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post #21 of 29

Hi, I'm Sarah and I've been largely paleo + dairy (mostly raw) for the past few years - with some slip-ups, of course, but I was doing pretty well this summer until I got pregnant.  I really hoped that I would be able to stay paleo throughout the pregnancy but my insides had other ideas, so I'm trading intense nausea for mild nausea and mild IBS symptoms.  (See my thread on transitioning back to paleo!)

 

My weight isn't as much a concern for me as my overall health.  In fact, I decided about 6 months ago to just never weigh myself again and go by how my clothes fit, how I feel, how my energy is and what I look like.  Fortunately my midwife doesn't have an issue with not weighing me so I don't have to go through that every visit. 

 

My family is as paleo as I can be at any given time.  Neither my DD or DH have any objections to it, they eat what I prepare and if I'M able to eat paleo then they can too.  We have no food intolerances beyond my own bloat-from-grains so that's not an issue.  It's more of a general-health, philosophical "this is how humans ought to eat" thing for us, plus I'm an avid locavore and eating paleo is definitely the easiest way to do that, where I am - lots of excellent pasture-raised meats, easily accessible fresh and delicious eggs, raw dairy, organic veg and fruits, all of it in season.  Right now I am hovering over a few of my friends fig trees that I'm sort of stalking, waiting for them to be ripe... and will no doubt give myself some kind of sugar overdose, but fig season is short and it's my birthday in a few days. :D
 

post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 

Welcome to everyone! We're so glad you are here. Please make yourselves comfortable and post about anything and everything you'd like to talk about. No question is a dumb question!

post #23 of 29

I'm Carissa, I just picked up the book "It Starts With Food" after my doctor recommended it.  I'm almost done reading it, and am starting my first Whole30 tomorrow.  DH isn't quite on board yet, and we aren't sure how to handle it with DSS since even if his mom agreed with it she would still refuse purely since it's our suggestion (yup, it's that kind of situation).  DH agrees with me that it would probably benefit all 3 of us, but he isn't ready to give up cheese, peanut butter, or bread/cereal yet.  DSS is 11 and a junk-food fanatic so that is that challenge.  I'm excited to try it for me, though - really hoping to fix some of the issues I have with my system.  Not sure about the veggies though - I really don't like many yet, but I will try.  It's a new adventure, that's for sure!

post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 

Welcome to the group Carissa! If you need any help with encouragement or tips please don't hesitate to ask. It took me a long time to finally cave in to giving up what I believed were my staples. Now they are long gone and I don't miss them one bit. Do what you can for the rest of your family, but focus on your journey the most. They will follow suit when they are ready. 

post #25 of 29

Good luck Carissa!

 

I'm on day 7 of the whole30, and although we were/are largely grain free (except rice occasionally) and generally don't ever eat processed foods in our house, I have issues with craving (and then caving to) sugar.  I thought that this would be super challenging because of the dairy (I love cheese, and we use butter a lot), but so far it hasn't been bad at all.  Even not using cream in my coffee has been okay (I've been using coconut milk, and quite like it).  Once you get past those first couple of days, it gets a lot easier.  I even took my kids for ice cream yesterday and didn't have even a lick, and it wasn't even a big deal. 

 

Hopefully you can find some veggies you like. 

 

PS.  its not the same as peanut butter, and I don't think it will ever really be as good to me, but almond butter is a satifactory substitute (although it might be a challenged if you're not already using unsweetened/unsalted PB).
 

post #26 of 29

Thanks for the welcome, ladies!  So far day 1 has actually gone really well.  I think I will try the coconut milk for my coffee - I really missed coffee today (I think that was the worst of it).  I had a bit of an epiphany this morning (or maybe got hit by a figurative 2x4) and realized that as much as I want my guys to be healthier, the best way I can help them is by making sure they have a happy, healthy wife & bonus-momma.  It felt good to realize that, like I finally gave myself permission to take care of me.

post #27 of 29

SO happy to have found this group!

