Practical Paleo

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

After finishing Bob's Jumpstart to Skinny, I was feeling really good. Then I got off track. I find that worked really well with this program was prepping things ahead of time.

Life got in the way, as it does. My grandmother (at 97) passed away after experiencing a sharp decline in health, and I spent a lot of time helping care for her and my parents and preparing for the funeral. I didn't go fully "off the rails" but there was a lot unplanned in general at that time, which affected my meals. Plus, grief and carbs are old friends to me and I fell back on some bad habits.

After my grandmother's passing, I blew my back out. If you have ever read my blog, you know that this is a long-term issue I struggle with. A car accident in my teens causes me to herniate my disk easily. My hope is that through diet and exercise I can do preventative care to avoid injuries like this in the future.

I haven't been able to start exercising yet. I have been doing physical therapy and sticking to a fairly clean diet. I am not gaining weight, which at this point is a success for me. What I really took from Bob's diet in addition to prepping meals in advance was the reduction in grains. I have decided to implement a more reductionist/ancestral diet.

I read Robb Wolf's the Paleo Solution and recently bought Practical Paleo. Now, there are a few things I will not do as part of this lifestyle - (I just can't bring myself to eat roasted marrow, or Baconnaise), but the basic idea of the Blood Sugar plan in her book is very similar to other PCOS/Insulin Resistance programs I have read and participated in.

I know many people really believe that grains are okay for everybody. Let me be clear - I am sure that there are lots of people who digest grains well. People who have PCOS are highly, highly sensitive to carbs, and when I eat grains - yes, even "good" grains, it sets off a carb reaction in me, giving me brain fog, making me feel sluggish, and increasing my desire for sugar and more carbs, followed by a crash later. Complex carbs cause my heart rate to accelerate, and make me feel shaky and emotional. When I don't eat sugars, grains, etc. I feel like a totally different person. In addition, my plantar fasciitis which I have been dealing with for over a year is almost completely healed.

While my choice in carbs have changed, I have been looking to other sources for fiber. I have been eating lots of Kale, mustard greens, avocado, cabbage, apples, etc. I eat a lot more veggies than I ever have, and it feels great. Now when I eat grains, legumes, or processed food, I feel the effects almost immediately.

I have not only been tracking what I eat, but also tracking my level of inflammation daily. I plan on sticking to paleo at least through the end of the year.
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    I hadn't even thought about tracking my level of inflammation, but I will now! I've been trying to eat foods that are known to reduce inflammation (for fibromyalgia), but for some reason, never even thought about tracking the success. Thanks for the great idea!
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