Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 6 - Headache

So I am on Day 6, almost a full week! I have had a headache all day, I imagine it stems from my dietary changes or lack of meds. My body might be in a little bit of shock.

I had to fast for breakfast due to a Dr. Appt at 11:45a.m. I told my Dr. I was going off the Metformin for a while. Although it did help my menstruation, it did NOT help my ovulation... which is the point. She actually said o.k., she just wanted to see me back in 1 month. I haven't taken it for 5 days. I also stopped my Zyrtec today. My real allergy is to animals and I am no longer around them daily.

Lunch was sliced pork, lightly sweetened applesauce, and sliced green bell pepper. I had a little hummus too.

Dinner was delicious! I fried up and crumbled some light-salt bacon. I then sauteed zucchini and mushrooms with it. My husband came home and couldn't believe the smell! He enjoyed it with me. I sliced some tomato and ta-da, dinner!

I've decided to track my food for now until I get used to what I'm doing. My numbers for today are: 33g carbs, 21g fat, and 40g protein. Although my calories are low, I'm not hungry.

Day 5 - Hmmm

So yesterday was Day 5. I had a lot of trouble sleeping and woke up with a headache. I think this is because I have cut down (a lot) on alcohol. Ok, I was quite the drinker. Beer just makes my mouth water, I can't help it. But, other than some wine over the weekend, I have been beer-free for 11 days! I think cutting back is interrupting my sleep (although it is a very good thing).

For breakfast I wasn't very hungry but decided for insulin reasons I shouldn't skip. I made 2 eggs over easy and had 7 turkey smokie links. Oh, I had a little coffee too with just a tad of splenda.

For a late lunch I had 2 pieces of deli turkey meat, guacamole, carrots, and celery. I knew we were going to a Pizza Place and I surely didn't want to eat a lot there. They didn't have a good salad bar or gluten-free crust. I had 2 slices of thin-crust, light cheese, chicken, bacon, and mushrooms. I guess that my cheat for the week. You know what? It didn't even taste that good and I still don't miss carbs!

I took a short walk yesterday and will be walking at least everyday now. I do have to get active and I know I have to ease back into it. I would like to get back into my HIIT (high intensity interval training). On September 19th I have to start going to the YMCA for school. No excuses, I will get 'er done!

I've decided to track my calories starting today. I use and love it! They have 3 different paleo/primal teams I am part of. I want to see my carb intake to see just how low I am. I know there is a fine line I don't want to cross.

If you are reading these I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to pass this along to others who may be beginning this journey as well.

I am off to the Dr. in a bit for blood work and such. I have been off my Metformin for 3 days, I ran out. I am thinking I'm going to stay off for a while and see what happens. I'd like to be drug-free while transitioning my body over. I'll post how that goes!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 4

Wow! Not only do I have tons of energy, but I just feel good. ; )
It may be all in my head but hey, that counts!

This weekend we had family staying with us. I resisted all the junk food they ate, but did enjoy the wine! I am 9 days with no beer, a favorite of mine.

Breakfast this morning was 5 lil' turkey smokies (in bbq sauce) and 3 turkey sausage links. I wasn't hungry for anything else.

Lunch was Applebee's. I ordered the french onion soup and spinach n' shrimp salad. The soup had cheese and bread pieces, but not overload.

Dinner was pork chops, beets, and sliced bell peppers. Here is a picture. I am full and feel good about what I ate!

I still have not exercised. I have been busy though, not sitting around on my hump. I have got to get out and get moving, I know. This week's weather is nicer so I will put my walking path to use at least.
I am down 2 lbs. I know it is water weight as my ankles aren't swollen like they have been lately. I'm hoping to see the scale start to go down soon and for my girl parts to cooperate this month. I go the Dr. on Wednesday. Although I think she is a moron and will be changing Dr.'s, blood tests don't lie.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 2 - I don't feel hungry all the time

Breakfast was scrambled eggs (failed the omelet attempt) with diced ham. I put some pepper, no-salt, and a dash of tarragon. They were pretty good, but eggs in the a.m. aren't my favorite. I like them better at night. I need to search for more breakfast ideas.

For lunch we were on the run. I ate about 6 slices of cracked black pepper turkey meat, a handful of almonds, and carrots. I snacked on carrots, cucumbers, and celery when we got back.

My SIL was in town so we cooked out carne asada on the grill. I enjoyed my meat with guacamole, onions, tomatoes, and turnip greens as a side. I had some white wine also.

Day 1... officially

So, it's my 1st official day. I was able to go shopping for more paleo-friendly food and now have more options.

*Before I go any further I want to say that I am just learning. I do NOT know everything, more like hardly anything so far. So, If you find something I say wrong or can offer some advice please feel free to leave me a comment. ; )

So breakfast was tough since I didn't have any eggs, lunch meat, or almond milk. I had hummus, nut crisps, and a small clementine. Not totally paleo but about the closest I had.

Lunch was a mixed (bag) salad topped with sweet 'n spicy tuna. It was really good! Here is a picture. I actually had about 3x this much but forgot to take a picture until I was almost done.

Dinner will probably be leftover from last night. Chicken, mushrooms and turnip greens.

I have not exercised in the past 2 days. I realize this is needed to lose weight as well. I'm going to write another post about my health and exercise intentions. Give an insight as to why I am doing this lifestyle change.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Intro - Day .5

Ok, I can't call this Day 1 because I just started. Really, like a few hours ago. However, being the first day of school for the kids I spent most of my day researching and reading about PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) and how a paleo diet can help. I came across blog after article after web site. I feel so encouraged to read true stories that sound just like my own.

Paleo basically means going back to primitive eating. It includes natural foods that could be eaten raw, though you do not have to. It excludes foods that are man-made and hard on our digestive systems.
Approved foods include things like meat, veggies, nuts, some fruit and seafood. It excludes foods that are processed, grains, dairy, legumes, and refined sugar.

Long story short, PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that affects ovulation and so much more! Keeping your insulin levels level can help with the symptoms. A paleo diet can do just that!

My Menu for Day .5
I already had a slim-fast this morning before I decided to try going paleo. Oh well, on to the next meal. For lunch I had butternut squash soup. It was pre-made so it may not have been 100% paleo approved. It was pretty close though. I didn't have time to go by the store for fresh veggies and such before dinner. I decided to tweak what I had on hand. I cooked turnip greens with seasonings and some bacon pieces. I cooked 2 chicken breasts in sliced mushrooms with salt-free seasonings. My family had a few different things, I am not attempting to switch them over as of now.
Here is a picture of my dinner plate. I love that your servings sizes can be larger and you can enjoy veggies galore!