Why I am Trying out a Paleo Based Diet and Listening to My Body

Hello My Wonderful Followers…

I am so sorry that I am slacking on blogging. But let me tell ya, I am committing all my time to the job hunt right now, because it has been almost a month since I graduated college and I am still #unemployed. With that being said, if anyone reading this wants to help me in my job hunt, or knows somebody that knows somebody, please reach out to me. I will give you guys a quick run down of myself, and then you can evaluate whether or not you know someone, or have connections somewhere:

I just graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Public Health from The University of Arizona in Tucson, and am now currently living at home with my parents in Scottsdale, Arizona. I may be in Arizona, but I am willing to relocate anywhere (even abroad…but that means I need to get my passport renewed). As you probably know from my blog, I have a passion for health and wellness! My goal is to get into corporate wellness, and wellness programming. So essentially what I want to do is design wellness programs for employees at big (or small) companies. However at this point I would be willing to do any kind of wellness programming. I have a lot of different experiences, and if you want to know more about me, please shoot me an email, or comment below on this saying you want to help me.

And that is it for my desperate cry for help.

Now into what this post is actually about…..

Lately I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos (because I am a blob, and in my spare time I like to see what other people are doing). I somehow stumbled upon a channel called Sarah’s Day, and I have to admit at first I really didn’t like her videos. I didn’t understand why she would film at the gym and not tell you exactly what she was doing so that I could follow along, or do the same workout at my gym. But I gave it some time, I kept watching her vlogs, and I honestly fell in love. Sarah’s whole channel is about listening to your body. Which you all know, I love. She talks about her struggles with PCOS (which I am now convinced I have) and acne, her fitness journey, and how she follows a Paleo based diet. And after absolutely binge watching her videos, I thought to myself…”hmmm maybe I should follow a Paleo based diet”

And after having one too many bowls of gluten free crackers and feeling bloated and sick to my stomach, I decided that trying to stick to a more natural diet probably wouldn’t hurt.

For those that don’t know what a Paleo based diet is, here are the basics: Paleo based eaters have a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, animal proteins, seeds, and nuts. This means no gluten, and no dairy (something I already do), and no grains like rice, quinoa, or oats. This diet, or the diet as I have seen it done, is relatively high fat, and high protein, and low carb. And to be honest, it isn’t a diet so much as it is a lifestyle change.

So after feeling like absolute crap from eating my gluten free crackers, and having a series of days where I was so bloated I looked pregnant, I decided to give being a Paleo-Based Princess (or a #naturalhealthprincessgoddesshippie) a go. And I have to admit, a huge reason that I was pumped up about trying this out, was because it would mean I could reintroduce trail mix into my diet, and if you know me, you know I love trail mix. Another reason I was pumped up about it is because I am a volume eater, so I like to eat big portions, and with a Paleo based diet I would be able to eat a crazy amount of vegetables, and a moderately crazy amount of fruits.

I started eating Paleo-based at the end of May…

After I discovered that trying to be a vegetarian was not working for me (but more on that later). A big reason why I decided to make this change is because Paleo based diets are allegedly supposed to help with inflammation, which I have a lot of. You all know that I have not one, but two autoimmune disorders, and that means that my body is attacking itself which causes tissues in my joints and in my colon to become inflamed. Eating a more natural, plant based aka vegan diet is supposed to help with inflammation, but it does not work for my body, at all. So eating Paleo seems to be the way to go for me, and I am hoping that in conjunction with my arthritis medications it will make me feel better.

Pretty much what I have done…

Is try to get a protein and a healthy fat in every meal. So for breakfast, I usually eat a piece of gluten free banana bread, or at the moment zuchini bread, with almond butter or natural peanut butter and cinnamon on top. Breakfast is generally higher fat, and almost no protein…something that I know I should probably fix, but I have a morning sweet tooth, and that is what is working for me. For lunch I generally will just heat up a ton of vegetables like cauliflower rice, bell peppers, and butternut squash with a protein source like chicken or fish (or my black bean burgers) then put that all on top of some spinach and throw in a little bit of avocado. I pretty much do the same thing for dinner, and all of my snacks at just fruits, or trail mix.

*and here is a link to the zuchinni bread recipe*

*I added some trail mix and tumeric*

I have been eating like this for a little bit more than a week, and I knew after a day that it was working for me! I felt less bloated, my stomach wasn’t constantly hurting, and I had more energy. And then two days ago when I decided it would be a good idea to eat some potato chips and ice cream, I instantly felt bad. So that was kind of a test for me to see if it was actually working. Surprise, it was.

Making a lifestyle change like this is honestly kind of difficult…

But I am excited to experiment with it and share all of my experiences. I am really enjoying eating more naturally, and actually thinking about the foods I am putting in my body, and did I mention I can eat trail mix? Yeah, that is a huge plus for me.

I will keep you all updated on how this lifestyle change goes, as I am sure it will have it’s ups and downs. Thank you all for reading, I appreciate each and every one of you.

 

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Way to go! I admire anyone who can stick to stricter diets! I love cheese too much but I need to also consider revamping my diet! These meals actually look good! Good Luck :).

    • It can be hard at times for sure, but I always just have to think about how food is going to make me feel before I eat it. With this it’s always a no brainer, the more natural a food the better I’ll feel. Thanks so much!

  2. This is such a great post that I needed to read! My diet isn’t the greatest…I eat a lot of pasta and am not a huge fan of meat. Cutting our dairy is definitely something that I can do, and I love your trail mix suggestions! I probably get enough fruit, but vegetables is another story. Making a lifestyle change is so hard, but it can also be so empowering which is sounds like it has been for you! Thank you for the inspiration and the great meal and snack ideas =)

    • It definitely is empowering to start a lifestyle change like this, and definitely very motivating! So glad you feel inspired!

  3. I feel like there is so much controversy around this diet. This is what i eat for the majority of the time. (I let myself eat what I want when I am hanging with friends on the weekend.) BUT This diet is so easy for digestion. Also once you get into the groove of it, you can eat so much food that is good for you and you never have to limit yourself.
    -Bridgette
    http://www.justaroundtheneighborhood.com

  4. Viktoria

    Good luck on the job hunt! I’m sure you’ll find something soon 🙂
    As for your diet change: keep us updated how you feel with the change 🙂

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