Saturday, November 8, 2014

Going Paleo....

This past week has been a mess, our littlest has been sick with a high fever. The oldest has had a cough and general gunk. I have had nausea and just didn't feel well, in fact either did Hubby. So the beginning of our healthy eating habits went to the wayside. We are not 100%, but we have decided to plod ahead and figure this thing out.

After researching a lot of "plans", we have decided to go Paleo. There are a lot of great resources out there on exactly what it is, but basically you eat things like meat, veggies, fruit and no grains. You want to eat as closely to what our ancestors in the Paleolithic Era ate. I might get some flak on this, but it is similar to the Atkins diet. The main difference is that you can still have your root veggies (i.e. potatoes). Basically you want to eat food in its least processed state.

I like the sound of that. Eating food as it is meant to be eaten. So I will be giving up bread, processed, sugar laden drinks/food.

Why am I doing this? I have PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome). It is a metabolic disorder that has its basis in insulin resistance. One of the best things to do for treatment is to eat a low-carb diet. Many have also had success eating a paleo diet. Having tried a strict low-carb diet in the past, I knew I could not maintain it long term. I am looking for something long term that I will enjoy and not feel too deprived.

What my mom taught me:
Basically my mom lives this kind of paleo diet without realizing it. She avoids bread and grains, but will still indulge in the occasional baked potato. She has been able to maintain a healthy weight and it has helped her with her own health issue (diverticulitis).

I also like what this kind of eating plan can do for the girls. I have a friend who switched to this way of eating and a lot of the behavioral issues her little girl was having was drastically reduced. My girls are healthy eaters overall, but they have gotten the bad habit of stealing our soda a little too often.

This weekend I am doing a menu plan and grocery shopping so that we can start this plan on Monday. Once I get the menu plan done I will be posting it to this blog's face-book page. I would love it if you had any advice or recipes that you share them.

Let's do this!