Seven weeks

I’ve only been Paleo for seven weeks and it already feels like forever.

This is not a bad thing.

After Robb posted my story on his site, I made a few new friends.  For me, that has been one of the best things to come out of my ordeal.  It has enabled me to find people who understand what I have been through because they’ve been there themselves, or have seen first-hand the kind of hell metabolic derangement wreaks on a body.  These new friends, and the entire Paleo community, have become my extended family.  My real family, of course, thinks I’m kinda crazy right now.  Ok, it might be a little true.  I do tend to be rather…exhuberant…about my success and about Paleo and health in general.  I’m beginning to sound like a textbook and I’m sure that’s more than a little annoying.  I think they’ve sort of battened down the hatches thinking this is just another one of my “obsessions” and that any day now it’ll get old.  I can’t blame them for thinking that since I do have obsessive tendencies.  But if my family thinks this is one of them then they really have no clue just how sick I was.

I confessed in an email to one of my new friends that writing that story for Robb had an unexpected benefit that I could never have predicted.  It had an unbelievably cathartic effect.  Reliving the misery and pouring out all of that emotion in print enabled me to draw a line in the sand.  My life pre-Paleo was over.  The Fat Girl who went into the fire is not the same girl who emerged from it. 

So when I say it already feels like forever, what I mean is that the Paleo lifestyle is already second nature.  I set this blog up so that others could follow a Paleo beginner as she struggled through the transition from the SAD to Paleo.  But the truth is that after the first few weeks it became just…habit.  It’s no longer a struggle.  Honestly.  I’m no longer tempted by modern foods, and on the odd occasion when I see something I used to eat all the time and I remember distinctly how good it tasted, my mind immediately recalls how sick I was.  Needless to say the memory becomes less sweet.  There is a 3 day period every 25 days when my body is screaming for chocolate, but I have found that 1oz of super dark chocolate daily dulls the desire to run out and drive to Hershey, PA to drown myself in a vat of the stuff.  I also had a bizarre hankering out of the blue this morning for chocolate ice cream and this is certainly odd since even when I ate crap I never cared much for ice cream.  I’m thinking I was just hungry.  I have a tendency to forget to eat these days, especially on Saturday mornings since that’s my food shopping day.  My first stop is always my local farmer’s market since I prefer to make as many of my purchases as possible there.  Today was a light day since it’s Thanksgiving week and I’ll be at my mother’s and so won’t be doing much cooking.  Here’s what I got today:

No matter what I buy from my local farmers I always end up with enough for two weeks anyway.  I still have a lot of grass-fed ground beef and stew beef left from last week’s purchase so this week was all pastured pork/eggs.  Bacon, sausage, bratwurst, and eggs from T&D Farms along with some carrots, mushrooms, and radishes from a vegetable vendor, and I couldn’t resist the fresh-shucked oysters from my fresh fish guy.

This was another aspect of Paleo that I wasn’t expecting – the fun.  Who knew food could make you feel so alive?  Even tonight when I was hungry and tempted to do something easy like a hamburger patty, I couldn’t get the idea of Mark Sisson’s Shrimp Cakes out of my head.  So, as hungry as I was, I went to all the time and trouble to make them and MAN! I was not sorry!  They were fab-u-lous.  Mm!  And I had fun doing it.

Paleo did not just change my life.  It gave me a whole new one.  And it just keeps getting better.  Every.  Single.  Day.

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3 responses

  1. Thanks Cheryl, how wonderful of you to share! I’m in my 4th week and agree with you on every single point there.
    This is fun, it’s a complete lifestyle change, those 3-girly-chocolate-craving days are a lot easier to manage than they used to be, and I’m feeling a host of benefits in all areas of my life.
    Have a fun, relaxed Sunday, cave sister 🙂

    November 21, 2010 at 6:27 am

  2. Val

    My memory’s so bad these days, I can’t even describe what links I followed to find your blog?
    But it’s great, I am trying to transition to paleo myself, as my inner Carb Addict screams in dismay!
    Thanks for all you’re written here; I’ve got a lot of reading to do 😉

    December 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    • Welcome, Val!

      I’m very glad you did find me however you got here! The good thing about going Paleo is your memory actually gets better. Really!

      I’m only two months Paleo myself so I know exactly how you feel. There is SO much information out there and not everybody has the time (or, let’s face it, the inclination) to do all the searching and digging that I do. I’m hoping to compile as much “beginner” Paleo information as possible to help all those people out there as they transition, or consider a transition, to Paleo nutrition.

      I’m learning as I go so please feel free to comment anywhere and offer your own suggestions and tips. I want this to be a place that makes it easy for people to live healthy. 🙂

      December 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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