Today was the first day in five weeks that I haven’t cooked anything new. I whipped up a loaf of banana bread (and three non-paleo kids loved it), and I made another batch of bacon sweet potato hash (though a couple of my guests don’t really like sweet potato). I think I scared a couple of non-paleo people with my use of bacon and bacon fat, but that’s okay with me. It was nice having family over for the day. I tried the coconut aminos with sashimi, but it didn’t taste enough like the gluten free tamari to which I’ve become accustomed. I will say that I could see using it in a recipe and being satisfied with the results. In its pure form on raw fish, it wasn’t bad, just not what I was looking for.
How Paleo has affected my body so far: I noticed that I have a huge decrease in appetite the last week or so. In the five weeks that I have been living the paleo lifestyle, my appetite continues to diminish. I am rarely hungry and have to really push myself to eat more than two meals per day. I did not expect this, but it is nice to not feel hungry or deprived. With my family over, I did not mind eating spoonfuls of great guacamole by itself instead of shoveling it in with some sort of “chip”. I continue to lose weight steadily (down 25 lbs now), and feel a great deal of energy without hunger. I had a bit of a “toe” incident a couple of weeks ago that derailed my efforts to work out. Now that it has healed mostly, I need to try to put my newfound energy to the test by working out again.
Some positives that I noticed after my first full cycle with Paleo would be the absence of any bloating, weight gain, or cravings around when I would usually get PMS and my period (I continued to lose weight during this time). I had the usual cramping, but nothing else. Normally, I have horribly swollen and tender breasts the two weeks before getting my period, but there was ZERO evidence of that this cycle. This was quite a relief, as it is quite uncomfortable and demands that I wear sports bras to bed and cannot sleep on my stomach. This is a definite plus!
I have found that I sleep soundly, and I fall asleep very easily. I have been averaging eight hours of sleep per night, and I feel very well rested.
So far, so good!