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So we started the Paleo Diet back in the beginning of June, and I can tell you it’s been an interesting journey.
First of all, it’s been expensive.
We followed the meal plan in the back of Robb Wolf’s book for the first week and we didn’t like the food at all and it required all kinds of extra spices and stuff that we don’t usually use. We learned a couple of good recipes that we’ll use but for the most part, we hated everything we were eating. But even still, it is more expensive to buy most of your food fresh. Produce and fresh meat are all very expensive even now in the summer time when there should be some sort of break. One area where we are saving money though is in take out. But we’re finding we’re just moving the money we were spending on takeout on groceries.
Second, you will lose weight on this – without being hungry.
Seriously, I am very rarely just starving. Usually if I am really hungry it’s because it’s time to eat or I’ve forgotten to eat and now it’s catching up with me. Since June 4th, I’ve lost 18 pounds. When you’re my size, 18 pounds isn’t much. But it is a major accomplishment to me. I was last at this weight when I was pregnant with Phoebe and sick as a dog from morning sickness. Between pregnancy hormones going crazy and just the constant throwing up, I got down to this weight. I like getting here by eating steak much better.
Third, I have found that gluten makes me sick.
Really. My birthday and John’s birthday are 4 days apart. We decided that during that week, we’d take it easy and only do 80% Paleo and we would enjoy a little birthday cake.
I enjoyed it until 2 hours later when my stomach was killing me.
Then we decided to have a chicken sandwich from Wendy’s. I enjoyed it until two house later, my stomach hurt very badly.
Then I had a peanut butter sandwich. See where I am going with this?
I’ve tried it with dairy and legumes but they don’t make my stomach hurt. Just bread.