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I've been doing a lot of thinking about my lifestyle. I have been… 
16th-Mar-2008 12:12 pm
shoulder angels
I've been doing a lot of thinking about my lifestyle. I have been going back and re-reading posts and articles in this community all weekend. I've been really mulling this over. I want to try to move towards a paleo style of living. The issues I'd like to correct by this change are:

-Obesity (I am 5'5 and 200 pounds)
-Narcolepsy (I don't know what kind of an impact can be made, but I'm willing to find out. I think eating the way we were meant to eat might mean more energy. And if not, then at least the rest of me is healthier and so this will be easier to deal with.)
-Acne (It's gotten WORSE since highschool, and the heavier I am the worse it gets.)
-Irregular periods and painful cramps

From what paleo_huntress has written here from her experiences, many of these things can be affected positively by following a paleo lifestyle.

In other words, it's not just about weight. I have tried Weight Watchers before, and it did work for me. I lost all 30 pounds I wanted to (I was much less overweight at the time). I stopped following it and gained the weight back, however. But some of what I've learned about what's in  foods these days--corn for example, the trans fats, after reading the article on Oiling America...I think it's important to make changes that don't just affect appearance. That affect being and feeling.

I've got some pretty bad eating habits, but I've been told if you stop doing a bad habit for two weeks, half your struggle is over. I'd like to be a little extreme to kind of detox myself--I want to cut out all (refined) sugars for two weeks, at least, since that's where I will struggle the most. I'd also like to give up bread, and pasta. I can't help but keep small amounts of granola (1/4 of a cup maybe every other day) in my diet for now. That I may need to be weened off of to be perfectly honest!!!

My main concerns are being able to afford organic foods--especially meats. There are several places around me to buy them but they are much more expensive than average. Organic vegetables and fruits are a little more manageable. I would also like to support cruelty free meat--I've been aware of it for quite awhile now. (When did these things become a luxury instead of a necessity?! That's another post.) For myself and my partner, we have a grocery budget of around $300.00 a month, which includes toiletries, cat food and litter, and cleaning products for the kitchen and house. You can imagine the kind of cheap carbs we've been buying in bulk!

I guess I'm wondering how you all started, what you found useful, what you found harmful. Any tips or tricks? I'm heading off to the bookstore right now for some books, and I've been rereading the past posts all weekend. It'll probably take some more research and prep before I actually start this, but I'd like to this month.
17th-Mar-2008 08:11 pm (UTC) - Starting out...
One of the things that the Weston Price Foundation did for me was show me how absolutely crucial good nutrition is- not just the basic macro-nutrients, but the infinitely complex micro-nutrients. I was shocked to learn that tooth decay is a function of malnutrition, not poor dental hygiene. I resisted the idea for a while, but it really cannot be denied. It has finally sunk in that it is impossible to achieve good health through supplements- real, whole food is the only way to get enough nutrition.

I wouldn't worry as much about organic vegetables yet- focus on incorporating super-market veggies first and replace those with organics when you can afford them, most especially seasonally when they are far more affordable at farmer's markets and through co-ops. Organic, grass-fed meats are definitely more expensive, though we really do need far less meat and protein than most Americans eat. If you have the storage space, and you can splurge initially, it may be worth it to go in on a half or quarter cow with someone else. Eggs are an excellent source of economical protein too.

I started out with a basic low-carb diet. And then a few years ago I learned about the horrors of factory-farming and stopped eating meat altogether for a few months. (poking out my tongue to madisonmassage!) Slowly I made my way back to organic, cruelty-free meats and then I found mercola.com and began to see a pattern forming. The things that make people healthy all seem to be primitive, intuitive things. Sunshine on our skins, fresh, whole foods, sleeping when it gets dark and in total darkness, plenty of exercise and reducing stressors.

I still don't eat all organic- though I try to get the best bang for my buck by buying the important foods in organics. I don't personally eat grains anymore, but the ones I do buy for my family, I buy organic- ALL of them. GMO grains scare the crap out of me. And things like steel cut oats get fermented first and so their glycemic load goes down.

Do you make your own granola? It's quite easy to make, and you could control better the sugars that go into it.
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