Going Paleo?

For the last four months, I have been going back and forth about transitioning to the increasingly popular Paleo diet as a means to improve my health (and possibly my fertility). I’m not normally one for keeping up with all of the latest trends and fads, but I think I need to really buckle down and try this one out. In fact, I have tried going Paleo before.

It lasted two days.

I just don’t have the discipline. There is a lot of preparation that is required and with everything that I generally have going on – I tend to feel overwhelmed and let the lower priorities on my list kind of slide. Before quitting my job, I also didn’t have the time. I spent most of my day at work, and the rest of it at school. I do love to cook, but there were some nights where my husband was lucky if I had the energy to make him a sandwich for dinner. Now that I’ve quit my job, I worry about having the money to eat fresh, whole, and organic all of the time. We aren’t huge fast-food eaters, but we’re very guilty of purchasing cheap microwaveable meals that aren’t much better for us than if we’d stopped at Wendy’s.

But I need to get it together. For years I have dealt with health issues that I suspect may be due to a slight gluten intolerance (can gluten intolerance be slight?). Now that I have proof of my soaring estrogen and plummeting progesterone levels, I can’t help but think that perhaps my diet is partially to blame. And my (potential) endometriosis could definitely be better managed if I were on an anti-inflammatory diet like paleo. There’s really just no reason for me not to try it. When you know better, do better.

I need to do better.

So I will be completely transitioning to the Paleo diet over the course of this month. I am going to get rid of (eat) all of the non-paleo foods in my house and not replace them. I am going to start stocking up on fresh, whole, and organic foods and learn the recipes for more paleo meals. I am going to come up with a system for when I get hungry in the middle of the day and need snacks that don’t need to be cooked or refrigerated. And by the time my birthday rolls around (the second to last day of this month), I will have transitioned into complete and utter paleo-ness.

I’ve heard plenty of success stories from people who have tried things like the Whole 30 and other paleo support plans, and I am hoping to see an increase in my energy levels and an improvement in the way that I feel on a day to day basis. I’ll need all the accountability I can get, so don’t be afraid to check in on me from time to time to make sure I’m doing the right thing!

And I hope and pray I will have the discipline to see it through, this time.

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8 comments

  1. I just did the Whole30 last month. It was very overwhelming at the beginning and it took a few weeks to figure out how to be successful without spending a million hours in the kitchen but it was so so so worth it in the end. After we (my husband and I) finished we have transitioned to being mostly whole30/Paleo. We meal plan every week and we have ended up wasting way less food. Good luck and let me know if you have questions or just need support!

  2. Jessica Yeboah · · Reply

    Paleo is awesome but keep in mind the fitness aspect of it too.. We hope to transition to paloe soon! As you know, ive done whole30 a few times.. Meal prepping is key! Check out this website for ideas/recipes.. http://www.thefoodee.com/tag/whole30/
    Not sure if there is a trader joes by you but we love shopping there! With meal planning, we find it easier to stay on budget. There are alot of instagram pages that share good recipes too! You got this!!

  3. Good luck! We’re paleo now as well, after starting with Paleo AIP. Being in the secret, closed FB group (that’s a split-off from the IF group) has been really helpful. It’s great to be able to go there and vent or share success stories.

  4. So I’ve seen a lot of people post about Paleo too, but I don’t know what it is. I guess I can google it. But why do people think it will help with infertility?

    1. Kristi – the Paleo diet is one in which you don’t eat anything processed! Basically you stick with what would have been eaten in paleolithic times – meat, fruit, and vegetables! Most paleo adherents don’t even eat dairy and there is kind of a huge debate about whether or not potatoes are okay to eat. The diet restores your body by gradually getting rid of the junk you put into it when you eat processed foods with high amounts of chemicals. It is also an anti-inflammatory diet so for people with Endometriosis and other issues it helps to keep tissue growth/inflammation at bay. So for these reasons some people have been successful getting pregnant with this diet.

      1. Interesting. I may look into this. Sounds like it could be beneficial to do with the cleanse I’m doing. But I can see how that would be expensive. It should be cheaper to eat healthier, not more expensive than the processes crap!

      2. It should, but since the government subsidizes corn and probably other less healthy items it costs less for farmers to make things from corn-based products and to feed animals corn instead of the grass they were intended to eat. So the healthier foods go up in price because it costs more for farmers to grow them.

  5. *processed

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