Originally Posted by SAmama
Bhoditree, I am curious about your diet. Do you include root vegetables, like sweet potato, yucca, etc.? Also, what were the health benefits that you saw for you and your daughter?
I do include root vegetables and probably more starchy vegetables overall than is typical for a primal eater. We have white potatoes maybe a couple times a week, and during fall/winter we eat sweet potatoes pretty frequently. I also eat more fruit than most primal folks do. And I don't worry about macronutrient ratios at all, so I'm not aiming for low-carb or anything like that (although my carb intake is certainly lower than it was back in the day when I ate lots of sugar and wheat).
I started on this whole journey when it became clear to me that my DD had food sensitivities. Eventually it became clear to me that I have some sensitivities too. At the time, we were vegetarian with a diet based on whole grains and vegetables, but we also ate a lot of baked goods and sugar (I've always had a major sweet tooth). I started eliminating foods that DD or I seemed to be reacting to, and after a while there just wasn't enough left to eat, so DD and I shifted into being omnivores instead of vegetarians. Then I discovered Paleo/Primal and started moving more in that direction, eliminating sweets at the same time, which was a huge deal for me. And now I'm working on incorporating more aspects of WAPF, like raw dairy, fermented foods, bone broths, etc. But I should also say that I'm not 100% strict, either. I do occasionally eat rice or brown rice pasta, and once in a while I buy a loaf of GF bread for DD and me. But even with that flexibility built in, I've gotten amazing results.
So during the time period I've been making all these changes, these are the health results that I've seen:
-DD's and my eczema has cleared up and we seem to be getting over some of our sensitivities. We can now handle some of the foods that I had previously eliminated, as long as we keep it on a rotational basis.
-My hair is getting thicker. I have all these little 2-inch long hairs all over my head that are clearly new growth.
-My skin is better, although I do still have breakouts sometimes.
-I can be out in the sun much longer without burning.
-My allergies and asthma are much, much better. I used to have to take allergy medicine daily from spring through fall, and now I only take it maybe a couple times a month.
-I have a sense of inner vitality that is hard to explain. I just feel good physically almost all the time.
-I have a sheet of abdominal muscle that I don't think I ever had before. There are hard muscles under my belly fat, and honestly I did very little in terms of exercise to make that happen. (I do Mark Sisson's primal-style fitness, so I'm pretty active, but I'm not spending lots of time doing crunches or anything.) If I lose enough more fat, I will have a six-pack.
-My cravings for sweets are subsiding, and my satiety signals are much stronger than they ever were under my old style of eating. Now I get very strong messages from my body to STOP EATING when I've had enough.
-And possibly as a result of that last thing, I keep losing weight without trying. I eat when I'm hungry, and I eat lots of fat and calorie-dense foods like nuts. But I'm still somehow losing weight. I'm about fifteen pounds below where I was when I got pregnant three years ago, five pounds below my previous weight that I considered pretty good, and thinner than I have been since I was 18. My weight loss is not slowing down yet, so I may end up actually being truly thin, which I never have been before. I've spent a lot of my adult life within the normal weight range, but still kind of chunky.
Sorry if I sound like a crazy evangelist, but the changes really have been amazing, much more than I ever expected. It has been a ton of hard work to learn how to eat differently, but so worth it.