I have decided to go back to my Paleo lifestyle.
If you aren’t familiar with the Paleo lifestyle, its a diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, with a little bit of meat. To learn more check out this website https://ultimatepaleoguide.com/paleo101/
In August 2017, I attempted to go pescatarian. Read about that here
In February 2015 I went Paleo eliminating processed foods, peanuts, soy and dairy from my diet. I stopped following the Paleo lifestyle and began adding foods back into my diet in Fall 2016.
Over the last year of eating whatever I want to, I have noticed that my body doesn’t appreciate me just feeding it anything. I have had acne my entire life and when I started Paleo my skin cleared up drastically. When I started adding certain foods back to my diet, my skin immediately broke out again. Thank you bread.
My stomach is not at all happy with some of the foods I have added back to my diet either. I have had acid reflux frequently in the last few months and difficulty having bowel movements. I also feel more bloated and I started back gaining weight. As much as I love certain foods I now know that some food just isn’t healthy for me. I have cleaned out my pantry and Frigidaire of all of the junk. I eliminated bread from my diet about a week ago (I can feel the difference already). On my last grocery trip I only purchased fruits and vegetables.
I am not going back full Paleo though. It is too strict for me, and I have found that some food doesn’t affect me at all, such as peanut butter and rice. I also love grabbing a bowl of warm granola cereal for breakfast, and I love sushi.
I won’t be adding back bread and dairy. I can’t find a bread that sits well with me. I have tried different types, including the thin slices, wheat, rye, etc. When I eat bread I always feel to full and my stomach is irritated.
I am calling this a lifestyle change, because I will pay close attention to the foods I consume and how they affect my lifestyle. While Paleo I was able to reduce my run time from a 9 minute mile to an eight minute mile. I had energy for days and craved the outdoors. I haven’t been feeling energetic at all this last year and my run time is slowing down.
I am not sure if all of these changes are due to the foods I eat, but I do feel better when I eat better.