Today I am looking at day 6...or maybe 7? Heck, it could even be day 8, of my PALEO diet. According to my doctor, to help with having PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) I have to take on new extreme eating habits as my body is having issues with insulin, hormones and an overdose of other bad-yucky stuff that is keeping me from feeling good. In case you haven't read any article shared on Facebook in the last 5 years, apparently pesticides, preservatives and GMO's are really bad for you! Who would have thought? Apparently a lot of people, actually, but that's not the point [insert smug look+eye roll].
Let me start by saying that I am overweight. Like...a LOT overweight. Like...I-weigh-as-much-as-two-women-who-are-at-my-ideal-body-weight-for-my-height overweight.
Do I feel overweight? Yes. Do I feel THAT overweight? No. To be honest, I feel like, on the scale of overweight women, I look pretty damn good and I suffer from very few 'big girl' limitations. My body, however, disagrees with my overweightedness (<------is this even a word?) and is rebelling against me. Chubby cuteness aside, it's time for change, and in case no one ever told you; Change is hard! (More on the subject of overweight girls from the view of an overweight girl to come)
Rather than spell out my every amazing meal [insert above-mentioned eye roll] I'll tell you what I've struggled with so far, and what I've marveled in as well.
No. Starch. Ever.
Yes, I said it. No potatoes, no bread, no rice, no ANYTHING starchy... Did I mention no potatoes?
No Refined Sugars
Like sugar in your coffee? No-can-do's-ville baby!
Like eating spoonfulls of icing or peanut butter or (GASP!) sugar? Not today!
For me, those are the two hardest parts of this new diet. I know we've all gone our round with the Adkins diet over the years, but let me tell you now, there is no comparison. Paleo is like the mega scary, take-away-everything-you-like version of Adkins with a side of no-you-can't-have-that.
I was immediately intimidated and wanted to quit before I started. I felt like I couldn't even have things I had been trained in the past to eat as 'healthy' food. No brown rice, no low-fat mozzarella, no skim milk. It was hard enough settling for those things! Now to take them away too? Not fair, Paleo!
I can have dark chocolate. Let me repeat that I CAN HAVE DARK CHOCOLATE!!!!
I don't have to give up coffee. Sure, it's not the best thing for me, but so far, it's what's keeping me sane. Add a little honey (all nat-you-ral) and some almond milk and PRESTO! a good morning is made. Do I still want it oozing with real sugar and some cream? Absolutely! But this new, healthier-ish version will have to do.
I can eat fruit. I mean tons and tons of fruit. My previous diets really limited me on the amount of fruits I can have because of how high in natural sugars they are. Not Paleo, thank you Jesus! I can have a banana for breakfast, apples with lunch and oranges with dinner if I want and it's completely okay.
What I have learned so far in this diet is that I have even less willpower than I thought I had. When my body is telling me it needs sugar, and I find some; Lord help the person that stands in my way of the melted candy I found stuck to the inside pocket of my purse. That was probably a bit of an over-share but we're all friends here, right?
I have also learned that I mess it up allot. Sometimes, I am just not strong enough to say no to something I want so bad. Or I find a way to reason it out or justify it. BUT; Each day I make good choices, too. Paleo-good choices at that!
Rather than wallow in my failures, I've decided to set a goal. Tomorrow, I will make it thru the entire day on a Paleo diet. It isn't the first one I've completed in my short journey, but it is a day I'm determining to be a success.
Are you trying Paleo? Is anyone else out there feeling my struggle?? I would love to hear
For more information on the PCOS struggle, follow this link.