Hey! I'm almost 53, been eating Paleo/Ancestral/Primal for nearly two years now (I've eliminated 60 pounds of fat), and have never regretted dumping the gluten.
I know it seems a little daunting at first because it is hard to image living without 'a Pizza or hamburger or a yeast roll ever again'... and thinking like that is what makes it harder. It is possible to come close to the tastes these things provide without eating gluten products... it just takes a readjustment in how you think about food (you have to cook differently and think outside the box).
We have done this as a family, and when we were trying to find replacements for things like bread, pizza, cakes, cookies we were eternally disappointed... because nothing really tastes the same as a gluten product. As soon as we looked at it as a new food adventure, we discovered a joy in food we never had before because we no longer struggled with cravings, or an out of control appetite. For me feeling well for the first time in my life continues to be a HUGE motivator. I also have a young daughter who I want to see grow up and have a life of her own... that wasn't going to happen if I continued down the path I was on.
Perhaps seeing all of the positives and really understanding the concept of Ancestral eating would be first step:
I have been told by my Dr to eliminate all gluten from my diet. The paleo diet seems to be what I need to do. I have to lose 80 lbs and I am close to being diabetic. However I am discouraged thinking that I cannot live without a Pizza or hamburger or a yeast roll ever again...
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