Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Making the Switch for good: Paleo Lifestyle!

I loved how great I felt doing Whole30.  Had a few vacations/camps this summer and went back to crazy eating for a while.  Nobody's perfect right!? :) But, you know what? I felt like crap...literally sick! I knew I was having an issue with wheat/gluten and dairy, so I tried not to over do it.  But, seriously after going back to sugar for a couple weeks it was hard not to stop and ICECREAM is one of my favorite things.  After eating icecream several different times during those weeks I felt sick everytime & my face would break out bad.  I do have Hypoglycemia/ Insulin resistance and eating grains even if it's gluten free does not make me feel well.  I learned how well I COULD feel while doing Whole30 and totally eliminating grains.  Trying to add them back in has been a nightmare and I have realized it's just not worth it anymore.  I can tolerate brown rice a little bit and gluten free steel cut oats in small portions, but sticking to lots of veggies, some fruit and sweet potato as my main starchy carb makes me feel so much better!

I recently had some major lab tests done {which is quite depressing} but at least I know I haven't been crazy the last couple years and that I knew I really didn't feel well.  I have had regular labs done a few times that said everything was fine.  But, I knew everything was not fine. I decided to see a different doctor to try and figure things out.

She confirmed to me that I do have Hypoglycemia and Insulin Resistance.  I know I have had that for years, so it was nice to have it truly confirmed though. I do have diabetes on both sides biologically and if I don't continue to control it it can lead to diabetes. I have learned to manage it a little bit with clean eating, but I learned to really manage it better with Paleo/Whole30 eating.  Recommended by the Doctor that is what I should do and I can't EVER skip meals, I have to eat every 2 hours and have to always pair a carb with a protein.  I already knew all that as well, but good to know I've been going in the right direction with it.  I also learned that I have a low thyroid, low progesterone, I have enough testosterone but my body doesn't use it efficiently, low vitamin d, low magnesium, my hormone ratios are flipped completely (kind of like PCOS but different), my immune globuline is VERY low which means something is going on in my gut and my immune system could be affected.  I may have a Dairy allergy and Celiac which could be the cause of the low immune globulin I'm guessing.  I have to have a food allergy testing panel done next to confirm all of that.  I now have to see a specialist, an Immunologist to figure things out.  Crazy!! I'm glad to finally know what's going on so I can fix it.

I have decided to make the switch to full time Paleo/primal/Whole30 kind of eating.  This is what will be the best way of eating for me and my health issues.  I believe that food is medicine! I still have to take different vitamins and supplements to help fix my issues and get my hormones balanced and to help control the insulin.  But, I do believe that the way you eat can fix a lot of problems that most people have with their health.  I'm determined to get fully healthy and feel my best!  I already feel better and my skin has begun to get clearer! If you have problems with your health the first place you should start is WITH FOOD!! This plan will not be best for everybody.  I do feel the healthy whole grains are great, I love them and they are healthy carbs.  But, my body does not do well on them. I may have gluten free grains here and there as long as my body will tolerate it. I'm not saying I will be a perfect Paleo/Primal eater. This is a lifestyle, I won't always eat "on plan" or perfectly, but it's about finding the right balance that works for me. Everybody needs to find what exactly works for them! Please let me know if you need help or have questions!

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