Since moving back to crunchy land, southern California, in late 2008, I have tried to focus on eating healthy. I was about 50 pounds more than my standard non post pregnancy body and determined to lose weight. Diets weren’t my thing and I never did well with them. My mom got me into hiking and high protein eating when I moved back, but I knew nothing about the paleo diet.
After losing about 30 or 40 pounds, I started to focus on health more than weight. I dabbled a little with raw food and was intrigued with eating food to nourish and cooking (or preparing) food using only ingredients that provided nutritional value. I did a raw food cleanse for three weeks at one point. I noticed my psoriasis improved tremendously. Though I didn’t feel that “amazing feeling” I read so much about. I just missed tacos, pizza and beer too much and felt deprived.
In 2014, after my oldest son, Ryder, was born, my psoriasis and digestive problems took a turn for the worse. I always knew that this was something I could change by my diet. When I developed rashes everywhere, including my face and scalp, a Google search lead me to the paleo way. I had no idea how to start and it seemed really overwhelming, but it was always a thing in the back of my mind that I wanted look into further.
Then, Megan Gilmore (detoxinista.com), who was (still is!) one of my favorite recipe developers released a book, Everyday Detox. Obviously, I jumped on that and after I ordered it, Amazon recommended Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain cookbook. Her first cookbook. Have you looked at the Amazon reviews on that book? Obviously, I was sold. I read her story and was so fascinated. Then I cooked her recipes and was even more fascinated. So I bought Meals Made Simple. Danielle laid out the “rules” for paleo in her books. I never committed to only eating paleo, but every time I cooked dinner, I cooked food that followed the paleo way. Surprisingly, my picky boys happily ate it up.
Now here we are in 2017, my youngest son, Maddux was born in July, 2016. I started breastfeeding Maddux and very quickly figured out he was sensitive to dairy (I also figured out I eat WAY too much dairy on a daily basis). A month or so later, I started to notice that he seemed sensitive to gluten as well. So as of September of 2016, my diet has been about 98% paleo and I haven’t had any gluten or dairy at all since then.
During the test phase of testing if gluten was an issue or not with Maddux, I noticed when I ate it, I did not feel well. At all. I never thought that a food could affect the way I feel so much like that. And so fast. Today I am writing this as I am on my third day of an elimination diet provided to me by my naturopathic doctor. I realized that eating a paleo diet alone was not enough since I still have so many symptoms, so I went to see a naturopathic doctor. The first thing I was supposed to do was eliminate coffee (pretty terrible news) and a few other daily staples. So I am working on finding what is causing my terrible rashes and stomach issues. More on that to come later.
A paleo diet is no longer a “diet” to me. It’s a journey to find the foods that make me feel best. It’s never been about weight loss or getting sick abs (how cool would that be though? I would probably have to work out for that). It’s just about feeling my best and learning which foods aid that. I see the paleo diet in a whole new light now. As I read other blogs and follow bloggers with autoimmune diseases, I realize it’s about so much more than eating to lose weight or eating what is considered most healthy by the paleo police. It’s about finding what foods you tolerate best and eliminating the foods that make you feel bad. This section of my blog will be dedicated to all things food and my food journey. I’ll share any tips I learn on the way and all my favorite recipes.