I’m a Christian SAHM with two beautiful boys. And as if our lives aren’t busy enough, my husband finally talked me into making a blog about my crazy food choices and our adventures in parenthood. So the deal is, in the last 6 years I’ve lost 97 (now 99) pounds. Update: I’ve been able to ween myself off all medications, including my blood pressure meds. I’ve been on those for almost 20 years. I actually have borderline LOW blood pressure now! It’s taken a while because just like everything else, I had to do things my way. Luckily, I stumbled across Lyn Genet’s The Plan which helped me identify why calorie counting and low carb didn’t work for me. Thanks to poor food choices and unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, inactivity) I’d gained weight and created so much inflammation in my body that I couldn’t tolerate foods that everyone else could enjoy. I eventually made it through Day 12 of The Plan, but at less than 3 hours of sleep a night with an infant who couldn’t sleep, I just couldn’t hack it. I was beyond exhausted. I knew I had to change how I ate, so I sloooowly found “friendly” foods using Lyn Genet’s methods that my family and I could eat with a minimum of prep.
I also stumbled on the Paleo Diet and thanks to The Paleo Mom found an explanation why I couldn’t eat another group of foods: nightshades. Turns out people with a leaky gut may develop or worsen existing food sensitivities to foods like nightshades, soy, dairy,eggs, gluten, and nuts. And soy, nightshades, and gluten are in every darn thing. That “spices” or “natural flavoring” on the label is important (read nightshades and MSG). Eating them once in a while isn’t a big deal (assuming you don’t have an autoimmune disease), but if you eat them all the time? The weight gain becomes permanent.
Why does my husband call my food choices crazy? Because I eat a lot of butter. REAL butter – not the frankenfat stuff. And a HUGE amount of veggies. As in my plate is 2/3 full of veggies. And I go back for seconds. Sometimes thirds. All with butter. Or olive oil, or avocado oil. I don’t follow a low fat diet. Or watch my carbs, or count calories – although I do keep track to make sure I eat enough to support my active lifestyle and breastfeeding requirements. No real portion control here – I eat till I’m full. Now days I eat a combination of The Plan and Paleo recipes that works with my food sensitivities – and I’ll share the recipes that I developed with you. So this blog will be my attempt to share some of my successes and failures so that you have it a little easier than I did.