I was vegetarian for years, it really wrecked my health. I became pregnant with my 4th while vegan and craved meat, my midwife urged me to start and lemme tell you... once I started there was NO going back LOLOL!!!
During that time I lost a little weight but had packed on so much with a vegetarian diet that after having her, my Dr put me on Atkins. Worked AWESOME! I held that for along time but graduate school and single parenting put an end to that...
I like Primal, I have just started this, it works better for me this round then atkins ... well, honestly atkins would have probably worked fine but with my schedule and life this is a bit more adaptable.
Congratulations on living with an open mind! I think that alone will keep you healthy and the rest will follow.
Going Primal for me was more about getting the "junk" out of my food and eating clean. I had to take on my "on a mission" mentality to find sources for clean meats and veggies. While I have my own garden, it only lasts a few months. But the small farmers are out there. I try to buy local first, then my local health food stores and then the internet. Actually, your health food store owners can provide a wonderful list of suppliers to buy from. Once you get your network established, it is easier.
I am interested to see how this experiment plays out.... made almond-flax crackers and chicken kelaguin (a local recipe) for dinner tonight - we are both stuffed and happy and surprised to see we felt full while still having enough left over to save for tomorrow!
Good to hear, NJORDGAL! I have to admit, it was kind of hard to "admit" I was doing a paleo style. A lot of my friends have known that I've been vegetarian for so long, and my reasons for not wanting to eat meats... so they were shocked and some are giving me loving mockery *lol*
But, if this will help my husband feel better, eat better, and maybe even start exercising, I'd say it's worth looking at! At least some version of it :) For the first time in years, he was excited to make dinner last night and experiment with recipes. He was so giddy about his shopping list, and what he was going to try! I hope his enthusiasm keeps up!
Kashii, I had a similar experience bring me to paleo - I was shifting to the Eat to Live plan (short description: essentially gluten free vegan - no more than 12 oz of animal products per week), and my husband and I realized that it would cause too much stress in the family dynamic - neither he nor our teenaged son were at all interested in trying it.
After some research, we all agreed that paleo was something we could do for family dinners (we rarely eat lunch or breakfast together, so it's easy to go our own ways for those meals).
So here I am, willing to learn!
Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare -- Japanese Proverb
I have been happy doing a variety of diet lifestyles, and have actually been vegetarian for almost 2 years. Oh how things will change...
My husband has NEVER followed any healthy eating plan, and pretty much was living on sugared coffee and pastries, despite my attempts to encourage him to do differently. But!! For the new year, he finally admitted he was feeling lousy and wanted a change!
He felt the Paleo diet was something he'd be willing to try.
So, my beans have been bumped by beef; I have shelved my fruits for fats. *lol*
Looking forward to learning more about the exercise side, healthy meals, and meeting new people! And, every the curious one, anxious to see how I end up feeling on this plan as well! I know any healthy eating will be made better by having my parter with me, since he so often was instead a source of dessert temptations.
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