A New Year’s Resolution? Maybe Just A New Life Style

Every year I resolve to lose weight.  Every year I lose a little, then fall off the diet wagon and gain it back with a couple of pounds extra.  So, after giving my situation some very serious thought, I have decided to adopt the paleo life style.  I know, you think I will just fall off the wagon again, but I think not.  My main problem with staying on a “diet” is simply I was always hungry.  With this lifestyle change I find I am not hungry.  It is based on the foods, not the quantity.

Let me give you a little history.  My youngest daughter Sam and her husband Stephen did something called the Whole30 Challenge.  They both lost weight, but more than that, they both stopped having aches and pains in their joints, stopped having bouts of upset stomach and diarrhea, and generally felt really good.  This challenge is based on the “paleo” foods.  However, during this 30 days you eliminate all sugars, natural and artificial, all grains and breads, including pasta, rice, etc.  This month gives your body a chance to reset itself and stop the inflammation that eating many of these things can cause which is responsible for most of the disease processes going on in our body.

Sam has been after me for quite a while to give it a try because I have diabetes, fribromyalgia, high blood pressure and a few other ailments.  I have been resistant, mainly because her dad would never go for giving up his starches and goodies.  Last week I started reading more about this lifestyle change and I have decided to give it a try.  I officially began on Sunday, January 15, 2017.  However, I started eating this way last week.  I am not hungry, and the food is delicious.  There is a downfall to this change, you need to focus on organic foods, meats that don’t come from animals that are fed antibiotics and grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  That can be a problem because often this is more expensive to purchase and it can be hard to find in some areas.  However, I intend to do the best I can to accomplish this change.  My husband died in August, he was only 63 years old.  I am 65 and want to be around a lot more years to enjoy my kids and grandchildren.  I guess you could say my eyes were opened to the pitfalls of poor eating.

I am anxious to see how this works out for me.  If you are interested in trying this, or just want to read up on the challenge, go here.  Whole30 Challenge.

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