 

I'm 32yo, living in the LA area (California) and the mom of a beautiful daughter who is to turn 3 in December. A year after her birth, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis after heading to a doc for tests since I felt off still and thought by then, the hormones should have sorted themselves out. Prior to that, a month before I conceived my daughter, I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks. It was devastating for my husband and I. I almost wonder if Hashimoto's is to blame. I probably had this darned condition my whole life. I have many hypothyroid symptoms but since they are generally not concidered *life threatening* I was laughed at by friends and family who I told about the auto immune disease and my doc pretty much ignored my symptoms since the TSH tests came back "normal". People still think I'm making excuses for my maddening bouts of forgetfulness/brain fog, my mood swings and emotional outbursts, crazy periods, unexplained weight gain and zero loss (even on a 1500 calorie diet). Luckily, I never had issues with breastfeeding supply. I started posting about my diagnosis on the Kellymom.com forums (thank goodness I found KM!) and was directed to try a gluten-free diet based on a few ladies who read about the correlation of gluten intolerance and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. 

 

Long story short, I forced my doc to try me on low-dose levothyroxine although I asked for Armour. She was adamant that I not go that route. I'm not sure if it's working but-- have been only been taking it since April. Right around the same time, I weaned to a GF diet, then cut all grains, then most sugar and dairy. Now-- the latter two groups I am still eating in moderation. I don't do any other sugar besides honey/coconut palm sugar and try and only eat pastured dairy and usually make my own ghee. I'm torn between primal/paleo but really like Mark Sissons' way of doing things. He has his wine, dark chocolate and cheese on occasion. So shall I. biggrinbounce.gif I love his outlook on life and he's a great writer as well, making it more of a lifestyle I want to be a part of.

 

Paleo folks like Robb Wolf and the Whole9 peeps also warn eggs and nightshade veggies are bad for someone with an auto-immune disease such as myself. I don't have any allergies to speak of and I figure-- I am cooking every day, I rarely go to dinner and when I do, I stay on track. The only things I struggle with are sugar and dairy. Mostly sugar. Who knew I'd not miss any carbs at all? Crazy to me. I loooooved pasta. I mean, loved it!!! Now I do zucchini or sweet potato "noodles" and it's a great substitute! And just last night, the toddler was happily enjoying my fried "rice" which was just almost-pureed cauliflower fried in coconut oil. Amazing!

 

I feel great. I noticed my body changing, I am doing a semi-crossfit routine at home with a kindle version of a "gym-free" workout routines. I think it's the diet and not the levothyroxine. Or maybe it's both, I really don't know. Seeing an internist later then week to find out more. My DH has lost weight as well and loves my cooking even more since I am cooking up new and different dishes galore-- it's really fun.

 

Just did a strict paleo challenge that was supposed to end on the 30th however, I am falling off the wagon for... you guessed it... Cheese! And honey! Ugh... it's hard but I feel good about making it last two weeks! I am gearing up to lose at least 20 pounds and then TTC #2 in December.

 

Again-- so glad to see this group!

post #28 of 29
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Thanks for the welcome, ladies!  So far day 1 has actually gone really well.  I think I will try the coconut milk for my coffee - I really missed coffee today (I think that was the worst of it).  I had a bit of an epiphany this morning (or maybe got hit by a figurative 2x4) and realized that as much as I want my guys to be healthier, the best way I can help them is by making sure they have a happy, healthy wife & bonus-momma.  It felt good to realize that, like I finally gave myself permission to take care of me.

 

I'm glad that your first day went well Carissa....I bet it will only get easier as you get into a routine of the new normal.  I've been trying to focus on this as well (although fortunately for us our kids eat pretty well with little junk...of course, they're both little and don't attend school).  I think that leading by example and as you transition the food you eat and how you prepare it you'll find that the whole family will be eating healthier.  

post #29 of 29

Hi All, My DH and I are new to the Paleo world. We are going back on the Whole30 program today, after getting side tracked by my birthday celebration (in August!). Prior to that we were Paleo over the summer. I should clarify - my DH is Paleo. I am a vegetarian (raised vegan) who eliminates sugar, dairy, and gluten (starches like corn, potato, rice, bread,pasta etc.) I also do not eat soy. That leaves a lot of beans. (And eggs). Smile. Our (re)commitment to Whole30/Paleo also coincides with the beginning of my second trimester and I no longer have an food aversions. We plan to raise baby number 1 this way and I look forward to meeting and learning from you all! 

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