It has been a couple of weeks since I changed my dietary habits and I want to share an update, observations, etc.
This has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. I am guessing it is because I am doing it as a long term dietary change approach rather than the more negative 'diet' idea. Also, I am not trying to find substitutes for things. Some things are just 'out' and no longer foods I eat. I am not using sugar substitutes and trying to bake bread or cakes with acceptable substances. I just plain don't eat them anymore. Period. I seem to do better with an all or nothing approach, so this nothing works for me.
I am NOT hungry. I have not limited my food amount intake. I don't think - oops, too much fruit or I should have a small piece. I am doing portion control in general and working not to eat when I am not hungry. But trust me, if I am hungry, I eat.
I am feeling really good. I had no idea how much pain I was dealing with on a daily and consistent basis until it was gone. I knew about the aches and when things flared up. I didn't know that it really hurt all the time. That was 'normal' for me. Now it is gone, WOW!!! A side benefit I never expected, the stiffness and occasional ache in my knee that I have had since my surgery is gone. I thought that was just part of it. I realized this morning I haven't had it for over a week and the activities I would expect it to accompany have happened!
I didn't make this change specifically to lose weight, although my research suggested that might be a benefit. I can tell you that I saw a number on the scale last night I haven't seen since before my knee surgery either.
On a side note about weight loss, since that is how this BLOG got started. I started running in Jan of 2011. I can tell you that I trained for 2 half marathons and a full marathon with out any weight loss. People say- but yeah, I bet it is more muscle and you really did lose. Um, NOPE! Know how I know? My body fat % stayed the same. So yes, I am stronger. My heart is stronger, my lungs are stronger, my muscles are stronger, but no, I did not lose any weight. I lost a tiny bit training for the Super Spartan and then the half marathon this spring, but it was a tiny bit. Having this be a benefit from the dietary change is exciting, but not the reason for the change.
Another observation, this is not all in my head. How do I know? I went out last weekend for dinner. We went to Mexican food, which I love. Mexican food is not Paleo friendly. Once I decided that it wasn't going to happen, I let lose and enjoyed my meal. From the corn chips with salsa to the rice and beans. I darn near licked the plate and it tasted amazing (it always does at this particular restaurant). I also could hardly move my fingers the next morning and my hands ached for 3 days. Only yesterday evening did it finally subside completely. Do I feel like I undid all that good? Yes. Am I glad to know that the changes really are what is making the difference? Yes. Will I probably do it again at some point? Yep- you can bet on it. I will know the trades off though and it will be part of the decision making process.
I would love to share information and answer any questions you all might have. Please let me know what you want to know and I will post responses.