I have had so many people ask me about this crazy thing I do called the Paleo diet.
4 years ago I was living in Orlando, going to college at the University of Central Florida. I was living in a school affiliated apartment with three other girls, and I was really enjoying life. Though, I was having a lot of body issues.
I had suffered with eczema since I was 15 and it seemed to get worse the older I got. Then, it seemed like everything I ate made me sick. I would bloat up and either puke or have other digestive issues. I had constant headaches. Seasonal allergies were intense. It came to the point where I did not know if I would ever be able to live a normal life, because I was always having to rush to the bathroom. While hiding my hideous eczema, and trying to find a way to deal with the headaches.
So I started researching and tried a bunch of different fad diets for a few months. I kept a food journal. I bought expensive whole wheat bread. I tried to exercise more. I tried to drink more water. Nothing worked, and I was so discouraged.
I am not typically a person who goes to the doctor, but I had finally come to a point where I was ready to go. I told him I believed I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and told him it was absolutely ruining my life. I was afraid to go out. I was always looking for “emergency” bathrooms, and avoided eating entirely if I knew I was going to be in a place where there were no bathrooms. I also avoided going places where I had to wear a bathing suit because of my skin.
He suggested we do a blood test and the next week I came back and he read me the results: “You are a healthy 21 year old. There is nothing wrong with you.” And I cried. I did not understand why I could feel SO bad, and yet have nothing wrong with me. But then, he said something that finally gave me hope. He believed me. He believed that just because nothing showed on the blood test did not mean I was not sick.
He said he believed I had something called “Leaky Gut Syndrome” which is a mix of bunch of different things: food sensitivities, allergies, skin conditions, exhaustion, and headaches included. He suggested that I read this book called “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolff and take L-Glutamine every day. He said this would be a massive lifestyle change and I would never be able to go back to my old ways.
This suggestion changed my life forever. In the best way possible.
For the first three months, I stayed STRICTLY on the diet. No grains, sugars, alcohol, dairy. & I went through so serious body changes. I was angry all the time (seriously, it was withdrawals). I lost a ton of weight. The first month I actually was actually late for my period which had never happened before, and it was all due to this huge lifestyle/diet change.
BUT, I had never ever ever felt better in my life than I did after my body started accepting this healthy change. I know longer had the problems I did before and I was finally at peace. I was no longer afraid to go out anymore. I was no longer a captive to my own body.
I read tons of books about it, and it was so eye opening. All of the food products I had eaten most of my life, had slowly been killing me. The best book I read was “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolff, because I could relate to him and his story so much. He too, had gone through what I had and had tried everything to fix himself but nothing worked, until Paleo.
I write this kind of different post not to tell you that you need to try the Paleo lifestyle, but because I know there are many out there who wonder what it is. There are lots and lots of fads out there, but Paleo works y’all.
What is holding you captive right now? & how can you be set free?