Catherine Gracey

Living Life, One Misadventure At A Time.

10kg And Counting

on May 28, 2014

My partner and I are now two months into our paleo diet, and the physical changes have been dramatic. I have already lost 10kg and my partner has lost 5kg. His hair is thicker and my energy levels are higher. The rash our daughter had along her arms and legs has disappeared, and in the past week three different strangers have commented that they have never seen a happier baby.

The diet is going well, but there are definitely things that we need to be aware of and do something about. Specifically, we need to:

  • Tell people that we are eating paleo, and explain what that means. We had a party over the weekend, and our house ended up filled with food that neither of us can eat. In accordance with social rules, our friends refused to take it home with them when they left, because it had been a gift. My partner ended up taking an entire bag of junk food to the office and dumping it in the kitchen. We’re still finding items tucked away in odd places.
  • Cut out the sugar. We’ve done a lot of work to find substitutes for the foods that aren’t included in this diet, and then we’ve gone a bit mad eating them. That we’ve collectively lost 15kg is either a miracle or an indication that our previous diet was atrocious.
  • Be careful about cutting that sugar out. My body is dropping weight faster than I had expected, which is placing a much higher demand on my pelvis because the muscles need to readjust to both the weight loss and also to the birth of our daughter. There is a long list of pelvic floor problems that I would rather not deal with for the sake of dropping a few kilos faster.
  • Work out how to maintain a paleo diet away from home. There are a lot of options to eat out paleo or very close to paleo. We’re about to do a lot of travelling, and I don’t want to get caught in the trap of eating what is available rather than what is healthy.
  • Get more variety into our meals. We’re going through a lot of stuff right now, and looking up new meal ideas is additional work that neither of us is keen to do. The internet is full of delicious recipes, so this isn’t a particularly difficult step.
  • Taste some of our food cravings. I appreciate that this is essentially breaking the diet deliberately, but I am also aware that at this point our cravings are mental rather than physical. At the party we tasted a few things that we have not had for months, and neither of us enjoyed the flavour. Any longing to eat or drink those foods vanished immediately. It is so much easier to resist the temptation of something you don’t like than to resist the temptation to eat something you have nostalgic memories for.

Switching to paleo has been a significant adjustment to our lifestyle, but it was worthwhile. It has been a rewarding journey so far, and I am curious to see where it will eventually take us.

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