Paleo…. Focusing on HEALTH!!
It’s funny, when I began this Paleo journey I never really gave thought to where it was going to go. I just knew I needed to feel better and that I was not willing to spend one more day, losing to my autoimmune issues.
I wanted to lose weight and find some part of the old me again. I needed to get out from the black hole that I was in, and that’s all that mattered.
I never really gave thought to how others around me might feel, or how they would react to what I was doing.
I was trying to better myself, get healthy, feel good again, and win the autoimmune battle. Why would anyone not cheer that on??
Boy was I naive; because let me tell you that was not necessarily the response I got. Oh sure, my hubby, kids, and my mom all thought it was great. They wanted the wife, mother and daughter back they knew pre-autoimmune; so they were totally on board. (Well at least till my kids and hubby, realized that meant no junk food in the house, except maybe for the rare special occasions)…. But the reactions from others usually went a bit more like this….”You eat what? You eat how? What about the grains? You can’t be healthy without oatmeal!!!” Blah, Blah, Blah. Hmmm all the fresh fruit, veggies and protein you want equals not healthy, OK!?!?
It IS weird to have people looking at your plate; to see what you are, or aren’t eating, and then judge smirk and snicker about you. They try to push food on you they KNOW you don’t want. “Have some bread” they say, as they try to shove it on your plate. “No thanks”,”Oh come on Aunt Betty made it; you don’t want to make her mad do you?” “Well, I don’t know about Aunt Betty, but I know you are pissing me off!”
I have come to think this strange aggressive behavior by people comes from their own anxieties, insecurities, and thoughts; as you make them, think, look and address what they might be putting in their mouths, and doing to their own health.
And yes, I understand we are a society brainwashed by advertising and those pretty colored boxed foods. Hey I was one of them, I get it, and believe me, I still have days I want to be that person again. It was just easier, more accepted and comes with much less talk about yourself. You just blend in, instead of stick out.
But on this journey, the pros definitely out weight the cons. My last blood tests showed autoimmune antibody numbers, gone. Not down but GONE!! Yes they can bounce back up, but hey I will take what I have for now.
My celiac symptoms, GONE. Weight loss is not moving as fast due to the hashimoto’s, but I sure can kick butt in the gym again. My butt could probably crack a walnut (might not look like it and can’t say I have ever tried it) but it sure feels like it! I can hold a plank while doing a cross over hand slap with my gym partner (I am pretty sure that is not the technical term, but that’s my version!!! and I can do sit ups till the cows come home.
So in my eyes. I have beaten this autoimmune thing, gotten back in the gym, I am back in school for nutritional coaching, I no longer have fatigue and now I LOVE telling everyone that will listen, what and how I eat to beat Autoimmune Disease. Heck, stare at my plate all you want!!!……
To me, all of that is worth more than all the weight loss in the world; and I know that that will come too!!
Until next time,
Hugs and Happiness