Hello - Although I followed a LC/all natural diet for 4 years before DD was born in '07, I did go paleo while nursing when she had digestive issues. I have leaky gut syndrome and after I nursed her for 27 months, I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. I weaned her at 28 months and incorporated more carbs into my diet at the recommendation of my physician. Then I got pregnant with DS. I didn't eat as well during his pregnancy, although still pretty good. For his first four months after birth, I cut out nuts and dairy. Then I did a test on dairy and he didn't react with digestive problems. But when I took him to the doctor for what I thought was persistent ringworm, I was told he has eczema and that I need to cut out dairy. I did that last Friday. That lasted three days before I realized I should just cut out grains as well. With dairy in my diet, I don't want as many grains. Without dairy, I craved grains. With PCOS, I used to have IR, and carbs are an addiction I'll never shed I suppose. Full circle I've come and I feel rather silly that I didn't go back to grain free sooner. I've known since '03 that being grain free is best for me. I know I'll eventually incorporate dairy and from time to time I'll slip up and eat sugar/flour. Yet this needs to be it for me. Listing the diseases I've been diagnosed with (IR, PCOS, Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut), I realize they are all related to a poor diet while growing up. And when I cut out grains and sugars, I don't have symptoms.
So here I am, day two of paleo. I'm free of dairy (except cultured butter), nuts (DS reacts to all nuts I've tried), legumes (except minimally in hummus or soup), and grains.
The best news for me is that DH decided to go paleo with dairy. For a guy who, at times, has survived on Taco Bell, or has been on countless shake diets, this is awesome news. He has been out of town for work, but when he comes back he says he will "eat what you are eating." I don't know if this means he'll give up his Diet Coke addiction. He says he will. We shall see.
Anyway, I'm glad to see lots of people going paleo/GF. As for the meal question from BlueBirdMama, I've found in the past that you don't have to prepare a big meal all the time. I might cook twice a day: eggs for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, and then cook a dinner. But I've always tried to double portions so I end up with multiple meals. For instance, cooking a chicken generally yields one meal of the meat and several meals made out of stock/soup.
My biggest concern is finding cheap meat/fat. We used to live close to a farm that pastured its animals. But we've moved out of the state and getting cheap meat is so expensive now. I've found farms where I can purchase a 1/4 cow or a pig, but not until the slaughtering is done in the spring or summer. The same thing goes for chickens. Does anyone know of any decent online places to order from?