So, if you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you’ve heard about my Paleo obsession. I started in May for health reasons (PCOS, blood sugar issues, all sorts of gross stuff I don’t want to discuss here) and didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard a lot of people say good things about it and figured it was worth a shot, since I was traveling a lot less with my new job and had more control over my life.
So, it began.
This was from April of this year, at my heaviest. No, there really aren’t very many pictures of me at this stage. That was not an accident.
Then, a month in, I broke my foot. I went home to North Carolina for a few weeks to recover, and people started noticing that I looked better. This, of course, motivated me, and despite my inability to do anything that resembled exercise for the entire summer, I kept eating (mostly) Paleo. I mean, as much as you can when you can’t grocery shop and are staying with family that is totally not interested in your insane new food choices.
I’m now a little over 3 months in. I had no idea how much weight I’d lost, but it didn’t much matter to me, because I was way more interested in wearing old clothes. This weekend, however, I managed to button a size 8 pair of jeans for the first time since college, so I got brave and bought a scale.
I’m down 37 lbs. Not bad.
The thing is, you can do a lot of things to lose weight, but this was more than that. My energy immediately improved. My blood sugars leveled out. My skin cleared up. My PCOS symptoms all but vanished. Basically, within 2 weeks, I already felt better than I knew I could feel.
I have had the cast off for a couple weeks now, so as soon as I get back to 100% I’ll be joining Crossfit and kicking it up a notch.
For those of you not familiar with Paleo, here’s a basic list that sort of sums up the premise of the diet:
- Grass-produced meats
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Refined vegetable oils
Here’s a much more extensive list, but the gist of it is that if you can’t pull it out of the ground or shoot it and eat it, then you probably can’t have it. No sugars, processed food, dairy, or grains/gluten.
It sounds overwhelming. It sucked for like 10 days. I ate nuts by the handful, hoping that they would cure my junk food craving. Then, I just didn’t want it anymore. It got easier. I became a lot more aware of how bad food made me feel. Amazing how that works, huh?
And let’s be real, any diet that involves as much bacon as you want can’t be all that bad.
So, I’m sold. I’ve still got a couple sizes to go, but I’m well on my way to where I want to be, and more importantly, I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. I’m not interested in being a foodblogger, but I will occasionally be posting some of my favorite recipes as I try them out.
For example, these lamb sliders with homemade tzakziki sauce I had for dinner tonight. ZOMG you guys.
I got the recipes from Stupid Easy Paleo. And yeah, it’s stupid easy.
- 1 lb. of ground lamb (or half beef, half lamb)
- 1/2 an onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tablespoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
(Note: I threw in a little cayenne because I put it in everything and cut back on the onions because I hate them. Also, I used fresh dill. The result was delightful.)
- Mix the ingredients gently in a large bowl until well combined. Overworking the meat will cause it to be tough.
- Shape the meat into burgers however large you’d like. I made 8 small sliders. Don’t pack the meat in too tightly or the burger will be dense.
- Grill or fry in a pan over medium-high heat until cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. If preparing in a pan, I like to quickly sear both sides then throw the burgers in a 350F oven for ~10 minutes to finish cooking through.
- Serve with Tzatziki for dipping!
(Note: I wrapped them in lettuce because it feels wrong not eating burgers with your hands. So, be creative.)
For the Tzakziki sauce, I sort of made it up.
I threw an avocado into the blender with some extra virgin olive oil. I added half a cucumber (chopped), some lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Voilá!
So there’s the update. Feel free to ask me questions. I’m far from a guru, but I do cook a lot and have picked up some pointers along the way.