We’ve finished out our first month on our new eating plan. Basically, we are doing my version of Paleo but we didn’t start on the strict 30 day plan . . we just cut out all sugar (except what I sneak), we cut out all flour, all gluten in fact (except what I sneak). We’ve basically been eating meat, eggs and vegetables, with usually one fruit per day and often a cheese stick, and a handful of almonds or walnuts. We’ve traded all the various oils for coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. We’re eating at least 2 avocados most days.
Before we started the diet, I was drinking at least 4 cans of real Dr. Pepper per day. I’ve given that up and now have one Dr. Pepper when I really want it . . usually only once or twice per week.
During the entire month, we had a few stumbles but I said in the beginning that if I really wanted something, I was going to have it.
- When the tile guy was here on a Saturday, Vince grilled burgers and we at the buns.
- When the tile guy was here on Sunday, we ordered pizza and ate the whole thing!
- A week ago today we went to our favorite seafood restaurant down in Brady and ate fried catfish, baked potatoes and hush puppies.
- Last night to celebrate the end of our first month, we went to Chick-Fil-A and had fried chicken, fries and a Dr. Pepper.
I don’t feel bad at all about those few not so great food choices.
In the month, I lost 13 pounds and Vince lost 8 pounds. He said last night that he’s lost this much weight before but he’s never felt this good. I can’t say for certain that it’s the gluten for me because I was such a sugar addict before and now I’m eating very little (by comparison) refined sugar but something is working. I feel great. I was afraid getting off the caffeine might cause me to have less energy but I truly believe I have more energy . . scary! I’m usually not in bed til close to midnight and still wake up about 5 a.m. before the alarm goes off.
Both of us have noticed that we seem to be losing inches way more than you would think based on the number of pounds we’ve lost.
The cutting way back on Dr. Peppers caused the bigger loss for me and I’ll be happy if I lose 5 or 6 pounds in February.
Another thing that has been surprising for me is that I haven’t missed the fresh bread, or the sweets. There’s not a whole lot I love more than fresh baked cookies or pies or cinnamon rolls and it’s almost like those thoughts have just been erased from my mind. I truly have not craved bread or sweets. It’s all kinda weird but weird in a good way . . know what I mean?
What I do miss are potatoes. I love potatoes any way you want to serve them. Potatoes are my comfort food. At this point, given a choice between bread, Dr. Pepper, cookies or a baked potato, I’d take a baked potato but I just don’t think about it.
On we go into February and hopefully we’ll keep up the good work.