Many of my friends and people I talk to ask me why I choose Paleo. My standard answer is for my health; how good I feel when I am not putting grains and processed foods into my body. There are other benefits, and Paleo is hard work to stick to some times, but it’s nights like last night that I am reminded the effort outweighs the consequences.
What I’m going to share is the personal side of what many people with a condition for example like a gluten intolerance would call a ‘symptom’. A symptom in medical terms may be described as ‘A sign or an indication of disorder or disease, especially when experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance.’
Last night, and for the last two days, I have experienced bloating as a result of eating grain foods. Foods that I used to enjoy and was tempted by and succumb too. I was naughty! And I paid the price. On top of the bloating I became very nauseous. Now, I don’t feel sick very often, in fact I struggle to think of the last time I was. When the kids are sick it doesn’t bother me, the sight of blood fine, I didn’t suffer morning sickness, and having children and animals I’ve cleaned up some nasty things. My point is that I don’t feel sick often, but when I do, I know its not good.
So tonight, for the first time in about 8 years, I was physically sick. I’ve been eating Paleo for about 6 months and my body has been balanced. The years prior to this I was eating little grains/gluten. Then, two days ago, I ate something I shouldn’t and my body reacted. It can take minutes for symptoms to start and days for them to subside.
This is not me jumping on the bandwagon of a fad diet (never been one to do that), and thats why I try not to call it the Paleo ‘diet’. Its a way of life. Its a choice I make to live the best I can, knowing what I put into my body and that it wont leave me sick or in pain.
Now, my friends who know me well, know that I don’t show images of my stomach anymore. Kids left me with ‘tiger lines’ and so I never feel confident to bare it. But, I wanted to be honest and show you why I choose to eat this way and what happens to me (and hundreds of thousands of others) if I am naughty and eat something I shouldn’t. The images below show me bloated to about the same size I was when I was 5 months pregnant with my second child.
(Eek! Now, I have been going to the gym & eating healthy, this belly you see isn’t normal.)
These aren’t great shots, but this is what sufferers have to endure. I look at these and think “its just not worth it!”.
The other benefits for eating Paleo for me as I mentioned…well, yes there is some weight loss, this is mostly due to your body burning the fat you have stored. Also, my skin is clearer, less spotty and smoother. I don’t suffer from the spikes in my blood sugar, that feeling around 3pm of being fatigued/flat or short bursts of energy that aren’t sustained. My head also feels clearer; its documented that grains can attribute to loss of concentration and even depression.
I read the other day that most of society don’t even realise how their bodies should feel. They know no better than the bad habits of decades and therefore don’t give their bodies a chance to show its full potential, how great it can feel! Last night I didn’t feel great, but I will be doing everything I can not to feel like that again.