'I live in a World of Fantasy, So keep your reality away from me,
I see what I want to see, and that is all okay with me’ -Itzah c Kret
I came across this quote on the amazing and miraculous thing that is the Web and I have to say that it reminded me of most people today. It reminded me of myself a year or so ago. During this time, I was morbidly obese and I knew that something had to change with my life. I did not eat a lot and that is the truth, my kids ate more than me. But I ate all of the wrong things and my biggest downfall, is eating when I am bored. If I was alone in the house (and this was often) I was mindlessly eat, even if I wasn’t hungry. I would pick on snacky foods and as so many other people will understand, I spiralled into a malicious web of misery and eating. Eating because I was miserable and miserable because I was fat!
I first attempted to rectify my life by dieting, I counted calories and managed to lose quite a bit of weight, but eating 1200 calories a day literally drew my metabolism to a halt and my weightloss regime to boot! So I tried a Primal diet, very similar to Paleo. I read as much information as I could on the subject, most from the King of Paleo himself, Mark Sisson. I am not sure how to insert links yet but if you are interested, go visit his page. Google Mark’s Daily Apple, it is a very interesting and awesome read!
To cut a long story short, I gave up after 6 weeks. It was so hard to me, my vice is baked goods. I was a queen baker, always making homemade breads, cakes and scones and to be honest I missed them like crazy! It was that vice and that vice alone that made me stop and because I had managed to put on 3lbs during that time. I must admit gaining weight upset me as I had read so may success stories that literally prove how much people lose on this amazing eating plan. So I ate grains again and continued on the same low fat diet that I was on before and I became very ill. My tummy was just wrong (I wont go into too much detail but it wasn’t nice!) that was when I discovered that I was gluten intolerant! So I have a lot to be thankful for Mark and his Primal lifestyle. It still always appealed to me and I had total faith in it but to be perfectly honest, I thought I was too weak minded to follow it through and so I joined Weightwatchers.
To date I am still a member of Weightwatchers, at first I followed their propoint plan but I only lost 3lbs in 3 months. Please don’t get me wrong, I have seen so many people lose tonnes on this diet, I am just a very slow loser and I think it is amazing. I still have loads of friends who follow this plan and if it is right for you, keep going! (thumbs up)
But I had a nagging feeling, I wasn’t satisfied that I gave paleo/primal a decent go and I think I went over mad on bacon and butter. Things I had totally restricted before. I read up more on it, I continued to follow Michelle Tam of Nomnom paleo (I love her! Please check her out.) and became more and more inspired to give it another go, but this time, to get the rest of the family in on it too! With less antipaleo foods in the house, how could I fail? In my heart I know this plan makes sense and I really cannot see anything but good in eating fresh fruit, vegetables, good fats, nuts and meats. Whilst cutting out processed foods altogether, especially as many people eat nothing but processed foods. Some children cannot even recognise everyday vegetables, which is a shocker and I remember as a child, we lived off processed foods, the only vegetables I ate were from a can and I didn’t want that for my kids!
So back to my quote, so many people live in a World where they are oblivious to what is in their foods, either by choice or by ignorance and I for one want to live in the real world. I want to know exactly what is in my foods and effectively what enters my body and so I am 100% paleo again. This is my blog, I plan to post what I have eaten, to share with you guys my eats and feelings throughout my journey. I don’t know how many people will read this, or care or what, but it is my way of saying, 'HEY! I am here and this is what I am doing for me and it is wonderful.'
The first day of eating Paleo was pretty exciting, I wasn’t hungry at Breakfast time and so at Lunchtime I made an Omelette. It had onions, asparagus, peppers and bacon. I served this on a bed of lettuce with mushrooms and cooked tomato halves. For Dinner I had Tilapia fillets, Asparagus, sweet potato, butternut squash and broccoli. It was my first time eating Tilapia and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Day two of Paleo, I had berries and walnuts for Breakfast, Roasted Loin of Pork, with roasted apples, carrots, broccoli and sweet potatoes. I was a little hungry before bed so I ate a banana, some raspberries and some walnuts.
Day three, today I wasn’t hungry at Breakfast so I skipped it. When it comes to Paleo, they encourage you to listen to your body, if you are not hungry, then simply eat when you are. For Lunch I has broccoli, carrots and cauliflower mix, roast chicken and a homemade ratatouille made with vegetables (peppers, onions, courgettes/zuchinis, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice and oregano) It was delicious and filled a spot. I followed it with a Golden Delicious apple.
Excuse the photo, it was taken on a phone.
I wasn’t hungry for ages after that lot and so when it came to dinner time, the kids were hungry and so I made their tea. The kids had the left over chicken, but I had Lamb’s liver (not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it! It is really good for you, honest.) We had the left over vegetables and ratatouille and I boiled up some celeriac and added a slice of bacon to finish the dish. I even made the kids try some lovely liver, I am good like that. :)
I snarfed the liver down and had seconds! It was so gorgeous, seriously guys you should try it. This offal is far from awful (groans) trust me.
I hope you enjoyed my blog so far and I hope I didn’t talk too long for you. I promised the next posts will be a lot shorter, goodbye for now. :D