I first learned about Primal or Paleo eating when some friends of ours started doing it. At that time, I didn’t think much about it. I had done low carb diets before and had minimal success that didn’t last because I found it very hard to stick with it. I had other plans to try to lose some pounds and it went something like, “eat healthier, whole grains, less meat, in moderation, and exercise more.” Yeah, that didn’t really happen. Then one day I stumbled upon a website, Mark’s Daily Apple, when I was looking for a recipe online. I started reading. Then I kept reading and reading and reading. Something just clicked in my brain and I knew it was time to change and this was the way to do it. About two days after I started reading, I went to see an acupuncturist and wellness doctor. Based on pages and pages of health information he had me complete, he concluded that I was suffering from insulin resistance, among other things. Insulin resistance. Two dirty words that I had heard in the past from a fertility doctor. Except that doctor didn’t tell me to change the way I eat. He prescribed medication. The acupuncturist told me to eat fewer carbs and more protein. At that point, I had already been eating primal for two days, but this was confirmation of everything I had just read and was already beginning to do.
Fortunately, Michael was on board too so in February of 2011 we started to cut out grains, sugar, legumes, and all processed foods. We continued to eat dairy, but cut back a little. Within a month, I had lost 12 pounds and Michael had lost 20 or so. I had more energy than ever before. I wasn’t starving between meals and I didn’t need a nap after eating a large meal. I was happy and definitely felt like this was a sustainable way of life. The icing on the cake came about 6 weeks later when I found out I was pregnant. After 6 years of trying to conceive with no success and finally starting to come to terms with the fact that I might never have children of my own, I found myself staring at two blue lines.
I was determined to stay primal throughout my pregnancy, but I did find myself going off track a little bit at times with the food aversions of the first trimester and then later with the sheer ravenous hunger that goes along with breastfeeding. I only gained about 20 pounds while I was pregnant and then lost it all + 10 pounds within the first two months after Evelyn was born. I also managed to walk away without a single stretch mark. (I know! Don’t hate me!) I wish I could say that being primal helped me fend off the normal woes of pregnancy. I had read stories of women who were primal while pregnant and managed to not have any morning sickness, heartburn, or any of the other ailments so many pregnant women complain about. But that wasn’t the case for me. Most of my pregnancy was perfect, but in the last trimester I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and polyhydramnios.
In the end, I chose to be induced because of some scary test results. It wasn’t the way I would have liked for Evelyn to come into the world, but she’s here now, and having those complications was just one example of the many detours on my path through life.
Anywho, I’m a little off track. These days, I have to admit, my eating habits have not been great. I’ve stopped breastfeeding and gained back the extra 10 pounds I lost, due to some bad diet choices over the past few months. Sooo…I’m trying to get back to my primal ways. One day at a time, I guess. I’m hoping to be back here soon with some updated pics.