So here we are almost a year in. In a 6 short weeks we will have been on our #primal journey for a full year! Looking back now I can’t believe how much it has changed our lives, our outlook on life, our health and our plans for the future. And unlike all the other diets that I’ve ever been on, and there have been many, this has become a lifestyle. I know this sounds cheesy but for now I can’t imagine another way to eat or live. Neither of us can.
The health benefits so far have been immense. I have lost over two stone, I could do with another half off but I am fitting clothes that I haven’t fitted for years! My skin is clearer, my varicose vein although I can still see it is now painless. I am going to bed much earlier and sleeping better than I was but still not as good as I would like.
Energy on the whole has increased but I still definitely have up and down days. I am still working on this, trying to supplement with minerals and vitamins to help. My thinking is that since I don’t have a gallbladder that I need additional help plus I wonder whether either I have low stomach acid and/or poor gut flora. I have just started to look at ways to address this and think I will know I have sorted it when my energy levels are great most of the time.
Mike is still working on building muscle with the 5×5 programme. Now he is eating so healthily and working out he struggles to keep weight on. Sigh. What a problem to have. Still he definitely has a lot more energy and feeling the best he has in years.
The girls have settled into a good food routine in that they are mostly happy to go without their old non-paleo favourites. Going away on holidays and to friends houses is where we fall down a little but on the whole things are working out ok. I am very proud of their attitudes towards our way of eating. They are both beginning to understand why we eat the way we do and are making more conscious decisions to avoid gluten/wheat based foods. They have super amounts of energy, sleep well and the eczema is still being kept at bay.
Over the past few weeks we’ve begun looking at other things apart from food where we can become kinder to ourselves. Mike and I have pretty stopped using shop bought soaps, shampoo’s and deodorants. With deodorant, we’ve made our own out of baking soda, arrowroot, coconut oil and essence and it works amazingly well. For body washing we’ve cut down on shower gels and I’ve just bought some natural soaps to try. I’ve been just using a body mitt and water for the most part and using coconut oil as a moisturiser. I would love to have a go at making our own soaps, one day! For our hair, we’ve just this week started using the baking soda method followed by a cider vinegar rinse, and coconut oil for a bit of conditioner but I haven’t tried it long enough yet to see if it makes a difference to my hair.
I’m turning 40 in a month and I’m so proud of myself for getting to a good place before then. Every year for the past few years I would say, I will lose xx pounds before I turn xx and it didn’t happen, that is until this year!