Yes, it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted…given the Easter holiday last week, seems I ran out of time to post much of anything.
I think I had a bit of a bummer week. I didn’t feel as “good” all week. Got a bit of a cough, and all of this healthy eating has put my hormones back on track a bit. You see, I have PCOS, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. In a nut-shell, I don’t ovulate or have regular menstrual cycles. So irregular in fact that I can go 4-6 months without menstruating. Some might think woo hoo! Not all that it’s cracked up to be folks. You see, my ovaries will crank up to form the follicles for my eggs to grow, however they won’t fully form nor release the egg every month. Instead, they’ll just get about 1/2 way there, fill with fluid and form a cyst.
Get enough of these little buggers and now we are talking about some pain here. Cramps, bloating you name it. It’s not comfortable nor is it “cool” to skip months all the time. And then when I DO menstruate, it’s heavy and excruciatingly painful. I apologize for any male readers that might get squeamish about women’s cycles but suck it up. This is what overweight women LIVE through every day. Some are lucky and don’t have PCOS, but most women that are overweight like myself that I know DO have it. Guess what…eating Paleo has significantly helped out. I’m no bio-chemist, but eating REAL FOOD has likely balanced out my hormones a touch and any continued fat loss around my mid section will likely result in more regular cycles that are on an even keel rather than the extreme ups and downs. I think I can handle that. Score another for Paleo lifestyle.
Also this week I’ve been listening to a LOT of pod casts, reading a lot of blogs, books and articles on the interwebs to try and figure this all out. One thing I can’t stand is people to tell me I’m wrong. Especially when it comes to a personal opinion that is not based up fact. I’ve had these discussions with other people about politics and religion, and now I don’t discuss politics or religion. I’ll talk about philosophy and history no problem. But religion and politics are personal views…and people get crabby. So….during this last week I’ve gathered a lot of info and come to the conclusion that you have to figure out what works BEST for you. Holy shit what a concept. Even those folks that but themselves out into the public have admitted this. They actually have the balls and courage to step up and try to give folks the general guidelines and principles behind Paleo, but it’s still up to YOU to put it into practice. Thanks to them for stepping up.
I’m already raising eyebrows at work. With my bone broth, hard boiled eggs, salads etc. Had a co-worker flat out tell me I’m crazy for giving up grains. Won’t get any argument about my sanity but it’s got nothing to do with giving up grains. “How do you LIVE”??? she says…very well actually I say. And we’ll leave it at that.
Here is my latest find.
It’s not Paleo (given that it’s made from raw coconut sugar..it CAN’T be Paleo HAHA) but holy crap is it GOOD! Yes, this stuff is GLUTEN FREE. I have no idea what I’m going to put it on, maybe I’ll get courageous and make some Paleo pancakes or something. But I’ll indulge this treat now and then while still staying in that 90% ratio. I’m still not keen on “substitutes” for the crappy food I used to eat (such as almond flour for cookies or artificial sweetners). If I use sugar in my coffee, I use REAL sugar. Raw turbinado sugar. Splenda gives me a headache. I see blogs and blogs FULL of “substitutes”. I’ll skip it. Only because that would make me crave the crappy stuff in the end.
Tried my hands with bone broth last week as well and man, that is going to be a staple around here.
Until next time…