How the Paleo Diet Changed My Life

Last time I really posted, I talked a little bit about struggling with eating meat again, and my doctor recommending that I try a primal/paleo diet.  That was in July, almost 4 months ago.

I’m happy to report that I had the best summer in as long as I can remember.  Here are a few positive changes since I begrudgingly started eating meat again:

- I’ve lost about 20lbs since that post in July.  I’m now within my ideal weight range.  The best part is, it has been virtually effortless.  I can’t tell you how many things I’ve tried over the last 6 or 7 years that promised the weight would “just melt off,” and I was left despising food, hating myself, and feeling like a failure.  It feels good to eat whatever I want and lose weight.

- I have never enjoyed food as much as I do now.  I enforce a strict policy of never feeling guilty about anything I eat, and that has changed my entire perspective on food.  Food is not an enemy, it’s not my nemesis, it’s delicious and amazing and I’m going to enjoy every bite.  Food makes me happy.

- I have more energy in one day than the last several years put together.  Not only do I not need my daily 4 hour afternoon nap anymore, I virtually can’t nap even when I try.

- I’m happy and I feel healthy.  Most of my hypothyroidism symptoms are gone.  No more depression and mood swings (mostly).

- Last but not least, jeggings.  6 months ago, this word made me cringe and unleash a barrage of mockery.  Truth is, I was too self-conscious to wear tight clothes, and now I live in them because they’re the most comfortable pants in the world.  Where have you been all my life?

I recommend this to everyone, especially if you have been struggling with chronic health and mental health issues.  Give the 21-day challenge a try.

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