but no nuts, no fruits after 2 pm, and limited list of fruits and vegetables (no bananas! Wahhhh!) for the first 17 days, then you can add a few more in the next "phase." Now, the 17 Day plan does work for me. I can lose weight, but I'm miserable with those limitations. Is it worth it to try again to get to my goal? Or do I just keep going the Paleo route, lose slower, maybe not even getting back to goal, but HAPPY and feeling good in the meantime?
Bah. In my head, I'm going: That banana I had for breakfast? BAD! It's like when you read articles saying "x" food is good for you, then another says no, then another says something else conflicting with both....I NEED SIMPLICITY! lol. Maybe that's why the 17 Day works for me: Here's your list of what you can eat, STICK TO IT. I dunno. I'm just rambling now. But it's messed up that I feel even 1% like I'm off course for today because I started my day with a banana. My body is just so fickle, and I DID do something drastic to get to goal back in 2011. Just hoping that isn't what is needed to get back where I want to be.