Finding YOU in Paleo…
I must confess, it took me almost 30 day just to figure out how Paleo was going to work best for me. That’s ok, I am not one to back down from a logical challenge, I may need time to figure out a game plan, but I won’t walk away.
As I sat and thought about things, the new foods, cooking from scratch, fighting sugar cravings, food sensitivities, making sure there was a warm meal on the table every night, wanting to feed my family like they were Paleo kings. The list goes on, I realized I was searching for Paleo perfection, and became overwhelmed. I would say to myself “Come on, step it up how hard can this be.”
I was comparing myself to all the quick, stumble free success stories I had heard about, the problem was I was stumbling; I did have obstacles in the way. Aside from the ones I mention above, It was hard to retrain my thoughts, I was not dropping weight by the ton, I was tired, run down and weak from autoimmune issues, the same issues that made me have to figure out how to tweak the original Paleo plan to better suite me.
I have always been the typical type A personality. You know the one, do something 100% or don’t do it at all. I quickly realized putting these types of expectation and demands on myself was definitely setting me up for failure. Part of me began to wonder, did I want to fail? Then I could say once again, “See something else did not work, it’s not me it’s the plan!” I could go back to eating what I wanted and remain in my comfort zone. As weird as it sounds, I am pretty sure (or at least hope) some of you can relate to that thought process.
Over the years I have tried tons and tons of diet plans and lifestyle changes, none stuck. I just could not make them become a lifestyle, they were quick fixes. They were too restricting or time consuming, and with all the counting and weighing you had to do for some just to eat, well, I was tired before I even ate!!
As much as I wanted to find a reason Paleo was also not going to work, I couldn’t. I looked high and low, journaled pages and pages of the pros and cons of Paleo, and guess what, I came up with NOTHING. In my opinion there were no cons or holes to be found, just good old fashion natural whole fruits, veggies, healthy fats and proteins. There was no reason this would not work for me, autoimmune issues or not.
I put everything aside and said to myself, “Ok Lisa, you don’t have to follow the plan the way the lady down the street does”. Take the facts of paleo and make it yours” (yes I confess, I talk to myself)
So the next step was to figure that out, how was I going to makes this work for ME. I had to come to peace with the fact that at this point I was dealing with overwhelming fatigue and cooking was not a place I opted to use my energy, I had become a “lazy cook”.
In the past I loved to cook, love food and love to eat and always have (and thanks to Paleo, I do again). However; this time around, I was building up my immune system, my strength, and up until not long ago (again, thanks to Paleo) fighting daily fatigue from years of undiagnosed hashimoto and celiac (I had full blown symptoms of both for over 4 years before I finally found a wonderful GP who would listen to me and finally dx me, talk about stress on your body and mind. I will save that story for another time) I had to except the fact that I was just too tired, wiped out and drained to become Mrs. Chef Boyardee.
So, I gathered all the information I had researched, took out what few autoimmune stimulating foods where in the standard Paleo lifestyle and a few others I noticed that did not work well for me, combined it with what demands and priorities I was comfortable putting on myself, and where I was willing to use my energy in the day (having two children, a cat, dog, 4 hamsters and a husband, you can figure that one out..lol) and I finally felt in control.
I had mastered a Paleo plan that was all mine, and you know what it felt great. It felt great being ok with being ME!!! I was not being told how many points I could have that day, or which boxed meal I was to crack open and at what time. It was mine, I was in control. And for the first time in a million years, ok not that many, but in a long time, it was nice to finally except myself and the place I was in, mind, body and soul.
I have said it before and I will say it again, that’s the wonderful part of Paleo it is about finding what works for you.
If it were not for this Paleo journey with Sarah and Everyday Paleo, I would have never been blessed finding this great comfort spot, the one away from food, and within myself. I realized I needed to be comfortable with me, and where I was with my health at the time.
Paleo is not a cookie cutter plan, or a quick fix, it is a life time of health and it might take some time to figure out where YOU need to start and where YOU want to go, but that’s ok, YOU are worth it and once you do, trust me you will feel empowered, in control and amazing. You will have found YOU!!!
PS for you “lazy cooks” a crockpot is an awesome investment.
Until next time, much peace and happiness