Paleo Challenge Day 2

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yesterday, somehow, I managed to eat under 1550 calories. I was pretty miserable all day, and was prowling around for food, looking up calories, debating on whether I should eat this or that, pondering what would make me feel fuller - almond butter on an apple or a banana? - but then the afternoon got really busy and I kind of forgot how hungry I was. My BF had to work late, so I ended up cooking various paleo meals until midnight. I am glad I did it, though, because now we can have ready-made meals in the evenings for a while, instead of spending 2 hours cooking and cleaning up every night.

Since it's only Day 2, I can't really identify any positive changes from eating paleo. My small intestines, which were severely damaged from the undiagnosed celiac sprue, have not returned to full functionality. I doubt they will, after 10 years of a GF diet. So the heavy focus on meats and vegetables of the paleo diet is an experiment for me; After I stopped taking BCPs, my ability to digest vegetable fiber virtually disappeared, and eating even so much as a raw baby carrot would send me into the bathroom with severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Although it did improve after a few months, I never regained the ability to handle hard-to-digest vegetables or meats. Since 2011, my diet has basically consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on GF bread, cookies, Kind Bars, white rice, chicken, and limited vegetables such as potatoes, green beans, or zucchini, up until now.

The past week, eating *mostly* paleo to prepare for the 60-day challenge, I felt like my system was handling it pretty well. Today, though - ugh! I'm spending a LOT of time in the bathroom. I'm not sure what may have been the trigger, but I hope this doesn't last long. I really want to believe that I can overcome these physical setbacks and reset my digestive tract to handle high-fiber vegetables, raw vegetables, and high-protein meats, but today is not giving me a lot of confidence.

Depending on how the rest of this week and next week goes, I may have to drop out of the challenge :(
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